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Irish wait, watch as Big East tourney opens

Joe Meixell | Wednesday, November 5, 2008

After Saturday’s 1-0 win at West Virginia clinched the Big East Blue division, No. 13 Notre Dame will get to watch the 12-team conference tournament field narrow itself to eight without playing a game.

On Saturday, the Irish (11-5-2, 7-2-2 Big East) will host either the Mountaineers or Louisville, who play at 2 p.m. today.

A win Saturday would place the Irish in the semifinals Nov. 14 in Tampa, Fla., one victory away from the Nov. 16 championship game.

In other first-round action, Villanova plays at Providence, with the winner set to face St. John’s, the Red division’s top team. DePaul hosts Pittsburgh today for the right to play at Connecticut.

Cincinnati plays at Georgetown tomorrow in the final first-round game, the winner of which will play at South Florida.

If the seedings hold, the Irish would draw USF in the semifinals.