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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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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.

Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.

Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing.  At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.

Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.

Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.

Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.

Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.

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Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.