Saturday, July 26, 2014

To Trade or Not To Trade, That Is Neal Huntington's Question

We are less than one week away from the most important trade deadline of the Neal Huntington Era for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Since taking over as the team’s general manager in 2007, Huntington has completely gutted and rebuilt the organization from top to bottom.  Over his tenure, Huntington has made hundreds of transactions, but none will be as important as the moves he may or may not make in the upcoming days.

Huntington’s 2014 edition of the Pirates had a dreadful start, in which the team went 10-18 out of the gate.  Since that point, entering this weekend’s series in Colorado, the Pirates are playing at a .603 clip (44-29), which is among the best in baseball.  Once again, Huntington finds himself right in the thick of a playoff race as the trade deadline approaches.

The Pirates are in a good position to make a push in a wide open National League.  Add a bat off the bench, some bullpen depth, and maybe an upgrade at first base, along with a healthy starting rotation, and the Pirates could put themselves in a very good spot come October.  However, even without those additions, the Pirates have already proven this season that they can hold their own against the rest of the National League.

Although most feel that teams need to make splashy trades before the deadline to get them over the top, that is not necessarily the case with this year’s Pirate team.  The trade market this season is not deep, and it is very much a seller’s market.  A.J. Burnett is an intriguing player who is rumored to be connected to the Pirates, but he has an absurd contract that still owes him $6.5M in signing bonuses, plus a player option that could cost upwards of $12.5M in 2015.  Is that the type of move the Pirates should be making this season?

Is it really worth the risk of giving up the future to get questionable returns?  Last season the Pirates went out and acquired Marlon Byrd and Justin Morneau.  In 30 games with the Pirates, Byrd added some much needed offense to the corner outfield position, but Morneau, in 25 games in black and gold, did next to nothing in the team’s attempt to upgrade the first base position.  The team did make the playoffs for the first time in 21 seasons, but was eliminated in the divisional series.

The Pirates currently have a deeper and more talented overall team than last season.  Therefore, the need for adding before the trade deadline, although tempting, is not as necessary as it was 12 months ago.  Plus, does anyone think that the Pirates are just one or two players away from being serious World Series contenders?  They are not.  That is why the right move for Neal Huntington is to do nothing over the next week and focus on continuing to move the franchise forward, starting with a very busy and productive offseason.

Over the offseason, Huntington will have three major items on his “To-Do” list as he prepares for the 2015 season.  A 2015 season which will be Gregory Polanco’s 1st full season in the majors.  A season in which the Pirates could see the major league debuts of highly touted pitching prospects Jameson Taillon and Nick Kingham.  A 2015 season that very well may have been a target date for Huntington as he took over the Pirates organization.

2015 is the season for the Pirates, not 2014.

Going into the 2015 season, the Pirates have just 3 regulars not on their rookie contracts: Andrew McCutchen’s team friendly deal, Charlie Morton’s 3-year deal signed last offseason, and Starling Marte’s 6-year deal, also inked over the past offseason.  They also have the rights to all but 4 players on their current roster with Clint Barmes, Francisco Liriano, Edinson Volquez and Russell Martin all unrestricted free agents after the 2014 season.

Thanks to Huntington’s success at building the farm system - one that is considered one of the best in baseball - Barmes, Liriano, Volquez and Martin could all be replaced by players already within the organization.  The question is will Huntington let all four of those players go.  Alen Henson has been a top shortstop prospect for a few years now, and he certainly is deserving of a shot at making the roster out of spring training.  The same can be said of Brandon Cumpton, Nick Kingham and Vance Worley filling roles in the Pirates’ starting rotation next season.  The Pirates have Tony Sanchez, a former first round pick in AAA who they feel can step in as the team’s everyday catcher next season, but can they afford to not bring back Russell Martin?  Martin has been arguably the most valuable player on the team the past two seasons, outside of league MVP Andrew McCutchen.  With a young pitching staff, can the Pirates afford to let Martin walk away?  Or maybe a better question:  can they afford to keep him?

Re-signing Russell Martin should be the #1 offseason priority of Huntington’s.  Martin will be 32 years old next season and is probably looking for 1 final big contract.  A 3 or 4 year deal worth about $9-10M a year should be in the ball park of what Martin is looking for in that contract.  There is no reason that the Pirates can’t offer him this type of deal with the financial flexibility Huntington will have with so many other players on the roster still on their rookie deals.

