Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Here is what the pairings of the Big Esat Championship would look like if the tournament started today, based on the conference tiebreaking procedures. Please note that since the schedule is not complete, and that teams have played an uneven number of conference games, teams that hold tiebreaker advantages today may not necessarily hold those advantages at the end of the season.
Tuesday, March 6 – First Round (ESPN2/ESPNU)
Noon No. 16 DePaul vs. No. 9 Connecticut
2:00 No. 13 Pittsburgh vs. No. 12 Rutgers
7:00 No. 15 Providence vs. No. 10 West Virginia
9:00 No. 14 Villanova vs. No. 11 St. John’s
Wednesday, March 7 – Second Round (ESPN)
Noon 9/16 winner vs. No. 8 Seton Hall
2:00 12/13 winner vs. No. 5 USF
7:00 10/15 winner vs. No. 7 Louisville
9:00 11/14 winner vs. No. 6 Cincinnati
Thursday, March 8 – Quarterfinals (ESPN)
Noon 8/9/16 winner vs. No. 1 Syracuse
2:00 5/12/13 winner vs. No. 4 Georgetown
7:00 7/10/15 winner vs. No. 2 Notre Dame
9:00 6/11/14 winner vs. No. 3 Marquette
Friday, March 9 – Semifinals (ESPN)
7:00 Thursday afternoon winners
9:00 Thursday evening winners
Saturday, March 10 – Championship (ESPN)
9:00 Semifinal winners
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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