With under a week to go and just two games left on each team's regular-season schedule, 11 of the 12 berths for the 2006 BIG EAST Championship Presented by Aéropostale have been decided. Only one spot remains with four teams in hot pursuit.
West Virginia, Georgetown, Providence and Seton Hall are all racing to earn the remaining bid. The Mountaineers are currently in 12th place with a 4-10 record, while the Hoyas, Friars and Pirates all stand at 3-11.
Rutgers and Connecticut already have first-round byes. The remaining teams -- DePaul, St. John's, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Marquette, Cincinnati, USF, Villanova and Notre Dame – are battling for favorable tournament seeds.
SCORING AND REBOUNDING CHAMPIONS ARE UP FOR GRABS
She has been leading the nation and the league in scoring for the entire season, but USF junior Jessica Dickson has company at the top of the scoring category. Right on her heels is Rutgers senior guard Cappie Pondexter, who had been second in scoring nationally for the majority of the season. Both have played in 14 conference games to date with Dickson averaging 21.6 points, while Pondexter has recorded 20.6 points per game.
DePaul senior Khara Smith has led the league in rebounding all season. She has nine double-figure rebounding games, while averaging 11.2 boards per contest. Providence rookie Shantee Darrian is close behind, averaging 10.4 rebounds.
THE BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP CAN BE SEEN LIVE ON TV
The 2006 BIG EAST Championship will be held on March 4-7 at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Conn. The final three days of the championship will be nationally televised. All four of the quarterfinal games on March 5 can be seen on CSTV starting at noon Eastern time. On March 6, the semifinals will be aired on ESPNU at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., while ESPN2 will show the championship game on March 7 at 7:30 p.m.