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West Virginia might always be a football school, and I might always be a football fan first. No matter, because for the next few weeks, the college basketball calendar is the greatest thing on the planet.
Usually, it's the NCAA Tournament that takes precedence over everything. This year, however, we have the biggest and baddest conference tournament that sport has ever seen. Based off the current ESPN Insider RPI rankings, the Big East Tournament will feature eight of the top 25 teams in the country, along with teams ranked 31st, 32nd, and 67th (Marquette, on the bubble). It will take place in Madison Square Garden -- the world's most famous arena -- all with the backdrop of the most dynamic and exciting city on the planet, New York City. Games start Tuesday and run through the traditional final of Saturday night, which last season, was the most dramatic of Mountaineer victories (in a season filled with dramatic victories).
In years past, we have to wait until that first Thursday of the NCAA Tournament to experience wall-to-wall awesome basketball, but this year, it starts a week early with the Big East Tournament. And for those around the country that might have a want to drink beer and watch great basketball, don't tune in to your own conference tournament. Instead, pull up a chair, grab a cocktail, and watch the Big East Tournament. Because this year, it's bound to blow your socks off.
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