Xavier v. Creighton Big East tournament preview

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Villanova coach Jay Wright opened his teleconference Monday by declaring his profound adoration for the spectacle that is the Big East tournament.

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Seton Hall forward Angel Delgado celebrates after the team defeats Marquette to advance in the Big East tournament.

Villanova beat Seton Hall 55-53 in the Big East tournament semifinals on Friday, and Josh Hart was the hero of the game. With Creighton leading 72-69, Trevor Bluiett tied the game with a three-pointer with 15.6 seconds left. For Seton Hall, Desi Rodriguez led the way with 14 points, while Khadeem Carrington and Myles Powell added 11 apiece.

Delgado fell to the court and remained face down as his teammates tried to console him.

"Coach, he challenged us", Hart said.

Villanova has had good results against Creighton and the Wildcats have covered in four straight against the Bluejays, dating back to last season.

Foster and Justin Patton each made 21 points for Creighton, which hit 13 of 20 from the three-point line. Unlike many recent games, he didn't seem to be gimpy, and his defense could be a huge lift for the Pirates in the coming days.

It was a miserable one-point loss at DePaul, a close loss at home to Villanova and a two-point loss in overtime at Seton Hall that shaped the season for PC.

"It means a lot to me, especially growing up always wanting to play in Madison Square Garden and having this moment", Foster said. "I think the last play, previous year we did something very uncharacteristic and we learned from that".

Seton Hall: This is another good win for the surging Pirates and there should be no doubt they will get an NCAA bid on Sunday.

The Wildcats played a near-perfect game, while setting a record by tying a 41-point margin in their 108-67 win.

Even Creighton coach Greg McDermott believes the Friars "play without fear".

Said Wright: "The intensity of play".

"I'm glad we were able to be challenged like that", senior center Darryl Reynolds said. His short turn-around missed but there was still an opportunity for the best offensive rebounder in the country to get the put-back at the buzzer and send the game to OT.

"I think we had a six-minute stretch where they didn't score in the second half", Willard said. For so numerous league's coaches and players (who're born and raised along the East Coast) these few days are as good as it gets. Villanova pulled away in the second half for a 79-63 on February 25 in the final regular season contest at the Pavilion before it closes for a renovation that will take it off line for the 2017-18 season.

I'm glad that so many other people in the Big East see just how valuable he is to this Butler team.

Well, kind of. In the first game these two teams played, Creighton lost Mo Watson to the knee injury that ended his season before a sexual assault case got the chance to.

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