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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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UVA's Tomas Woldenstae's game-winner stuns Tar Heels in Chapel Hill

UVA's Tomas Woldenstae's game-winner stuns Tar Heels in Chapel Hill

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Tomas Woldetensae scored 18 points and made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left to lift Virginia past North Carolina 64-62 on Saturday night.

Mamadi Diakite added 15 points for the Cavaliers (17-7, 9-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won for the fifth time in six games.

Woldetensae's winning shot came after North Carolina's Christian Keeling made three free throws to give the Tar Heels a 62-61 lead with 10.3 seconds left. Keeling had been fouled by Woldetensae while attempting a 3-point shot.

Casey Morsell and Kihei Clark each scored 10 points for Virginia. The Cavaliers won back-to-back games against North Carolina in Chapel Hill for the first time in program history.

Garrison Brooks scored 20 points to lead North Carolina (10-15, 3-11), which lost its fifth consecutive game.

Cole Anthony added 17 points for the Tar Heels, but his half-court heave at the buzzer wasn't close. Keeling scored 11 points.

North Carolina lost despite shooting 50% from the floor against the Cavaliers, who entered the game with the nation's top scoring defense and field-goal percentage defense.

BIG PICTURE

Virginia: The Cavaliers have returned to their winning ways just in time. Virginia's NCAA Tournament chances were fading a month ago during a three-game losing streak, but the Cavaliers have gone 6-2 while grinding out five wins by five points or fewer since then.

North Carolina: The Tar Heels remained winless in February, starting off their second month in a row with five consecutive defeats. They are one loss away from clinching their first losing record for a regular season since 2001-02.

UP NEXT

Virginia: The Cavaliers host Boston College on Wednesday night, looking to avenge the Eagles' 60-53 win in the teams' first meeting on Jan. 7.

North Carolina: The Tar Heels play Monday night at Notre Dame, which they defeated 76-65 on Nov. 6 in each team's season opener.

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P.J. Horne's career night carries Virginia Tech past Pittsburgh

P.J. Horne's career night carries Virginia Tech past Pittsburgh

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- P.J. Horne scored a career-high 18 points to lift Virginia Tech to a 67-57 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Horne hit 6 of 9 from the floor, including a career-high four 3-pointers for the Hokies (15-10, 6-8 Atlantic Coast Conference), who snapped a five-game losing streak. Jalen Cone added 12 points and four 3-pointers for Virginia Tech, which hit 12 3-pointers in the game.

Au'Diese Toney and Justin Champignie scored 12 points each to lead the Panthers (15-11, 6-9), who lost for the fifth time in the past seven games.

Horne, who came into the game averaging 7.1 points per game, made 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions in the final 3:30 to help the Hokies hold off the Panthers. Virginia Tech led by as many as 19 in the second half before Pittsburgh cut the lead to 59-53 on a layup by Abdoul Karim Coulibaly with 3:21 remaining.

Horne, though, hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 3:06 to go to push the Tech lead to 62-53, and after another Coulibaly layup with 2:51 remaining, Horne connected again, hitting a 3-pointer from the same spot to give the Hokies a 65-55 lead. Pittsburgh got no closer.

Xavier Johnson finished with 11 points for Pittsburgh, which shot just 35% (21 of 60) in losing its fifth straight road game.

BIG PICTURE

Pittsburgh: Securing an NCAA Tournament berth is probably a bit much to ask of this young squad, but an NIT bid is certainly an attainable goal. However, the Panthers need to find a cure for their first-half woes, particularly on the road. Pittsburgh entered the game shooting 32.4% in the first half of its previous five road games (four losses) and continued the trend Saturday, shooting 26.9% in the first half in falling to the Hokies.

Virginia Tech: A week off certainly did wonders for the Hokies, who desperately needed a win after dropping five straight games. Like the Panthers, the Hokies probably aren't going to make the NCAA field unless they can make some noise in a brutal upcoming stretch. Tech plays Miami on Wednesday, then takes on Duke (road), Virginia (home) and Louisville (road).

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