The quarterfinals of the 2012 Big East Tournament begin Thursday afternoon, and that means it is finally time for the top four seeds of the tournament to step onto the court at Madison Square Garden. After receiving double-byes, these teams should be fresh and ready to go.
The first game of the day might just be the best one of the entire tournament, since it pits the No. 1 Syracuse Orange against the Connecticut Huskies. The Orange took both games of the regular season, but they had just a two-point victory on the road in the penultimate game of the Big East schedule.
Below is a complete schedule for Day 3 of the Big East Tournament, as well as an updated bracket:
Thursday, March 8 - Quarterfinals
Noon: Connecticut vs. No. 1 Syracuse (Game 9) - ESPN
2:00 p.m.: Georgetown vs. No. 4 Cincinnati (Game 10) - ESPN
7:00 p.m.: Louisville vs. No. 2 Marquette (Game 11) - ESPN
9:00 p.m.: South Florida vs. No. 3 Notre Dame (Game 12) - ESPN
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