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Big East women's tournament
When/where: Today-Tuesday; XL Center, Hartford, Conn.
Today: Syracuse vs. Providence, noon; USF vs. Pittsburgh, 2; Villanova vs. Seton Hall, 6; Cincinnati vs. Marquette, 8
Saturday: West Virginia vs. Syracuse-Providence winner, noon; DePaul vs. USF-Pittsburgh winner, 2:30; Louisville vs. Villanova-Seton Hall winner, 6; Rutgers vs. Cincinnati-Marquette winner, 8
TV: Sunday — top four seeds vs. Saturday's winners, noon, 2, 6 and 8; Monday — semifinals, 6 and 8 p.m., ESPNU; Tuesday — final, 7 ESPN
The favorite: Notre Dame won the regular-season title behind star Skylar Diggins and are an unusual top seed after Connecticut's perennial dominance.
The dark horse: Can Connecticut be that dark a horse in Hartford? The Huskies have been more mortal than in past years, but it's safe to think it should be a Notre Dame-UConn finale on Tuesday, with an NCAA No. 1 seed possibly on the line.
Looking at USF: The ninth-seeded Bulls did well to go 8-8 without leading scorer Andrea Smith all season; they should cruise past 0-16 Pitt and then face a DePaul team they beat in the regular season. From there, it would be top-seeded Notre Dame, though the Hartford crowd would likely pull for the underdog Bulls, who played close with the Fighting Irish last week in South Bend.
Wynne honored: USF's Jasmine Wynne was named the conference's most improved player and Diggins and DePaul's Anna Martin were unanimous all-conference selections.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer