Last week taught us two things:
1. You DO want to play at home
2. You DO NOT want to be ranked in the Big East
On Wednesday's New Year's Eve tip-off, all five games concluded with the home teams getting the victory. Of all ten games last week, only Butler was able to snag a road victory. That win came against then-ranked St. John's.
That leads to the next point- being ranked means nothing in this season's Big East. Ranked schools went 2-4 during last week's opening conference matchups. We'll definitely see a shake up in the Top 25 next week with St. John's and Georgetown dropping out, Seton Hall moving in, and Villanova moving down.
Who would've thought that DePaul would start 2-0 in the conference? Put your hand down.
|Tuesday||7:00pm||Marquette Golden Eagles||Georgetown Hoyas||FS1|
|Tuesday||9:00pm||Providence Friars||Butler Bulldogs||CBSSN|
|Tuesday||9:00pm||Villanova Wildcats||St. John's Red Storm||FS1|
|Wednesday||7:00pm||Seton Hall Pirates||Xavier Musketeers||CBSSN|
|Wednesday||9:00pm||DePaul Blue Demons||Creighton Bluejays||FS1|
|Saturday||12:00pm||Georgetown Hoyas||Providence Friars||FS1|
|Saturday||2:15pm||Seton Hall Pirates||Creighton Bluejays||FS1|
|Saturday||4:00pm||DePaul Blue Demons||Villanova Wildcats||CBSSN|
|Saturday||4:30pm||Xavier Musketeers||Butler Bulldogs|
Games of the Day
Villanova vs. St. John's
This was originally set to be a battle of top-15 teams. Both squads are coming off losses entering this game with SJU losing their last game on their home court to Butler by only 4 points. Adding insult to injury is the Rysheed Jordan news. Hopefully Villanova practiced free throws (heck, practice all types of shots) and they can bounce back and be 2-1 in Big East games.
Seton Hall vs. Xavier
Most likely SHU will be ranked later this afternoon after grabbing wins against two ranked schools last week. This will be a big test for the Pirates to see if they are for real. The two matchups to look at in this game are Matt Stainbrook vs. Angel Delgado and Dee Davis vs. Sterling Gibbs.
Georgetown vs. Providence
Providence lost to Marquette last week, so it's rumored that Big East commissioner Val Ackerman will be in attendance to take away Providence's Big East Championship banner. Georgetown, however, comes off an impressive home win against Creighton. The Hoyas shoot well from the floor overall, but not from the free throw line or from behind the arc. I couldn't imagine having free throw issues. That must really hurt a team.