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What to watch for this week in the Big East

Can anyone hand ‘Nova another L?

NCAA Basketball: Villanova at Xavier Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

A super productive week for Villanova; they now have a comfortable 2.5 game lead in the conference.

The Wildcats outlasted a scare at home on Tuesday vs. Georgetown, but were able to put together a better team effort with a depleted bench at Xavier.

Butler had a close game of their own on Tuesday with a three point road win vs. Marquette, but fell to Providence on Saturday. That loss, combined with a Creighton win, means Xavier and Creighton are tied for second place, with Butler just a half game back of them.

Marquette has decided that after beating Villanova, the season is over and there is nothing left to accomplish.

St. John’s continues to make strides from last season, this time defeating Seton Hall. Shamorie Ponds and Marcus LoVett are both averaging over 17 PPG and shooting over 43% from the floor.

There is clear yellow line in the conference where the rich separate from the poor. It’s right here.

The bottom 6 teams are far from a lock for an at-large bid in the conference, but each (besides DePaul) has some quality wins. With so much on the line, the rest of the season and Big East Tournament could get wild.

Let’s hope tonight’s game vs. DePaul isn’t as stressful as the last one.

This Saturday, Villanova will visit Seton Hall. The `Cats took care of business against the Pirates back in January, but the first trip to Prudential since the Big East Tournament will bring a hostile environment as always.


Big East Schedule

Day Time Away Home TV
Day Time Away Home TV
Monday 9:00 PM (2) Villanova Wildcats DePaul Blue Demons CBSSN
Wednesday 6:30 PM (24) Xavier Musketeers Providence Friars FS1
Wednesday 8:00 PM (23) Creighton Bluejays Seton Hall Pirates CBSSN
Wednesday 8:30 PM St. John's Red Storm (22) Butler Bulldogs FS1
Saturday 12:30 PM (2) Villanova Wildcats Seton Hall Pirates FOX
Saturday 8:00 PM (24) Xavier Musketeers Marquette Golden Eagles CBSSN
Sunday 1:30 PM DePaul Blue Demons (22) Butler Bulldogs FS1
Sunday 3:30 PM Georgetown Hoyas (23) Creighton Bluejays FS1