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The Big East Men's Basketball Tournament is the conference championship tournament in men's basketball for the Big East Conference. The winner receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Since 1983, the tournament has been held in Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York. As such, the tournament is the longest running conference tournament at any one site in all of college basketball.
Prior to the 2009 tournament, only the top 12 teams in the conference competed. In 2009, the tournament expanded to include all 16 of the conference's teams. The teams seeded #9 through #16 play first-round games, teams seeded #5 through #8 receive a bye to the second round, and the top four teams receive a double-bye to the quarter finals.
|Game||Date||Opponent||Location||Results||Television||Head Coach||Game Notes|
|2006 Tournament - 4 Seed|
|1||March 9, 2006||(5) Georgetown||Madison Square Garden||L 62-59||Tom Crean (0-1)||#23 Georgetown|
|2007 Tournament - 6 Seed|
|2||March 7, 2007||(11) St. John's||Madison Square Garden||W 76-67||Tom Crean (1-1)|
|3||March 8, 2007||(3) Pittsburgh||Madison Square Garden||L 89-79||Tom Crean (1-2)|
|2008 Tournament - 6 Seed|
|4||March 12, 2008||(11) Seton Hall||Madison Square Garden||W 67-54||Tom Crean (2-2)|
|5||March 13, 2008||(3) Notre Dame||Madison Square Garden||W 89-79||Tom Crean (3-2)|
|6||March 14, 2008||(7) Pittsburgh||Madison Square Garden||L 68-61||Tom Crean (3-3)|
|2009 Tournament - 5 Seed|
|7||March 11, 2009||(13) St. John's||Madison Square Garden||W 74-45||Buzz Williams (1-0)||#21 Marquette|
|8||March 12, 2009||(4) Villanova||Madison Square Garden||L 76-75||Buzz Williams (1-1)||#10 Villanova, #21 Marquette|
|2010 Tournament - 5 Seed|
|9||March 10, 2010||(13) St. John's||Madison Square Garden||W 57-55||Buzz Williams (2-1)|
|10||March 11, 2010||(4) Villanova||Madison Square Garden||W 80-76||Buzz Williams (3-1)||#10 Villanova|
|11||March 12, 2010||(8) Georgetown||Madison Square Garden||L 57-80||Buzz Williams (3-2)||#22 Georgetown|
|2011 Tournament - 11 Seed|
|12||March 8, 2011||(14) Providence||Madison Square Garden||W 87-66||Buzz Williams (4-2)|
|13||March 9, 2011||(6) West Virginia||Madison Square Garden||W 67-61||Buzz Williams (5-2)||#20 West Virginia|
|14||March 10, 2011||(3) Louisville||Madison Square Garden||L 56-81||Buzz Williams (5-3)||#14 Louisville|
Big East Tournament tickets are sold on a per-session basis; you do not need to buy a booklet for the entire tournament. Prices escalate as the tournament progresses; first round tickets are cheap, championship game tickets are not. 2006 marked the first time the entire tournament was sold out to the member schools without a public sale.
If you can't procure your tickets in advance, you'll be buying on the street. Most Big East schools are within driving distance of New York, and teams like Connecticut, Syracuse, St. John's, and Notre Dame have huge fan bases in New York City. Therefore, tickets to the semifinals and championship can be hard to find, depending on who is playing. As with any basketball tournament, if you're buying on the street we recommend buying tickets early, as soon as you find a price you're willing to pay.
Keep in mind that some schools do not qualify for the final rounds of the conference tournament; many fans from these schools will not be using their tickets.