View Full Version : BIG EAST will allow all teams into post season tourney. Good decision or bad?

08-12-2008, 11:36 PM
The Big East Tournament will be celebrating its 29th year this season, and this one promises to be different than all the rest.
That's because the Big East chose to have all 16 of its teams automatically qualify for the league tournament this season. Since the league expanded to 16 in 2005, only the top 12 have earned spots at Madison Square Garden in New York City - where the event has been held for the past 25 years.

The new rule creates some big changes in the format. The top four seeds will now receive a two-round bye, moving directly into the quarterfinals. Teams seeded Nos. 5-8 receive a one-round bye and begin play in the second round. Teams seeded Nos. 9-16 will each play in the first round and have the unenviable task of having to win five games in five days to win the tournament title and capture the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament that comes with it.


Wake's Fastball
08-13-2008, 01:38 AM
Stupid, though IMO having 12 was even dumber. I won't complain, as Providence is going to be a major beneficiary of this, but I think having a two-round bye is remarkably unfair, especially considering that there's usually a pretty tight clump from seeds 3-10. Having to play two less games to win the Big East could be a major difference in keeping a bubble intact.