Today's update from the Big East office included a look at the tournament pairings if the championship started today. Of course, it doesn't. And with the remaining games, tiebreakers are likely to change. But it's still something to talk about around the water cooler.
IF THE CHAMPIONSHIP STARTED TODAY (Feb. 22) ...
Here is what the pairings of the BIG EAST Championship would look like if the tournament started today, based on the conference tiebreaking procedures. Please note that since the schedule is not complete, and that teams have played an uneven number of conference games, teams that hold tiebreaker advantages today may not necessarily hold those advantages at the end of the season.
Tuesday, March 6 – First Round
Noon No. 16 DePaul vs. No. 9 West Virginia
2:00 No. 13 Pittsburgh vs. No. 12 Rutgers
7:00 No. 15 Providence vs. No. 10 Connecticut
9:00 No. 14 Villanova vs. No. 11 St. John's
Wednesday, March 7 – Second Round
Noon 9/16 winner vs. No. 8 Seton Hall
2:00 12/13 winner vs. No. 5 Georgetown
7:00 10/15 winner vs. No. 7 Louisville
9:00 11/14 winner vs. No. 6 Cincinnati
Thursday, March 8 – Quarterfinals
Noon 8/9/16 winner vs. No. 1 Syracuse
2:00 5/12/13 winner vs. No. 4 USF
7:00 7/10/15 winner vs. No. 2 Notre Dame
9:00 6/11/14 winner vs. No. 3 Marquette
Friday, March 9 – Semifinals
7:00 Thursday afternoon winners
9:00 Thursday evening winners
Saturday, March 10 – Championship
9:00 Semifinal winners