Big East shines in "Big Dance"

 NCAA Tourney - Big East sends all four teams to the "Sweet Sixteen"

After having a couple of its teams snubbed for the NCAA Tourney, the Big East is putting on a basketball clinic in the "Big Dance".

Pittsburgh destroyed Indiana out of the Big 10.

BOSTON (AP) Pittsburgh has a Steel Curtain defense again, thanks to coach Ben Howland. His Panthers completely wore down Indiana in a 74-52 victory Sunday to reach the round of 16 for the second consecutive year.
Pitt didn't have much basketball tradition before Howland arrived, so he had to find his inspiration elsewhere in the city's sporting lore. "Pittsburgh Steelers basketball," Howland called it after becoming the school's most successful NCAA tournament coach with four wins. - Pittsburgh 74, Indiana 52

Syracuse overcame a 17 point first half deficit to end up cruising by Oklahoma State out of the Big 12.

BOSTON (AP) Never count out Carmelo Anthony and Syracuse's other freshmen. And don't write off the Big East, either. The conference remained unbeaten in the NCAA tournament when Syracuse overcame a disastrous start and beat Oklahoma State 68-56 Sunday in the East Regional. The second-round victory sends the Orangemen to Albany, N.Y., and the round of 16 next Friday against the winner of Sunday's game between Wake Forest and Auburn. - Syracuse 68, Oklahoma State 56 -- Pittsburgh Smothers Indiana

In other news, 12th seeded Butler stunned Rick Pitino's 4th seeded Louisville squad.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) A team of blue-collar kids with crew cuts from a tiny Indiana school beat a powerhouse in the big tournament.
Sound vaguely familiar?
Darnell Archey's brilliant shooting and Brandon Miller's deft ball-handling Sunday swept 12th-seeded Butler into the round of 16 for the first time with a 79-71 stunner over Rick Pitino and Louisville in the East Regional. - Butler 79, Louisville 71

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