2012 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament

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2012 Big East Men's
Basketball Tournament
2012 Big East Championship logo
2012 Big East Championship logo
Classification Division I
Season 2011–12
Teams 16
Site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions Louisville (2nd title)
Winning coach Rick Pitino (2nd title)
MVP Peyton Siva Louisville
Top scorer Kyle Kuric Louisville
(58 points)
Television ESPN
Post-Big East
tournament(s)
2012 NIT, 2012 NCAA,
2012 CBI, 2012 CIT
Big East Men's
Basketball Tournaments
«2011  2013»

The 2012 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament, officially known as the 2012 Big East Championship, was the 33rd annual Big East Men's Basketball Tournament, deciding the champion of the 2011–12 Big East Conference men's basketball season. For the 30th consecutive season, the tournament was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City, from March 6–10, 2012. The tournament was the last to feature participation from West Virginia as they joined the Big 12 Conference on July 1, 2012.

In the final, Louisville defeated Cincinnati, 50–44, to win their second Big East championship in school history. Louisville guard Peyton Siva received the Dave Gavitt Trophy as the most outstanding player of the tournament.

Seeds[edit]

This was the fourth Big East tournament to include all 16 of the conference's teams. The teams finishing nine through 16 in the regular season standings played first round games, while teams five through eight received byes to the second round. The top four teams during the regular season received double-byes to the quarterfinals.[1]

2012 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament seeds
Seed School Conf. Over. Tiebreaker[2]
1. ‡†Syracuse 17–1 30–1
2. Marquette 14–4 25–6
3. Notre Dame 13–5 21–10
4. Cincinnati 12–6 22–9 1–1 vs. USF/GTWN; 0–1 vs. SYR; 1–1 vs. MARQ; 1–0 vs. ND; 1–0 vs. GTWN
5. #Georgetown 12–6 22–7 1–1 vs. USF/CIN; 0–1 vs. SYR; 1–1 vs. MARQ; 1–0 vs. ND; 0–1 vs. CIN
6. #South Florida 12–6 19–12 1–1 vs. CIN/GTWN; 0–1 vs. SYR; 0–1 vs. MARQ; 0–1 vs. ND
7. #Louisville 10–8 22–9
8. #West Virginia 9–9 19–12
9. Connecticut 8–10 18–12 1–1 vs. HALL; 0–2 vs. SYR; 0–1 vs. MARQ; 1–1 vs. ND; 1–2 vs. GTWN/CIN/USF;
0–1 vs. LOU; 1–0 vs. WVU; 2–1 vs. SJU/RUT; 2–0 vs. PITT/VILL
10. Seton Hall 8–10 19–11 1–1 vs. CONN; 0–1 vs. SYR; 0–1 vs. MARQ; 0–1 vs. ND; 1–2 vs. GTWN/CIN/USF;
0–1 vs. LOU; 1–0 vs. WVU; 1–1 vs. SJU/RUT; 1–1 vs. PITT/VILL
11. Rutgers 6–12 14–17 1–0 vs. SJU
12. St. John's 6–12 13–18 0–1 vs. RUT
13. Pittsburgh 5–13 16–15 1–0 vs. VILL
14. Villanova 5–13 12–18 0–1 vs. PITT
15. Providence 4–14 15–16
16. DePaul 3–15 12–18
‡ – Big East regular season champions, and tournament No. 1 seed.
† – Received a double-bye in the conference tournament.
# – Received a single-bye in the conference tournament.
Overall records are as of the end of the regular season.

