2007 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament
The 2007 Big East Men's Basketball Championship was played from March 7 to March 10, 2007. The tournament took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City and was sponsored by Aéropostale. The Georgetown Hoyas won the tournament for the first time since 1989 and the seventh time overall, and were awarded an automatic bid to the 2007 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Jeff Green of Georgetown was given the Dave Gavitt Trophy, awarded to the tournament's most outstanding player.
|2007 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament|
2007 Tournament logo
|Site||Madison Square Garden|
New York City
|Champions||Georgetown (7th title)|
|Winning coach||John Thompson III (1st title)|
|MVP||Jeff Green (Georgetown)|
|2006–07 Big East men's basketball standings|
|#17 Notre Dame||11||–||5||.688||24||–||8||.750|
|† 2007 Big East Tournament winner |
As of April 2, 2007; Rankings from AP Poll
*Did not qualify for 2007 Big East Tournament
**Syracuse had 22 regular season games and two postseason games vacated due to sanctions against the program; Syracuse′s disputed record was 10–6, 24–11.
|First round||Quarterfinals||Semifinals||Championship Game|
|4||#20 Notre Dame||82|
|4||#20 Notre Dame||89|
Only the teams with the 12 best records during the regular season qualified for the tournament. The thirteenth through sixteenth finishers (Seton Hall, South Florida, Rutgers, and Cincinnati) did not take part.
- 1st round: Wednesday, March 7
- Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 8
- Semifinals: Friday, March 9
- Finals: Saturday, March 10
- 9 PM
On March 10, Georgetown defeated Pittsburgh, 65–42. The Panthers shot just 26.2 percent from the field in the loss. After Pittsburgh cut the lead to 13–11 with 9:04 remaining, Georgetown went on a huge run and led 28–13 with 2:58 left. The game was not close again. Jeff Green led all scorers with 21 points, while Roy Hibbert had 18. Hibbert also added eleven rebounds.
Georgetown and Pittsburgh had previously split their two regular season meetings, each winning at home. It was the Hoyas first conference tournament title since 1989 when Alonzo Mourning and Charles Smith led the way. Pittsburgh was in the championship game for the sixth time in seven years, but set a record for least points in a Big East final. Sam Young led the team with a meager 10 points. Pittsburgh's Aaron Gray had a season-low 3 points, going 1-of-13 from the floor.
Dave Gavitt Trophy (Most Outstanding Player): Jeff Green, Georgetown