Big East Basketball: How Each of the League's 5 Bubble Teams Can Go Dancing

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Big East Basketball: How Each of the League's 5 Bubble Teams Can Go Dancing
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The NCAA tournament selection show takes place in less than a month, falling on Sunday, March 16, this year. Just three years ago, the Big East Conference sent a record 11 teams out of its then 16 to the Big Dance.

After conference realignments, the new Big East is a basketball-only 10-team league. Based on current projections, there are two locks for the NCAA tournament in Creighton and Villanova, and three teams with no tournament hope in Seton Hall, Butler and DePaul. The remaining five teams that occupy the middle of the league are in consideration for the field of 68.

Based on Joe Lunardi's current projections, Creighton and Villanova are both slotted as No. 3 seeds, Xavier as a 10th seed, Providence as an 11th and finally St. John's as a 12th, all taking part in the opening-round battle in Dayton, Ohio. This leaves only Georgetown and Marquette, both on the outside of the bubble looking in, with work left to do.

For the purposes of this article, each team is projected to win its remaining home games and win on the road against the league's bottom feeders. This scenario would give each team a realistic chance to make the tournament field on Selection Sunday, though it's projected that five, not seven, Big East squads will hear their names called that afternoon.

Creighton 11-2 21-4
Villanova 10-2 22-3
Xavier 7-5 17-8
Marquette 7-5 15-10
Providence 7-6 17-9
St. John's 7-6 17-9
Georgetown 6-7 15-10
Seton Hall 4-8 13-12
Butler 2-11 12-13
DePaul 2-11 10-16
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