Mar. 2, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Providence Friars forward LaDontae Henton (23) goes up for a shot between Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Alex Dragicevich (12) and forward Jack Cooley (45) in the second half at the Purcell Pavilion. Dragicevich was called for a foul on the play. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

Big East Tournament Schedule

This year’s conference tournament schedule has just been released. Notre Dame, of course, is the 3rd seed in the tournament. They don’t play until Thursday at 9pm ET. So let’s take a look to see what we can watch in the meantime.

Championship Schedule

Tuesday, March 6 – First Round
Noon ET No. 16 DePaul vs. No. 9 Connecticut (Game 1) – ESPN2
2:00 PM ET No. 13 Pittsburgh vs. No. 12 St. John’s (Game 2) – ESPN2
7:00 PM ET No. 15 Providence vs. No. 10 Seton Hall (Game 3) – ESPNU
9:00 PM ET No. 14 Villanova vs. No. 11 Rutgers (Game 4) – ESPNU
Wednesday, March 7 – Second Round
Noon ET Game 1 Winner vs. No. 8 West Virginia (Game 5) – ESPN
2:00 PM ET Game 2 Winner vs. No. 5 Georgetown (Game 6) – ESPN
7:00 PM ET Game 3 Winner vs. No. 7 Louisville (Game 7) – ESPN
9:00 PM ET Game 4 Winner vs. No. 6 USF (Game 8) – ESPN
Thursday, March 8 – Quarterfinals
Noon ET Game 5 Winner vs. No. 1 Syracuse (Game 9) – ESPN
2:00 PM ET Game 6 Winner vs. No. 4 Cincinnati (Game 10) – ESPN
7:00 PM ET Game 7 Winner vs. No. 2 Marquette (Game 11) – ESPN
9:00 PM ET Game 8 Winner vs. No. 3 Notre Dame (Game 12) – ESPN
Friday, March 9 – Semifinals
7:00 PM ET Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner – ESPN
9:00 PM ET Game 11 Winner vs. Game 12 Winner – ESPN
Saturday, March 10 – Championship Game
9:00 PM ET Semifinal Winners – ESPN

Notre Dame will either play USF, Rutgers or Villanova in the first round. I won’t go into detail about each team just yet but each team is definitely beatable. So, I believe Nd’s first real test will be against Marquette in the semi-finals. Marquette just came off a big win today against Georgetown today and will be tough to beat. However, Notre Dame has played them this year at home and beat them, convincingly.

This is going to be a great week of basketball. So kick back, relax, and enjoy the Big East’s best conference tournament of the 2011-2012 year.


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