Big East Tournament Bracket: If The Season Ended Today

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12: A general view at the opening tip off between the Connecticut Huskies and the Louisville Cardinals during the championship of the 2011 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament presented by American Eagle Outfitters at Madison Square Garden on March 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

Friend of the blog Jared Smith with SB Nation New York has today's updated Big East Tournament bracket, reflecting last night's action. You can read his full post here. Several seeds have already been clinched. Syracuse has the top seed and a double-bye clinched. Marquette also has a double-bye clinched. Louisville is locked into the seventh seed and a single-bye. Notre Dame needs a win in its final game to lock up a double-bye. DePaul, of course, is at the bottom.

Here's the way the tournament would lay out if the season ended today:

Tuesday, March 6 (First Round):

Noon ET: (No. 16-seed) DePaul Blue Demons vs. (9) West Virginia Mountaineers
2 p.m.: (13) Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. (12) Pittsburgh Panthers
7 p.m.: (15) Providence Friars vs. (10) Connecticut Huskies
9 p.m.: (14) Villanova Wildcats vs. (11) St. John's Red Storm

Wednesday, March 7 (Second Round on ESPN):

Noon: (WINNER of No. 16/9) vs. (8) Seton Hall Pirates
2 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 13/12) vs. (5) South Florida Bulls
7 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 15/10) vs. (7) Louisville Cardinals
9 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 14/11) vs. (6) Cincinnati Bearcats

Thursday, March 8 (Quarterfinal Round on ESPN):

Noon: (WINNER of Wed. Noon Game) vs. (1) Syracuse Orange
2 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 2 p.m. Game) vs. (4) Notre Dame Fighting Irish
7 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 7 p.m. Game) vs. (2) Marquette Golden Eagles
9 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 9 p.m. Game) vs. (3) Georgetown Hoyas

Friday, March 9 (Semifinal Round on ESPN):

7 p.m.: (WINNER of Thurs. Noon Game) vs. (WINNER of Thurs. 2 p.m. Game)
9 p.m.: (WINNER of Thurs. 7 p.m. Game) vs. (WINNER of Thurs. 9 p.m. Game)

Saturday, March 10 (Championship Round on ESPN):

9 p.m.: WINNERS of Semifinal-Round Games

Be sure to check our Basketball Section for updates to the bracket as they come in.

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