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)