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Big East Tournament 2012: Bracket, Schedule Announced

The 2012 Big East Tournament bracket was released over the weekend. The Syracuse Orange are the top seed, but the Connecticut Huskies will try to reprise their role as miracle workers when the schedule tips off on Tuesday.

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The Big East Tournament bracket was set over the weekend with the Syracuse Orange claiming the top seed. That will allow Jim Boeheim's team a couple of days rest, considering his team doesn't play until Thursday, even though the schedule begins on Tuesday.

Syracuse, along with the Cincinnati Bearcats, Marquette Golden Eagles and Notre Dame Fighting Irish, all have what essentially amounts to a double-bye. South Florida, Louisville, Georgetown and West Virginia won't have to play until Wednesday, earning a first round bye as one of the top eight teams in the conference.

Tuesday's schedule, featuring the defending champion Connecticut Huskies, will be televised on ESPN2 and ESPNU while the remainder of the tournament will take place on ESPN.

The full schedule is included below. All times are Eastern.

Tuesday, March 6 - First Round

Noon: No. 16 DePaul vs. No. 9 Connecticut (Game 1) - ESPN2
2:00 p.m.: No. 13 Pittsburgh vs. No. 12 St. John's (Game 2) - ESPN2
7:00 p.m: No. 15 Providence vs. No. 10 Seton Hall (Game 3) - ESPNU
9:00 p.m.: No. 14 Villanova vs. No. 11 Rutgers (Game 4) - ESPNU

Wednesday, March 7 - Second Round

Noon: Game 1 Winner vs. No. 8 West Virginia (Game 5) - ESPN
2:00 p.m.: Game 2 Winner vs. No. 5 Georgetown (Game 6) - ESPN
7:00 p.m.: Game 3 Winner vs. No. 7 Louisville (Game 7) - ESPN
9:00 p.m.: Game 4 Winner vs. No. 6 USF (Game 8) - ESPN

Thursday, March 8 - Quarterfinals

Noon: Game 5 Winner vs. No. 1 Syracuse (Game 9) - ESPN
2:00 p.m.: Game 6 Winner vs. No. 4 Cincinnati (Game 10) - ESPN
7:00 p.m.: Game 7 Winner vs. No. 2 Marquette (Game 11) - ESPN
9:00 p.m.: Game 8 Winner vs. No. 3 Notre Dame (Game 12) - ESPN

Friday, March 9 - Semifinals

7:00 p.m.: Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner - ESPN
9:00 p.m.: Game 11 Winner vs. Game 12 Winner - ESPN

Saturday, March 10 - Championship Game

9:00 p.m.: Semifinal Winners - ESPN

If this makes it easier to understand, the complete bracket is embedded below.

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