The opening round of the 2012 Big East Tournament kicked off on Tuesday. Sixteen men's basketball teams are competing for the conference championship and an automatic bid for the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The first two games of the tournament are already in the books and two second-round matchups have been set for Wednesday.
In the first game on Tuesday, the ninth-seeded Connecticut Huskies easily dispatched the No. 16 seed DePaul Blue Demons by a final score of 81-67. Connecticut will advance to the second round on Wednesday to face off against the eighth-seeded West Virginia Mountaineers.
Tuesday's second opening-round contest saw the No. 13 seed Pittsburgh Panthers trounce the No. 12 seed St. John's Red Storm by a final of 73-59. Pittsburgh will take on the No. 5 Georgetown Hoyas in the second round on Wednesday.
The last two opening-round games on Tuesday will pit the No. 15 Providence Friars against the No. 10 Seton Hall Pirates at 7 p.m. ET and the nightcap will feature the No. 14 Villanova Wildcats squaring off against the No. 11 Rutgers Scarlet Knights at 9 p.m. ET.
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