2007 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament

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2007 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament
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2007 Tournament logo
Classification Division I
Season 2006–07
Teams 12
Site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions Georgetown (7th title)
Winning coach John Thompson III (1st title)
MVP Jeff Green (Georgetown)
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2006–07 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#8 Georgetown 13 3   .813     30 7   .811
#16 Louisville 12 4   .750     24 10   .706
#12 Pittsburgh 12 4   .750     29 8   .784
#17 Notre Dame 11 5   .688     24 8   .750
#20 Marquette 10 6   .625     24 10   .706
West Virginia 9 7   .563     27 9   .750
DePaul 9 7   .563     20 14   .588
Villanova 9 7   .563     22 11   .667
Providence 8 8   .500     18 13   .581
St. John's 7 9   .438     16 15   .516
Connecticut 6 10   .375     17 14   .548
*Seton Hall 4 12   .250     13 16   .448
*South Florida 3 13   .188     12 18   .400
*Rutgers 3 13   .188     10 19   .345
*Cincinnati 2 14   .125     11 19   .367
**Syracuse 6   .000     2 11   .154
2007 Big East Tournament winner
As of April 2, 2007[1]; Rankings from AP Poll
*Did not qualify for 2007 Big East Tournament
**Syracuse had 22 regular season games and two postseason games vacated due to sanctions against the program; Syracuse′s disputed record was 10–6, 24–11.

The 2007 Big East Men's Basketball Championship was played from March 7 to March 10, 2007. The tournament took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City and was sponsored by Aéropostale. The Georgetown Hoyas won the tournament for the first time since 1989 and the seventh time overall, and were awarded an automatic bid to the 2007 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Jeff Green of Georgetown was given the Dave Gavitt Trophy, awarded to the tournament's most outstanding player.

Bracket[edit]

  First round Quarterfinals Semifinals Championship Game
                                     
       
  1 Georgetown 62  
    9 Villanova 57  
8 DePaul 67
9 Villanova 75  
  1 Georgetown 84  
  4 Notre Dame 82  
       
       
  4 Notre Dame 89
    5 Syracuse 83  
5 Syracuse 78
12 Connecticut 65  
  1 Georgetown 65
  3 Pittsburgh 42
       
       
  3 Pittsburgh 89
    6 Marquette 79  
6 Marquette 76
11 St. John's 67  
  3 Pittsburgh 65
  2 Louisville 59  
       
       
  2 Louisville 82
    7 West Virginia 71  
7 West Virginia 92
10 Providence 79  

Only the teams with the 12 best records during the regular season qualified for the tournament. The thirteenth through sixteenth finishers (Seton Hall, South Florida, Rutgers, and Cincinnati) did not take part.

Games[edit]

  • 1st round: Wednesday, March 7
  • Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 8
  • Semifinals: Friday, March 9
  • Finals: Saturday, March 10
9 PM
Team 1 2 Total
(1) Georgetown 32 33 65
(3) Pittsburgh 17 25 42

Championship Game[edit]

On March 10, Georgetown defeated Pittsburgh, 65–42. The Panthers shot just 26.2 percent from the field in the loss. After Pittsburgh cut the lead to 13–11 with 9:04 remaining, Georgetown went on a huge run and led 28–13 with 2:58 left. The game was not close again. Jeff Green led all scorers with 21 points, while Roy Hibbert had 18. Hibbert also added eleven rebounds.

Georgetown and Pittsburgh had previously split their two regular season meetings, each winning at home. It was the Hoyas first conference tournament title since 1989 when Alonzo Mourning and Charles Smith led the way. Pittsburgh was in the championship game for the sixth time in seven years, but set a record for least points in a Big East final. Sam Young led the team with a meager 10 points. Pittsburgh's Aaron Gray had a season-low 3 points, going 1-of-13 from the floor.[2]

Awards[edit]

Dave Gavitt Trophy (Most Outstanding Player): Jeff Green, Georgetown

All-Tournament Team

References[edit]