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
70
79

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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2004-04 Connecticut Huskies
1983-84 Georgetown Hoyas
4
2
'04 UConn
'84 Georgetown
70
79
The Best of the Big East tourney started with four entries from Georgetown and four from Connecticut. So, it was no surprise that each program advanced to the finale.

These two teams may have been separated by 20 years, but through the magic of WhatIfSports.com's college basketball simulation engine the Huskies and Hoyas were able to battle for the crown.

Jim Calhoun's Huskies dismissed Georgia Tech to win the National Championship in 2004. However, their opponent in this title game proved to be too much. Rashad Anderson led UConn with 20 points, including four from long distance. Though Anderson had success from the beyond the arc, his teammates did not. The rest of Connecticut only managed to connect on 1-7 three-point field goals.

Since the three-pointer wasn't established as a viable option when the Hoyas won their trophy in 1984, they took fewer attempts from behind the arc (5-11) and more shots from close range (31-53). Reggie Williams tallied 17 points, leading the team. The alpha Hoya, Patrick Ewing, scored 15 points and finished with a game-high 12 rebounds.

The game was a back-and-forth battle until the final two minutes and change. Future second-overall, NBA Draft pick Emeka Okafor found future-third overall choice, Ben Gordon, who sank a jumper, closing the gap to three. Unfortunately for Huskie Nation, UConn failed to score another point as Georgetown's lead continued to grow until the final buzzer.

The 1983-84 Georgetown Huskies are your Best of the Big East simulation champions.

Player of the game: Patrick Ewing (15 points, 12 rebounds, 5 blocks)

Winning Percentage of 1,001 Simulations: 1983-84 Georgetown Hoyas 75.8% - 2003-04 Connecticut Huskies 24.2%

Average Score of 1,001 Simulations: 1983-84 Georgetown Hoyas 78.8 - 2003-04 Connecticut Huskies 64.2

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