After Saturday's action, the field for the 2014 Big East tournament was established. This year's tournament figures to be jam-packed with action, as five of the conference's teams finished with at least 20 regular-season wins.
Here is the Big East Tournament bracket for next week: pic.twitter.com/qQtRoLaoTm— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) March 9, 2014
The field is led by No. 6 Villanova, who finished with a 16-2 conference record after manhandling Georgetown to the tune of a 77-59 final score on Saturday. However, Villanova will have to get through No. 13 Creighton and the surging St. John's, among others, if it is to claim the title.
Villanova again impressive with an 18-point win over Georgetown. Jay Wright has a team of silent assassins --- they'll rip your heart out.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 8, 2014
Highly contested matchups and intense moments will certainly be plentiful for the tournament's viewers. Let's take a look at the full tournament schedule and viewing information to ensure that none of the upcoming action is missed.
|Time (ET)||Team 1||Team 2||TV Info|
|Wed., March 12|
|7 p.m.||No. 8 Seton Hall||No. 9 Butler||FS1|
|9:30 p.m.||No. 7 Georgetown||No. 10 DePaul||FS1|
|Thurs., March 13|
|12 p.m.||No. 1 Villanova||Game 1 Winner||FS1|
|2:30 p.m.||No. 4 Providence||No. 5 St. John's||FS1|
|7 p.m.||No. 2 Creighton||Game 2 Winner||FS1|
|9:30 p.m.||No. 3 Xavier||No. 6 Marquette||FS1|
|Fri., March 14|
|7 p.m.||Game 3 Winner||Game 4 Winner||FS1|
|9:30 p.m.||Game 5 Winner||Game 6 Winner||FS1|
|Sat., March 15|
|8:30 p.m.||Game 7 Winner||Game 8 Winner||FS1|
The entire Big East tournament will be live streamed on Fox Sports Go.
The complete tournament bracket can be found on BigEast.com.
Tournament Winner: Creighton
This may be rather surprising being that Villanova is the top-ranked team and currently riding a nice hot streak entering the tournament; however, Creighton has simply had the Wildcats' number all season long.
yes, as long as they don't have to play Creighton RT @M0Hall0ran: Do you think Villanova has a shot at the Final Four this season?— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) February 18, 2014
On Jan. 20, Creighton dominated Villanova, posting a final score of 96-68. Nova got back on track after the game—as good teams do—winning its next six straight games. Then, the rematch against Creighton came up next on the slate.
Winning in decisive fashion yet again, Creighton's offense dazzled, defeating Nova by a score of 101-80. Now, Villanova is entering the tournament on yet another six-game winning streak. Despite the Wildcats' solid play lately, Creighton remains their Achilles' heel.
Villanova absolutely deserves to be ranked ahead of Creighton. It's not like Villanova lost to Creighton twice by a combined 49 points.— Eric Prisbell (@EricPrisbell) February 24, 2014
This will not be a two-horse race, however. Providence, Xavier and St. John's will be heavy factors in the competition. Although, Creighton simply seems to be too much to handle for the rest of the Big East at this time.
Tournament MVP: Doug McDermott
If Creighton is able to go the distance, Doug McDermott will be the main reason why. He has provided stellar performances all season long, and after Creighton's last win against Nova—McDermott put up 39 points—he surpassed Larry Bird for 13th on the Division I career scoring chart.
After his 39-point performance against Villanova on Feb. 16, McDermott explained his larger-than-life performances on big stages during a press conference covered by ESPN.com:
I live for these kinds of games. These are the best, especially playing against a top-10 team here in Omaha. I don't think any of us ever thought we'd see this day. You've got to get fired up for this kind of game and atmosphere. It was a great start, and that carried the momentum for our team the rest of the game
McDermott hasn't let up since, as he was at it again on Saturday night against Providence:
With 45 tonight, Creighton's Doug McDermott scored 3,000 career points, passing Oscar Robertson as 7th all-time http://t.co/6mBmh6MRBm— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 9, 2014
Expect McDermott to set the tournament ablaze and rally his team to obtain the title of conference champions.