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2017 Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament Semifinals: How To Watch, Time, TV, and Streaming

It doesn’t involve Marquette, but it should still be some quality basketball.

NCAA Basketball: Buffalo at Creighton
We used the Villanova and Seton Hall mascots yesterday, so here’s Billy Bluejay.
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Well, another Big East tournament quarterfinal round has come and gone, and Marquette lost for the seventh consecutive year. This is starting to get moderately annoying.

Anyway.

The tournament rolls on today with the two semifinal games at Madison Square Garden. It’s kind of a whacky four-pack of teams squaring off, as top seeded Villanova was the only one of the top four seeds in the tournament to advance. #2 Butler, #3 Providence, and #4 Marquette (sigh) all got bumped off, leading to the games we get this evening. The second semifinal may be the most fascinating one, as it’s a matchup of the league’s two teams that were on track to easily skate into the NCAA tournament before they both lost their point guards to ACL injuries. Creighton and Xavier are a combined 12-13 since their respective injuries, which roughly means that if the NCAA tournament committee was only evaluating them on the games since Maurice Watson and Edmond Sumner went out for the rest of the season, neither one would be a candidate for an at-large berth.

But now they both get another chance to prove they belong, but they have to defeat the other one in order to do it. That’s kind of a neat twist.

Big East Tournament Semifinal #1: #1 Villanova Wildcats vs #5 Seton Hall Pirates

When: 5:30pm Central
TV: FS1
Streaming: Fox Sports Go
Season Series: Villanova won, 2-0
KenPom Projection: Villanova has an 84% chance of victory with a predicted score of 74-63.

Big East Tournament Semifinal #2: #6 Creighton Bluejays vs #7 Xavier Musketeers

When: 8pm Central
TV: FS1
Streaming: Fox Sports Go
Season Series: 1-1 with both teams winning on the road
KenPom Projection: Creighton has a 61% chance of victory with a predicted score of 78-75.