Postseason Preview: Big East 1st Rd.


Jeremiah Kelly with a lay up

DePaul takes on #19 Connecticut in the first round of the Big East Tournament on Tuesday afternoon. The game is on ESPN2 at 11 p.m. CT and is the first of a four-game set on the ESPN Family of Networks. Unfortunately the Blue Demons are in a tough spot without Cleveland Melvin, but hopefully players like Brandon Young and Moses Morgan can get some postseason experience.

If DePaul somehow manages to win this game the Blue Demons will take on Georgetown in the second round. That all leads to a date with top-seeded Pittsburgh, a Final Four favorite. Yup, the Big East is pretty good.
Speaking of the Big East, Pico Dulce over at Rumble in the Garden managed to get 19 bloggers from the conference to talk postseason awards and other miscellaneous stuff. Go check it out. The preview for this game is after the jump.
DePaul vs. Connecticut
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
What: Big East First Round
When: 11:00 p.m. CT
Chances: 7.2% according to Ken Pomeroy
What else you need to know: The Big East is absolutely insane. Connecticut is projected as a 5-seed in Andy Glockner's latest bracket for CNNSI, but the Huskies have to play in the first round of the Big East Tournament. How this makes sense I'll never know. Connecticut is one of the younger teams in the Big East with freshmen Shabazz Napier, Jeremy Lamb and Roscoe Smith playing significant minutes. Of course DePaul is a really young team and will be without Melvin in this game. Also, Connecticut has Big East and National Player of the Year candidate Kemba Walker. While he tailed off a bit at the end of the season, he still finished with a 116.8 offensive rating while using 30 percent of the team's possessions (38th in the nation) and playing 91.0 percent of the teams minutes (19th). DePaul lost by 20 at home to Jim Calhoun's squad earlier in the season. If the Blue Demons are to have any chance Krys Faber is going to have to have a big game and someone is going to have to guard Walker. That's a tough task for Oliver Purnell's squad.

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