MILWAUKEE – Marquette is ranked 11th in Associated Press and 10th in USA Today in the Monday polls release. Villanova is slotted 17th in AP and 16th in USA Today. St. John’s, coming off a 2-0 week, got back into the receiving votes group of teams in both polls.
Home teams are 36-28 (.563) in league games. Twenty-nine of the 64 conference games (.453) have been decided by six points or less or gone into overtime. The BIG EAST is the only D-1 conference that does not have a team with an overall losing record.
With 26 games remaining in the league schedule, there is some definition starting to emerge in the standings. While Villanova and Marquette have held the top two positions for a while, St. John’s and Seton Hall are tied for third at 7-6. Butler is fifth at 6-7, a half-game ahead of 5-7 Georgetown. DePaul and Xavier check in at 5-8 and Providence and Creighton are tied at 4-9.
Wednesday has all 10 teams in action with doubleheaders on FS1 and CBS Sports Network. On FS1 at 6:30 p.m. ET, Villanova plays at Georgetown. In the first meeting this season, Villanova pulled away in the final eight minutes to record a 77-65 victory over the Hoyas. In the second game on FS1, St. John’s plays at Providence. The Friars beat the Johnnies 70-56 at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 9. That defeat is the only loss for St. John’s in its last five BIG EAST games.
Seton Hall hosts Xavier at 7 p.m. in the first game of two Wednesday contests on CBS Sports Network. The Pirates have won three in a row while the Musketeers have taken their last two. On Jan. 2, Seton Hall topped Xavier 80-70 in the first meeting. In the second game on CBSSN, Marquette hosts Butler. The Golden Eagles beat the Bulldogs 76-58 on Jan. 30 with Markus Howard scoring 32 points for MU. The game also will be carried on Westwood One radio.
At 9 p.m., Creighton visits DePaul on FSN. The Blue Demons have dropped their last two games while the Bluejays will be trying to break a four-game losing streak that includes two overtime losses, a five-point and six-point defeat.