The next item on Huntington’s priority list should be signing second baseman Neil Walker to a long term deal.  Walker is making $5.75M this season, his first of three arbitration years.  The way he has played this season that number figures to go up dramatically.  One could make the argument that on the open market he could make upwards of $15M a year.  However, luckily for the Pirates, he is not on the open market and for the time being they have exclusive negotiating rights with Walker.  The Pirates cannot afford to pay Walker $15M a year and really probably shouldn’t go much over $10M annually, but they can offer him guaranteed money.  A 6 year deal worth between $60-70M seems like something that could work for both parties.  It buys out Walker’s final two years of arbitration and keeps him in a Pirates uniform until the age of 35.  It also gives him guaranteed money as opposed to playing under 2 more 1-year deals under arbitration and becoming a free agent at the age of 31.

The final item on Huntington’s 2015 offseason “To-Do” list is to trade Pedro Alvarez.  Like Walker, Alvarez is into his arbitration years and can become a free agent after the 2016 season.  Unlike Walker, Alvarez, who is a Scott Boras client, will likely not sign an extension before becoming a free agent.  Due to that and the fact that the he has probably priced himself out of Pittsburgh, this would be the ideal time to trade the former second overall pick.  Alvarez is a power-hitting third baseman, who could become a DH in the American League, which could pull in a king’s ransom on the trading block.  Trading Alvarez would likely bring in the type of prospects that could both replenish the farm system as others make it to the Majors and that are major league ready and could contribute immediately. 

By making these moves in the upcoming offseason and not in the upcoming week, the Pirates become contenders for years to come, not just for one season.  So as unpopular as it may be for their fan base, the Pirates should stand pat at the trade deadline next week and trust the plan of their general manager. 


As successful as the Pirates have been in their recent resurgence, they are set-up to be even better in the very near future. Starting in 2015.

Friday, March 8, 2013

BETology 3/8: The "What If" Edition


The Rant will be your daily site to find out exactly how your team stacks up against the rest of the conference as we creep closer to the Big East Tournament in New York City, which begins March 12th. 

Last week in this space, we did a special BETology, with a projection of how the final week of the Big East regular season might play out.  This week we tell you every circumstance possible for every team in the Big East conference’s final weekend. 

Heading into the final weekend of the season only Rutgers and DePaul know for sure when they are playing in New York next week.  Rutgers is locked into the 11-seed and DePaul has once again clinched last place in the conference.  The 2 teams will play against each other in the Opening Round of the Big East Tournament Tuesday night. 

STANDINGS:
*Georgetown Hoyas 13-4
Saturday vs Syracuse, NOON ESPN
IF GEORGETOWN WINS:  They clinch the top seed in the Big East Tournament
IF GEROGETOWN LOSES: They can still clinch the top seed in the Big East Tournament if Louisville loses to Notre Dame AND Marquette loses to St. John’s.  If only 1 of those teams lose, Georgetown will finish in 2nd place, winning the head-to-head tiebreaker with both teams.  If both Louisville and Marquette win Saturday, Georgetown will drop to the 3-seed, as Louisville would be #1 and Marquette would be #2.

*Louisville Cardinal 13-4
Saturday vs Notre Dame, 4pm CBS
IF LOUISVILLE WINS: The Cardinals can do no worse than 2nd place.  If Georgetown wins, Louisville will be in 2nd place.  If Georgetown loses, Louisville claims the top seed in the conference.
IF LOUISVILLE LOSES: The Cardinals cannot win the conference title.  If Marquette wins, Louisville drops to 3rd.  If Marquette also loses, than Louisville finishes in 2nd place.

*Marquette Golden Eagles 13-4
St. John’s  @ St. John’s, 2pm ESPN
IF MARQUETTE WINS: They can only will the conference if both Georgetown AND Louisville lose.  Marquette loses every tiebreaker with the other 2 teams, so they finish 2nd if only 1 of those teams win and 3rd if both win on Saturday.
IF MARQUETTE LOSES:  They finish in 3rd place and would play the final game of the night on Thursday in New York City.

