In the last week, the Big East has come back to Earth. Providence lost at home to Brown. Creighton needed double OT to defeat South Dakota at home, yet lost the next game in overtime to Saint Mary's. To wrap up the poor week, Butler lost on the road to Tennessee and DePaul lost at home. So the 37-2 start is a thing of the past.
In the week ahead of us, the schools are looking to gain momentum into conference play beginning on New Year's Eve; almost two weeks away. Let's see what games lie ahead.
|Tuesday||9:00pm||Arizona State Sun Devils||Marquette Golden Eagles||Fox Sports 1|
|Thursday||7:00pm||Seton Hall Pirates||South Florida Bulls||CBSSN|
|Thursday||10:00pm||DePaul Blue Demons||Oregon State Beavers||PAC12 Network|
|Friday||7:00pm||Saint Mary's Gaels||(24) St John's Red Storm||Fox Sports 1|
|Friday||9:00pm||Alabama A&M Bulldogs||Marquette Golden Eagles||Fox Sports 1|
|Friday||9:00pm||Texas-Pan American Broncs||Creighton Bluejays|
|Saturday||12:00pm||Charlotte 49ers||Georgetown Hoyas|
|Saturday||1:00pm||Syracuse Orange||(7) Villanova Wildcats||FOX|
|Saturday||1:00pm||Massachusetts Minutemen||Providence Friars||CBSSN|
|Saturday||2:30pm||(15) Butler Bulldogs||Indiana Hoosiers||Fox Sports 1|
|Saturday||6:00pm||Xavier Musketeers||Auburn Tigers||SECN/WatchESPN|
|Sunday||2:00pm||Creighton Bluejays||North Texas Mean Green|
|Sunday||6:00pm||Seton Hall Pirates||Georgia Bulldogs||ESPNU/WatchESPN|
Games of the Day
DePaul vs. Oregon State
DePaul was shaping up to be something special until they lost two in a row, most recently to the Illinois State. Junior forward Myke Henry leads the team in scoring (17.6 PPG) and is second in rebounds (6.4 RPG). Oregon St. has struggled against the tougher teams this season, so a win will be a big confidence boost for the Blue Demons.
St. Mary's vs. St. John's
With schools like this it should be an all-out religious battle. St. Mary's just defeated Creighton on the road in OT so they'll look to grab another big OOC win. SJU will be without Chris Obekpa in this game after being ejected in their last outing vs. Fordham, so the Gaels' leading scorer Brad Waldow (21.1 PPG) will have an easier time.
Syracuse vs. Villanova
The obvious pick for Saturday. SU will enter this matchup after squeezing out a 2-point victory against Louisiana Tech. They lost the two games before that to St. John's at home and at Michigan, who is proving to be AWFUL. Against LT Trevor Cooney shot 44.4% for 25 points and SU still needed a lot of help, so this game should not be as difficult as last season.
Seton Hall vs. Georgia
You can't go wrong with either this game or Creighton vs. North Texas. Actually, scratch that. You'll go wrong picking both. Isaiah Whitehead is leading his team in assists with 3.5 APG but also with 3.4 TOPG. He had a solid game against Wichita State, but the rest of the team couldn't put a good performance together. SHU should leave unscathed, but all road games yield precaution.