The Big East is so big, it has its own cable network, as does most leagues nowadays. Big East TV may be hard to find for those that don’t subscribe to it, or have Comcast On Demand. But for today, it is the only place to find Big East tournament action. However, not many may find the need to look for Big East TV today, as the first round of the Big East tournament is just the calm before the much bigger storm.
ESPN usually covers all rounds of the Big East tournament, but for this first day, Big East TV has the job. That is a consequence of the Big East tournament’s new schedule, in which all 16 teams have the right to play. As such, today is the first of a whopping five days for the tournament in Madison Square Garden.
Big East TV gets the task of broadcasting the lesser first round games today. The bottom eight teams will square off, with the winners to play the 5-8 seeds tomorrow, starting on ESPN.
This historic Big East tournament begins at noon, with ninth seeded Cincinnati taking on DePaul, the winless bottom feeder of the Big East. The Bearcats have already played their way into the wrong side of the bubble, and need to do far more than beat lowly DePaul to get back on it.
At approximately 2:30 p.m., Big East TV shows Georgetown taking on home town team St. John’s. The Red Storm hardly inspire much hometown love anymore, while Georgetown is closing out an extremely disappointing season, having tanked once Big East play started.
In the nightcap, Notre Dame, the other most disappointing team in the Big East, takes on Rutgers at 7 p.m. The least appealing game of the first round, Seton Hall vs. South Florida, happens at approximately 9:30 p.m.
After this first round, Big East TV cedes coverage back to ESPN, as the hype for the Big East Tournament finally kicks into high gear. NCAA Tournament teams like Marquette, Syracuse and West Virginia will be in action, while Providence tries to play its way in.
The day after that, the Big East Tournament really heats up, as Pitt, Connecticut, Louisville and Villanova finally play in the quarterfinals. With that, the warmup rounds will be over and the high drama of college basketball’s biggest conference tournament can get started.
Hartford Courant- “Men’s Big East Tournament Schedule” www.courant.com/sports/college/hc-bigeastsked0310.artmar10,0,856793.story
College Hoops- “Big East Tournament: First Round Preview” collegehoopsnet.com/big-east-tournament-first-round-preview-166089