The Big East could send as many as eight teams to the NCAA Tournament, but none of them are likely to come from the New York metropolitan area. Seton Hall, St. John’s and Rutgers went a combined 15-39 through the Big East regular season and are seeded 11th, 13th and 15th, respectively, in the conference tournament beginning Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. One of them would have to pull off the amazing feat of winning five games in five days to earn the conference’s automatic bid to the Big Dance. Read the full story here. **Also read this feature on Providence senior guard Jeff Xavier and how he hopes his senior year ends at the Big Dance. Xavier is a big fan of Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez. **Good piece here by Dan Wetzel on Gonzalez as well.
**Here are the lastest Top 25 polls. **And the Bracket Breakdown.