1998 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament

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1998 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament
ClassificationDivision I
Season1997–98
Teams13
SiteMadison Square Garden
New York City
ChampionsConnecticut (3rd title)
Winning coachJim Calhoun (3rd title)
MVPKhalid El-Amin (Connecticut)
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1999 →
1997–98 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Big East 6
#6 Connecticut 15 3   .833     32 5   .865
St. John's 13 5   .722     22 10   .688
West Virginia 11 7   .611     24 9   .727
Villanova 8 10   .444     12 17   .414
Notre Dame 7 11   .389     13 14   .481
Boston College 6 12   .333     15 16   .484
Big East 7
#21 Syracuse 12 6   .667     26 9   .743
Miami 11 7   .611     18 10   .643
Seton Hall 9 9   .500     15 15   .500
Providence 7 11   .389     13 16   .448
Pittsburgh 6 12   .333     11 16   .407
Rutgers 6 12   .333     14 15   .483
Georgetown 6 12   .333     16 15   .516
† 1998 Big East Tournament winner
As of March 30, 1998[1][2][3]; Rankings from AP Poll

The 1998 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 1998 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. Connecticut finished with the best record in the regular season and was awarded the top seed.

Connecticut defeated Syracuse in the final, 69–64 to earn their third Big East Tournament championship.

Bracket[edit]

  First round
March 4, 1998
Quarterfinals
March 5, 1998
Semifinals
March 6, 1998
Championship Game
March 7, 1998
                                     
       
  1 #6 Connecticut 64  
    8 Providence 55  
8 Providence 72
9 Notre Dame 55  
  1 #6 Connecticut 64  
  12 Rutgers 50  
5 #23 West Virginia 65  
12 Rutgers 72  
  12 Rutgers 61
    13 Georgetown 60  
4 Miami 56
13 Georgetown 62  
  1 #6 Connecticut 69
  2 #22 Syracuse 64
       
       
  3 St. John's 91
    11 Boston College 80  
6 Seton Hall 87
11 Boston College 97OT  
  3 St. John's 67
  2 #22 Syracuse 69OT  
       
       
  2 #22 Syracuse 69
    7 Villanova 66  
7 Villanova 962OT
10 Pittsburgh 93  

Championship Game Summary[edit]

ESPN
Saturday, March 7
8:00 pm
#1 Connecticut Huskies 69, #2 Syracuse Orangemen 64
Pts: R. Jones 17
Rebs: R. Jones 9
Asts: K. El-Amin 6
Pts: T. Burgan 17
Rebs: T. Burgan 9
Asts: J. Hart 5
Halftime Score: Connecticut, 27-23
Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
Attendance: 18,521

Awards[edit]

Dave Gavitt Trophy (Most Outstanding Player): Khalid El-Amin, Connecticut

All-Tournament Team

References[edit]

  • "2008-09 Big East Media Guide" (PDF). pp. 136–138. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 28, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-04.