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Big East tournament glance

Big East tournament

When/where: Today-Saturday; Madison Square Garden, New York

TV/radio: USF game at noon today on ESPN2, 1250-AM

The favorites: Syracuse's stint as the No. 1 team in the country was short, ending after a loss at Louisville on Saturday, but the Orange is loaded with talent, and the loss might help it focus. Syracuse made last season's conference final, losing to Louisville.

Dark horses: Louisville, the sixth seed, is on the opposite side of the bracket from Syracuse, so the Cardinals could be a threat. Watch out for third-seeded West Virginia. The Mountaineers won their final three conference games and five of the past six.

What USF must do: The Bulls won't be taking the Blue Demons lightly; a year ago, DePaul went 0-18 in the regular season then shocked ninth-seeded Cincinnati on the first day of the tournament. DePaul gave USF a scare last week as the Bulls won 63-59, with the score tied in the final three minutes. DePaul center Mac Koshwal had 24 points and 11 rebounds in last week's game, and guard Will Walker scored 31 against Providence in last year's tournament. A victory today and one Wednesday against Georgetown would give USF a crack at top-seeded Syracuse on Thursday.

Times staff writer Greg Auman compiled this report, which includes information from Times wires.

Big East tournament glance 03/08/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 7:01am]
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