Big East Big Five: Week Eleven

Xavier's Matt Stainbrook isn't THAT much taller than everyone else, is he? - Dave Weaver-USA TODAY Sports

Pretty evenly matched conference so far.

Although that's probably not a compliment. Creighton and Villanova are still undefeated in the league, but everyone else has at least one loss, and six teams have at least two losses. We've got a game between the two teams tied for the second best record in the conference, and Creighton's best game of the week included in our spotlight this time around.

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Wednesday, January 15: Georgetown at Xavier (6pm Central, CBS Sports Network) - It's a mixed bag for Georgetown, as they come off the high of escaping Hinkle Fieldhouse with a win, but Nate Lubick has a busted nose to go along with Jabril Trawick's busted jaw. Lubick's injury probably won't keep him out of action, but the same can't be said for Joshua Smith, who will likely miss this game, as he inherited Greg Whittington's role as the Hoyas' academic problem. As for Xavier, we get to see how they bounce back from suffering their first Big East loss on Sunday as they frittered away a 12-0 start and nearly got blown out by Creighton.

Saturday, January 18: Marquette at Butler (1pm Central, CBS Sports Network) - Hey, did you think Marquette was desperate for a quality win, with their 2-2 league record? How desperate is Butler for any kind of win right now? The Bulldogs are 0-4 in Big East games right now. They have to play at Creighton tomorrow night, while the Golden Eagles will sit idle and wait for Saturday to roll around. Expect this one to go to overtime, as three of Butler's four Big East games have gone to the extra session, and one of them required two overtime periods.

Saturday, January 18: Creighton at Providence (7pm Central, Fox Sports 1) - The Bluejays have already picked up two road wins, winning at Seton Hall and at DePaul so far this season. Providence looks to be better than both of those squads, even with all the wildness (Kris Dunn getting hurt, Brandon Austin leaving) surrounding the Friars. PC is better than their 1-2 league record says, so it will be a strong test for Creighton.

Big East Women's Basketball Game of the Week

Saturday, January 18: St. John's at Marquette (4pm Central, MU video streaming) - Creighton got kicked in the face by St. John's last week (67-48!) after I suggested the possibility of just turning this slot over to Creighton's most interesting game of the week. That puts Creighton, St. John's, and Marquette all at one loss in Big East play so far, putting a fair amount of significance on this game as far as creating some separation in the standings. It will be a match up of two candidates for Player of the Year between MU's Katherine Plouffe and SJU's Aliyyah Handford.

The Worst American Athletic Conference Game of the Week

Wednesday, January 15: UCF at Rutgers (6pm Central, ESPN News) - There's something about seeing a game scheduled for broadcast on ESPN News that just brings validation to our entire enterprise here. Temple continues to anchor the bottom of the AAC standings, but they're playing 4-0 Cincinnati and La Salle this week. Luckily, UCF (9-5, 1-2) and Rutgers (1-2, 7-9) are here to terrible it up. Rutgers has the worst scoring margin in the league, averaging just 0.4 points more than they allow on the season. UCF finds their own ways to stink out whatever joint their in, as they have the worst field goal defense (.438) in the entire AAC.

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