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Big East Big Five: Closing Time

We have arrived at the final week of the Big East season. Where has all the time gone? We're down to just 16 games on the Big East schedule, and there's all sorts of interesting games in there. I've narrowed it down to the best five match ups, so let's get to it!


Tonight: #20/19 Notre Dame at #11/12 Georgetown (6pm Central, ESPN) - Who wants a double bye? The Irish currently sit in third place in the Big East standings while the Hoyas are tied with South Florida for fourth place. Whoever wins this game has an inside track on the two remaining unclaimed double bye slots, if not outright clinching it in Notre Dame's case.

Wednesday, February 29: #8/7 Marquette at Cincinnati (6pm, ESPN2) - Who wants a 2 seed? Heck, who wants to get in to the NCAA Tournament? YOUR Golden Eagles have a chance at a 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, while the Bearcats are desperate to get anything resembling a quality win after a horrible showing while losing to South Florida over the weekend.

Saturday, March 3: West Virginia at South Florida (11am, ESPN3) - Speaking of the Bulls, they get to close out their regular season with a chance to show the selection committee that they are more deserving of an at-large bid than the stumbling Mountaineers. And really, if the Bulls can find a way to make Mountaineers fans even more upset than Buzz already did, then I'm totally fine with that.

Saturday, March 3: #11/12 Georgetown at #8/7 Marquette (1pm, ESPN3) - The third and final mirror game for both schools on the Big East schedule. It's safe to say that seeding in the Big East tournament will be decided in this game, one way or another. I'm just looking forward to Marquette getting a chance at revenge for how the first game ended.

Saturday, March 3: #19/18 Louisville at #2/2Syracuse (3pm, CBS) - This will be a great game to watch, but with Syracuse having already clinched the regular season title and Louisville currently sitting in seventh place in the standings with a single bye locked up, there might not be much on the line here other than pride and bragging rights.