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BIG EAST Basketball Preview, week 8: TV Schedule, What To Watch For

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Interesting beginning, to say the least

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Day Time Away Home TV
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

Tuesday

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.

Wednesday

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.

Saturday

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.