Conference play has proven to be very competitive so far. With 21 of 90 BIG EAST contests in the books, 12 have been decided by six points or fewer. No games are scheduled for Monday, but FS1 will carry a Tuesday doubleheader.
Seton Hall and Providence play at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center at 6:30 p.m. ET. The Pirates are 12-5 overall and 3-2 in the league after losing 70-66 at Marquette on Saturday. Pirate guard Myles Powell is second in the BIG EAST in scoring, averaging 22.6 points. The Friars, 10-6 overall and 0-3 in the league, came close to claiming their first win Saturday, but lost 96-90 in double overtime at Georgetown. The Friars are led by Alpha Diallo who ranks eighth in scoring (17.4), first in rebounding (8.8) and third in steals (1.8).
At 8:30 p.m., Marquette visits Georgetown. The Golden Eagles moved into second place in the league standings at 3-2 after Saturday’s win against Seton Hall. The Hoyas improved to 2-2 after their dramatic win over Providence. MU’s Markus Howard, the BIG EAST Player of the Week, will go against GU’s James Akinjo, the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week. The Golden Eagles have taken four of the last five meetings in the series.
Second-half comebacks were the theme on Sunday with Villanova and Xavier recording wins.
Villanova overcame a nine-point deficit in the second half and won 90-78 at Creighton. Wildcat guard Phil Booth scored 19 of his game-high 28 points after the break. He also had seven assists while committing only one turnover. Eric Paschall added 21 points and seven rebounds. The Wildcats used a pair of 13-0 runs in the second half to nail down the win. Creighton’s Ty-Shon Alexander continued his strong season with 22 points. Villanova stayed unbeaten in BIG EAST play with a 4-0 record. Creighton fell to 1-3.
Xavier rallied to come back from a 10-point deficit in the final four minutes and edged visiting Butler 70-69. Paul Scruggs, who moved over to point guard in the place of injured Quentin Goodin, had 23 points, eight rebounds and six assists. He made 5-of-8 from 3-point range. Naji Marshall added 14 points. Xavier improved to 3-2 in the league standings. Butler suffered its second straight one-point loss and dropped to 1-3 in BIG EAST play. Kamar Baldwin led the Bulldogs with 18 points and seven assists.
- Staff Report from Official News Release