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Big East Tournament 2017: 1st Round Open Thread

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Let’s watch the Johnnies and Hoyas do battle!

NCAA Basketball: Big East Conference Tournament-Seton Hall vs Xavier Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The Big East Tournament is here! The 1st round kicks off tonight inside Madison Square Garden between the teams that had a rough go during the regular season. Call me a masochist if you must, but I typically find these games to be wildly entertaining.

Here’s your schedule:

7:00pm ET (FS1) - (8) St. John’s Red Storm vs. (9) Georgetown Hoyas

9:30pm ET (FS1) - (7) Xavier Musketeers vs. (10) DePaul Blue Demons

Your Villanova Wildcats will take on the winner of the first game tomorrow at high noon inside the World’s Most Famous Arena, so I’m sure most will be watching tonight’s action.

Who are you rooting for? As much as it pains me to ever do it, I think I’m with the Hoyas tonight. But for selfish reasons. They’re a tire-fire with JT3 under enormous pressure, and I always like beating them three times in a season.

Plus, St. John’s worries me. I don’t think they can realistically beat Villanova. But they play a frenetic style that could wear the team down, or (don’t say it) get somebody hurt.

Use this as your open thread for tonight’s action.