The following info is embedded in my story about Saturday’s UConn-South Florida game. But it bears some additional highlighting.
The Huskies (26-2, 13-1) can win the Big East’s regular-season championship by beating the Bulls and then winning at Notre Dame on Monday night in the regular-season finale.
If UConn sweeps the two games, it will finish tied with the Irish in the Big East standings at 15-1, providing Notre Dame also wins at Providence on Saturday.
Each team’s loss will have come against the other. Notre Dame beat UConn 73-72 at Gampel Pavilion on Jan. 5.
Here’s where is gets a little confusing, but it is all according to Big East by-laws
There will be no coin flip to determine the first seed in next weekend’s Big East tournament if UConn and ND are both 15-1.
UConn would be elevated to top seed by virtue of its 2-0 record against Marquette, its travel partner this season. Notre Dame played the Golden Eagles once and won.
Saturday’s game at Providence will be Notre Dame’s second against the Friars, the Irish’s travel partner.
Since Marquette will finish ahead of Providence in the Big East standings, UConn’s accomplishment is considered superior.
A fluke, perhaps. A fact, nonetheless.