Big East Tournament 2013 Schedule: Predictions for Each Remaining Game

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 15, 2013

Mar 14, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Louisville Cardinals guard Peyton Siva (3) controls the ball against the Villanova Wildcats during the first half of a quarterfinal game during the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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The Big East tournament is already halfway over, but the best games are yet to come.

After 10 games of great play, the tournament moves into the semifinals—featuring rematches of outstanding games from earlier in the year.

Although each remaining team is safely in the NCAA tournament, every game will have a huge impact on seeding.

Here is how each game is likely to play out over the last two days at Madison Square Garden.

Note: All games are on ESPN

Full Bracket

Georgetown vs. Syracuse

Friday, March 15, 7 p.m. ET

Syracuse is finally starting to score again, thanks to great outside shooting led by James Southerland. The forward is an incredible 12-of-15 from behind the arc in the Big East tournament.

However, the offense is still inconsistent. Against Pittsburgh, the Orange scored 40 points in the first half and only 22 in the second half.

Unfortunately, Georgetown has a much better defense than Pitt, and points will be at a premium.

The Hoyas held Syracuse to only 39 points when these teams played last week, and that was not a fluke. Jim Boeheim's team will once again struggle, and that will be the difference in the game.

Prediction: Georgetown 53, Syracuse 47

Louisville vs. Notre Dame

Friday, March 15, at 9 p.m. ET

Notre Dame did nothing special to beat Marquette in the quarterfinals. The Fighting Irish simply continued to pass the ball well, take easy shots and avoid turnovers.

That will be much more difficult against Louisville, who can pressure teams from end to end on the court.

The Cardinals forced Villanova into 24 turnovers on Thursday, although Notre Dame has a backcourt better suited to handle the pressure. It was certainly on display when the Irish scored 104 points in a five-overtime win over Louisville earlier in the year.

Still, the scoring should be low, and Louisville has enough options offensively to stay on top on the scoreboard.

Prediction: Louisville 65, Notre Dame 56

Championship Game

Saturday, March 16, at 8:30 p.m. ET

Georgetown vs. Louisville is the game that most people want to see in the championship, and this is the game that everyone is likely to get.

With the way that these teams can play defense, it would not be surprising to see one or both of them in the Final Four at the end of this season.

The difference is that Georgetown is relatively limited offensively. Otto Porter can score with the best of them, but he has not had consistent help this season. This could be a problem against an athletic team like Louisville. 

Meanwhile, the Cardinals can survive if leading scorer Russ Smith has an off night. Peyton Siva runs the offense very well, and he can score points or distribute to the big men up front when they are open.

This will be a great battle, but Louisville should come out on top.

Prediction: Louisville 63, Georgetown 61


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