The 2009 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament
, a part of the 2008-09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season
, will take place in March 2009 at Madison Square Garden
in New York City
. Its winner will receive the Big East Conference
's automatic bid
to the 2009 NCAA Tournament
. This is the first Big East tournament to include all 16 of the conference's teams. The teams finishing 9 through 16 in the regular season standings will play first round games, while teams 5 through 8 will receive a bye to the second round. The top 4 teams during the regular season will receive a bye to the quarterfinals.