The Big East Tournament appears to go to fortifying NCAA champion Villanova and Marquette.
The Wildcats and a Golden Eagles were a tip dual teams in a unchanging season, as Villanova won a joining pretension with a 13-5 record, while Marquette was second with a 12-6 record.
After those outfits, a Big East appears to have small to offer. Georgetown, Seton Hall, Xavier and Creighton are all tied for third place with 9-9 records. The regular-season discussion standings were utterly ordinary, and there did not seem to be any standout teams this season.
Big East Tournament Schedule, Mar 13-16
All Times ET.
Wednesday, Mar 13
No. 8 Providence vs. No. 9 Butler (7 p.m., FS1)
No. 7 St. John’s vs. No. 10 DePaul (9:30 p.m., FS1)
Thursday, Mar 14
No. 1 Villanova vs. Winner of No. 8 vs. No. 9 (Noon, FS1)
No. 4 Xavier vs. No. 5 Creighton (2:30 p.m., FS1)
No. 2 Marquette vs. Winner of No. 7 vs. No. 10 (7 p.m., FS1)
No. 3 Seton Hall vs. No. 6 Georgetown (9:30 p.m., FS1)
Friday, Mar 15
Semifinal No. 1 (6:30 p.m., FS1)
Semifinal No. 2 (9 p.m., FS1)
Saturday, Mar 16
Championship diversion (6:30 p.m., Fox)
As a tip seed, Villanova is a group to beat, though a Wildcats are zero like a group that won a inhabitant pretension a year ago.
They are exposed and go into a contest carrying mislaid 4 of their past 6 games, including a 79-75 preference to Seton Hall in a regular-season finale.
The pivotal to Villanova’s success is ensure Phil Booth’s ability to furnish consistently. He is averaging 18.7 points and 3.9 assists per game. Teammate Eric Paschall is scoring 16.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.
Marquette has a best possibility to take down Villanova as a No. 2 seed, though a Golden Eagles come into a contest carrying mislaid 4 games in a row.
That’s an issue, as a Golden Eagles have been struggling on offense, though they will open a contest by personification a leader of a opening-round diversion between St. John’s and DePaul. Marquette should be means to tarry that game, and once that happens, a Golden Eagles turn a legitimate hazard to win a tournament.
Marquette is led by Markus Howard, an bomb scorer who is averaging 24.9 points per game. He is removing assistance from brazen Sam Hauser, who is scoring 15.1 points per game.
Georgetown comes into a contest carrying won 3 of a past 4 games and a certainty of carrying taken down Marquette on a highway in a regular-season finale.
Center Jesse Govan is averaging 17.9 points per diversion for a Hoyas, and he is contributing 7.7 rebounds per night. Freshmen Mac McClung and James Akinjo are also personification pivotal roles in a offense. McClung is scoring 13.0 points per night, while Akinjo is averaging 12.9 points per night.
Seton Hall might have a best possibility of holding down a Wildcats. The Pirates degraded Marquette and Villanova in back-to-back games, and this group clearly believes in itself as it fights for a prolonged run in a discussion contest and a mark in a NCAA tournament.
Myles Powell is Seton Hall’s go-to scorer, and he comes into a Big East contest averaging 22.7 points per game. Myles Cale is providing scoring help, averaging 10.1 points per night.