Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Big East Title Scenarios ...

With wins by Louisville and Pittsburgh tonight, we head into the final weekend of the regular season with the Cardinals and UConn both 15-2 and the Panthers 14-3. Here are the scenarios of who can win the Big East regular-season title, and who gets what seed for next week's Big East tournament:

***If UConn beats Pittsburgh and Louisville loses later that night (9 p.m. start! Ugh!!!) at West Virginia, the Huskies are Big East champs and, naturally, top seed for the tourney. Louisville would be the No. 2 seed and Pitt the No. 3.

***If UConn beats Pitt and Louisville beats WVU, the Huskies and Cardinals are co-champs but UConn gets the top seed by virtue of its 68-51 victory on Feb. 2 at Freedom Hall. Pitt would be the No. 3 seed.

***If Pitt beats UConn and Louisville loses to WVU, the three teams share the regular-season title but Pitt gets the top seed, Louisville the No. 2 seed and UConn the No. 3 seed for the tourny. Why? In their "mini-conference," Pitt will have gone 2-1, Louisville 1-1 and UConn 1-2.

***If Pitt beats UConn and Louisville beats WVU, Louisville is the regular-season champ, Pitt gets the No. 2 seed and UConn the third seed.

So, UConn will either get the No. 1 or No. 3 seed for the Big East tourney. The Huskies will begin play in the quartefinals on Thursday, March 12, either at noon (if they're the No. 1 seed) or at about 9 p.m. (if they're No. 3).


Blogger Todd Parmelee said...

I think we have learned one thing already this year and that is allowing every team into the Big East Tournament was a bad idea.

Depaul and Rutgers are pathetic.
If Mike Rosario wins the top newcomer award, after averaging three turnovers per game and nearly 15 shot attempts, I will be irritated.

Who do you like for player of the year and coach of the year? I think I will go with Keno Davis and Thabeet. Harangody has the numbers and will probably win, but I think Hasheem deserves to be in the top three of the voting.

3:46 PM 
Blogger David Borges said...

I agree with Keno Davis, though I'm not sure he'll win in his very first year in the Big East.

As for Player of the Year, I really think it comes down to Saturday. If Thabeet outplays Blair and UConn wins the regular season title, I'd pick him. But if Blair outplays Thabeet (again), you have to give it to him. Right now, he's got the inside track.

And I agree about Harangody -- leading the league in scoring and rebounding for a second straight year is a great feat. Unfortunately for him, his team is NIT-bound, so I strongly doubt he'll win.

Anyway, I'll be posting my all-Big East team and conference award-winners on Saturday night or Sunday morning.

9:25 PM 

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