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Big East women's basketball tournament preview

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Big East women's tournament

When/where: Today-Tuesday; XL Center, Hartford, Conn.

Schedule: Today — No. 12 Seton Hall vs. No. 13 Cincinnati, 4 p.m.; No. 10 Marquette vs. No. 15 Pittsburgh, 6 p.m.; No. 11 Georgetown vs. No. 14 Providence, 8 p.m. Saturday — No. 5 St. John's vs. Seton Hall-Cincinnati winner, noon; No. 8 USF vs. No. 9 Rutgers, 2 p.m.; No. 7 DePaul vs. Marquette-Pittsburgh winner, 6 p.m.; No. 6 Villanova vs. Georgetown-Providence winner. Sunday — No. 4 Louisville vs. St. John's-Seton Hall-Cincinnati winner, noon; No. 1 Notre Dame vs. USF-Rutgers winner, 2 p.m.; No. 2 Connecticut vs. DePaul-Marquette-Rutgers winner, 6 p.m.; No. 3 Syracuse vs. Villanova-Georgetown-Providence winner, 8:30 p.m. (ESPNU). Monday: semifinals, 6 and 8 p.m., ESPNU; Tuesday — final, 7 p.m.

TV: No coverage Friday and Saturday. Sunday games, except the 6 p.m. start, are on ESPNU. Monday semifinals on ESPNU. Tuesday final on ESPN.

What USF has to do: The Bulls likely need one win — Saturday against Rutgers — to ensure an NCAA Tournament berth. USF's second game would be against top-seeded Notre Dame, where a loss against a team that went 16-0 in Big East play wouldn't hurt their postseason resume. Beat Rutgers and the Bulls would have 21 wins, 10 against Big East teams, including ranked Louisville and Syracuse squads. That should be enough for the second NCAA appearance in the program's history and the first since 2006.

Awards: USF guard Andrea Smith, Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins and Connecticut forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis were unanimous selections to the All-Big East team. Smith's sister Andrell made second team.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

Big East women's basketball tournament preview 03/07/13 [Last modified: Thursday, March 7, 2013 10:01pm]
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