1997 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament

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1997 Big East Men's
Basketball Tournament
Classification Division I
Teams 13
Site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions Boston College (1st title)
Winning coach Jim O'Brien (1st title)
MVP Scoonie Penn Boston College
Post-Big East
tournament(s)
1997 NIT, 1997 NCAA
Big East Men's
Basketball Tournaments
«1996  1998»
1996–97 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Big East 6
#20 Villanova 12 6   .667     24 10   .706
#23 Boston College 12 6   .667     22 9   .710
West Virginia 11 7   .611     21 10   .677
Notre Dame 8 10   .444     16 14   .533
St. John's 8 10   .444     13 15   .464
Connecticut 7 11   .389     18 15   .545
Big East 7
Georgetown 11 7   .611     20 10   .667
Providence 10 8   .556     24 12   .667
Pittsburgh 10 8   .556     18 15   .545
Miami 9 9   .500     16 13   .552
Syracuse 9 9   .500     19 13   .594
Seton Hall 5 13   .278     10 18   .357
Rutgers 5 13   .278     11 16   .407
† 1997 Big East Tournament winner
As of March 31, 1997[1][2][3]; Rankings from AP Poll

The 1997 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Its winner received the Big East Conference's automatic bid to the 1997 NCAA Tournament. It is a single-elimination tournament with four rounds and the three highest seeds received byes in the first round. All 13 Big East teams were invited to participate. Boston College and Villanova finished with the best record in the regular season. After tie-breakers, Villanova was awarded the top seed.

Boston College defeated Villanova in the final, 70–58 to earn their first Big East Tournament championship. Future NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb participated in the tournament as a reserve forward for Syracuse.

Bracket[edit]

  First round Second round Semifinals Championship Game
                                     
        
  1  Villanova 80  
    8  Syracuse 70  
8  Syracuse 84
9  Notre Dame 66  
  1  Villanova 73  
  4  Providence 63  
4  Providence 77  
13  Rutgers 56  
  4  Providence 76
    5  West Virginia 69  
5  West Virginia 77
12  Seton Hall 57  
  1  Villanova 58
  3  Boston College 70
        
        
  3  Boston College 76
    6  Pittsburgh 68  
6  Pittsburgh 63
11  Connecticut 62  
  3  Boston College 70
  2  Georgetown 58  
        
        
  2  Georgetown 63
    7  Miami 59  
7  Miami 76OT
10  St. John's 68  

Awards[edit]

Dave Gavitt Trophy (Most Outstanding Player): Scoonie Penn, Boston College

All-Tournament Team

References[edit]

General: "2008-09 Big East Media Guide". pp. 136–138. Archived from the original on 28 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-03. [dead link]