Every year, every college basketball fan, regardless of their locale, gets excited over the Big East Tournament.
The bright lights of the Mecca of basketball, Madison Square Garden. The perennial powerhouses battling for the elusive conference championship. The new inclusion of all 16 teams. The thrilling outcomes (see: UConn-Syracuse, March 12th 2009; Six Overtimes).
It's safe to say that the hype surrounding the greatest thing in college basketball (outside of the big dance itself), the Big East Tournament, which begins on Tuesday, is second to none.
Here's my take on what will go down in the five-day gauntlet: