08 March 2016

2016 Big East Tournament Predictions

It wouldn't be Championship Week without the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden and tomorrow, the 2016 edition kicks off. With a pair of top five teams in the conference in Villanova and Xavier, both of whom are competing for top seeds, as well as some other quality clubs trying to improve their seeding, this weekend should be a fun one in Midtown.

Here are my exclusive predictions for the 2016 Big East Tournament.

First Round - Wednesday, March 9th
8 Georgetown vs. 9 DePaul - FS1, 7:00
Pick: Georgetown

7 Marquette vs. 10 St. John's - FS1, 9:30
Pick: Marquette

Quarterfinals - Thursday, March 10th
1 Villanova vs. 8 Georgetown - FS1, 12:00
Pick: Villanova

4 Providence vs. 5 Butler - FS1, 2:30
Pick: Butler

2 Xavier vs. 7 Marquette - FS1, 7:00
Pick: Xavier

3 Seton Hall vs. 6 Creighton - FS1, 9:30
Pick: Seton Hall

Semifinals - Friday, March 11th
1 Villanova vs. 5 Butler - FS1, 7:00
The Bulldogs have been competitive with the Wildcats both in Indianapolis and at Villanova but on a neutral floor, I just don't see it.
Pick: Villanova

2 Xavier vs. 3 Seton Hall - FS1, 9:30
The Hall has taken a big leap this season and a win here will further that case. They did win in their last meeting with the Musketeers, at home, and they have looked good down the stretch.
Pick: Xavier

Championship - Saturday, March 12th
1 Villanova vs. 3 Seton Hall - Fox, 5:30
These two have not played in two months so perhaps it may be difficult to glean a whole lot from those matchups. But on a neutral floor, the superior club will come out on top and that's the Wildcats.
Pick: Villanova

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