Nov 23, 2013; Omaha, NE, USA; Creighton Bluejays forward Doug McDermott (3) tries to get a shot over Tulsa Golden Hurricane forward Rashad Smith (1) during their NCAA basketball game at the CenturyLink Center. Mandatory Credit: Dave Weaver-USA TODAY Sports

Wooden Legacy Preview; Creighton AND Marquette in the Field [BRACKET]

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What is the Wooden Legacy:

It is an eight team tournament taking place at Cal State Fullerton from November 28th to December1st.

Teams involved:

Creighton, Marquette, Arizona State, San Diego State, Charleston, Cal State Fullerton, Miami and George Washington

How can you watch:

ESPN family of networks

Team comparison:

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Thoughts:

Given that this is a Big East blog, the first thing that should stick out is that there are two Big East teams in this eight team field (the tournament field was set before conference re-alignment).  And not just any two teams, but two teams that many believe will be at the top of the conference at the end of the season; Creighton and Marquette.  That’d be something if the two met in the championship of the Wooden Legacy, and then again in the Big East tournament championship at the Garden in mid-March.  But they could also meet in the loser’s bracket to give us a nice preview of what to expect a month from now when the two will square off on New Year’s Eve at Creighton for opening day of the conference season.

Also of note here, Arizona State, who just topped Marquette at home on Monday night, is in the field and will be taking on Creighton in the opening round game.  The Sun Devils showed they are a talented team, but they got 20 minutes of bad offense from the Golden Eagles in the first half (which is not something out of the ordinary for Marquette in the young season).  The Bluejays have the 2nd best offense in the country, and the best offensive player in the country (Doug McDermott), and rarely go through too many scoring draughts in 40 minutes of play.  That could be the best game of the tournament; taking place late on Thanksgiving night.  And we could also get a quick rematch between Marquette and Arizona State if the bracket falls that way.

Prediction:

Marquette, who has been struggling a bit in the early going, did get a relatively favorable draw.  And if they play like they did in the second half at Arizona State, they should find themselves playing for the Wooden Legacy championship.  On the other side of the bracket, I’m not picking against McDermott and the Bluejays offense.

Creighton over Marquette

What’d you expect?  This is a Big East blog ya know. No, but seriously.  I like the chances of that happening.

Bracket:

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Tags: Basketball Big East Creighton Bluejays Doug McDermott Marquette Golden Eagles Wooden Legacy

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