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Conference Tournament Preview – Big East

[tps_header] The Big East conference was one of the most entertaining conferences in all of college basketball before conference realignment drastically changed the landscape of the league. Today’s Big East still has intrigue value with old Big East powers Villanova and Georgetown still in the conference along with former mid-major mainstays Butler and Xavier.

With Butler and Providence on the bubble and regular season champ Villanova in play for a possible No. 1 seed, there is sure to be plenty of pressure-packed action in Madison Square Garden on March 9-12.[/tps_header]

[tps_title]WHO’S IN?[/tps_title]

LOCKS

Seton Hall Villanova Xavier

WORK LEFT TO DO

Butler Providence

Despite a loss to Xavier last week that knocked them off from the No. 1 ranking, the Villanova Wildcats (27-4, 16-2 Big East) is still in line for a 1-seed on Selection Sunday if they can sweep both the conference regular season and tournament title.

Meanwhile the 2nd-place Xavier Musketeers can more than likely lock down at least a 2-seed with a good showing at Madison Square Garden. The Seton Hall Pirates have the biggest opportunity to improve their seed-line with a run in the conference tournament. Just last week, they had a resume-building win over Xavier that all but booked their ticket for the big dance.

Fellow tournament bubble-mates Providence Friars and Butler Bulldogs will play each other on Thursday in the 2nd round of the Big East Tournament with the loser more than likely NIT bound or at the worst squeaking into the tournament.

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