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West Virginia got what it needed on Saturday to earn a first round bye in next week's Big East men's basketball tournament, but it might have also gotten a tougher path in doing so.

WVU needed a win over USF and a DePaul upset of Seton Hall to move into the upper half of the final Big East standings, and that's exactly what happened on Saturday as the Mountaineers knocked off the Bulls and the Blue Demons routed the Pirates. While that did give West Virginia Tuesday off in the tournament, it also might have made things a bit tougher for the Mountaineers.

Had Seton Hall won, the Pirates would have tied with WVU at 9-9 in the league, and earned the eighth seed in the tournament by virtue of its regular season win over the Mountaineers. That would have slotted WVU against DePaul on Tuesday, giving it a chance at another win (albeit one that won't help much in the RPI). Seton Hall would have then awaited the Mountaineers in the second round on Wednesday.

Instead, WVU now gets a day off, but figures to be facing Connecticut instead of the Pirates. UConn will play DePaul to open the tournament on Tuesday, with the winner playing the Mountaineers at noon on Wednesday.

West Virginia lost to both Seton Hall and UConn on the road during the regular season.

2012 Big East Tournament Bracket

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