Schedule[edit]

All tournament games were nationally televised on an ESPN network:

Session Game Time* Matchup# Television Attendance
First Round – Tuesday, March 6
1
1
12:00 PM
#9 Connecticut vs. #16 DePaul
ESPN2
20,057
2
2:00 PM
#12 St. John's vs. #13 Pittsburgh
ESPN2
2
3
7:00 PM
#10 Seton Hall vs. #15 Providence
ESPNU
20,057
4
9:00 PM
#11 Rutgers vs. #14 Villanova
ESPNU
Second Round – Wednesday, March 7
3
5
12:00 PM
#8 West Virginia vs. #9 Connecticut
ESPN
20,057
6
2:00 PM
#5 Georgetown vs. #13 Pittsburgh
ESPN
4
7
7:00 PM
#7 Louisville vs. #10 Seton Hall
ESPN
20,057
8
9:00 PM
#6 South Florida vs. #14 Villanova
ESPN
Quarterfinals – Thursday, March 8
5
9
12:00 PM
#1 Syracuse vs. #9 Connecticut
ESPN
20,057
10
2:00 PM
#4 Cincinnati vs. #5 Georgetown
ESPN
6
11
7:00 PM
#2 Marquette vs. #7 Louisville
ESPN
20,057
12
9:00 PM
#3 Notre Dame vs. #6 South Florida
ESPN
Semifinals – Friday, March 9
7
13
7:00 PM
#1 Syracuse vs. #4 Cincinnati
ESPN
20,057
14
9:00 PM
#7 Louisville vs. #3 Notre Dame
ESPN
Championship Game – Saturday, March 10
8
15
9:00 PM
#4 Cincinnati vs. #7 Louisville
ESPN
20,057
*Game Times in EST.[3] #-Rankings denote tournament seeding.

Bracket[edit]

All rankings from AP Poll:

First Round
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Second Round
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Quarterfinals
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Semifinals
Friday, March 9, 2012
16  DePaul 67  
9  Connecticut 81     9  Connecticut 71  
         8  West Virginia 67OT  
           9  Connecticut 55  
           1  #2 Syracuse 58  
               
               
           1  #2 Syracuse 68
12  St. John's 59       4  Cincinnati 71
13  Pittsburgh 73     13  Pittsburgh 52  
         5  #13 Georgetown 64  
           5  #13 Georgetown 70  
           4  Cincinnati 722OT  
                    
                    
      
First Round
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
ESPN2 and ESPNU
Second Round
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
ESPN
Quarterfinals
Thursday, March 8, 2012
ESPN
Semifinals
Friday, March 9, 2012
ESPN
15  Providence 47  
10  Seton Hall 79     10  Seton Hall 55  
         7  Louisville 61  
           7  Louisville 84  
           2  #9 Marquette 71  
               
               
           7  Louisville 64
14  Villanova 70       3  #23 Notre Dame 50
11  Rutgers 49     14  Villanova 47  
         6  South Florida 56  
           6  South Florida 53  
           3  Notre Dame 57OT  
                    
                    
      

Championship Game[edit]

Big East Championship Game
Saturday, March 10, 2012
     
4 Cincinnati 44
7 Louisville 50

OT denotes overtime game

All-Tournament team[edit]

Following the tournament final, the Big East Conference named its All-Tournament team, composed of the top performers from the entire tournament. Louisville guard Peyton Siva was awarded the Dave Gavitt Trophy as the tournament's most outstanding player, the first time a Louisville player received the tournament MVP award.[4]

2012 Big East Men's Basketball All-Tournament Team
Team Position Player Games Points Rebounds Assists Blocks
LOU G Peyton Siva 4 55 25 23 2
LOU C Gorgui Dieng 4 35 36 2 13
LOU G/F Kyle Kuric 4 58 11 6 3
CIN F Yancy Gates 3 50 21 2 0
CIN G Cashmere Wright 3 37 10 14 0
SYR G Dion Waiters 2 46 3 5 1

† Received Dave Gavitt Trophy (Most Outstanding Player)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "16-Team Men's Championship Format" (PDF) (Press release). Big East Conference. Retrieved February 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ "CHAMPIONSHIP SEEDING FORMULA". bigeast.org. Retrieved February 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ 2012 Big East Championship
  4. ^ "Postgame Notes – No. 7 Louisville 50, No. 4 Cincinnati 44". Big East Conference. March 10, 2012. Retrieved March 11, 2012.