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Monday, March 18, 2013
Placing Big East hoops teams in bowl games

By Matt Fortuna

My Jerome picks failed me yet again, and with Selection Sunday in the rearview mirror, my March Madness ones are bound to go to waste in no time as well.

As colleague Brett McMurphy noted Sunday night, it's tough to imagine the commotion that will follow college football playoff selectors in two years when choosing four teams, given the hoopla surrounding the 68-team hoops field.

Until then, the closest parallel we have is USA Today's "What if …" game, as David Cassilo slots each hoops team in a bowl game according to its conference.

I figure Big East fans will enjoy these selections much more than the actual football bowl picks, though Louisville fans will likely  be upset seeing a Duke-Indiana BCS title game. (To be fair, Cassilo's seeding was determined before conference tournament season, when the Cardinals cemented themselves as the No. 1 overall seed.)

Here's where Big East teams would be playing this spring:

Fiesta Bowl: Kansas vs. Louisville

Independence Bowl: Cincinnati vs. UNLV

Little Caesar's Bowl: St. John's vs. Temple

Belk Bowl: Florida State vs. Pitt

Pinstripe Bowl: Syracuse vs. Arizona State

As for other, non-football Big East members …

Orange Bowl: Miami vs. Georgetown

Russell Athletic Bowl: Virginia vs. Marquette

Music City Bowl: Maryland vs. Providence

Compass Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Butler

Beef O'Brady's Bowl: Villanova vs. Southern Miss