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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Big East beasts

Connecticut and Pittsburgh made sure the Big East will have at least two teams in the Elite Eight. Will Villanova make it three?
We'll know in a couple of hours.
Levance Fields made sure Pitt was not the first No. 1 seed to go down. The senior guard hit a huge 3-pointer and converted a steal into a layup to rally the Panthers to a 60-55 victory over fourth-seeded Xavier in the first game of Thursday's East Regional semifinal at TD Banknorth Garden.
Pitt gets the winner of the Villanova-Duke game in Saturday's regional final.
Judging by the crowd reaction, Duke does not have many friends in the Garden. The Blue Devils were greeted with a round of boos as they took the floor with four minutes to go before tip-off.
Speaking of support, with a large alumni base in Boston, Villanova had not trouble selling its allotment of 1,200.
"They went pretty quick," Villanova athletic director Vince Nicastro said.


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