2006_03_sbigeast.jpgIf it wasn't a big enough spectacle before, the Big East tournament now has even more power to its punch. Starting today at Madison Square Garden, the league's top 12 (out of 16) battle it out for the conference's tournament title and the berth in the NCAA tournament that comes with it. Of course, most of the teams are playing for seeding, but a few are on the bubble.

Connecticut and VIllanova should receive two of the national tournaments's number one seeds Sunday. Each has a bye in the first round. Pittsburgh, Marquette, Georgetown and West Virginia, last year's winner will all make the tournament. After that, Gothamist sees Seton Hall as a likely entrant and Syracuse and Cincinnati as teams that would breathe a lot easier with a win. No conference has ever sent more than seven teams to the NCAA tournament, but no conference has ever had the depth of this year's Big East. As for who will win, Gothamist likes Connecticut, but sees them as far from a lock. If either Villanova or West Virginia is making their threes, they can beat anyone in the country.