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Big East men's basketball tournament preview

Favorite: We'll say Georgetown, since the Hoyas won the regular-season title, clinching it with a win against Louisville last week. But Louisville and Notre Dame finished just one game back of Georgetown, and fourth-seeded Connecticut one game back of them, so the semifinals should be closely contested. All seven meetings between the top four seeds were won by the home team.

Dark horse: Will it be like last year, when the top four seeds made the semifinals, or return to the chaos of 2006, when ninth-seeded Syracuse beat sixth-seeded Pittsburgh in the final? We'll go with Louisville, which had won nine straight before the Georgetown loss, but look out for sixth-seeded Marquette, which took the Hoyas to overtime and beat Notre Dame by 26.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

Opening round

Today

Quarterfinals

Thursday

Semifinals

Friday

Final

Saturday

Semifinals

Friday

Quarterfinals

Thursday

Opening round

Today

No. 1 Georgetown No. 2 Louisville
No. 8 Villanova Noon, ESPN 7 p.m., ESPN No. 7 Pittsburgh
Noon, ESPN No. 8/9 winner No. 7/10 winner 7 p.m., ESPN
No. 9 Syracuse No. 10 Cincinnati
7 p.m., ESPN 9 p.m., ESPN 9 p.m., ESPN
No. 5 W. Virginia No. 6 Marquette
2 p.m., ESPN No. 5/12 winner No. 6/11 winner 9 p.m., ESPN
No. 12 Providence 2 p.m., ESPN 9 p.m., ESPN No. 11 Seton Hall
No. 4 Connecticut No. 3 Notre Dame

Big East men's basketball tournament preview 03/11/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 11, 2008 11:20pm]
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