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BIG EAST Basketball Preview: Week 4

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Last week saw mixed results for the Big East as a whole. Only Seton Hall and Villanova remain undefeated (YAY!!!!). St. John's got a big road win against Syracuse. Butler continued their dominance and may even move up in the rankings this week.

There were some negative, however. Providence lost on the road to Boston College, and all ACC losses hurt. Creighton also fell, showing some weaknesses in their loss to Tulsa. Can the Big East continue to attract bandwagon fans? Let's see what games lie ahead.

Day Time (ET) Road Home TV
Monday 7:00pm Kennesaw State Fighting Owls (23) Butler Bulldogs Fox Sports 1
Monday 9:00pm Brown Bears Providence Friars Fox Sports 1
Tuesday 7:00pm (24) Illinois Fighting Illini (10) Villanova Wildcats ESPN
Tuesday 7:00pm Seton Hall Pirates (8) Wichita State Shockers ESPN2
Tuesday 7:00pm IUPUI Jaguars Xavier Musketeers Fox Sports 1
Tuesday 9:15pm South Dakota Coyotes Creighton Bluejays
Wednesday 7:00pm (11) Kansas Jayhawks Georgetown Hoyas Fox Sports 1
Wednesday 7:00pm Rhode Island Rams Providence Friars
Wednesday 8:00pm Fairleigh Dickinson Knights St. John's Red Storm CBSSN
Thursday 7:00pm DePaul Blue Demons George Washington Colonials
Saturday 12:00pm Radford Highlanders Georgetown Hoyas Fox Sports 1
Saturday 12:00pm Stony Brook Seawolves Providence Friars
Saturday 2:00pm St Marys-CA Gaels Creighton Bluejays
Saturday 4:00pm Xavier Musketeers Missouri Tigers ESPN2
Sunday 12:00pm St. Peter's Peacocks Seton Hall Pirates Fox Sports 1
Sunday 2:00pm Temple Owls (10) Villanova Wildcats Fox Sports 1
Sunday 2:00pm (23) Butler Bulldogs Tennessee Volunteers ESPNU
Sunday 2:00pm Fordham Rams St. John's Red Storm Fox Sports 1
Sunday 4:00pm Illinois State Redbirds DePaul Blue Demons Fox Sports 1

Games of the Day


Brown vs. Providence

Both games Monday night shouldn't be an issue for the respective Big East schools. However, after Yale overtook Connecticut and the University of the Science beat Drexel, you need to watch out for those nerds...


(24) Illinois vs. (10) Villanova

`Nova yet again gets a chance to overcome a ranked opponent at MSG. SHU vs. Wichita is also enticing, but two ranked teams beats one. Villanova once again can prove the haters (if there are any left) wrong on a national setting.


(11) Kansas vs. Georgetown

The Hoyas almost upset Wisconsin in Battle 4 Atlantis, so it'll be interesting to see what they can do on their home court. Kansas isn't to be taken lightly, however, as their only loss was that terrible offensive game to Kentucky.


Just one game, but even DePaul has made headlines with their 6-1 start to the season. They'll face a tough road test in George Washington - the Colonials narrowly lost at Seton Hall and have already recorded wins over Rutgers and Charlotte.


St. Mary's vs. Creighton

Once again, the conference should win all 4 games on this day, but this one is the most intriguing just because St. Mary's is the most notable of the 4 opponents. My guess is Stony Brook, Radford and Missouri shouldn't give their teams too many problems.


Temple vs. (10) Villanova

Maybe I'm just biased here, but no Big 5 matchup should be taken lightly. Temple lost their first Big 5 game to Saint Joseph's (PA) and won their next against La Salle. Since the Wildcats are the home team, they should have an easy time in this one.