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Behind the Bracket: Even Bigger East

It might not get three No. 1 seeds, but the Big East could grab nine bids come March

Updated: January 18, 2010, 3:33 PM ET
By Joe Lunardi | ESPN Insider

Surely you remember Selection Sunday last season. When the four No. 1 seeds popped up on the screen, three of them -- Louisville, Pittsburgh and Connecticut -- were from the Big East. Never before (and maybe never again?) had a single conference gotten more than two No. 1 seeds in the same season.

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Jim O'Connor/US PresswireWesley Johnson was a solid player in an uncertain time for Syracuse.

So this was supposed to be a transition year for the Big East. The league would be deep and talented, of course, but the Big Ten was thought to be poised for a turn as the "it" conference in college basketball.

Not so much.

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