"Obviously with eight NCAA bids, it is a historic day for the BIG EAST Conference," said Big East Conference Commissioner Michael Tranghese. "We are very excited for our teams that have been invited to the NCAA Championship, but we are disappointed that Cincinnati was not included. They had some quality wins inside and outside the conference. We have had a terrific conference season with the Big East Championship serving as an exclamation point. We are anxious to watch our teams enjoy postseason success."
Connecticut (27-3, 14-2) received the No. 1 seed in the Washington D.C. Regional. The Huskies will face No. 16 seed Albany on Friday in Philadelphia.
Villanova earned the No. 1 in the Minneapolis Region marking the first No. 1 seed in school history for the Wildcats. VU will play the winner of the Monmouth versus Hampton play-in game on Friday at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.
Pittsburgh and Syracuse both received No. 5 seeds in the NCAA field. The Panthers (24-6, 10-6), the No. 5 seed in the Oakland Regional, will face No. 12 seed Kent State on Friday in Auburn Hills, Mich. Syracuse (23-11, 7-9), which won its second consecutive Big East Championship title in one of the most memorable tournaments in conference history, earned the No. 5 seed in the Atlanta Region. The Orange will face No. 12 seed Texas A&M on Friday in Jacksonville, Fla.
West Virginia (20-10, 11-5) is the No. 6 seed in the Atlanta Region. The Mountaineers, who made a magical run to the NCAA Elite Eight a season ago, will play No. 11 seed Southern Illinois on Friday in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Georgetown and Marquette both earned No. 7 seeds in the NCAA field of 65. The Hoyas (21-9, 10-6), the No. 7 seed in the Minneapolis Region, will face No. 10 Northern Iowa on Friday in Dayton, Ohio. The Golden Eagles (20-10, 10-6), in their first season as a member of the Big East Conference, will play No. 10 seed Alabama on Thursday in San Diego, Calif. MU is the No. 7 seed in the Oakland Region.
Seton Hall (18-11, 9-7) is the No. 10 seed in the Washington D.C. Region. The Pirates will face No. 7 seed Wichita State on Thursday in Greensboro, N.C.