Nothing says March college basketball like the Big East Tournament.

And in 2018 it appears to be a collision course between two of the top four best teams in the country, Villanova and Xavier.

Behind those two teams, everyone could use a win to ensure their placement in the NCAA Tournament. The Big East will still, unquestionably get five or six teams in the tournament. Like conference play though, they will beat up each other in the tournament.

Butler, Seton Hall, Providence, and Creighton all are NCAA Tournament teams but they all play each other in the quarterfinals. The winners of each matchup are in; the losers need to hope there is no craziness around the bubble.

Marquette is on the bubble and needs a handful of wins as well and who knows if St. John’s still has an upset left in them.

Basically everyone is in need of a win(s), making the Big East tournament the place to be on the final weekend of the season.

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BIG EAST TOURNAMENT 2018 INFORMATION:

When is the 2018 Big East Tournament?

The Big East Tournament is March 7-10. The Big East Championship game is on Saturday, March 10 at 1:00 pm.

Where is the 2018 Big East Tournament?
The 2018 Big East Tournament will be at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.

How to watch the 2018 Big East Tournament?

 

The Big East Tournament will be televised on Fox Sports family of networks. FS1 will be the home of the First Round through the semifinals. The Big East Championship will be on FOX.

Who is the defending 2017 Big East Champion?

Villanova won their third Big East championship in 2017 as the No. 1 seed.

BIG EAST TOURNAMENT 2018 BRACKET:

Big East Tournament First Round (3/7)
 - No. 9 St. John’s 88, No. 8 Georgetown 77       
 - No. 7 Marquette 72, No. 10 DePaul 69

Big East Tournament Quarterfinals (3/8)
 - No. 1 Xavier 88, No. 9 St. John's 60          
 - No. 5 Providence 72, No. 4 Creighton 68    
 - No. 2 Villanova 94, No. 7 Marquette 70
 - No. 6 Butler 75, No. 3 Seton Hall 74

Big East Tournament Semifinals (3/9)
 - No. 5 Providence 75, No. 1 Xavier 72 (OT)
 - No. 2 Villanova 87, No. 6 Butler 68

Big East Tournament Championship (3/10)
 - 6:30 PM - No. 2 Xavier vs. No. 5 Providence (FOX)

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BIG EAST TOURNAMENT 2018 PREVIEW:

It is difficult to suggest someone other than Villanova or Xavier will take home the 2018 Big East Championship.

Both the Wildcats and the Musketeers were well above the rest of the league through the regular season. Week-in and week-out they were the top teams in not only the Big East, but the entire country. 

Jalen Brunson (19.0 ppg) and Mikal Bridges (17.6 ppg) are one of the best pairs in all of college hoops. As a team, they keep their system clean and simple. They limit turnovers and are a threat from every spot on the court.

Thankfully for the Wildcats, they do not have St. John’s on their side of the bracket.

The Red Storm started the year 11-2, and many believed they would be a team that could make it to the second weekend in the NCAA Tournament. The Marcus Lovett injury quickly took them out of that conversation and they quickly dropped to the bottom of the conference.

But with late wins against Duke and Villanova, and the Big East leading scorer, Shamorie Ponda, they can knock off any of the teams in the tournament.  

PICK: No. 2 Villanova