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2017 Big East Tournament Preview: Bracket, Seeds, Location, Time, How to Watch

2017 Big East Tournament Preview: Bracket, Seeds, Location, Time, How to Watch

The Villanova Wildcats claimed their fourth consecutive Big East regular-season championship with a 15-3 record, and although they’re nearly guaranteed a top seed in the NCAA Tournament, a Big East Tournament upset could spoil those chances.

With their regular season title, the Wildcats earned the top spot in the conference tournament, which starts Wednesday, March 8 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Villanova enters the Big East Tournament boasting a 28-3 overall record with a 15-3 mark in the conference.

With another championship, this Villanova team could solidify its place as one of the four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. But a deep run or even an upset from someone like Xavier or Creighton could lead to a boost in national tournament stock.

Villanova’s top seed earned the Wildcats a first-round bye, so they won’t play until the Big East Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday, March 9, where they’ll take on the winner of Wednesday’s No. 8 St. John’s-No. 9 Georgetown game.

Can the Hoyas redeem themselves after a disappointing 14-17, 5-13 season? Their game against the St. John’s Red Storm kicks off the tournament Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET on FS1 with the Big East Tournament championship game Saturday, March 11 on FOX.

2017 BIG EAST TOURNAMENT HOW TO WATCH

When: Wednesday, March 8 – Saturday, March 11

Where: Madison Square Garden, New York

How to watch: While FOX will broadcast the Big East Tournament championship game, all other tournament games will be aired on FS1.

Online Stream: All games will be available to stream via Fox Sports Go.

 

2017 BIG EAST TOURNAMENT BRACKET

 

2017 BIG EAST TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

First round, Wednesday, March 8
Game 1:
No. 8 St. John’s 74, No. 9 Georgetown 73
Game 2: No. 7 Xavier 75, No. 10 DePaul 64

Quarterfinals, Thursday, Match 9
Game 3:
No. 1 Villanova 108, St. John's 67
Game 4: No. 5 Seton Hall Pirates vs. No. 4 Marquette — 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Game 5: No. 2 Butler vs. 7v10 winner —7:00 p.m. (FS1)
Game 6: No. 3 Providence vs. No. 6 Creighton — 9:30 p.m. (FS1)

Semifinals, Friday, March 10
Game 7:
Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner — 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner — 9:00 p.m., (FS1)

Championship, Saturday, March 11
Game 9:
Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner (5:30 p.m., (FOX)

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Local college stars light up the Nike Pro City Kenner League

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Local college stars light up the Nike Pro City Kenner League

Saturday began as a great opportunity to get close-up footage of Mac McClung. 

The rising sophomore guard at Georgetown is a viral sensation, with both his 48" veritcal and ability to use it. 

But as backcourt-mate James Akinjo and teammates began to clear out from the previous game, McClung was not setting his bag down by the newly-vacant bench like the rest of his teammates. In fact, he wasn't even in the gym. 

For the second day straight, McClung would not show up to play for A&W Associates. No word was given as to why, other than his absence being non-injury related. With that opportunity lost came another found: a reminder of the depth of talent and athleticism among DMV college athletes and the footage to prove it. 

First it was Maryland's rising senior guard Anthony Cowan Jr., who earned second-team All-Big Ten honors last season. The Bowie, Md. native's first bucket was a one-man operation, shaking his defender left then right before hitting a contested three. 

Opposite Cowan was Georgetown's second player on A&W Associates, forward Josh LeBlanc. And LeBlanc reaffirmed McClung isn't the only Hoya who can jump out of the gym (follow the thread for part two). 

George Washington sophomore forward Chase Paar made his presence felt as well, outmuscling defenders on the offensive end while protecting his own paint with two nice rejections. 

In the end, though, it was LeBlanc who left a lasting impression on the crowd at McDonough Gymnasium with his acrobatics above the rim. Cowan kept McClinton within a possession with one big shot after another, but he was ejected with just over a minute to play and A&W ultimately prevailed, 79-77. 

McClung did not play on Sunday either, as A&W dropped to 3-3 heading into the final weekend of Kenner League play.

All remaining games can be watched at Georgetown's McDonough Gymnasium, but spectator photography of any kind is strictly prohibited. 

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2019 College World Series Central: Bracket, favorites, viewing information

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2019 College World Series Central: Bracket, favorites, viewing information

The four matchups in the first round of the College World Series are set after the final two games of the tournament Super Regionals finished on Monday.

Arkansas and Auburn were the last two teams to make the CWS bracket, after each team won the rubber match in its respective Super Regional, scoring 14 runs apiece.

Of the eight teams vying for the prized college baseball title, two (Michigan and Florida State) were amongst the last four teams in the field of 64 to make the tournament. Now, they join some of the other top teams across the country. 

Michigan beat a No. 1 UCLA team 2-1 in the Los Angeles Super Regional, a Bruins team which hadn't lost a series all season. The Wolverines proved they are a force to be reckoned with as they head to their first CWS appearance since 1984.

Like Michigan, Auburn made the CWS for the first time in over 10 years (the Tigers' last CWS appearance was in 1997).

It's the second consecutive year that Mississippi State, Arkansas and Texas Tech have made the final bracket. Last year, Arkansas was the runner-up after losing to Oregon State in the finals. Mississippi State made it to the semifinals before Oregon State defeated the Bulldogs and went on to win the tournament. 

2019 NCAA COLLEGE WORLD SERIES BRACKET & BROADCAST SCHEDULE

CWS Final Game 3*: Michigan vs. Vanderbilt, Wed. 6/26 at 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

(*if necessary)

FINALIZED RESULTS

Game 1: Michigan 5, Texas Tech 3, Sat. 6/15
Game 2: Florida State 1, Arkansas 0, Sat. 6/15 
Game 3:  Vanderbilt 3, Louisville 1 Sun 6/16
Game 4: Mississippi State 5, Auburn 4, Sun. 6/16 
Game 5: Texas Tech 5, Arkansas 4, Mon. 6/17 | Arkansas eliminated
Game 6: Michigan 2, Florida State 0, Mon. 6/17
Game 7: Louisville 5, Auburn 3, Wed. 6/19 | Auburn eliminated
Game 8: Vanderbilt 6, Mississippi State 3, Wed. 6/19  
Game 9: Texas Tech 4, Florida State 1, Wed. 6/19 | Florida State eliminated
Game 10: Louisville 4, Mississippi State 3, Thurs. 6/20 | Mississippi State eliminated
Game 11: Michigan 15, Texas Tech 3, Fri. 6/21 | Texas Tech eliminated, Michigan advances to final
Game 12: Vanderbilt 3, Louisville 2, Fri. 6/21 | Louisville eliminated, Vanderbilt advances to final

CWS Final Game 1: Michigan 7, Vanderbilt 4, Mon. 6/24 | Michigan leads series 1-0
CWS Final Game 2: Vanderbilt 4, Michigan 1, Tues. 6/25 | Series tied 1-1

FUN FACTS

  • Vandy Rockstar: The Commodores' freshman right-hander Kumar Rocker threw a complete game no-hitter (and 19 Ks) in Game 2 against Duke in the Nashville Super Regional to keep Vanderbilt's championship hopes alive. 
  • Sweeps on Sweeps: Florida State, Louisville and Mississippi State each swept its respective Super Regional. The most notable was the Cardinals' sweep of the East Carolina Pirates, where Louisville outscored ECU 26-1. 
  • No Repeats: Texas Tech defeated the reigning champion Oregon State in the Lubbock Super Regional to ensure there will be a new school crowned champion.