WASHINGTON – Here's the price the Big East pays for being so good: It's already time for its teams to start beating up on each other in the NCAA tournament.
The top conference in the land went 3-0 in the four games played Thursday in the nation's capital.
Pittsburgh, Connecticut and Cincinnati all advanced, with Butler the one winner who was not like the others.
Now it's Connecticut vs. Cincinnati in the next round on Saturday, a rare pairing necessitated by the conference's record 11 bids to this year's tournament.
Bearcats coach Mick Cronin would rather be seeing someone less familiar.
"Absolutely," Cronin said. "The Big East is brutal. We've already played 20 of them. You'd like to avoid it. I understand the tournament committee would like to avoid it, too, but obviously it's unavoidable in certain situations."