Big East Basketball Tournament 2011: Five Teams That Will Surprise You

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Big East Basketball Tournament 2011: Five Teams That Will Surprise You
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The Big East Tournament At Madison Square Garden is widely regarded as the most anticipated in all of College Basketball. All 16 teams make their way to New York, all of them with something to gain. For some teams it may be getting a one or two seed for the NCAA tournament; for other teams the hope is to prove their case to the selection committee. Then there the bottom feeders who hope to play spoiler and maybe make a Cinderella push.

This tournament is no different. With 11 teams projected to make the NCAA field, the Big East is easily the most competitive in the game, and when they all come to MSG, things tend to get crazy. A few years ago, in the quarterfinals, Syracuse took UConn to a sixth overtime despite not having had a lead once the entire game. They then went out the next night and won in overtime again.

Last night, with 35 seconds to go, Villanova was up three and had the ball but somehow found a way to give the No. 15 seed South Florida a 70-69 thrilling victory. 

There are always surprises, and they are hard to predict; here are the teams that you should look for to maybe raise your eyebrows. 

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