2009 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament

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2009 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament
Classification Division I
Season 2008–09
Teams 16
Site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions Louisville (1st title)
Winning coach Rick Pitino (1st title)
MVP Jonny Flynn ((Syracuse))
Top scorer Eric Devendorf (Syracuse)
(84 points)
Television ESPN
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2008–09 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 Louisville 16 2   .889     31 6   .838
#4 Pittsburgh 15 3   .833     31 5   .861
#5 Connecticut 15 3   .833     31 5   .861
#11 Villanova 13 5   .722     30 8   .789
#23 Marquette 12 6   .667     25 10   .714
#13 Syracuse 11 7   .611     28 10   .737
West Virginia 10 8   .556     23 12   .657
Providence 10 8   .556     19 14   .576
Notre Dame 8 10   .444     21 15   .583
Cincinnati 8 10   .444     18 14   .563
Seton Hall 7 11   .389     17 15   .531
Georgetown 7 11   .389     16 15   .516
St. John's 6 12   .333     16 18   .471
South Florida 4 14   .222     9 22   .290
Rutgers 2 16   .111     11 21   .344
DePaul 0 18   .000     9 24   .273
2009 Big East Tournament winner
As of April 4, 2009[1]; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament, a part of the 2008-09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, took place in March 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Louisville Cardinals defeated the Syracuse Orange 76–66 in the tournament finals to earn the Big East Tournament championship for the first time, and received the Big East Conference's automatic bid to the 2009 NCAA Tournament.

This was the first Big East tournament to include all 16 of the conference's teams. The teams finishing 9 through 16 in the regular season standings played first-round games, while teams 5 through 8 received byes to the second round. The top 4 teams during the regular season received double-byes to the quarterfinals.[2] The tournament featured a conference record six-overtime quarterfinals game (the second longest game in NCAA history) in which Syracuse defeated UConn 127–117.[3]

Bracket[edit]

All times Eastern. Rankings from AP Poll.

First Round
Tuesday, March 10
Second Round
Wednesday, March 11
Quarterfinals
Thursday, March 12
Semifinals
Friday, March 13
9  Cincinnati 57  
16  DePaul 67     16  DePaul 74  
         8  Providence 83  
           8  Providence 55  
           1  #5 Louisville 73  
               
               
           1  #5 Louisville 69
12  Georgetown 59       4  #10 Villanova 55
13  St. John's 64     13  St. John's 45  
         5  #21 Marquette 74  
           5  #21 Marquette 75  
           4  #10 Villanova 76  
                    
                    
      
First Round
Tuesday, March 10
Second Round
Wednesday, March 11
Quarterfinals
Thursday, March 12
Semifinals
Friday, March 13
10  Notre Dame 61  
15  Rutgers 50     10  Notre Dame 62  
         7  West Virginia 74  
           7  West Virginia 74  
           2  #2 Pittsburgh 60  
               
               
           7  West Virginia 69
11  Seton Hall 68       6  #18 Syracuse 74OT
14  South Florida 54     11  Seton Hall 74  
         6  #18 Syracuse 89  
           6  #18 Syracuse 1276OT  
           3  #3 Connecticut 117  
                    
                    
      

Championship Game[edit]

Big East Tournament Final
Saturday, March 14
     
1 #5 Louisville 76
6 #18 Syracuse 66

Results[edit]

First Round[edit]

Second Round[edit]

Quarterfinals[edit]

ESPN
Thursday, March 12
7:00 pm
#7 West Virginia Mountaineers 74, #2 Pittsburgh Panthers 60
Pts: – 20
Rebs: – 7
Asts: – 4
Pts: S. Young – 15
Rebs: L. Fields – 6
Asts: L. Fields – 7
Halftime Score: West Virginia, 36-34
Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Attendance: 19,375
Referees: Jim Burr, Wally Rutecki, Michael Stephens

Syracuse vs. Connecticut[edit]

The quarterfinal game on Thursday, March 12 between Syracuse and Connecticut lasted for six overtime periods, the second-longest game in NCAA Division I Men's Basketball history. The record is a seven overtime game from December 21, 1981 in which Cincinnati outlasted Bradley 75–73, in a game that took place before the implementation of the shot clock. Syracuse beat Connecticut 127–117 without having the lead in any of the first five overtimes.[3] The game tipped off at 9:36 PM ET and ended at 1:22 AM ET on Friday March 13; in the 3 hours and 46 minutes it took to play the game, a combined total of 244 points were scored (102 of which were scored in overtime), 211 field-goals attempted (103 in overtime), 93 free throws attempted, 66 fouls committed with four players on each team fouling out.

Semifinals[edit]

Championship Game[edit]

Announcers[edit]

Television[edit]

Network Play-by-play announcer Color analyst(s)
ESPN Sean McDonough Jay Bilas and Bill Raftery

Local Radio[edit]

Seed Teams Flagship station Play-by-play announcer Color analyst(s)
2 Pittsburgh WBGG–AM 970 Bill Hillgrove Dick Groat
7 West Virginia

See also[edit]

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