Records from Last Week:
Zurg has jumped out to a tremendous start in the weekly Big East predictions, while Buzz is just behind. This week, we are back to look at all the matchups in the conference and give our opinions.
It is grind time for teams like St. John’s, Georgetown, Providence, and Xavier trying to solidify their résumés for the NCAA Tournament. Which teams will take a step in the right direction this week?
Monday, February 10, 2014
Georgetown vs. Providence, 7:00 PM EST, Verizon Center, Washington DC
Buzz: Georgetown has won 3 in a row and Providence has lost 3 of 4. The advantage for Providence is the Hoyas play slow, so they shouldn’t get too worn out in this one. However, Georgetown is getting it together, and I believe they are the more talented team. A fight from start to finish, but the Hoyas squeak this one out. Georgetown 66, Providence 64
Zurg: These teams are evenly matched. Providence’s adjusted Offense ranks 70th, Georgetown’s ranks 84th. Providence’s adjusted Defense ranks 62nd, Georgetown’s ranks 56th. Georgetown has been better of late, though, winning its last 3 games. Providence has lost two straight. Georgetown wins at home. Georgetown 69, Providence 63
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Seton Hall vs. Marquette, 7:00 PM EST, Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Buzz: Marquette hasn’t won consecutive games since December 14th and 17th against IUPUI and Ball State. Can they finally get it done tonight? They definitely can, but I’m taking Seton Hall. The Pirates are showing improvement on the road with a win against Xavier and playing with Villanova for the first half, and now they finally get to go home. This is probably the nail in Marquette’s at large bid coffin and another good win for the Hall going forward. Seton Hall 70 Marquette 66
Zurg: As Buzz mentioned, Marquette is on the downswing of its win-loss pattern over the last 7 weeks of the season. The Golden Eagle adjusted Offense is one of the worst in the Big East, and the team is shooting an abysmal 27.8% on 3Ps. The cure for a bad offense, however, is playing a bad defense – and that is exactly what Seton Hall has. Marquette’s defense has been its bright spot, and I expect Buzz Williams and the boys to win one on the road. Marquette 67, Seton Hall 65.
Butler vs. Xavier, 9:00 PM EST, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Buzz: Butler has been struggling so much of late it is hard to see them pulling this one out. Chris Mack’s team is coming off a nice win against Providence and need to keep piling wins together to cement their resume for March. I also don’t think any of the Bulldogs can stop Semaj Christon. He will have over 20, and Xavier will win this one. Xavier 64, Butler 54
Zurg: Butler has struggled in its first year in the Big East, while Xavier has not. Butler’s offense ranks 10th in the conference, and its defense ranks 9th. Nationally, Xavier ranks 68th defensively, but it is the 8th rated defense in conference play. Regardless, Semaj Christon and his team need to string together a couple wins after beating Providence last Saturday. I think Xavier has a good week, and this game is the starting point. Xavier 72, Butler 65.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
DePaul vs. Villanova, 8:00 PM EST, Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL
Buzz: The best team in the Big East matched up against the worst team. DePaul has dropped 6 in a row, and it will be extremely difficult for them to stop the skid here. Villanova has taken care of every team they were supposed to beat handily this year. Oliver Purnell’s seat continues to get hotter and hotter. Villanova in a landslide. Villanova 85 DePaul 66
Zurg: The only chance DePaul has is if Villanova overlooks the Blue Demons. There is no reason to think the Big East’s top team will do that, however, as Coach Wright continues to build his résumé for Coach of the Year (in conference and nationally). Villanova takes care of business in Chicago to start its three game road trip. Villanova 89, DePaul 63.
Let us know in the comments or on Twitter (@BEandBeyond) what you think!