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Big East Tournament Bracket 2018, How to watch, Dates, Preview, Location

Big East Tournament Bracket 2018, How to watch, Dates, Preview, Location

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

Howard women's soccer officially wins the toilet paper juggle challenge

Howard women's soccer officially wins the toilet paper juggle challenge

Everyone can go ahead and stop posting their attempt at the toilet paper juggling challenge because Howard University women's soccer has officially won.

In a video posted Thursday, 23 members of the team can be seen juggling a roll of toilet paper and continuously passing it off to their teammates off-screen. 

In the age of coronavirus, social distancing and owning toilet paper rolls are some of the most prominent aspects of the pandemic. This particular toilet paper challenge combines them in a fun way. 

The toilet paper challenge began when bored pro athletes challenged each other to juggle a roll of toilet paper ten times in a row without it falling to the ground. Lionel Messi was one of the first to do it and the internet, as it does, took the idea and ran with it. 

It was fun to watch all the videos while the challenge lasted, but as we've already said, Howard has won this one. 

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March Madness Revisited: When George Washington made it back to the NCAA Tournament

March Madness Revisited: When George Washington made it back to the NCAA Tournament


As March winds down without its usual flurry of March Madness moments, NBC Sports Washington takes a look back at the smaller DMV schools and their most recent NCAA Tournament appearances.  

Despite some recent struggles, confidence was high in Foggy Bottom for the George Washington basketball program entering the 2013-14 season. 

“I thought we could be good,” former GW head coach Mike Lonergan told NBC Sports Washington. “I thought we could win 20 games and have a chance to make the NCAA Tournament.”

The Colonials had not been to the tournament since 2007 and finished under .500 the first two years after Lonergan arrived from Vermont. However, the Bowie, Md. native, a former head coach at Catholic and assistant at Maryland under Gary Williams, was bullish thanks to the addition of Indiana graduate transfer Maurice Creek. 

“I knew we needed someone like him,” Lonergan said. “I knew if he could play at even 80% that he would give us the scoring we needed.”

Creek averaged 16.4 points per game as a freshman at Indiana before numerous leg injuries derailed his time in Bloomington. The former Hoosier led the Colonials in scoring (14.1 ppg) that season. 

The moment of arrival for George Washington occurred Thanksgiving weekend in Anaheim. In the third place game of the Wooden Classic, the Colonials faced 20th-ranked Creighton. George Washington beat the Blue Jays, 60-53, and held eventual consensus first-team All-America Doug McDermott to a season-low seven points. 

“That’s when I knew we were pretty good because Creighton was fabulous,” Lonergan said. 

The Colonials were the only team that season to hold McDermott under double digits. That was the turning point in their season.  

After returning from California, the Colonials defeated Rutgers, Maryland, and Georgia even before beginning Atlantic 10 play. Creek buried a game-winning shot at the buzzer to defeat Maryland in the BB&T Classic, 77-75. 

“Everything we did started in the summer time,” Creek told NBC Sports Washington. “We believed in each other.”

George Washington finished the regular season with a 24-8 record and an 11-5 mark in conference play. On Selection Sunday, the Colonials emerged as the No. 9 seed in the East Region. Lonergan will never forget that feeling of that day. 

“It was definitely exciting,” Lonergan said. “When I got the job, I thought it was a five-year deal before we got really good. So we were ahead of schedule.”

George Washington headed to Raleigh, N.C. to play Memphis. Luck was not on the Colonials side that evening. In addition to second-leading scorer Kethan Savage being sidelined due to an injury, Creek needed stitches above his eye early in the game. 

Creek finished just 2-for-13 from the field. Senior Isaiah Armwood finished with a season-high 21 points but was called for his fourth foul with 12:02 to play in the second half. 

"It definitely changed my defense, because when I'm on defense, I'm usually active. I couldn't foul," Armwood said. 

The Colonials still had multiple chances to tie the game in the final minute down by three but came up short and ultimately lost to the Tigers, 71-66. 

“It was disappointing because we could really score and we only put up 66 [points] that game,” Lonergan recalled. 

Despite the disappointing loss, George Washington basketball looked healthy once again following a successful season. The Colonials won a school-record 28 games and the NIT two years later, but they are still searching for a return trip to the tournament with a rebuilding plan in place under new coach Jamion Christian. 

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