BE&B Predictions: February 3-4

Welcome to our first Big East predictions of the season! Let’s see how it goes! Please comment or tweet at us your predictions so we can get a feel for what everyone thinks!

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3:

Xavier at Villanova, 7pm Fox Sports 1

Zurg: Xavier’s defense ranks 9th (in front of only DePaul) in conference play, giving up 3Ps at the highest percentage. Villanova handles Xavier at home. Villanova 82, Xavier 67

Buzz: Xavier was caught overlooking Seton Hall on Saturday at home. Well this is the one they were looking for, but I don’t see them having enough for the talented Wildcats. Closer than Vegas thinks. Villanova 72, Xavier 68

Georgetown at DePaul, 9pm Fox Sports 1

Zurg: It’s tough to find something either of these teams does well. The worst offense in the Big East (Georgetown) takes on the worst defense in the Big East (DePaul). Georgetown’s defense wins them the game. Georgetown 70, DePaul 69

Buzz: Georgetown is coming off a season saving win against Michigan State. DePaul will be up at the half because Georgetown won’t be ready to go. Can the Blue Demons squeak it out? I think so. DePaul 60, Georgetown 57

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4:

St. John’s at Providence, 7pm Fox Sports 1

Zurg: Providence is first in the conference in Offensive Rebound Percentage and Free Throw Rate (FT/FGA). St. John’s defense ranks 10th and 8th (respectively?) in those categories. Providence 69, St. John’s 61

Buzz: I think St. John’s will ride the momentum of the Marquette win and go get one against Providence. Their athleticism at every position will wear down the Friars’ depth. This will be a tough loss for Ed Cooley’s squad. St. John’s 75, Providence 65

Butler at Marquette, 9pm Fox Sports 1

Zurg: Another tough matchup to point out something either team does well. Marquette’s defense has been its bright spot (ranked 33rd nationally). Marquette wins this one at home. Marquette 65, Butler 58

Buzz: Marquette has looked good at home in the Big East posting a 3-1 record with the lone loss being to Villanova in overtime. Golden Eagles will coast in this one. Marquette 63, Butler 49

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