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Big East Big Five: The Finale

This is it, kids. Next week is the Big East tournament.

It's the last chance to feature Dougie McBuckets for a picture in the Big Five, so of course I'm going to do it.
It's the last chance to feature Dougie McBuckets for a picture in the Big Five, so of course I'm going to do it.
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As far as I can tell, the only thing we know about the Big East tournament right now is that Seton Hall will definitely be playing in the game between the 8 and 9 seeds. Everything else, including whether Seton Hall is the eight or the nine seed, is up for grabs. It's going to be a wild week, and even with that being the case, the three games we picked this week are all taking place on Saturday, including the final game of the regular season schedule.


Saturday, March 8: St. John's at Marquette (11am Central, Fox Sports 1) - It's Senior Morning! Sheesh. The things we do for a giant pile of cash from Fox Sports, huh? In any case, regardless of what happens on Tuesday in Providence, this will still be an important game for the Red Storm. It's the only regular season game they have left on the schedule, so they'd certainly like to avoid playing in the opening night doubleheader of the Big East tournament.

Saturday, March 8: Georgetown at #6 Villanova (1pm Central, Fox Sports 1) - The road to the Big East title goes through Georgetown. They'll host Creighton on Tuesday night, and Villanova can not afford to end up in a tie with the Bluejays after dropping both ends of the season series to them. I could have put the Georgetown-Creighton game in the lineup here because a Creighton loss will give the regular season title to the Wildcats, but it seemed more fitting to put a traditional Big East match in the Big Five.

Saturday, March 8: Providence at #13 Creighton (7pm Central, CBS Sports Network) - Two things at work here. 1) It's Senior Night for Doug McDermott, Ethan Wragge, Grant Gibbs, and Jahenns Manigat, and 2) Providence beat Creighton earlier this season. Also, if Villanova stumbles at either Xavier on Thursday or against Georgetown on Saturday, Creighton could pick up the #1 seed in the Big East tournament or the outright league title if the Wildcats somehow lose both games.

Big East Women's Basketball Game of the Week

Tuesday, March 4: Marquette at Villanova (6pm Central, Paid Streaming Video) - If you've already read our post about how the women's hoops standings could shake out, then you've already figured out that this is the best game of the five remaining games. It's the only one featuring two teams in the top half of the standings, and it's also going to determine how slots 2 through 5 in the conference tournament will settle out. On top of that, both teams need a win for the postseason, with that going double for the Golden Eagles. Even after beating a team in the field and a team barely outside the field this past week, ESPN's Charlie Creme does not have Marquette in his field of 64 this morning.

The Worst American Athletic Conference Game of the Week

Saturday, March 8: Temple at USF (1pm Central, ESPN News) - This was actually a tie this week, as the AAC managed to match up their worst team (Temple) against both of the teams that are currently tied for the second worst record in the conference (USF and UCF) in the final week of the regular season. This game won the tiebreaker because it is the final game on the AAC schedule this season. In a conference that appears to have five NCAA tournament teams amongst its members, this is the definition of going out on a low note.