It could not be a better finish in the best conference in college
basketball this year as the four top teams in the Big East have
identical conference records coming down the stretch.
No conference has been even close to as competitive or as talented
as the Big East this season. With the Pittsburgh Panthers and the
UConn Huskies both at the top spot in the country at least once this
year and Marquette and Louisville not being far behind, the
conference is really starting to heat as the season comes to a
One of the biggest match ups left in Big East conference play is the
final game between the number one and two teams in the country in
UConn and Pittsburgh, but things could definitely change before the
big showdown on March 7th.
Although the Huskies do have to face Pittsburgh one more time in
their final three games, the Marquette Golden Eagles arguably have
the hardest remaining schedule out of all the top teams in the Big
The first game of the final four for Marquette will be against
number two UConn who have only dropped two games this season
followed by a tough Louisville team, then on to Pittsburgh the top
team in the country and finally finishing up at home against
The Orangemen arenít the team they once were at the start of the
season, but playing the other great teams in three straight games
the Golden Eagles will face their biggest test yet and could control
their own fate in the Big East standings.
Although the Huskies lost a disappointing game to the Panthers
recently, they are still arguably the best team in the country
despite dropping to number two in the nationís Top 25 poll. UConnís
star center Hasheem Thabeet was somewhat exposed by Pittsburghís
Dejuan Blair by being just completely outplayed in the paint, but
Thabeet has rebounded from his disappointing game against the
Panthers and will be looking to dominant the paint from here on out.
The final games for both UConn and Marquette will be huge to say the
least. They have been put in somewhat of a playoff situation as
every single game from here on out will be must win situations.
With the Big East on the path to a photo finish every possession
will be big. The Golden Eagles have played great this season only
dropping four games this season, but they havenít played the best
teams in their conference until now. Although Marquette is arguably
one of the best teams in college basketball right now, besides
couple games against Villanova, the Golden Eagles havenít really
been challenged yet.
The last four games for the Golden Eagles will show whether or not
they are the real deal so they will be playing their hearts out to
finish the season, but the Huskies have been tested all season long
and besides losing to Pittsburgh recently they have been excellent.
I really donít see the Golden Eagles pulling off this upset. It
might be a competitive game in the first half, but the Huskies will
pull away in the second half as they send Marquette to the beginning
of what could be three game losing streak.
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