#Pittsburgh Panthers 11-6
Saturday @ DePaul, 2pm ESPN Regional TV
IF  PITT WINS: They can do no worse than 5th place and will finish in 4th place if Syracuse also wins.  If Syracuse loses and Notre Dame wins, then Notre Dame claims the final double bye spot and the Panthers drop to 5th place.
IF PITT LOSES:  They can finish anywhere from 4th to 6th.  They still finish in 4th if Syracuse and Notre Dame also lose.  They finish 5th if Syracuse loses and Notre Dame wins.  They finish 6th if Syracuse wins and Notre Dame loses.

#Syracuse Orange 11-6
Saturday @ Georgetown, NOON ESPN
IF SYRACUSE WINS: They can do no worse than 5th place.  If Pitt loses then Syracuse will finish 4th and claim the final double bye.
IF SYRACUSE LOSES: The 4 seed is out of the question.  They can still claim the 5 seed if Notre Dame also loses.  If Notre Dame wins Syracuse will drop all the way to the 6th seed in New York.

#Notre Dame Fighting Irish 11-6
Saturday @ Louisville, 4pm CBS
IF NOTRE DAME WINS:  They can jump all the way to the 4th seed if Syracuse loses.  If Syracuse wins and Pitt loses, Notre Dame gets the 5th seed.
IF NOTRE DAME LOSES:  They will be either 5th or 6th.  If Pitt also loses AND Syracuse wins, then the Irish get the 5th seed.  If Syracuse loses and Pitt wins, Notre Dame is 6th.  If both Pitt and Syracuse lose, Notre Dame finishes 6th.

#Villanova Wildcats 10-8
REGULAR SEASON COMPLETE
Villanova will finish 7th or 8th depending on the result of the UCONN-Providence game.  A UCONN win leaves Villanova in 7th, while a Providence win bumps Villanova down to 8th.

UCONN Huskies 9-8 (ineligible for BET)
Saturday vs Providence, NOON ESPNU

#Providence Friars 9-8
Saturday @ UCONN, NOON ESPNU
IF PROVIDENCE WINS: They claim the 7th seed.
IF PROVIDENCE LOSES:  They are the 8th seed.

#St. John’s Red Storm 8-9
Saturday vs Marquette, 2pm ESPN
IF ST. JOHN’S WINS: They are the 9th seed.
IF ST. JOHN’S LOSES: They are the 9th or 10th seed depending on Cincinnati.  If Cincinnati beats USF, then St. John’s drops to 10.  If Cincy loses to USF, then St. John’s stays in the 9 slot.

#Cincinnati Bearcats 8-9
Saturday vs South Florida, 4pm ESPN Regional TV
IF CINCINNATI WINS: They can move up to the 9th spot if St. John’s falls to Marquette.  If St. John’s wins, then Cincinnati stays in 10th.
IF CINCINNATI LOSES: They finish as the 10th seed.

11) Rutgers Scarlet Knights 4-13
Tonight @ Seton Hall, 7pm ESPN Regional TV
Rutgers is locked into the 11-seed and will be playing DePaul in the Opening Round of the Big East Tournament Tuesday night.  Rutgers owns all the tiebreakers against Seton Hall and South Florida.

Seton Hall Pirates 3-14
Tonight vs Rutgers, 7pm ESPN Regional TV
IF SETON HALL WINS: They will finish as the 12-seed.
IF SETON HALL LOSES: They will be either the 12 or 13 seed depending on the South Florida-Cincinnati game.  If South Florida also loses then Seton Hall in the 12-seed.  If USF beats Cincinnati, then Seton Hall drops to the 13-seed.

South Florida Bulls 3-14
Saturday @ Cincinnati, 4pm ESPN Regional TV
IF SOUTH FLORIDA WINS: They move up to the 12-seed if Seton Hall loses.  If Seton Hall also wins though, USF stays as the 13-seed.
IF SOUTH FLORIDA LOSES: They are the 13-seed.

14) DePaul Blue Demons 2-15
Saturday vs Pitt, 2pm ESPN Regional TV
DePaul is the 14th seed regardless of any outcomes this weekend.  They will be playing Rutgers at 9pm on Tuesday in the Opening Round of the Big East Tournament.
#- Clinched Opening Round Bye
*- Clinched Bye into Quarterfinal Round
Clinched Seeds Represented by number next to name.

