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Syracuse Kicks Off Day Three of Big East Tourney

They've already played two full days of basketball at Madison Square Garden, and the Big East has still only reduced its conference tourney ranks by half, with four teams finally playing for the first time. The last two days were fun: Now the Big East is not messing around.

The big dogs of the Big East hunt debut today, and it kicks off at noon with 'CUUUUUSE playing Georgetown, a classic Big East battle if there ever were one. The Orange haven't officially nailed down a No. 1 seed yet; a win today, avoiding a two-game losing skein to end the season, should probably take care of that. Our own Joe DeLessio is at the game and will be filing a report afterward, so for his sake, let's hope 'Cuse saves its six-overtime thriller for the final.

That's just the opener. The other matchups today include Villanova playing just-slipped-past–St. John's Marquette, Notre Dame facing Pittsburgh, and, in the least likely matchup, West Virginia facing Cincinnati, who upset Louisville last night and is playing its third game in three days. That game also features WVU coach Bob Huggins facing his old school, the one who forced him out five years ago.

Twelve top-level college basketball games played at the Garden in three days. Sure beats the Ice Capades.

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