After a loaded week that saw many Big East teams take part in a slew of eight team tournaments, the week ahead is rather calm. Until we get to Saturday at least. That’s when we get a couple nice rivalry games.
Marquette at Wisconsin (Saturday, December 7th)
The annual rivalry game between the Golden Eagles and Badgers takes place at Wisconsin this year. Marquette, who will have nearly a week off before this game, will be looking to get back on track after falling in the Wooden Legacy championship to San Diego State. Marquette has won their last two meetings with Wisconsin.
Villanova at Saint Joseph’s (Saturday, December 7th)
The Wildcat’s next three games are against Philadelphia Big 5 Teams; two this week and one next. While records should be thrown out heading into these rivalry games, Villanova’s game at St. Joseph’s this Saturday is poised to be the best of Nova’s three game stretch. The Hawks let Creighton slip away at home a few weeks ago, and will now get the current ‘best’ team in the Big East.
Providence at Rhode Island (Thursday, December 5th)
Sticking with the out of conference rivalry games being played this week, the Friars will be looking to rebound after their loss to Kentucky in Brooklyn on Sunday night. PC is banged up with Kris Dunn nursing a shoulder injury, while the Rams have yet to lose at home this season. In the annual game between the two teams, Providence hasn’t lost since 2010.
DePaul vs Arizona State (Friday, December 6th)
The Blue Demons will be the third Big East team in less than two weeks to play the Sun Devils. Marquette lost at Arizona State in a late thriller, while Creighton got the better of the Devils on a neutral court. DePaul, who is still looking for their first signature win of the season, gets them at home Friday night.
Seton Hall at Rutgers (Sunday, December 8th)
After being members of the same conference from 1995 to 2013, the two schools from New Jersey have agreed to keep the rivalry alive as a non-conference game. Unfortunately, neither of these teams are very good as they both just lost to Fairleigh Dickinson (kenpom’s 318th ranked team), at home last week.