Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Wikis

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Big East Men's Basketball Tournament
Conference Basketball Championship
2008BEMenstourneytrophy.jpg
The 2008 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament trophy
Sport College basketball
Conference Big East Conference
Number of teams 16 (starting in 2009)
Format Single-elimination tournament
Current stadium Madison Square Garden
Current location New York, New York
Played 1980-present
Last contest 2010 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament
Current champion West Virginia Mountaineers
Most championships Georgetown Hoyas (7)
Official website BigEast.org Men's Basketball
Host stadiums
Madison Square Garden (1983-present)
Hartford Civic Center (1982)
Carrier Dome (1981)
Providence Civic Center (1980)
Host locations
New York, New York (1983-present)
Hartford, Connecticut (1982)
Syracuse, New York (1981)
Providence, Rhode Island (1980)

The Big East Men's Basketball Tournament determines the Big East Conference champion and the winner of the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Since 1983 the tournament has been held in Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York. The tournament is the longest running conference tournament at any one site in all of college basketball. It is also the only tournament that has every single game carried on national TV by ESPN and ESPN2; however, the additional round of play in 2008 prompted those games to be televised on ESPNU. Starting in 2005, all 11 games have been carried in high-definition.

Prior to the 2009 tournament, only the top 12 teams in the conference competed.[1] In 2009 the tournament expanded to include all 16 of the conference's teams. The teams seeded 9 through 16 play first-round games. Teams seeded 5 through 8 receive a bye to the second round, and the the top 4 teams receive a double-bye to the quarter finals.[1]

The 2009 tournament will be long remembered for "the game that wouldn't end"[2] --a remarkable six overtime marathon in the quarterfinals between the University of Connecticut Huskies and the Syracuse Orange, where the Orange prevailed 127-117. The game---the second longest in NCAA history-- started on the evening of March 12 and ended nearly four hours later in the early morning of March 13.[3]

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Seeding

The sixteen members of the Big East are seeded in the tournament based on their conference records. Non-conference games are ignored. Ties are broken using an elaborate set of tiebreaker rules, with the first two tiebreakers being head-to-head record and common record against the next best conference team. [4]

Previous tournaments

Jeff Green of the Georgetown Hoyas attempts to pass during the 2007 Big East Championship game against the Pitt Panthers.
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History of the tournament finals

Year Winner Score Opponent MVP Venue
2010 West Virginia 60-58 Georgetown Da'Sean Butler, WVU Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
2009 Louisville 76-66 Syracuse Jonny Flynn, SU Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
2008 Pittsburgh 74-65 Georgetown Sam Young, Pitt Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
2007 Georgetown 65-42 Pittsburgh Jeff Green, GU Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
2006 Syracuse 65-61 Pittsburgh Gerry McNamara, SU Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
2005 Syracuse 68-59 West Virginia Hakim Warrick, SU Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
2004 Connecticut 61-58 Pittsburgh Ben Gordon, UConn Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
2003 Pittsburgh 74-56 Connecticut Julius Page, Pitt Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
2002 Connecticut 74-65* Pittsburgh Caron Butler, UConn Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
2001 Boston College 79-57 Pittsburgh Troy Bell, BC Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
2000 St. John's 80-70 Connecticut Bootsy Thornton, SJU Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
1999 Connecticut 82-63 St. John's Kevin Freeman, UConn Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
1998 Connecticut 69-64 Syracuse Khalid El-Amin, UConn Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
1997 Boston College 70-58 Villanova Scoonie Penn, BC Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
1996 Connecticut 75-74 Georgetown Victor Page, GU Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
1995 Villanova 94-78 Connecticut Kerry Kittles, VU Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
1994 Providence 74-64 Georgetown Michael Smith, PC Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
1993 Seton Hall 103-70 Syracuse Terry Dehere, SH Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
1992 Syracuse 56-54 Georgetown Alonzo Mourning, GU Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
1991 Seton Hall 74-62 Georgetown Oliver Taylor, SH Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
1990 Connecticut 78-65 Syracuse Chris Smith, UConn Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
1989 Georgetown 88-79 Syracuse Charles Smith, GU Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
1988 Syracuse 85-68 Villanova Sherman Douglas, SU Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
1987 Georgetown 69-59 Syracuse Reggie Williams, GU Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
1986 St. John's 70-69 Syracuse Dwayne Washington, SU Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
1985 Georgetown 92-80 St. John's Patrick Ewing, GU Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
1984 Georgetown 82-71* Syracuse Patrick Ewing, GU Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
1983 St. John's 85-77 Boston College Chris Mullin, SJU Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
1982 Georgetown 72-54 Villanova Eric Floyd, GU Hartford Civic Center (Hartford, CT)
1981 Syracuse 83-80* Villanova Leo Rautins, SU Carrier Dome (Syracuse, NY)
1980 Georgetown 87-81 Syracuse Craig Shelton, GU Providence Civic Center (Providence, RI)

Performance by school

Team Winners Winning Years Notes
Boston College
2
1997, 2001
7
Cincinnati
0
8
Connecticut
6
1990, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004
DePaul
0
8
Georgetown
7
1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 2007
Louisville
1
2009
8
Marquette
0
8
Miami
0
3,6
Notre Dame
0
4
Pittsburgh
2
2003, 2008
2
Providence
1
1994
Rutgers
0
4
St. John's
3
1983, 1986, 2000
Seton Hall
2
1991, 1993
South Florida
0
8
Syracuse
5
1981, 1988, 1992, 2005, 2006
West Virginia
1
2010
4
Villanova
1
1995
1
Virginia Tech
0
5,6

Notes:
1 Villanova joined the Big East prior to the 1981 season
2 Pittsburgh joined the Big East prior to the 1982 season
3 Miami joined the Big East before the 1991 season
4 Notre Dame, Rutgers and West Virginia joined the Big East prior to the 1996 season
5 Virginia Tech joined the Big East prior to the 2001 season
6 Miami and Virginia Tech left the Big East following the 2004 season
7 Boston College left the Big East following the 2005 season
8 Cincinnati, DePaul, Louisville, Marquette and South Florida joined the Big East before the 2006 season

Television coverage

References


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