Feb. 24, 2014
Feb. 24, 2014
Start Your Engines
The race to postseason is heating up as four BIG EAST teams still have a shot at the regular-season title and accompanying No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. Drama is sure to unfold on Saturday when DePaul travels to St. John’s, as the two sit atop the BIG EAST standings with identical 12-3 marks. The Red Storm claimed the first meeting in Chicago, Ill., in early January and are 7-0 against league foes at home this season. DePaul has won 10 of its last 11, with five of those victories coming on the road. Creighton and Villanova also remain in contention for the crown, with those two splitting the season series.
Peaking At The Right Time
As postseason looms, two BIG EAST teams show multiple-game winning streaks after a busy weekend. Creighton leads the conference as winners of three straight, most recently knocking off then-No. 22/RV St. John’s on Sunday to remain perfect against league foes on its home court at D.J. Sokol Arena. Seton Hall has claimed back-to-back victories after rallying from a 17-point deficit to defeat Marquette in overtime on Saturday afternoon. DePaul has won 10 of its last 11 and have a league-high 21 wins this season, while Villanova reached the 20-win mark yesterday with a home win over Georgetown.
Parity At Its Finest
Parity continues to be a central theme in the BIG EAST Conference this season and this past weekend was no different. Two of the five games were decided by a single basket and three divided by 10 points or less. In total, 40 BIG EAST games have been decided by single digits, including 17 by a single basket.
Reigning BIG EAST Player of the Week Tabatha Richardson-Smith of Seton Hall snapped a 25-year old program record on Saturday. The sophomore guard/forward scored 38 points in SHU’s overtime win over Marquette, matching the BIG EAST’s single-game high for 2013-14. Creighton’s McKenzie Fujan and Marissa Janning also have 38-point performances to their credit this season.
Queen Of The Glass
Freshman center Natalie Butler owns the BIG EAST rookie rebounding record and the Georgetown single-season rebounding standard and has her eyes set on yet another mark. With two regular-season games remaining on the Hoyas’ schedule, Butler is eight boards shy of the BIG EAST single-season rebounding record. Seton Hall’s Dana Wynne currently owns the conference’s carom standard of 223, set in both 1994-95 and 1995-96. Wynne also has the rebounding average title at 12.4 RPG. Butler enters the weekend averaging 13.4 boards per game in league play, and 13.1 caroms per contest overall to rank sixth nationally.
Tuesday, Feb. 25
RV/RV DePaul @ Villanova 7 p.m.*
Xavier @ Butler, 7 p.m.*
Wednesday, Feb. 26
Marquette @ RV/RV St. John’s, 7 p.m.*
Seton Hall @ Creighton, 8 p.m.*
Saturday, Feb. 22
Providence 61, Xavier 59*
Seton Hall 90, Marquette 86 (OT)*
DePaul 97, Butler 64*
Sunday, Feb. 23
Villanova 65, Georgetown 52*^
Creighton 65, 22/RV St. John’s 62*%
*BIG EAST game
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