The 2012 Big East tournament brackets get started on Tuesday (March 6), likely providing some very exciting first-round games for ESPN2 viewers. Last year, Connecticut was one of the seeded teams that had to play on the first day and Kemba Walker led his team straight through to a Big East conference tournament championship.
Through the final Big East standings, Syracuse has already clinched the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. There are several games left to get played in the Big East schedule, but that 16-1 mark against other Big East teams has already clinched Syracuse a nice set of byes in the tournament. That 29-1 overall record could also indicate that this is one of the schools battling for a top spot in the 2012 NCAA tournament as well.
The top four seeds in the Big East tournament get byes through the first two rounds and will wait in the quarterfinals on Thursday (March 8). That leaves the other 12 schools the challenge of playing through those first two rounds and possibly tiring before they even play the best that the Big East has to offer. It's a tough road through the Big East tournament brackets and definitely the most difficult road for any of the conferences. There is a reason that ESPN broadcasts these games and why some of the most exciting college basketball during March Madness comes out of the Big East Conference.
Do you think that another school has a real shot of knocking off Syracuse in the Big East conference tournament this year? Could Georgetown or Louisville be a team that would shock the world with an upset?