The current iteration of the Big East is going out with a bang. With No. 3 Marquette and No. 4 Syracuse facing off in the final of the East Region, at least one team currently hailing from the conference will reach the Final Four.
No. 1 Indiana was stymied by Syracuse's 2-3 zone in the Sweet 16 but the third-seeded Marquette Golden Eagles should be more familiar with it. In a meeting earlier this season, Marquette beat Syracuse by three. Of course, that doesn't mean that Buzz Williams is happy to see Jim Boeheim's bunch again.
"I don't want to play Syracuse again. [People say] 'Well, you know them and you know their zone.' I know all that," Williams said, via the Associated Press. "I don't want to play 'em. I would rather play somebody else. But it's part of having so many good teams in our league that go to the NCAA tournament."
Will Boehieim need to further postpone his family trip to Disney World after clinching a spot in the national semifinals? Or will Marquette top 'Cuse again and book a trip to Atlanta?
Scroll down for live updates from the East Regional Finals.
03/30/2013 9:43 PM EDT
@ JonRothstein :
College basketball. Where the unexpected becomes the ordinary.
03/30/2013 9:42 PM EDT
@ jeffborzello :
Prior to this season, the only 9-seed to ever make the Final Four was Penn back in 1979.
03/30/2013 9:41 PM EDT
@ AndyGlockner :
Fifth mid-major in the Final Four in eight seasons. Thank you, George Mason.
03/30/2013 9:41 PM EDT
Cotton misses both but it doesn't matter. WICHITA STATE IS GOING TO THE FINAL FOUR, BEATING OHIO STATE 70-66.
03/30/2013 9:40 PM EDT
Wichita State goes for the touchdown pass again as Cotton gets behind Craft and then draws a foul on a dunk attempt. 4.6 seconds left.
03/30/2013 9:39 PM EDT
Craft knocks down a 3 from the center of the key after Cotton went 1/2 from the line. 70-66 Wichita State with 6.8 seconds left.
03/30/2013 9:37 PM EDT
Shockers break the full court press but Baker missed the layup. Ross missed a 3 on the other end and Wichita State got the ball back. Cotton will go to the free throw line with 11.6 seconds left.
03/30/2013 9:35 PM EDT
Baker gets trapped in the corner and Wichita State has to call its last timeout. 38 seconds left.
03/30/2013 9:33 PM EDT
Wichita State calls a timeout.
03/30/2013 9:32 PM EDT
Scott gets an offensive rebound and makes a basket in the paint to make it 69-63 with 40.9 seconds left.