BETology:
TUESDAY March 12th:
7:00pm
12 – Seton Hall
Vs
13 – South Florida

9:00pm
11 – Rutgers
Vs
14 – DePaul

WEDNESDAY March 13th:
NOON
8 – Providence
Vs
9 - St. John’s

2:00
5 – Syracuse
Vs
Tuesday 7:00 winner

7:00
7 – Villanova
Vs
10 - Cincinnati

9:00
6 – Notre Dame
Vs
Tuesday 9:00 winner

THURSDAY March 14th:
NOON
1 – Georgetown
Vs
Wednesday NOON winner

2:00
4 – Pitt
Vs
Wednesday 2:00 winner

7:00
2 – Louisville
Vs
Wednesday 7:00 winner

9:00
3 – Marquette
Vs
Wednesday 9:00 winner

Check back tomorrow for another update!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

BETology 3/7


The Rant will be your daily site to find out exactly how your team stacks up against the rest of the conference as we creep closer to the Big East Tournament in New York City, which begins March 12th.

With just 1 weekend remaining in the regular season, very little has been decided in way of seeding for the conference tournament.  We are currently looking at a 3-way tie for 1st place, a 3-way tie for 4th place and now a chance for a 3-way tie at the bottom of the standing.  What a wild Wednesday it was in the Big East.  Home court proved to be supreme.  We had our 1st team clinch their exact spot in the Big East Tournament bracket.  It is set up to be a crazy Saturday afternoon for the Big East.

STANDINGS:
*#Georgetown Hoyas 13-4
3-9 vs Syracuse

*#Louisville Cardinal 13-4
3-9 vs Notre Dame

*#Marquette Golden Eagles 13-4
3-9 @ St. John’s

#Pittsburgh Panthers 11-6
3-9 @ DePaul

#Syracuse Orange 11-6
3-9 @ Georgetown

#Notre Dame Fighting Irish 11-6
3-9 @ Louisville

#Villanova Wildcats 10-8
REGULAR SEASON COMPLETE

UCONN Huskies 9-8 (ineligible for BET)
3-9 vs Providence

#Providence Friars 9-8
3-9 @ UCONN

#St. John’s Red Storm 8-9
3-9 vs Marquette

#Cincinnati Bearcats 8-9
3-9 vs South Florida

Rutgers Scarlet Knights 4-13
3-8 @ Seton Hall

Seton Hall Pirates 3-14
3-8 vs Rutgers

South Florida Bulls 3-14
3-9 @ Cincinnati

14) DePaul Blue Demons 2-15
3-9 vs Pitt
#- Clinched Opening Round Bye
*- Clinched Bye into Quarterfinal Round
Clinched Seeds Represented by number next to name.

YESTERDAYS RECAP:
Syracuse- 78
DePaul- 57
Syracuse snapped a 3 game losing streak and dominated DePaul after struggling early with the Blue Demons.  Syracuse now moves into a 3-way tie for 4th place in the conference with Notre Dame and Pitt.  1 of those teams will claim the double bye in New York, while the other 2 will start the conference tournament on Wednesday.  Syracuse can still get that final double bye if they beat Georgetown on Saturday and Pitt loses to DePaul.  Despite Notre Dame also being tied with the Orange, they play a non-factor in Syracuse’s final position since Syracuse beat the Fighting Irish in early February.  Syracuse can finish anywhere from 4th to 6th in the final Big East standings, but we won’t know which of those spots it will be until Saturday afternoon.

DePaul stakes claim to the last place position for the 5th straight season.  The Blue Demons are the only team at this point to know exactly when they will be playing in New York.  DePaul has one game left, against Pitt on Saturday, but cannot catch South Florida in the standings, because the Bulls just beat DePaul this past Sunday.

Villanova- 67
Georgetown- 57
Georgetown has never won 12 straight games against Big East opponents.  The Hoyas entered Wednesday night’s game with an 11 game win streak, and they exited the game still having never won 12 straight.  Villanova throws a wrench into the standings and all the tiebreaker procedures by knocking off the 1st place Hoyas. 

Georgetown is still in position to win the Big East regular season title, as they hold all the tiebreakers with Marquette and Louisville, but now they have to beat Syracuse in the season finale on Saturday to lock up the title and #1 seed in New York.  The interesting things about the Big East tiebreaker system is that the 2nd tiebreaker is “best win,” so all the other tiebreakers in the conference will have to wait and see how the top of the standings pan out before their ties are figured out.

