The Big East tournament hasn’t seen two top seeds meet in the championship game since 2004. With seeding rarely making a difference over the last decade-plus, let’s take a look at some of the crazy runs in the Big East tourney since UConn and Pitt played in a No. 1 vs No. 2 final back in ’04:
- 2005: No. 8 seed West Virginia won three games in three days to get to the championship game.
- 2006: Behind a herculean effort from Gerry McNamara, No. 9 seed Syracuse (7-9 in the Big East) won four games in four days by a total of eight points to punch its ticket to the dance.
- 2008: No. 7 seed Pittsburgh won four games in four days to win the tourney.
- 2009: No. 6 seed Syracuse won three games in three days (including this 6OT classic) to get to the championship game.
- 2010: No. 8 seed Georgetown won three games in three days to get to the final (lost 60-58 to West Virginia).
- 2011: Behind a heroic tourney performance from Kemba Walker, No. 9 seed UConn won FIVE games in FIVE days to cut down the nets at MSG.
- 2012: Riding the hot hand of Peyton Siva, No. 7 seed Louisville won four games in four days to win the championship. (While that no longer technically counts in the record books due to recent sanctions, it still counts to those who bet Louisville futures).
- 2013: No. 5 seed Syracuse won three games in three days to get to the final.
Is this the year where the 13 year No. 1 vs No. 2 drought ends or can we continue to expect the unexpected at the Garden? On paper, the top two seeds Xavier and Villanova are on a collision course, but there are some other interesting options from a futures perspective. Let’s dive into this year’s bracket to see if there are any worth investing in.