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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Notre Dame clinches No. 1 seed in Big East tournament

Wins today by Notre Dame and St. John's means that Notre Dame will have the top seed in the Big East tournament regardless of what happens in Monday night's game between UConn and ND.

Barring a second-half meltdown against Marquette, a win by UConn on Monday will give the Huskies a share of the Big East regular-season title. Head to head results since they split two games during the regular season. The next tiebreaker is record against the next best team in the conference. This is where it gets interesting. St. John's beat UConn while West Virginia owns a win against Notre Dame. If West Virginia finished ahead of St. John's, UConn would win the tiebreaker based on a better record against the Mountaineers. However, St. John's win over Villanova guaranteed that the Red Storm will finish ahead of West Virginia in the standings meaning that Notre Dame will earn the top seed.

If UConn loses to Notre Dame and St. John's beats Georgetown, UConn would be the third seed since both the Huskies and Red Storm would finish 13-3 in the standings and the Red Storm's win over the Huskies would make them the higher-seeded team.

The Big East tournament begins on Friday with four games. UConn would not play until Sunday. If the Huskies are seeded second they would play at 6 p.m. If they are seeded third, they would not take the court until 8 p.m. at the earliest in the fourth and last quarterfinal of the day.

With Seton Hall beating Pittsburgh today in a matchup of teams looking for their first conference win, Seton Hall clinches the 15th seed and Pitt will be seeded 16th in the tournament. I'll look closer at the other scenarios tomorrow

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