Who to Root For in the BIG EAST Games Tonight

dave@friarblog —  March 3rd, 2009 6:16 PM
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While it’s fairly known who we need to lose in order to secure certain seeds (Merc in the comments = awesome), I decided to post some info on the BIG EAST action tonight.

3 games on the slate for tonight…the 3 teams we want to lose all have a good-great shot of winning.

7PM: Cincinnati @ USF (ESPNU)

Spread: Cincinnati -3.0

PC is ahead of Cincinnati in the BIG EAST Bubble pecking order, but it would still be nice to get them knocked out.  They need to win tonight, beat Seton Hall for their finale, and probably win a game in the BET to get an At-Large bid.

USF has a decent 6-7 record at home, but just 2-6 in BIG EAST games.  They’ve lost 6 games in a row, and 9 out of their last 10 — the only win being the Marquette shocker.  I’m pretty sure USF is locked into the #14 seed for the BET, so they don’t have much to play for other than pride.

Chance of USF win: low

7:30PM: Georgetown @ St. John’s (ESPN360)

Links: Preview on The East Coast Bias

Spread: Georgetown -6

Like Cincinnati, Georgetown needs to win out (and a few games in the BET) to be even *considered* for a bid.  They should be able to TCB tonight, and they play winless in the BE DePaul for their finale.  Would be nice to see St. John’s just end their hopes.  The Johnnies are 12-7 at home, and a surprising 4-4 in BIG EAST games.  They also have a outside shot at the #11 seed in the BET if they can win their final 2 and have SHU lose their last two.

Chance of St. John’s win: low

9PM: Rutgers @ Syracuse (ESPNU)

Links: Hot Scarlet Knights (Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician)

Spread: Syracuse -15.5

Syracuse already has their ticket punched to the NCAA Tournament, but they are fighting for seeding with the Friars.   If they win tonight, they will be tied (with tiebreaker going to PC).   They do have a tough final game against Marquette on the road, so it’s not too imperitive that Rutgers win (THANK GOD!).

It’s Syracuse’s senior night, but they only have one: Kristof Ongenaet.  Apparently there will be Belgium flags flying all around the Carrier Dome.

Chance of Rutgers win: No chance in hell

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