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BIG EAST Basketball Preview, week 12: TV Schedule, What To Watch For

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

First off, I apologize for this late post- these usually are posted on Monday mornings. However, I had an interview yesterday and I was so busy preparing for it that it slipped my mind that it was Sunday night and this needed to be written. The good news is that there were no Big East games on Monday (as usual) so it all worked out!

Now, about last week..... I'm not really sure where to start.

Creighton defeated Xavier on the road in OT, meaning they have a legit chance of getting out of 10th place.

Georgetown lost to Providence at home, so they needed to defeat Villanova on the road to stay ranked this week. I forget if the Hoyas actually won that game Saturday....... :)

Seton Hall lost TWO games last week so they may be planning on the NIT instead.

St. John's is still a mystery.

What's going on THIS WEEK??

Day Time Road Home TV
Tuesday 7:00pm Georgetown Hoyas Seton Hall Pirates FS1
Tuesday 9:00pm Xavier Musketeers Marquette Golden Eagles FS1
Wednesday 8:00pm (6) Villanova Wildcats Providence Friars FS1
Wednesday 9:00pm DePaul Blue Demons St. John's Red Storm CBSSN
Saturday 12:30pm St. John's Red Storm Xavier Musketeers
Saturday 1:00pm Marquette Golden Ealges Creighton Bluejays FS1
Saturday 4:00pm Seton Hall Pirates Providence Friars
Saturday 6:00pm (6) Villanova Wildcats (18) Butler Bulldogs CBSSN

Games of the Day


Georgetown vs. Seton Hall

Both teams are coming off 2-loss weeks, so a win here puts one team back on track and the other in a worse downward spiral. There are two matchups are intriguing here: Isaiah Whitehead vs. D`Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Angel Delgado vs. Joshua Smith.


Villanova vs. Providence

Upset alert here. Combine the Providence's home atmosphere and the return of Ed Cooley after his health scare and this game can possibly get out of hand for the Wildcats. I have a hard time deciding who will cover LaDontae Henton. Kris Dunn is apparently a triple-double threat too.


Villanova vs. Butler

Yet another Saturday where Villanova will be taking on a ranked conference foe, this time on the road. Butler is an excellent rebounding team- 59th in the country- but they are only 237th in APG. Kellen Dunham, Roosevelt Jones, and Andrew Chrabascz are all double digit scorers, and Kameron Woods is their leading rebounder with 9.5 RPG. Lots of balanced attack on both sides.