The Big East tournament will be special this year. We won't see a five-in-a-row UConn-esque run, but we will see some awesome games. The Big East has young, dynamic guards that love the NYC spotlight. Expect tight games and flashy highlight reel finishes.
Big East Tournament First Round Predictions:
UConn over a boring DePaul team...in a close game. Drummond gets in foul trouble; Napier does just enough to keep the game closer than it should be, Lamb struggles. No one feels like interrupting their day job to check this game out at all, but that doesn't matter because the rest of the day will make up for this.
St. John's edges Pittsburgh in some sort of close game. Moe Harkless is the man of the day making some sort of stud play to seal this game. This game will be a first half grind that accelerates into a chippy, Big East Tournament classic. Get home early from work to catch the second half.
Seton Hall gets hot and Herb Pope scorches the Friars and shoots 5-8 from behind the arc. I don't see much defense going on in this one. This should be the highest scoring game of the day that will get a lot of people talking about how Seton Hall can make a run...and they will on this day.
Rutgers stuns Villanova. Myles Mack thrives in NYC and matches his career high. I smell overtime and a superfluous Mike Rice. Rutgers will struggle early, and then dust themselves off to smash Villanova in the face in an epic come-back win. The Big East Tournament at its best. This also has the feel of a statistical anomaly like Rutgers never leading the game until the last second, off-balance, 17-footer Myles Mack shocker.
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