In its last hurrah, the Big East sends eight teams to the 2013 NCAA Tournament

Louisville Cardinals guard Peyton Siva (3) and guard Russ Smith (2) congratulate Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino after the championship game against the Syracuse Orange at the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden. Louisville won 78-61. (Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports)

Louisville Cardinals guard Peyton Siva (3) and guard Russ Smith (2) congratulate Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino after the championship game against the Syracuse Orange at the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden. Louisville won 78-61. (Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports)

The Big East as we know it may be finished forever, but at least the once-legendary basketball conference will have the opportunity to go out with a bang.

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After winning the conference tournament, coach Rick Pitino’s squad not only earn a top seed in the Dance, but was named the field’s No. 1-overall team.

In all, eight teams from the Big East earned a berth in the 2013 NCAA Tournament and the chance to send their conference into the sunset on top.

Without further ado …

1-seed, Midwest region: Louisville Cardinals

2-seed, South region: Georgetown Hoyas

3-seed, East region: Marquette Golden Eagles

4-seed, East region: Syracuse Orange

7-seed, West region: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

8-seed, West region: Pittsburgh Panthers

8-seed, South region: Villanova Wildcats

10-seed, Midwest region: Cincinnati Bearcats

MORE MADNESS: Check out a rundown of every conference tournament championship team