By Gian D'Ambra @TheRealG289 on March 12, 2014
The Big East tournament starts today at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It's missing some common powerhouse teams, but will still be exciting and filled with surprises. This leaves room for a new dominant school to win the title. So, here's five bold predictions to look out for.
The Blue Demons haven't had much to brag about all season, and the Hoyas are usually a let down early in the NCAA tournament every year. This is their third meeting of the year with the Hoyas winning the first two. We all know how hard it is to beat a team three times in one season. This year, the Hoyas will let down early in the conference tournament, and maybe get an NIT bid after DePaul sends them packing.
This is the No. 4 vs. No. 5 matchup in this year's tournament. The higher seed is usually the "home" team, but in this case it is the opposite. The Red Storm play all their conference and nationally-televised games at MSG, so this is in fact a "home" game for them. These two teams split this year, but Providence upended them at MSG the first time and will surely travel well with fans.
Senior Davante Gardner will lead the Golden Eagles over the Musketeers and possibly crush their NCAA tournament hopes.
The Bluejays enjoyed a successful inaugural year in the Big East. Hopeful national Player of the Year Doug McDermott led the nation in scoring. I believe he will lead his Bluejays over the Wildcats in this year's tournament championship game.
Joe Lunardi currently has the Friars in his first four out of the NCAA tournament. With a win over another team on that list (St. John's) and another tough showing against No. 3 Villanova, I think the Friars will solidify their tournament berth. The Friars took the Wildcats to double OT in February, so they have what it takes to hang with Villanova.
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