After a wild four days, only sixteen teams remain in the hunt for an NCAA Championship – and a quarter of them call the BIG EAST Conference home. Regular season champion Syracuse and runner-up Marquette as well as postseason champion Louisville and runner-up Cincinnati are all on to the tournament’s second weekend.
, the top seed in the East region, advanced with wins over UNC-Asheville and Kansas State. Reid Forgrave writes on FOXSports.com that the Orange continues to be resilient
. The Orange has been greatly helped by the emergence of James Southerland
, writes Donna DiTota in the Post-Standard
Syracuse will face Wisconsin on Thursday night in Boston (7:15pm, CBS). The matchup looks to be a battle of excellent guards
Joining the Orange in Boston will be Cincinnati
, who knocked off Texas and ACC Tournament champion Florida State this weekend. The bruising Bearcats beat the Seminoles in what felt like a fistfight
, writes Paul Daugherty in the Cincinnati Enquirer
. Bill Koch of the Enquirer
notes that is a style forged in the BIG EAST
and the Bearcats are quick to point out the benefits of playing in America’s toughest basketball conference.