Big East Tournament
After a wild Thursday that saw three of the Top 4 seeds go down the Big East Tournament semifinals tip off today with No. 3 West Virginia the highest seed left standing.
The Mountaineers just barely survived on Thursday after edging Cincinnati 54-51 as a 9-point favorite at Bovada. Da’Sean Butler saved West Virginia from a possible early exit by hitting a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer. That win earned the Mountaineers a date with Notre Dame in today’s semis.
The Fighting Irish faced Pittsburgh yesterday as a 2-point underdog, but upset the Panthers 50-45. Luke Harangody led the way with 12 points and the Irish defense took care of the rest, holding the Panthers to a lame 38% shooting.
During the regular season the Irish and the Mountaineers met up at Notre Dame on January 9. The Mountaineers were a 5-point road favorite, but fell to the Irish 70-68. Notre Dame jumped out to a huge 45-25 lead in the game and just barely hung on after a big charge by West Virginia in the second half. In their last 17 games against West Virginia the Irish are an impressive 14-3 SU, but only 8-9 ATS.
In today’s other Big East semifinal the Georgetown Hoyas take on the Marquette Golden Eagles after both pulled off upsets in the quarters.
The Hoyas surprised No. 1 seed Syracuse in a 91-84 win as a 5.5-point underdog. Chris Wright had a huge game in the win, shooting 10-of-16 for 27 points with six rebounds and six assists.
Marquette took care of Villanova 80-76 as a 5-point underdog behind some solid three-point shooting. The Golden Eagles went 11-of-18 from beyond the arc and Darius Johnson-Odom netted a team-high 24 points.
The Golden Eagles and the Hoyas met up at Marquette on January 6 and Marquette came out on top 62-59 as a 1.5-point favorite. That was the Golden Eagles’ third straight win both SU and ATS versus Georgetown. In tonight’s matchup the Hoyas are a 4-point favorite at Bovada.