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Big East's big three dangerous dance partners

The Big East is sending a trio of dangerous teams to the Dance.

Updated: March 17, 2003, 12:25 AM ET
By Kieran Darcy | Special to ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- In 1985, the high point in its history, the Big East fielded three teams in the Final Four: Villanova, Georgetown and St. John's. None of those teams qualified for this year's NCAA Tournament -- but three Big East teams that did are legitimate national championship contenders.

Let's begin with the Pittsburgh Panthers (26-4), the No. 2 seed in the Midwest, who captured their first Big East tournament title Saturday night with a convincing 74-56 win over Connecticut. Pittsburgh ...

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