The Big East has asserted itself this season, and it appears that the ultra-competitive conference will be nothing short of a blood-bath. The Big East could potentially have as many as seven teams in the National Championship tournament when all is said and done.
Headlined by college basketball steam engine and defending champion Villanova, the East has more depth than any other conference in the country this year.
The tournament promises to be one of the most competitive and provide at least a few nail bitters, maybe even an instant classic.
— Big East Hoops 24/7 (@BigEastTourney) March 4, 2017
Sitting at the top of the totem pole, Villanova will be thrilled if they get to see Georgetown again as their first round matchup. VU sent the Hoyas to bed early without dinner on Saturday in an 81-55 laugher.
An interesting matchup might result if both Villanova and Marquette win their first game of the tournament.
Marquette is the only team to beat Villanova the entire season, and is currently on the bubble. They’ll be hungry to leave as little to chance as possible.
|Wednesday, March 8 (First round)|
|Game 1: No. 8 Saint John’s vs. No. 9 Georgetown | 7 p.m. | FS1|
|Game 2: No. 7 Xavier vs. No. 10 DePaul | 9:30 p.m. | FS1|
|Thursday, March 9 (Quarterfinals)|
|Game 3: No. 1 Villanova vs. Game 1 winner | 12 p.m. | FS1|
|Game 4: No. 4 Marquette vs. No. 5 Seton Hall | 2:30 p.m. | FS1|
|Game 5: No. 2 Butler vs. Game 2 winner | 7 p.m. | FS1|
|Game 6: No. 3 Providence vs. No. 6 Creighton | 9:30 p.m. | FS1|
|Friday, March 10 (Semifinals)|
|TBD vs. TBD | 6:30 p.m. | FS1|
|TBD vs. TBD | 9 p.m. | FS1|
|Saturday, March 11 (Championship)|
|TBD vs. TBD | 5:30 p.m. | Fox|