The Big East tournament continues to bring some of the most exciting action that we have seen this year. Day 2 was no different. Seton Hall upset No. 1 Villanova in a one-point victory, Creighton continued to display its dominance and both Providence and Xavier put on some solid showings.
On Friday, we are set to see some more intense action, as the four remaining teams compete for the coveted Big East tournament title. With Day 3 sure to produce some great moments, let's take a look at Friday's schedule and viewing information, as well as delve into some predictions for the outcome of the day's events.
Day 3 Schedule
|Time (ET)||Team 1||Team 2||TV Info|
|7 p.m.||No. 4 Providence||No. 8 Seton Hall||FS1|
|9:30 p.m.||No. 2 Creighton||No. 3 Xavier||FS1|
The Big East tournament can be live streamed on Fox Sports Go.
The full tournament bracket can be found on CBSSports.com.
Day 3 Predictions
The Seton Hall Pirates shocked the nation on Thursday, knocking off No. 1 Villanova by a score of 64-63. The team played some inspired basketball throughout the contest and capped off the game in dramatic fashion.
Hard to believe RT @SIPeteThamel: That's the first win in Seton Hall program history against a Top 3 team. They were 0-30. Now 1-31.— Enquirer Sports (@ENQSports) March 13, 2014
As time expired, Sterling Gibbs hit a jumper to send the Wildcats home earlier than expected. During a postgame press conference with the Associated Press, via ESPN.com, Gibbs described the team's mentality: "We're really confident, honestly, especially after you beat the No. 3 team in the country. We know if we can beat them, we can beat anyone. So we're just up for the challenge."
BANG!!! UPSET!!! GAME WINNER BY GIBBS!! Seton Hall upsets #1 seed Villanova 64-63. MADNESS! #BIGEASTtourney— FOX Sports 1 (@FOXSports1) March 13, 2014
They will get a challenge on Friday, as the Pirates are set to face a surging Providence team.
The Friars defeated St. John's by a score of 79-74 on Thursday due to the stellar 24-point performance of guard Josh Fortune. With four players scoring at least 12 points in the contest, this team looks very strong heading into Friday.
These teams split in the regular season and this contest could go either way. In this situation, the team with the greatest amount of confidence has the advantage. That goes to Seton Hall, as they force yet another upset and head to the finals.
Creighton and forward Doug McDermott just look unstoppable right now. McDermott continued his hot streak, putting up 35 points while shooting 7-of-10 from downtown during Thursday's convincing 84-62 win over DePaul.
McDermott feels like he is on a roll, and he gave his thoughts to the Associated Press, via ESPN.com, during a postgame interview:
I was just feeling in the rhythm, in the zone. I just happened to get going, and my teammates recognized that I had the hot hand. It feels like that hoop is huge. It just feels like everything's going to go in. It's one of those feelings where you just feel like you have all the energy and confidence in the world. It's a feeling that is the best.
If he keeps playing in this manner, Creighton will certainly be tough to defeat.
McDermott and Co. will play an Xavier team that pulled out a close 68-65 victory over Marquette in Thursday's final game. Guard Semaj Christon and Co. were resilient, clinging to a small lead for the duration of the game.
Christon finished with 18 points on the game, while Justin Martin scored 19 and Isaiah Philmore recorded 10. Despite winning a big game, not everything was impressive about Xavier's performance.
The Musketeers shot 46.9 percent from the field; however, they allowed Marquette to connect on 57.8 percent of its shots. Marquette also won the battle of the boards, out-rebounding Xavier 29 to 23.
That does not bode well for Xavier, as they take on a powerful Creighton team on Friday. The Musketeers will need to revamp their game plan if they intend to contest with the Bluejays.
Xavier is going to hang on and beat Marquette. Musketeers helped their quest for a bid, might be able to survive an L to Creighton tomorrow.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 14, 2014
Xavier might make some necessary corrections; however, Creighton is simply playing too well right now to fall at this point in the tournament. Expect Creighton to cruise to the finals.