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Back-loaded schedule pays off for Big East

For the members of the Big East, No. 3 West Virginia vs. No. 5 Louisville is more than just a top-five matchup. It's about redemption for the conference, writes Ivan Maisel.

Updated: November 2, 2006, 10:58 AM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

On Wednesday morning, Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich sounded like a kid at Christmas.

"It's finally here," he said.

It, in Jurich's mind, is the game between No. 3 West Virginia and No. 5 Louisville at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on Thursday night. Both teams are 7-0 and 2-0 in the Big East.

It also means more. For the members of the Big East written off after the departures of Boston College, Miami and Virginia Tech, there is redemption in the game Thursday night.

"It's ...

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