MORGANTOWN - Cleaning out a crowded notebook and a cluttered mind while attempting to make some sense of the Big East standings with just 10 days remaining in the regular season:
Heading into Wednesday night's games (and the results of those did not change the math), there were no less than 10 teams with a chance to finish 11-7 in Big East play. On the top end, Pitt had already assured itself of a better record. On the bottom, Seton Hall, Providence, Rutgers, South Florida and DePaul can't get to that number.
With so many games involving teams in that middle mix playing each other, who's to say it couldn't happen?
All right, just for kicks, let's assume that at least two teams will surely slip below 11-7 and two will finish above it. That seems like a pretty realistic number, although it is likely to be more (but where's the fun in that?).
But even if we toss out two teams that will win up and two that will lose down, let's say there are still six teams with a chance to finish 11-7. If only two finish better than that (plus Pitt, which is already there), it would create a six-way tie for fourth in the final conference standings.
Why is that so intriguing? Well, because the top four teams earn a two-round bye in the Big East tournament. The next four teams earn a one-round pass. The bottom eight have to play on Tuesday, March 8, at Madison Square Garden.
One of those teams tied for fourth place (and a potential two-round bye) could find itself at the end of that six-way tiebreaker and be seeded in ninth place in the league.
Yes, one team could be playing on Tuesday after potentially missing the league's regular-season championship by perhaps just two or three games.