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Big East Tournament 2013 Bracket: Seeds, Odds, Matchups and More

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10:  Peyton Siva #3 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrate after defeating the Cincinnati Bearcats during the finals of the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden at Madison Square Garden on March 10, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 10, 2013

The Big East conference tournament has become one of the most prestigious events in college basketball. Winning will be a challenge for any of the 14 teams involved.

This year's tournament will be the last of an era, with some teams going to the ACC after the season and others forming their own conference. This is the last chance for fans to see Georgetown, Syracuse, Villanova and others all in the same place.

With teams fighting for seeds in the NCAA tournament, this should be one great event to watch. 

 

Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

When: March 12-16

Watch: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU

 

Full Bracket

 

Seeds and Odds (courtesy of Top Bet)

Odds are based on a $100 bet. Therefore, if you place a bet on Pittsburgh and the Panthers win, you win $700.

 

1. Georgetown: +200

After losing to Villanova last week, Georgetown came right back with an impressive 61-39 victory over Syracuse. This helped the Hoyas end the season with a 12-1 record.

Otto Porter might be the team's most consistent player, but everyone on the roster can play suffocating defense that prevents even top teams from scoring against them. 

It will be difficult for anyone to top the Hoyas on a neutral court. 

 

2. Louisville: +140

Despite being the No. 2 seed, Louisville is the odds-on favorite in this tournament. This is due to the deep roster that includes a top point guard in Peyton Siva, an elite scorer in Russ Smith and a great defender like Gorgui Dieng. 

This is a squad that could go to the Final Four yet again, and the Cardinals are peaking at the right time.

 

3. Marquette: +700

It seems like Marquette has not gotten a lot of respect this season, but a share of the Big East regular-season title is nothing to scoff at. 

The Golden Eagles win the games they should and will almost certainly be around until the end of the tournament.

 

4. Pittsburgh: +700

This year's team is just like most Pittsburgh teams of the past decade. The Panthers play a physical brand of basketball and are led by a tough senior guard, this time it is Tray Woodall. 

Jamie Dixon's squads always seem to do well at Madison Square Garden, so do not count this group out until it's all over.

 

5. Syracuse: +350

Syracuse continues to lose games, but oddsmakers still seem to really like the Orange. 

The loss to Georgetown marked four in the past five games, and they have really struggled to score as of late. Unless they get their shooting numbers up, the Orange could be in line for an early exit in the postseason.

 

6. Notre Dame: +700

Few teams play with better fundamentals than Notre Dame. Jack Cooley leads the conference with 10.6 rebounds per game, and the entire team is second in the nation with an average of 17.5 assists per game.

The Fighting Irish have a lot of scorers, and will not be an easy out in the tournament.

 

7. Villanova: +1,500

Villanova might have a harder time getting to the semifinals than winning it all. The Wildcats have some of the best wins in the country this year, beating Louisville, Marquette, Syracuse and Georgetown.

However, losses to Seton Hall, Columbia and Providence twice will make things interesting right away. 

 

8. Providence: +2,500

If there is a team not to sleep on this week, it is the Providence Friars. After a terrible start to the conference season, they have won seven of their past nine games and are now in contention for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

The squad will need to win a few games in the Big East tournament to make a legitimate argument, but the players will do anything necessary to get that done.

 

9. Cincinnati: +1,500

Although Cincinnati is likely to reach the NCAA tournament, the Bearcats are certainly not making things easy. They have lost six of the last nine games and have not won away from home in over a month.

The first-round matchup against Providence could be dangerous.

 

10. St. John's: +4,000

While the season has not gone according to plan for St. John's, the team is still playing hard. It took a shot at the buzzer for Marquette to escape MSG with a win on Saturday.

The home team will get plenty of support, but might be overmatched early on in the event. 

 

11. Rutgers: +7,500

Myles Mack is one of the best shooters in the country. When he gets hot, there are few teams that will be able to keep up.

Unfortunately, he gets little support on a consistent basis from anyone besides Eli Carter.

 

12. Seton Hall: +7,500

Seton Hall only has three wins since 2013 started, and two of those were by one point. Fortunately, the first-round game is against the one team the Pirates beat by eight points back in January.

Hopefully for this crew, it can get at least a win over South Florida before facing Syracuse in the next round.

 

13. South Florida: +10,000

The last three games might have been the best South Florida has played all year. Back-to-back wins over DePaul and Connecticut, follow by an overtime loss at Cincinnati shows that this is still a team with talent.

It will be interesting to see if that can carry over into the tournament.

 

14. DePaul: +10,000

With only two wins in conference during the regular season, it would be a mistake to expect much more out of this team in the postseason. At least the Blue Demons get a free trip to New York City.

 

Schedule (via BigEast.org)

First Round - Tuesday, March 12

Game No. Matchup Time (ET) TV
1 South Florida vs. Seton Hall 7 p.m. ESPNU
2 DePaul vs. Rutgers 9 p.m. ESPNU

 

Second Round - Wednesday, March 13

Game No. Matchup Time (ET) TV
3 Cincinnati vs. Providence 12 p.m. ESPN
4 Game 1 winner vs. Syracuse 2 p.m.  ESPN
5 St. John's vs. Villanova 7 p.m.  ESPN2
6 Game 2 winner vs. Notre Dame 9 p.m.  ESPN2

 

Quarterfinals - Thursday, March 14

Game No. Matchup Time (ET) TV
7 Game 3 winner vs. Georgetown 12 p.m. ESPN
8 Game 4 winner vs. Pittsburgh 2 p.m.  ESPN
9 Game 5 winner vs. Louisville 7 p.m.  ESPN
10 Game 6 winner vs. Marquette 9 p.m.  ESPN

 

Semifinals - Friday, March 15

Game No. Matchup Time (ET) TV
11 Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner 7 p.m. ESPN
12 Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner 9 p.m.  ESPN

 

Championship

Game No. Matchup Time (ET) TV
13 Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner 8:30 p.m. ESPN

 

Predicted Winner: Louisville

Georgetown has played well lately, but Louisville is built perfectly to make a deep run. The squad is full of experienced players who were able to win the title last season, and they have men who excel on both sides of the court.

Then again, this tournament is always full of surprises, so make sure not to miss a second of the action.

 

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