Sometimes things just shake out the right way, and one team has two of the biggest games of the week in the league. That happened this week with Xavier, as they'll play two of the other three teams that make up the top four in the Big East standings as the week starts. One is a big chance for Xavier to improve their NCAA tournament profile, and the other one is a chance to draw a line between themselves and the rest of the conference.
Monday, February 3: Xavier at #6 Villanova (6pm Central, Fox Sports 1) - Bad news for Xavier: This game is in The Pavilion, Villanova's on campus band box of an arena. Villanova has won three straight since getting shelled by Creighton's three point shooting, while Xavier has dropped three of their last five games.
Saturday, February 8: Providence at Xavier (2pm Central, Fox Sports 1) - Given Xavier's recent track record and the degree of difficulty in winning in The Pavilion, this game might actually be more important to the Musketeers. The Friars bounced back from losing their winning streak on Thursday with a win on Saturday afternoon and will host St. John's on Tuesday before this game.
Sunday, February 9: #12 Creighton at St. John's (6pm Central, Fox Sports 1) - It took 39 points including a waning seconds triple from Doug McDermott to beat St. John's last Tuesday. Their return match comes just 13 days later, and you know that the Johnnies will be ready to prove that they deserved to win in Omaha.
Big East Women's Basketball Game of the Week
Sunday, February 9: Creighton at DePaul (12pm Central, Fox Sports 1) - As the week gets going, this game is a battle between second and third place in the Big East standings. This is the second go round for these two teams this season, and the Bluejays took the game in their building back on January 4th. A season sweep for the Jays could go a long way towards putting them in the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive season.
The Worst American Athletic Conference Game of the Week
Wednesday, February 5: USF at UCF (6pm Central, ESPN News) - Like clockwork, it's a AAC game on ESPN News. How amazingly predictable. The two Florida members of the AAC are a combined 3-14 in league play right now. KenPom.com has UCF with a 67% chance to win, and that would break their six game losing streak.