On February 14, at a pinked out Dunkin Donuts Center, the Providence Friars defeated Villanova, then the second ranked team in the nation. The Wildcats were stunned as the Providence student section stormed the court in celebration of the upset win.
Xavier head coach Chris Mack talked to the media on Providence’s strategy in the second half, and how his team is shifting their focus towards the NCAA Tournament.
Xavier is not only the best team in the Big East, but one of the best teams in the country. After a dominant victory over St. John’s yesterday, the Muskateers had a great start against the Friars in the Big East Tournament Semifinals. But, that didn’t last long.
Thursday nights session of the Big East Tournament quarterfinal round featured two marquee matchups in front of a sold out Madison Square Garden . The first matchup was between Villanova and Marquette, a game in which the Wildcats dominated the Golden Eagles. The second matchup was between Seton Hall and Butler, a game that came down to the wire as Butler held off Seton Hall.
Thursday’s afternoon session of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden kicked off with top seeded Xavier and the hometown favorite, St. John’s. The second game of the afternoon featured a tightly contested matchup between Creighton and Providence.
The 2017-2018 has finally come to an end for the Providence Friars and it could not have come soon enough. Providence has been holding on to (what most think is) an at large bid and by the skin of their teeth.
Day one of the Big East Tournament brought bad weather, but great basketball. The first game was between old-time rivals, as the St. John’s Red Storm took on the Georgetown Hoyas, followed by Marquette vs. DePaul in a game that went down to the wire.