Now this is where we see the powerhouses come out in the Big East tournament and where it really starts heating up.
Sixth seed Louisville vs. third seed West Virginia
West Virginia blew Louisville away last meeting down in Morgantown. Louisville has still ended the season strong, however, and should make the Mountaineers work for this one.
West Virginia seems to always play well at the Garden and is flying under the radar, not getting the respect they should. The Mountaineers just match up too well for the Cardinals and continue the momentum from a huge win at Villanova last week.
West Virginia wins 76-74.
10th seed Seton Hall vs. second seed Pittsburgh
So far the surprise team of the tournament, Seton Hall runs into a Pitt team who had a surprisingly great year. Hall upset Pitt at home during the season, but Pitt got revenge in their house later on. Playing their third game in three days, the Hall may run out of gas against a deep and fresh Panthers team. The Pirates put up a great effort to make it close but fall short.
Pittsburgh wins 78-71.
12th seed UConn vs. fourth seed Villanova
UConn has the talent to make a deep run and has upset Villanova on the road during the season. Playing their third game in three days against a deep, talented, experienced, and fresh Villanova team is too much of a tall order though.
Villanova wins 76-66.
Eighth seed Georgetown vs. first seed Syracuse
Syracuse swept through the season series against a talented Georgetown team. The Hoyas nearly overcame a 23-point deficit to come back and beat the Orange in the last meeting.
This should be a close one and a tough one for the Orange, but I believe they prevail and recover from a loss in their final regular season game. They match up well with the Hoyas, who've stumbled into this tournament and get them for the third time this year.
Syracuse wins 81-70.