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Big East Tournament 2011: USF And The Brackets

The Big East Tournament kicks off in just a couple short hours, with Connecticut taking on DePaul at noon, so we're in for a week full of excitement and intrigue. Actually, that's not entirely accurate: if you're a fan of USF, it may only be a day of excitement.

USF is the lowest ranked team in the Big East Tourney (No. 15), and it's entirely possible that they won't advance beyond tonight's game against Villanova (ranked No. 10). If they do happen to win, though, here's the bracket schedule going forward:

Tuesday, March 8

NO. 9 CONNECTICUT VS. NO. 16 DEPAUL - Noon
NO. 12 SETON HALL VS. NO. 13 RUTGERS - 2 p.m.
NO. 10 VILLANOVA VS. NO. 15 USF - 7 p.m.
NO. 11 MARQUETTE VS. NO. 14 PROVIDENCE - 9 p.m.

Wednesday, March 9

NO. 8 GEORGETOWN VS. 9/16 WINNER - Noon
NO. 5 ST. JOHN'S VS. 12/13 WINNER - 2 p.m.
NO. 7 CINCINNATI  VS. 10/15 WINNER - 7 p.m.
NO. 6 WEST VIRGINIA VS. 11/14 WINNER - 9 p.m.

Thursday, March 10

NO. 1 PITTSBURGH VS. 8/9/16 WINNER - Noon
NO. 4 SYRACUSE VS. 5/12/13 WINNER - 2 p.m.
NO. 2 NOTRE DAME VS. 7/10/15 WINNER - 7 p.m.
NO. 3 LOUISVILLE VS. 6/11/14 WINNER - 9 p.m.

Friday, March 11

THURSDAY AFTERNOON WINNERS - 7 p.m.
THURSDAY EVENING WINNERS - 9 p.m.

Saturday, March 12

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - 9 p.m.

We'll have plenty of game coverage of tonight's game between USF and Villanova, including a game preview coming later today. Also, feel free to check out Voodoo Five for more in-depth coverage of the USF Bulls

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