Nov 16, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Butler Bulldogs guard Alex Barlow (3) stretches before the game against the Princeton Tigers at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Big East Weekly Preview


It’s a fairly quiet upcoming seven days for Big East teams.  Multiple losses will likely mean a bad upset or two.  However, Georgetown will be playing in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and has a chance to make some noise if the bracket plays out a certain way.  Anyway, here are the noteworthy games in an underwhelming slate for the week ahead.

Butler vs. Vanderbilt (Tuesday, Nov. 19)

The Bulldogs held on to edge out Princeton at home on Saturday night, but the Commodores should present an even tougher test.  Butler has a fairly weak non-conference schedule, so this is one that they would like to get.

St. John’s vs. Bucknell (Tuesday, Nov. 19)

The Bison are being challenged early and often here in the college basketball season, so the Red Storm will need to be focused.  D’Angelo Harrison will be looking to start the season with three straight games of 25+ points.

Providence vs. Vanderbilt (Friday, Nov. 22)

This is the Friars’ first game in the Paradise Jam Tournament at St. Thomas tipping off this week.  If PC can get by the Commodores, they will have a decent shot at winning the thing.  And we should also learn a bit about how Providence and Butler could stack up to each other in the Big East since they both play Vanderbilt this week.

Seton Hall vs. Oklahoma (Friday, Nov. 22)

This is the first game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y.  If the Pirates can get by the Sooners, they’re almost certain to play an elite Michigan St. team the following night.  It’d be ugly, but you can’t complain about the RPI boost.

DePaul at Milwaukee (Tuesday, Nov. 19)

No reason to watch this game really, but it should be competitive.

Other notes:

Georgetown will be participating in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and has a good chance of playing either Michgan or VCU in the championship game.  If either of those matchups does indeed happen, that would be the best game of the week a Big East team is involved in.

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