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Big East Basketball Schedule, Forecast, and Predictions (Week of 1/11)

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The Big East saw some shuffling of its teams that are ranked in the top 25. While there are no top 25 matchups this week, there are some good games on the horizon.

First, the standings going in to this week:

#6 Villanova (14-2, 4-0)
Creighton (12-5, 3-1)
Georgetown (10-6, 3-1)
#7 Xavier (14-1, 2-1)
#12 Providence (14-2, 2-1)
Seton Hall (12-4, 2-2)
Marquette (12-4, 2-2)
#23 Butler (12-4, 1-3)
St. John’s (7-10, 0-4)
DePaul (6-10, 0-4)

Eugene Rapay and Patrick Ciapciak preview the games to watch for:

Game of the Week: #12 Providence at Creighton, Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. on FS1

Eugene: The Friars are looking to bounce back after being upset by Marquette. Meanwhile, the Bluejays have looked good in their two games since losing to Villanova. This Creighton team is ahead of last year’s and will have a chance to earn a big win. Vegas actually has Creighton (-2) as a slight favorite over #12 Providence. While the Bluejays have looked solid on the court, the Friars are simply too good and too talented to drop back-to-back games. Creighton doesn’t have that great of a defense. The Bluejays average 74.4 points per game given up to opponents, good enough for 238th in Division I. Providence will need Rodney Bullock to be more of a contributor on the offensive end, as he was pretty quiet in the loss to Marquette. Kris Dunn and Ben Bentil can’t do it alone and that was proven last week. Providence will get back on track in a game that will be close at first, until the Friars pull away. My pick: Providence 77, Creighton 70

Patrick: Who saw Creighton coming? We all knew Providence would be a top contender in the league behind the much-hyped Kris Dunn. Yet just as surprising as the rise of Creighton has been the rise of Ben Bentil. Averaging 25 points per game, Bentil has become everything Friar fans hoped Dunn would be. On the other end, Creighton has quickly forgotten last year’s woes. Coach McDermott’s squad is only one win away from tying last season’s Big East win total. Furthermore, the Blue Jays don’t lose at home much. This year, they’ve only lost twice in Omaha, including a close one to Villanova. In 2013, their first year in the Big East, Creighton did not lose once at the CenturyLink Center. That was the era of Doug McDermott though. In the post-Dougie era, Creighton has lost all ten games it has played against ranked teams. If there ever was a chance to end this drought, its Tuesday night. My pick: Creighton 75, Providence 74

And here’s two more:

#6 Villanova at Georgetown, Saturday at 1 p.m. on CBS

Eugene: Last time Villanova went to the Verizon Center, the Hoyas had them beat in every facet of the game. This year’s Villanova team will try to stop that from happening again. The Wildcats, like the Hoyas, have straightened themselves out once Big East play came. Villanova hasn’t lost yet in conference play, while Georgetown has a respectable 3-1 Big East record. However, Georgetown hasn’t gotten the big win against its conference brethren. So far, the Hoyas have beaten DePaul twice and Marquette in the comfort of their home court. Georgetown remains to be the D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera show, as he continues to be the focal point of the Hoyas. Meanwhile, Villanova still spreads the ball around. Barring another disastrous shooting performance at the Verizon Center, Villanova should cruise to victory in this rivalry game. The Wildcats shouldn’t be blown out this time around. My pick: Villanova 68, Georgetown 60

Patrick: Villanova is rolling through its Big East competition like a Main Line locomotive, and Georgetown is standing on the tracks. The Hoyas were tested early, with losses to Maryland and Duke but a win over Syracuse. Ever since, their competition has been pedestrian and their performance even less impressive. But don’t look now: Georgetown is tied for second in the Big East. This is a rivalry game after all, and the Hoyas pulled out the improbable upset the last time Villanova drove down to DC. Unfortunately for sad Hoya fans, Villanova is dominant again, and won’t be as mentally tired for this trip to the Verizon Center. My pick: Villanova 85, Georgetown 81

#7 Xavier at Marquette, Saturday at 2 p.m. on FS1

Eugene: There’s a chance that this can be Edmond Sumner‘s first game back since that hard fall. Xavier head coach Chris Mack says that the guard is progressing well and will be back “sooner, rather than later.” If Sumner returns, you have to expect Xavier to be turbo-charged on emotions. Marquette will challenge Xavier up front with its one-two punch of Henry Ellenson and Luke Fischer. It will be the first time the Musketeers would receive such a task in conference play. Xavier will have an advantage in guard play over the Golden Eagles and that will be the difference. The Musketeers will counter right back with a one-two punch of their own from Trevon Bluiett and Myles Davis in the back court. My pick: Xavier 71, Marquette 60

Patrick: Just two weeks ago, this game was looking like the Big East’s best versus the worst. Then, a reshuffling occurred. Xavier was blown out by Villanova. Marquette defeated a top ten Providence squad at the Dunk. If Xavier is a bad road team, their weaknesses will become evident in Milwaukee. Big East Freshmen of the week Henry Ellenson, averaging 16 points a game, will welcome a vulnerable Xavier team to his hometown. However, Marquette is playing top ten teams in back to back games for the first time in four years. Energy and preparation will be too short to pull the upset. My pick: Xavier 73, Marquette 57

The rest of the Big East games this week:

Tuesday, January 12
DePaul at #7 Xavier, 6:30 p.m. on FS1

Wednesday, January 13
Georgetown at St. John’s, 6:30 p.m. on FS1
Marquette at #6 Villanova, 8:30 p.m. on FS1

Saturday, January 16
St. John’s at #23 Butler, 12 p.m. on FS1
Seton Hall at #12 Providence, 4:30 p.m. on FS1

Sunday, January 17
Creighton at DePaul, 1 p.m. on FS1

Quick Picks for the Last Six:

Record Last Week: 6-3

Record Last Week: 7-2










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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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