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March 29, 2013

Big East breaking up with a bang

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"There's no question leaving the Big East will be sad, it already is in so many ways," Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins said in a jubilant locker room. "But it's a chance for one more game and it will mean the Final Four."

The Big East. The one Dave Gavitt started. The one players like Patrick Ewing, Chris Mullin and Pearl Washington vaulted to the national spotlight. The one that had a record three teams in the 1985 Final Four. The one that has won six national championships.

Yeah, that Big East is still around and will be for at least one more week.

"Just the win and being in the Elite Eight," Syracuse's Brandon Triche said. "That's what really matters more than anything else."

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