Last week the Big East returned to normal. Providence had a nice win over Miami and Georgetown outlasted Indiana. DePaul lost three times in four days! That's gotta be an NCAA record! Their third loss came on Christmas so even Jesus didn't want them to win! Talk about bad luck. On the bright side all theses losses took place in Honolulu, so did anybody REALLY lose?
Overall the Big East had a pretty successful out of conference performance. They held the highest combined win percentage for a few weeks and gained respect from many members of the media and multiple fanbases. More importantly, every conference loss for these teams won't be considered a bad loss come Selection Sunday like last season.
Not many days of action this week- only two- but conference games begin this Wednesday in a 12-hour marathon on everyone's favorite network Fox Sports 1 starting at noon.
|Wednesday||12:00pm||(17) St. John's Red Storm||Seton Hall Pirates||Fox Sports 1|
|Wednesday||2:30pm||Butler Bulldogs||(7) Villanova Wildcats||Fox Sports 1|
|Wednesday||5:00pm||Marquette Golden Eagles||DePaul Blue Demons||Fox Sports 1|
|Wednesday||7:30pm||Creighton Bluejays||Providence Friars||Fox Sports 1|
|Wednesday||10:00pm||Georgetown Hoyas||Xavier Musketeers||Fox Sports 1|
|Saturday||12:00pm||(7) Villanova Wildcats||Seton Hall Pirates||Fox Sports 1|
|Saturday||2:00pm||Providence Friars||Marquette Golden Eagles||Fox Sports 1|
|Saturday||2:00pm||Xavier Musketeers||DePaul Blue Demons||Fox Sports 1|
|Saturday||4:00pm||Butler Bulldogs||(17) St. John's Red Storm||Fox Sports 1|
|Saturday||4:30pm||Creighton Bluejays||Georgetown Hoyas||Fox Sports 1|
Games Of The Day
Creighton vs. Providence
A rematch of last season's Big East Tournament Finals will surely attract a large following. The key for Creighton is how well Toby Hegner (6'9", 225) can contain LaDontae Henton (6'6", 215). The senior for the Friars is averaging 20 PPG and is someone they can ride for a large portion of the game. Throw in Kris Dunn and it could spell early trouble for the Bluejays in 2015.
Villanova vs. Seton Hall
There may or may not be any bias behind my excitement here.
For more than one reason.
This game has a lot less upset potential after the news that Isaiah Whitehead would be out a few weeks with a stress fracture. He was the second-leading scorer with 11.9 PPG on 39.3% shooting. Sterling Gibbs is still a threat, and overall the Pirates rebound well, but nothing says there will be a repeat of March.