Games 33-36: Big East Tournament First Round

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Jay Wright begins play in the Big East Tournament against South Florida in the first round. (Mel Evans/AP file photo)

NEW YORK - One of the best weeks of the college basketball season, perhaps the best full-length week of them all, has finally arrived.

Championship Week kicks into high gear today as Madison Square Garden opens its doors once again to the Big East. Fans of all 16 of the conference's schools - yes, even DePaul and South Florida - have made their way to Manhattan for one of the best conference tournaments in the nation.

There will be four games today, including Villanova-South Florida at 7:00 p.m. I'll be chatting live during that game, and posting updates on the rest of the action at the Garden throughout the day.

We'll also be able to talk about the other games today involving local teams. La Salle visits St. Bonaventure and Saint Joseph's travels to George Washington in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, and Penn hosts Princeton in the final game of the entire college basketball regular season.

In case you haven't heard yet, a Princeton win would force a one-game playoff for the Ivy League's automatic NCAA Tournament bid. That game would be played on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. at Yale's John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven, Conn.

If Penn wins tonight, Harvard wins the league outright and there would be no playoff game.

So come on in. Bring your questions, your complaints, and a good pair of shoes. It's going to be quite a week.

Game 33: #16 DePaul vs. #9 Connecticut

Time: 12:00 p.m. EST
TV: ESPN2 (Dave Pasch, Fran Fraschilla and Doris Burke)

Game 34: #13 Rutgers vs. #12 Seton Hall

Time: 2:30 p.m. EST (approximately)
TV: ESPN2 (Dave Pasch, Fran Fraschilla and Doris Burke)

Game 35: #14 South Florida vs. #10 Villanova

Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
TV: ESPNU (Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas and Bill Raftery)

Game 36: #14 Providence vs. #11 Marquette

Time: 9:30 p.m. EST (approximately)
TV: ESPNU (Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas and Bill Raftery

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