Villanova now assures themselves of either the 7 or 8 seed in New York.  Villanova is done their regular season schedule and will have to watch the Providence-UCONN game on Saturday to figure out where they will land in New York.  If Providence wins, the Friars will be the #7 seed and Villanova will drop to #8.  If UCONN wins, Villanova claims the #7 spot.

South Florida- 65
UCONN- 51
South Florida had lost 10 in a row before beating DePaul on Sunday, now they have won 2 in a row.  The Bulls win assures them of not finishing in last place, as DePaul is now locked into that spot.  USF now knows that they will be playing in the opening game of the Big East Tournament, as either the 12 or 13 seed, but they won’t know their seed or opponent until after their game with Cincinnati of Saturday afternoon.

TODAY’S GAMES:
NO GAMES SCHEDULED

UPCOMING GAMES:
Friday:
Rutgers @ Seton Hall, 7:00pm ESPN Regional TV

Saturday:
Providence @ UCONN, NOON ESPNU
Syracuse @ Georgetown, NOON ESPN
Pitt @ DePaul, 2:00pm, ESPN Regional TV
Marquette @ St. John’s, 2:00pm ESPN
South Florida @ Cincinnati, 4:00pm ESPN Regional TV
Notre Dame @ Louisville, 4:00pm CBS

BETology:
TUESDAY March 12th:
7:00pm
12 – Seton Hall
Vs
13 – South Florida

9:00pm
11 – Rutgers
Vs
14 – DePaul

WEDNESDAY March 13th:
NOON
8 – Providence
Vs
9 - St. John’s

2:00
5 – Syracuse
Vs
Tuesday 7:00 winner
 
7:00
7 – Villanova
Vs
10 - Cincinnati

9:00
6 – Notre Dame
Vs
Tuesday 9:00 winner

THURSDAY March 14th:
NOON
1 – Georgetown
Vs
Wednesday NOON winner

2:00
4 – Pitt
Vs
Wednesday 2:00 winner

7:00
2 – Louisville
Vs
Wednesday 7:00 winner

9:00
3 – Marquette
Vs
Wednesday 9:00 winner

Check back tomorrow for another update!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

BETology 3/6


The Rant will be your daily site to find out exactly how your team stacks up against the rest of the conference as we creep closer to the Big East Tournament in New York City, which begins March 12th.

At one point last night, it looked like we might be getting one more wrench thrown into the Big East standings in the final week of the season.  It was all for not however, as all the favorites were able to fight back for wins.  With that we have just 10 games left in the regular season and there is still yet to be a team to clinch their seed in the tournament.

STANDINGS:
*#Georgetown Hoyas 13-3
3-6 @ Villanova
3-9 vs Syracuse

*#Louisville Cardinal 13-4
3-9 vs Notre Dame

*#Marquette Golden Eagles 13-4
3-9 @ St. John’s

#Notre Dame Fighting Irish 11-6
3-9 @ Louisville

#Pittsburgh Panthers 11-6
3-9 @ DePaul

#Syracuse Orange 10-6
3-6 vs DePaul
3-9 @ Georgetown

UCONN Huskies 9-7
3-6 @ South Florida
3-9 vs Providence

#Providence Friars 9-8
3-9 @ UCONN

#Villanova Wildcats 9-8
3-6 vs Georgetown

#St. John’s Red Storm 8-9
3-9 vs Marquette

#Cincinnati Bearcats 8-9
3-9 vs South Florida

Rutgers Scarlet Knights 4-13
3-8 @ Seton Hall

Seton Hall Pirates 3-14
3-8 vs Rutgers

South Florida Bulls 2-14
3-6 vs UCONN
3-9 @ Cincinnati

DePaul Blue Demons 2-14
3-6 @ Syracuse
3-9 vs Pitt
#- Clinched Opening Round Bye
*- Clinched Bye into Quarterfinal Round
 
YESTERDAYS RECAP:
Notre Dame- 66
St. John’s- 40
The Johnnies had a 30-28 lead in the 2nd half of this game only to be outscored 38-10 by the Irish to close out the game.  The only fight from St. John’s in the 2nd half of this game came in the final 2 minutes when a brawl broke out on the court after Sir’Dominic Porter of St. John’s punched Notre Dame’s Cameron Biedscheid.  Both players were ejected from the game and will have to serve a one game suspension in their team’s final game of the season.  Amir Garrett also was ejected for leaving the bench during the fight, but since he did not throw a punch in the brawl, his availability for St. John’s game Saturday will be decided after further review by the Big East and NCAA.

