2013 College Basketball Tournament: Best of the Big East

Results from the Big East Basketball Tournament Simulation

1
16
'99 UConn
'09 Villanova
83
81
8
9
'87 Syracuse
'89 Seton Hall
104
103
4
13
'04 UConn
'09 UConn
76
72
5
12
'11 UConn
'85 St. John's
71
81
3
14
'03 Syracuse
'10 W. Virginia
73
82
6
11
'85 Villanova
'96 Syracuse
73
76
7
10
'85 Georgetown
'82 Georgetown
80
71
2
15
'84 Georgetown
'07 Georgetown
78
65
1
8
'99 UConn
'87 Syracuse
80
79
4
12
'04 UConn
'85 St. John's
76
73
14
11
'10 W. Virginia
'96 Syracuse
84
82
7
2
'85 Georgetown
'84 Georgetown
87
92
1
4
'99 UConn
'04 UConn
82
85
14
2
'10 W. Virginia
'84 Georgetown
65
75
4
2
'04 UConn
'84 Georgetown

WhatIfSports.com is celebrating the Big East's rich history of hardwood prowess. Its members have claimed 18 NCAA Tournament Final Four appearances since the conference's inception in 1979.

Utilizing our award-winning college basketball simulation engine, we "played" a tournament featuring every Big East squad that has advanced to the Final Four. Beginning with two play-in games, we simulated each match-up 1,001 times and advanced the winner. View play-in game results and learn about seeding here.

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1998-99 Connecticut Huskies
2003-04 Connecticut Huskies
1
4
'99 UConn
'04 UConn
82
85
The good news for UConn fans? The Huskies are guaranteed a spot in the Best of the Big East championship game. The bad? One team will have to knock out fellow alums to get there.

No surprise that these two teams were evenly matched. It was as though the coaches anticipated each other's moves...

Fast-forward to the game's waning moments. Trailing by six as the clock ticked under a minute, '04 UConn was in need of a little fortuity to stay alive. Insert Souleymane Wane of '99 UConn. Following a jumper from Taliek Brown that cut the deficit to four, Wane missed a pair of free throws. Ben Gordon then capitalized on the other end and suddenly the '04 Huskies were only down 76-74 with 46 seconds remaining. '99 UConn milked its possession, but Ricky Moore missed a long two-pointer, setting up Emeka Okafor for the game-tying bank shot as time expired.

The magic continued for the '04 Huskies in overtime, as they scored the first six points. Meanwhile, '99 UConn coughed up the ball four times in the extra stanza and didn't connect on a field goal until Richard Hamilton's three pointer to beat the final buzzer. The '04 squad won 85-82 and earned the right to represent their school in the Best of the Big East championship.

Ben Gordon rebounded from a poor performance in the Elite 8 to notch 23 points, six assists and three steals. Okafor tallied 16 points, 12 boards and 4 blocks for '04 UConn. Hamilton scored 29 points for '99 UConn, but shot just 1-for-6 in overtime. Though Jake Voskuhl didn't contribute much offensively, he did pull down a game-high 18 rebounds.

Player of the game: Ben Gordon (23 points, 6 assists, 3 steals)

Winning Percentage of 1,001 Simulations: 2003-04 Connecticut 65.0% - 1998-99 Connecticut 35.0%

Average Score of 1,001 Simulations: 2003-04 Connecticut 78.4 - 1998-99 Connecticut 74.6

View Sample Boxscore | Simulate '04 UConn vs. '99 UConn
2009-10 West Virginia Mountaineers
1983-84 Georgetown Hoyas
11
2
'10 W. Virginia
'84 Georgetown
65
75
When filling out a March Madness bracket, "experts" say the best advice is to advance the teams with the most NBA, first-round draft potential. That sentiment rang true in this matchup as the Hoyas cruise past West Virginia, 75-65, in the Best of the Big East Final Four.

Future No. 1 NBA Draft pick, Patrick Ewing, didn't reach his 10 rebounds he average in 1983-84 (only five boards), but he went above and beyond in the scoring department. During Ewing's quest for an NCAA title, he average 16.4 points per game. In this contest, he scored a game-high 23 points.

Though Ewing couldn't attain his rebound goal, Georgetown crushed the Mountaineers 40-23 in team boards. Michael Graham led all with 13.

In previous Best of the Big East tournament games, this West Virginia crew was notorious for their late-game heroics. Their luck evaporated quickly when Georgetown started the game on a 15-3 run. The 12-point deficit remained the same when the first half ended (38-26).

Player of the game: Patrick Ewing (23 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks)

Winning Percentage of 1,001 Simulations: 1983-84 Georgetown 92.3% - 2009-10 West Virginia 7.7%

Average Score of 1,001 Simulations: 1983-84 Georgetown 78.8 - 2009-10 West Virginia 64.2

View Sample Boxscore | Simulate '84 Georgetown vs. '10 West Virginia
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