Georgetown Captures Top Seed For BIG EAST Championship



PROVIDENCE, R.I. - After going 14-4 in BIG EAST play during one of the most thrilling regular seasons in league history, Georgetown has earned the No. 1 seed in The 2013 BIG EAST Championship presented by American Eagle Outfitters.
The Hoyas tied Louisville and Marquette as BIG EAST regular-season champions, but earned the top seed based on head-to-head results against those two teams. Georgetown defeated Syracuse Saturday to claim its 10th BIG EAST regular-season crown, tying Connecticut and Syracuse for the most in league history.
Louisville will be the No. 2 seed in The BIG EAST Championship, while Marquette will be the No. 3 seed. The Cardinals claimed their second BIG EAST regular-season title after a win against Notre Dame Saturday, while Marquette picked up its first regular-season championship after the Golden Eagles scored a buzzer-beating overtime win against St. John's on the final day of the regular season.
The 2013 Championship will mark the 31st edition of the BIG EAST at Madison Square Garden, marking the longest-running conference tournament at one venue in the country. It will be the 34th tournament in league history.
Pittsburgh joins Georgetown, Louisville and Marquette as the top four seeds in The BIG EAST Championship, which begins Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. Eastern. Those four schools receive byes through two rounds of the tournament and won't play until Thursday's quarterfinals.
The Championship begins Tuesday with a pair of first-round matchups. Seton Hall and USF kick things off with a battle between the Nos. 12 and 13 seeds at 7 p.m., while No. 11 Rutgers takes on No. 14 DePaul at 9 p.m. to complete Tuesday's session. Those games will be televised on ESPNU.
No. 8-seed Providence will take on No. 9 Cincinnati Wednesday at noon in the first of four second-round games. No. 5 Syracuse has the USF/Seton Hall winner at 2 p.m., while No. 7 Villanova takes on No. 10  St. John's at 7 p.m. No. 6 Notre Dame closes Wednesday's action against the Rutgers/DePaul winner. The Wednesday afternoon games will be televised on ESPN, while the evening twinbill will be on ESPN2.
Friday's semifinals are scheduled for 7 and 9 p.m. on ESPN, while the championship game tips at 8:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN.
Georgetown and Connecticut have won a conference-record seven BIG EAST Championships, while Louisville comes in looking to defend its crown from 2012. The winner of the BIG EAST Championship has reached the NCAA Final Four in each of the last two seasons.
Tuesday, March 12 - First Round (ESPNU)
No. 13 USF (12-18) vs. No. 12 Seton Hall (14-17) - 7 p.m.
No. 14 DePaul (11-20) vs. No. 11 Rutgers (14-15) - 9 p.m.
Wednesday, March 13 - Second Round (ESPN/ESPN2)
No. 9 Cincinnati (21-10) vs. No. 8 Providence (17-13) - Noon
USF/Seton Hall winner vs. No. 5 Syracuse (23-8) - 2 p.m.
No. 10 St. John's (16-14) vs. No. 7 Villanova (19-12) - 7 p.m.
Rutgers/DePaul winner vs. No. 6 Notre Dame (23-8) - 9 p.m.
Thursday, March 14 - Quarterfinals (ESPN)
8/9 winner vs. No. 1 Georgetown (24-5) - Noon
5/12/13 winner vs. No. 4 Pittsburgh (24-7) - 2 p.m.
7/10 winner vs. No. 2 Louisville (26-5) - 7 p.m.
6/11/14 winner vs. No. 3 Marquette (23-7) - 9 p.m.
Friday, March 15 - Semifinals (ESPN)
Thursday afternoon winners - 7 p.m.
Thursday evening winners - 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 16 - Championship (ESPN)
Semifinal winners - 8:30 p.m.