Big East Tournament 2011 Bracket Update: Marquette Moves On With 87-66 Win Over Providence

The first day of the Big East Tournament is in the books, capped by Marquette's easy win over Providence in the first round. The Golden Eagles took control early, steamrolling the Friars in an 87-66 win. Darius Johnson-Odom led the way for the Golden Eagles with a game-high 23 points. Vincent Council and Marshon Brooks added 21 and 20 points, respectively, in the loss.

Marquette's win may be enough for an NCAA Tournament bid as the Big East tries to get 11 teams into the Big Dance. The Big East has been a powerhouse in 2011, and with a weak bubble it's possible the league sends double-digit teams the the NCAAs come Selection Sunday.

Marquette moves on to play sixth-seeded West Virginia on Wednesday in the second round of the marathon that is the Big East Tournament. The Mountaineers and Golden Eagles tip-off at 9 p.m. in the nightcap.

Providence is done for the year, finishing the season with a 15-17 mark, including a 4-14 record in Big East play.

With one day in the books, we've already seen two upsets, with Rutgers beating Seton Hall and South Florida shocking Villanova. The big boys begin to roll into Madison Square Garden on Wednesday as the second round gets underway.

For more on this game, check out Anonymous Eagle, SB Nation's Marquette blog.

Updated 2011 Big East Tournament bracket:

First round: Tuesday, March 8

No. 9 Connecticut Huskies def. No. 16 DePaul Blue Devils, 97-71

No. 13 Rutgers Scarlet Knights def. No. 12 Seton Hall Pirates, 76-70

No. 15 South Florida Bulls def. No. 10 Villanova Wildcats, 70-67

No. 11 Marquette Golden Eagles def. No. 14 Providence Friars,

Second round: Wednesday, March 9

No. 8 Georgetown Hoyas vs. UConn, noon, ESPN

No. 5 St. John's Red Storm vs. Rutgers, 2, ESPN

No. 7 Cincinnati Bearcats vs. USF, 7, ESPN

No. 6 West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Marquette, 9, ESPN

Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 10

No. 1 Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Georgetown/UConn, noon, ESPN

No. 4 Syracuse Orange vs. St. John's/Seton Hall/Rutgers, 2, ESPN

No. 2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Cincinnati/Villanova/USF, 7, ESPN

No. 3 Louisville Cardinals vs. West Virginia/Marquette/Providence, 9, ESPN

Semifinals: Friday, March 11

Quarterfinals game 1 winner vs. quarterfinals game 2 winner, 7, ESPN

Quarterfinals game 3 winner vs. quarterfinals game 4 winner, 7, ESPN

Championship game: Saturday, March 12

Semifinals winners, 9, ESPN

For more on the 2011 Big East tournament, stay tuned to this StoryStream and join SB Nation Indiana. Browse our 295 team blogs for a community devoted to your school, and visit our NCAA basketball hub for more on other conference

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.