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Bracket Bits: Bubble brewing in the Big East

Dave2015It wasn’t a particularly good night for the Big East.  Yes, the league’s top two teams won – Xavier bested Providence at home; Villanova survived at Seton Hall.  But those victories – while good for XU’s and Nova’s No. 1 seed hopes – also impacted the resumes of the Friars and Pirates.  Meanwhile, in New York, Butler lost in overtime to St. John’s – meaning the Bulldogs have lost to both Georgetown (home) and St. John’s (road) in their past four games.  All is not well, as they say.

Here’s a quick peek at the aforementioned Big East trio …

  • Seton Hall: the Pirates profile may be slightly ahead due to non-conference wins over Texas Tech and Louisville.  Counterpoint: the Pirates also have losses at Rutgers and Georgetown.  SHU hosts Butler this weekend.
  • Butler: the Bulldogs beat Villanova at home, but most of their success in league play has come at Hinkle.  Their best conference road win is Marquette.  Potential saving grace: a neutral-court win over Ohio State.  Butler travels to Seton Hall this weekend.
  • Providence: the Friars have wins over both Xavier and Villanova at home, but they also have three Quadrant 4 losses (DePaul, Massachusetts, Minnesota – although the Gophers were a Top 20 team back then).  Providence hosts St. John’s this weekend.

With Marquette also in the mix, the Big East bubble is very much a question mark after a night of missed chance (Providence, Seton Hall) and an unsettling loss (Butler).  Which brings us here: the Big East tournament just got a whole lot more interesting for those four teams.

Wednesday’s other takeaways …

  • LSU lost at South Carolina. Despite a nice stockpile of wins, the Tigers have lost two straight (games they really needed) and face a tall, steep mountain.  Their game with Mississippi State this weekend (home) is a must-win ahead of an SEC tournament run.
  • Georgia lost in overtime at home to Texas AM.  The win helps the Aggies but puts the Bulldogs in a precarious spot.  They travel to Tennessee this weekend; then need a strong showing at the SEC tournament.
  • Any remaining hope for Temple pretty much disappeared with a loss to Connecticut.
  • Florida State lost at Clemson.  The loss isn’t damaging, but if the Seminoles were to drop their game to Boston College this weekend (home), it could leave them with a little clean-up work to do at the ACC tournament.  They really don’t want to bring an unsightly non-conference schedule back into play.

Welcome to March.  The Madness is about to begin.

 

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