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

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I want to start out by apologizing for not making these preview earlier. The past two seasons I've done this in the non-conference part of the schedule, however I had my hands full with other senior-year tasks. But no excuses.

Sooooo, we are back. And this conference is looking better than it ever has.

Providence and Villanova are looking hella fine. `Nova is shooting 65% in their first two Big East games which is #good. Providence edged Butler to pick up a tough road win. The trio of Kris Dunn, Ben Bentil and Randy Bullock average over 14 PPG and 6 RPG each, and Dunn throws in 7.3 assist each outing. These two teams look to run away with the conference.

Seton Hall and Georgetown are also 2-0 so far, but that will happen if you play DePaul and Marquette.

Where do I start with Marquette? They've been disappointing enough that their basketball Twitter account has been talking about Jimmy Butler more than anything. Big expectations for this team as they entered the season with No. 5 overall recruit Henry Ellenson, and entered conference play on a 9-game win streak. In both their Big East losses, they shot under 40% and were badly outrebounded. Things will only get tougher as three of their next four games are against ranked foes.

Seton Hall gave DePaul the opportunity to not DePaul the game away but DePaul was persistent and the DePaul'd themselves to 0-2.

St. John's is on a five game losing streak. I have less faith in them than DePaul. Chris Mullin will have to blow us away in the next few years with recruiting to make up for this horrible start, but who knows if he'll even last a few years...

Butler is 0-2 as well, but they have played Providence (12) and Xavier (6). It'll probably get better from here.

Let's look at the week ahead.

Day Time Away Home TV
Tuesday 7:00pm Marquette Golden Eagles (12) Providence Friars FS1
Tuesday 8:00pm (9) Butler Bulldogs DePaul Blue Demons FS2
Tuesday 9:00pm Georgetown Hoyas Creighton Bluejays FS1
Wednesday 7:00pm Seton Hall Pirates (16) Villanova Wildcats FS1
Wednesday 9:00pm (6) Xavier Musketeers St. John's Red Storm FS1
Saturday 12:00pm DePaul Blue Demons Georgetown Hoyas FS1
Saturday 2:00pm Creighton Bluejays Seton Hall Pirates FS1
Saturday 2:00pm St. John's Red Storm Marquette Golden Eagles FS2
Sunday 7:30pm (16) Villanova Wildcats (9) Butler Bulldogs FS1

Games of the Day


Georgetown vs. Creighton

This game is the most evenly matched of the day. Creighton struggled from beyond the arc (5-23) against Villanova and Geoffrey Groselle, who is shooting 75.3%, only attempted one field goal. These are the major keys to success against Creighton


Seton Hall vs. Villanova

Did you expect me NOT to pick the greatest Big East matchup ever? Plus it'll be closer that Xavier at St. John's, unless Desi Rodriguez is benched against the `Cats for his choice words with Coach Willard in the first half of SHU's game against DePaul.


St. John's vs. Marquette

I need to see which team is simply going through a rough patch and which team should tank for Ben Simmons.

Enjoy this Vine I made.