Let's look at the NCAAB with a preview of the Big East, some of the early match-up in the conference and Futures betting odds for our early NCAA tournament basketball picks.
The Big East Conference’s fresh look will have
some new rivalries in its scheduling, while old mainstays continue battling
down the stretch. Georgetown tops the group’s ‘old-school’ contenders, while
the Creighton Bluejays and Butler Bulldogs enter to make their mark.
Georgetown faces the Oregon Ducks to open its
season, traveling to South Korea for the marquee affair. The Hoyas have also
stacked matchups against the Kansas Jayhawks and Michigan State Spartans, while
facing road tests with Butler and Creighton as Big East play begins in January.
Creighton enters the Big East with a solid
chance to contend, heading first to California for the Wooden Legacy and a road
date with Long Beach State. Greg McDermott’s crew then starts conference play
with some favorable matchups, followed by some gut-check time against
Georgetown and Villanova.
Marquette Golden Eagles
The Golden Eagles host Ohio State in a featured
early matchup, while traveling to Tempe against the Arizona State Sun Devils.
Marquette starts December’s slate facing in-state rival Wisconsin, while
meeting Ball State and New Mexico before Big East play commences.
Butler’s new coach Brandon Miller could be in
for some trial by fire with his squad’s schedule, including November’s Old
Spice Classic in Orlando. The Bulldogs can be assured of at least one
morale-boosting blowout, hosting the NJIT Highlanders in late December.
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Villanova heads to the Bahamas in November’s
“Battle 4 Atlantis,” opening the tourney against the USC Trojans. Jay Wright’s
squad then returns to the “Keystone State,” facing nearby rivals Penn and St.
Joseph’s, before conference play begins as a road dog against Syracuse.
St. John’s Red Storm
The Red Storm plays 11 of their first dozen
matchups in local venues, with the only exception being the team’s opener
against the Wisconsin Badgers. St. John’s could steal its share of early
victories, while a trio of road dates in January loom with Georgetown, Butler
Providence’s early action features a four-day
stay in St. Thomas for the Virgin Islands Paradise Jam, while heading to
Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for a marquee date against Kentucky. The Friars have
their share of schedule strength, but could find themselves “on the bubble”
thanks to the Big East’s new look.
Xavier takes its home floor for 12 of its first
16 contests, including the first three dates of Big East play. Chris Mack’s
troops play five of its final eight conference matchups on the road, likely
sinking out of contention as sizable dogs against Georgetown and Marquette for our NCAAB Picks.
Seton Hall Pirates
Seton Hall ventures to nearby Brooklyn for
November’s “Coaches vs. Cancer Classic,” facing the Oklahoma Sooners and either
Michigan State or Virginia Tech. The Pirates have kept the rest of their
non-conference schedule as a fairly light endeavor, shaping up as ‘dark horses’
through the year.
DePaul Blue Demons
DePaul can expect
to get outclassed early and often with this year’s slate, facing lopsided
affairs at Georgetown and Marquette to open conference action. The Blue Demons
finished 2-16 in Big East play last year, while shaping up as front runners for
the group’s cellar again here.