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Can Villanova Basketball Beat The Odds To Win The Big East Tournament?

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For the first time in a long time, Villanova isn’t the favorite to cut down the nets at MSG.

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Happy Tuesday Nova Nation! The Wildcat’s fan base is going through something it hasn’t had to endure for months now. It’s worse than politics or health scares. That’s right... FIVE days between Villanova games. The horror.

Of course that extra day will be easily filled with extra analysis of the Big East Tournament field, and today will be no exception. Right now Vegas has Nova as the second most likely team to win the title at Madison Square Garden, with Creighton having the best shot at cutting down the nets. It’s pretty close between the two, but Creighton has the easier path to victory right now. Either way both teams would have an argument for a #2 seed in the NCAA Tournament if they win, and let’s not forget Seton Hall will have a say in this as well.

Short and sweet today sports fans, so let’s throw in a poll for good measure. Who do you believe will beat the odds and cut down the nets at the Big East Tournament?

Poll

Who’s the best bet to win the Big East Tournament?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    Creighton (+300)
    (84 votes)
  • 51%
    Villanova (+350)
    (335 votes)
  • 19%
    Seton Hall (+350)
    (129 votes)
  • 1%
    Butler (+700)
    (7 votes)
  • 0%
    Marquette (+700)
    (1 vote)
  • 13%
    Providence (+700)
    (86 votes)
  • 0%
    St. John’s (+1,800)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Xavier (+2,000)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Georgetown (+10,000)
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    DePaul (+10,000)
    (3 votes)
652 votes total Vote Now

In other “news”, Villanova’s freshmen are ready for the BET, the coaches think Nova is better than the media does, and Mikal Bridges is killing it in Phoenix. Enjoy!

Villanova Men’s Basketball

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Big East Tournament

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NBA Wildcats

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Villanova Women’s Basketball

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NFL Wildcats

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Villanova Athletics

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Kennedy Named to BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll | Villanova University Athletics
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Bracketology

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College Basketball

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