Notre Dame kept their hopes alive for the final double bye in next week’s conference tournament.  With 1 last game left on the schedule Notre Dame needs to beat Louisville on Saturday or have Syracuse lose to both DePaul and Georgetown to get the 4 seed. 

St. John’s closes the season at home against Marquette.  The Red Storm will either be the 9 or 10 seed in New York depending on Saturday’s results.  St. John’s has losses to Providence, and Villanova, so the only team that they win a tiebreaker with is Cincinnati, who they beat early in the season.

Marquette- 60
Rutgers- 54
The Golden Eagles scored the 1st basket of the game to get a 2-0 lead and didn’t have another lead until they went ahead 55-52 with 3 minutes to go in the game.  Rutgers was up by 10 at halftime, but could not hold on to the lead, as Marquette finished the game on a 17-4 run.  Marquette is still in play for the Big East regular season title, but they would need some help for that to happen.

Rutgers could have clinched the 11 seed in the conference tournament had they held on for the victory, but now they will have to defeat state rival Seton Hall on Friday to get that.

Providence- 76
Seton Hall- 66
The Friars got a double-double from Kadeem Batts as they slowly but steadily continue their climb up the standings.  Providence has moved up to 7th in the standings after the win, and can do no worse than 8th.  The Friars could have the 7th seed clinched without playing tomorrow.  If Villanova loses to Georgetown, the Friars will be the 7th seed.  If Villanova wins the game, Providence will have the chance to clinch it themselves when they play their season finale against UCONN Saturday afternoon.

Seton Hall already knows that they will be playing on the opening day of the Big East Tournament, they just don’t know who and when they will be playing.  If the Pirates beat Rutgers on Friday, they will clinch the 11th seed and play the last place team at 9pm on Tuesday.  If they lose to their rival Friday, they will be playing at 7pm.

TODAY’S GAMES:
DePaul @ Syracuse,
6:00pm ESPN Regional TV

Georgetown @ Villanova
7:00pm ESPN2

UCONN @ South Florida
9:00pm ESPNU

UPCOMING GAMES:
Friday:
Rutgers @ Seton Hall, 7:00pm ESPN Regional TV

Saturday:
Providence @ UCONN, NOON ESPNU
Syracuse @ Georgetown, NOON ESPN
Pitt @ DePaul, 2:00pm, ESPN Regional TV
Marquette @ St. John’s, 2:00pm ESPN
South Florida @ Cincinnati, 4:00pm ESPN Regional TV
Notre Dame @ Louisville, 4:00pm CBS

BETology:
TUESDAY March 12th:
7:00pm
12 – Seton Hall
Vs
13 – South Florida

9:00pm
11 – Rutgers
Vs
14 – DePaul

WEDNESDAY March 13th:
NOON
8 – Villanova
Vs
9 - St. John’s

2:00
5 – Pitt
Vs
Tuesday 7:00 winner

7:00
7 – Providence
Vs
10 - Cincinnati

9:00
6 – Syracuse
Vs
Tuesday 9:00 winner

THURSDAY March 14th:
NOON
1 – Georgetown
Vs
Wednesday NOON winner

2:00
4 – Notre Dame
Vs
Wednesday 2:00 winner

7:00
2 – Louisville
Vs
Wednesday 7:00 winner

9:00
3 – Marquette
Vs
Wednesday 9:00 winner

Check back tomorrow for another update!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

BETology 3/5


The Rant will be your daily site to find out exactly how your team stacks up against the rest of the conference as we creep closer to the Big East Tournament in New York City, which begins March 12th.

Just one game into the final week of the regular season and we have already seen some things clearing up in the standings.  There is now only 1 double bye spot remaining after Louisville staked claim to the 3rd last night.  It still looks like most of the seeding won’t be decided until the final day of the regular season on Saturday.  However, with 3 games today and 3 more tomorrow the Big East standings will begin to sort itself out leading into the weekend.

