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And Then There Were Two…The Big East Tournament Championship Game

After a quick one-day hiatus after a crushing blow, I am back. Tonight, there will be a Big East champion. There’s been a number of shockers and surprises. Providence will take on Creighton tonight for the Big East crown. Providence had a close call with St. John’s after having a big lead early on. They were able to hold on and move onto the next round. They got into another close one with Seton Hall after the Pirates took down Villanova in dramatic fashion. The Friars will look to see if they can continue to play well and take down Creighton. Creighton will go in as the favorite, after swiftly taking apart Xavier and DePaul. A 32 point performance brought Creighton star Doug McDermott into the top 5 all-time scorers in Division I. He has amassed over 3,000 points for his career, and is looking to put up more.

This should be an interesting matchup as both teams have traded blows during the regular season. Providence first beat Creighton convincingly at the Dunkin Donuts Center back in January. When the Friars and Bluejays met for a second time, the Bluejays returned the favor by beating up Providence on their Senior Night. McDermott had a notable 45 point performance then. He has continued to light it up ever since. Providence will be looking for their revenge, following the lead of Bryce Cotton, who would probably have been the Big East Player of the Year if it weren’t for McDermott. Cotton is truly one of the best in the conference, even if he is not doing well, other guys can step up too. LaDontae Henton and Josh Fortune have been playing well as teams look to limit Cotton.

The Bluejays have been rolling, and I think they’ll continue their streak through the championship game. I do not think it will be a closer result this time around, even after the home court advantages are taken away. If anything it will be close at the beginning, before Creighton breaks away once they get the hot shooting hand.

The conference championship game will be tonight at 8:30 p.m. The much anticipated Selection Sunday show will be tomorrow at 6 p.m.

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About The Author

Eugene Rapay '16 created "The Bench Mob" in November 2013. He joined the Villanova Times in 2012 as a writer. A Westchester, NY native, who will bring top quality coverage of all things Villanova sports.

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