One thing I forgot to include in the Big East wrap up to the moment was the big games coming the remainder of the week and why you should keep an eye out for at least the highlights.
Syracuse (18-4, 5-4) @ Connecticut (17-3, 5-3): Can the Orange stop the bleeding? How will the Huskies respond to their close loss at home to Louisville? This is probably a bigger game for the Huskies just because they still have a realistic shot at the conference title. The ‘Cuse will probably figure it out in time to make the tourney, but this is more than a tough place to begin.
Marquette (14-8, 5-4) @ Villanova (17-4,5-3): The Golden Eagles need a road win in the worst way. They’ve had a couple of nice home wins over Notre Dame and Syracuse, but have lost all four road games to the top competition in the league by under 5 PPG. Villanova, meanwhile, is in the same boat as UConn and can’t afford a loss if they want the top seed in NYC.
West Virginia (14-6, 5-3) @ Villanova: WVU should be 6-3 entering this game which means they will be right there in contention with the Wildcats (as long as ‘Nova holds serve vs Marquette).
Cincinnati (18-4, 5-4) @ Pittsburgh (20-2, 8-1): Both teams will have had a full week to prepare and is another example of a team trying to prove it (Cincy), versus a team trying to keep on a roll even though things have been shaken a bit (Pitt).
Connecticut (17-3, 5-3) @ Seton Hall (10-12, 4-6): No, this game isn’t good. It’s just weird for this league to have such a crappy lineup for a Saturday. No wonder Game Day and the ESPN prime time game is in the SEC. Gross.