The Big East Tournament is not until the 8th of March, but for all of us who can't get enough of the madness, it starts today. Let's get ready to Dribble.
From Sout Bend Tribune:
The final is Saturday (ESPN, 2 p.m. EST). The league will get at least one NCAA bid. Winthrop was unbeaten in league play and won the regular-season crown by three games. The Eagles will host every game they play, and a Winthrop loss would be the biggest in league-tourney play this season. Winthrop (25-4) has an outside shot at an at-large bid if it loses in the tourney final. The Eagles are going for their seventh title in nine seasons. PROJECTED WINNER: Winthrop.
The final is March 6 (ESPN, 9 p.m.). The league will get at least one bid. Butler (26-5) and Wright State (21-9) tied for the regular-season crown, but Wright State is the No. 1 seed by virtue of sweeping No. 3 Loyola (Ill.). Regardless, both get byes into the semifinals. Wright State hosts the semifinals and also would host the final. Butler has a solid RPI (35th going into play Monday) and owns victories over, among others, Gonzaga, Indiana, Notre Dame and Tennessee. In other words, the Bulldogs -- who faded a bit down the stretch (3-3) -- look good for an at-large bid; they're the only league team with at-large hopes. Also keep an eye on Loyola (18-10), which has the league's best player (G Blake Schilb), split with Butler and won seven of its past eight. PROJECTED WINNER: Loyola (Ill.)