STANDINGS:
*#Georgetown Hoyas 13-3
3-6 @ Villanova
3-9 vs Syracuse

*#Louisville Cardinal 13-4
3-9 vs Notre Dame

*#Marquette Golden Eagles 12-4
3-5 @ Rutgers
3-9 @ St. John’s

#Pittsburgh Panthers 11-6
3-9 @ DePaul

#Syracuse Orange 10-6
3-6 vs DePaul
3-9 @ Georgetown

#Notre Dame Fighting Irish 10-6
3-5 vs St. John’s
3-9 @ Louisville

UCONN Huskies 9-7
3-6 @ South Florida
3-9 vs Providence

#Villanova Wildcats 9-8
3-6 vs Georgetown

#Providence Friars 8-8
3-5 vs Seton Hall
3-9 @ UCONN

#St. John’s Red Storm 8-8
3-5 @ Notre Dame
3-9 vs Marquette

#Cincinnati Bearcats 8-9
3-9 vs South Florida

Rutgers Scarlet Knights 4-12
3-5 vs Marquette
3-8 @ Seton Hall

Seton Hall Pirates 3-13
3-5 @ Providence
3-8 vs Rutgers

South Florida Bulls 2-14
3-6 vs UCONN
3-9 @ Cincinnati

DePaul Blue Demons 2-14
3-6 @ Syracuse
3-9 vs Pitt
#- Clinched Opening Round Bye
*- Clinched Bye into Quarterfinal Round

YESTERDAYS RECAP:
Louisville- 67
Cincinnati- 51
Louisville clinched a bye into the Quarterfinals for the Big East Tournament as Rick Pitino gained his 300th win with the school.  The Cardinal can still earn the top seed in the conference tournament in New York, but will need some help for that to happen.  Since Louisville lost to Georgetown in their only match-up this season, the only way for the Cardinals to win the regular season title is if the Hoyas lose both of their remaining games.  Georgetown plays Villanova on the road Wednesday and hosts Syracuse in the season finale Saturday.  Louisville does own the head-to-head tiebreaker with Marquette however, so either a loss by the Golden Eagles in either of their final 2 games or another win by Louisville and they clinch at worst the 2-seed in New York.

Cincinnati in now locked into playing on Wednesday and with losses to all the teams immediately ahead of them in the standings, the Bearcats will likely need to win their season finale with South Florida if they want to move out of the 10th seed.  With the USF-Cincinnati game being played at 4pm Saturday, after Providence, St. John’s and Villanova complete their seasons, it is likely that Cincinnati will know their destiny before tip-off.

TODAY’S GAMES:
St. John’s @ Notre Dame
7:00pm ESPN2

Marquette @ Rutgers
7:00pm ESPN Regional TV

Seton Hall @ Providence
9:00pm ESPN Regional TV

UPCOMING GAMES:
Wednesday:
DePaul @ Syracuse, 6:00pm ESPN Regional TV
Georgetown @ Villanova, 7:00pm ESPN2
UCONN @ South Florida, 9:00pm ESPNU

Friday:
Rutgers @ Seton Hall, 7:00pm ESPN Regional TV

Saturday:
Providence @ UCONN, NOON ESPNU
Syracuse @ Georgetown, NOON ESPN
Pitt @ DePaul, 2:00pm, ESPN Regional TV
Marquette @ St. John’s, 2:00pm ESPN
South Florida @ Cincinnati, 4:00pm ESPN Regional TV
Notre Dame @ Louisville, 4:00pm CBS

BETology:
TUESDAY March 12th:
7:00pm
12 – Seton Hall
Vs
13 – South Florida

9:00pm
11 – Rutgers
Vs
14 – DePaul

WEDNESDAY March 13th:
NOON
8 – Providence
Vs
9 - St. John’s

2:00
5 – Syracuse
Vs
Tuesday 7:00 winner

7:00
7 – Villanova
Vs
10 - Cincinnati

9:00
6 – Notre Dame
Vs
Tuesday 9:00 winner

THURSDAY March 14th:
NOON
1 – Georgetown
Vs
Wednesday NOON winner

2:00
4 – Pitt
Vs
Wednesday 2:00 winner

7:00
2 – Louisville
Vs
Wednesday 7:00 winner

9:00
3 – Marquette
Vs
Wednesday 9:00 winner

Check back tomorrow for another update!