The Big East takes center stage with a loaded college basketball slate Saturday on FOX.
It all started with a great matchup between Seton Hall and No. 20 Providence, with the Pirates walking away with an impressive 82-58 victory.
Next, No. 6 Marquette, which has already clinched the Big East regular season crown, will host St. John’s.
No. 14 UConn then heads to Philadelphia to face Villanova, which has won six of its last seven games (7:30 p.m. ET).
[John Fanta: Is Villanova peaking at the right time?]
Here are the highlights of an action-packed day on the hardwood!
San Juan at 6 Marquette
Tyler Kolek started the scoring for Marquette with this nifty spin and deuce move.
Defense to offense
There’s nothing like getting easy buckets off a steal, which Olivier-Maxence Prosper showed on this play early on.
The Golden Eagles showed no signs of letting up. Kam Jones hit the 3-pointer from deep as Marquette extended its lead to 30-11.
Marquette’s point man
Kolek continued to dominate the game, both as a scorer and passer. He had nine points and eight assists in the first half as Marquette led 53-47 at halftime.
Talk about scope!
A big reason why St. Did John’s keep it that close? A 3-pointer that was hit well beyond the half court stripe by Dylan Addae-Wusu.
Shooters will shoot
St. John’s continued to hang around, as the teams traded triples. Marquette was 10-for-25 from 3 at this point in the game, while St. John’s was 6-for-14.
FINAL: Seton Hall 82, no. 20 Providence 58
Shaheen Holloway’s brand of basketball is tough. That was evident on this play, as Seton Hall went off the offensive board after a brick-and-mortar shot before Tyrese Samuel went down in a resounding fumble.
Crisp ball movement
The Friars are something to watch in transition, and even though Seton Hall grabbed the early lead, Providence hung on with beautiful plays like this one.
Providence pulled ahead midway through the first half thanks to a hard finish by Ed Croswell.
As the first half ended, Saló started to get things going offensively, closing with a 17-2 run. This Dre Davis floater was two of several points in the paint for Seton Hall. The Pirates led 44-25 after 20 minutes.
Going to the baseline
The Friars found new life in the second half, closing the gap with a 16-5 run to ignite the home crowd.
Dre Davis entered the Hall, scoring a game-high 24 points on a 9-of-10 clip from the field. And he was absolutely unstoppable from all areas of the court.
No. 14 Connecticut at Villanova
Big East Tournament: No. 1 UConn vs. No. 9 Georgetown (W)
Shooting guard Azzi Fudd returned to the UConn lineup after missing most of the season with a knee injury.
Get off me!
Hungary’s Dorka Juhász came in to grab the early momentum for the Huskies, and got an and-1 opportunity with that strong layup.
Making it look easy
It was all Aaliyah Edwards for the Huskies in the early goings of the game as she came up with a series of big tackles to stretch UConn’s lead.
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