More than one Big East Conference program has been navigating through the challenging world caused by COVID-19 with shortened rotations and, in some cases, the postponement of games making things interesting.
It looks like it is business as usual as a complete schedule is set for this week, highlighted by ranked Xavier and Villanova teams meeting on Wednesday.
Villanova (-125) came into the season as the favorite to win the Big East while Xavier (+650) has the third-best odds.
Here’s a look at the top games to watch with some information for those who bet online.
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DePaul Blue Demons at Marquette Golden Eagles
Date, time, TV: Tuesday, 7 p.m. ET, FS1
Three of the last four games went under the total set by the college basketball spreads. DePaul and Marquette rank eighth and ninth in the Big East in scoring defense, so we’ll see if this trend continues. Each of the last four games between the teams was decided by seven points or less.
Marquette (10-6, 2-3 in the Big East) has won five of the last seven games against DePaul, although the Golden Eagles are only 3-4 against the college basketball spread.
DePaul (9-5, 0-4) has lost its last four games and failed to cover in three of those four contests.
Marquette had lost four games in a row but rebounded in a major way, beating Providence by 32 points and winning at Georgetown by 28. The 28-point win was the largest margin of victory in a Big East game for the Golden Eagles. Marquette averaged 90 points in those two games after failing to score more than 83 points in the first 14 games.
DePaul has lost eight straight games against ranked opponents
Providence Friars at Creighton Bluejays
Date, time, TV: Tuesday, 9 p.m. ET, FS1
The visiting team has won four of the last seven meetings. The last three games went under the total.
Creighton (10-4, 2-1) has failed to cover against the Las Vegas odds in the last four games, although the Bluejays split the last four contests.
In each of the last seven games, Creighton covered in the four wins and failed to cover in the three losses
No. 23 Providence (14-2, 4-1) has won nine of its last 10. However, the Friars are shooting just 23 percent from three-point range in the two games since connecting on a season-high 53.3 percent of its three-pointers against DePaul. Providence is not expected to have third-leading scorer A.J Reeves for the game.
Creighton is 7-0 when pulling down at least 10 offensive rebounds this season
Villanova Wildcats at Xavier Musketeers
Date, time, TV: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. ET, FS1
No. 14 Villanova (11-4, 4-1) has beaten Xavier in nine of the last 10 meetings, with only one of those games being decided by six points or less. The last three meetings and four of the last five went under the total.
Villanova has won its last four games, with only one of them decided by less than 10 points. Collin Gillespie is coming off a season-high 28 points for Villanova, his fifth 20-point game of the season.
Collin Gillespie has 28, lifts No. 19 Villanova over DePaul 79-64. https://t.co/y3Ono0kEww
— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) January 9, 2022
No. 17 Xavier (12-2, 2-1) leads the Big East in rebound margin (8.5) and field goal percentage defense (39.4).
Xavier is one of three Big East teams still undefeated at home while three of Villanova’s four losses have come on the road.
St. John’s Red Storm at UConn Huskies
Date, time, TV: Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. ET, FS1
The last four games in the series went over the total. St. John’s has won four of the last five matchups and has gone 4-0-1 against the spread.
UConn (10-4, 1-2) had won seven consecutive home games against the Red Storm before St. John’s has won two of the last three. There was a decade between the last two times that UConn played host to St. John’s.
St. John’s (9-4, 1-1) has failed to cover in nine of its last games while three of the last four UConn games went over the total.
St. John’s leading scorer Julian Champagnie, who recently had a game with 34 points and 18 rebounds in a win over DePaul, has scored in double figures in every game, but he missed all eight of his three-point attempts in his last game.
UConn’s Adama Sanogo is coming off a game with 18 points and 16 rebounds against Seton Hall.
Seton Hall Pirates at DePaul Blue Demons
Date, time, TV: Thursday, 5 p.m. ET, FS1
No. 20 Seton Hall has won 10 of the last 12 games against DePaul but it only covered in five of those contests.
The last three games between the teams went under the total but the previous nine all went over.
Ike Obiagu is second in the Big East in blocked shots for Seton Hall (11-3, 2-2).
DePaul has lost five of the last six times when it hosted Seton Hall and the lone win was by one point on Jan. 6, 2019.
DePaul’s last two games went over the total after the previous four went under. DePaul has lost three of its last four home games.
Javon Freeman-Liberty has 46 assists and 27 turnovers, but the Blue Demons’ other four starters have 20 more turnovers than assists.
Butler Bulldogs at Georgetown Hoyas
Date, time, TV: Thursday, 7 p.m. ET, FS1
The Bulldogs and Hoyas have split the last four meetings.
The road team had won nine in a row in the series before each team won at home during the 2020-21 season
Butler (8-6, 1-2) has only played one true road game as scheduled away games against St. John’s and UConn had to be postponed. The one road game was a contest to remember as the Bulldogs handed Oklahoma just its second loss of the season in the Big East-Big 12 Battle.
Four of the last five games went over the total for Georgetown (6-6, 0-1).
Georgetown’s Kaiden Rice leads the Big East with 45 three-pointers.
Creighton Blue Jays at Xavier Musketeers
Date, time, TV: Saturday, Noon ET, FOX
Two of the last three meetings landed right on the over/under number. Creighton won 77-66 with the total set at 143 on Jan. 26, 2020, and in the most recent meeting, it was Xavier topping Creighton 77-69 in a game featuring a total of 146.
Creighton has won three of the last four meetings while three of the last four Creighton games went under the total.
Ryan Kalkbrenner is shooting 71 percent from the field this season and leads Creighton with 45 offensive rebounds.
Coby Jones is third in the Big East in rebounding averaging 8.1 per game for Xavier.
Seton Hall Pirates at Marquette Golden Eagles
Date, time, TV: Saturday, Noon ET, FOX
Seton Hall has won the last six games. The Pirates had covered in six games in a row against Marquette before the visiting Golden Eagles covered on Feb. 14, 2021, losing 57-51 as a seven-point underdog in the most recent matchup between the teams.
Seton Hall is 3-0 in one-possession games.
Marquette’s Justin Lewis is averaging 14.7 points and 8.6 rebounds in the last seven games while Seton Hall’s Bryce Aiken is averaging 17.8 points and 4.6 assists over the last five contests.
UConn Huskies at Providence Friars
Date, time, TV: Saturday, 2 p.m. ET, FS1
The teams played three times in 2021, including Providence winning by four points at UConn on Dec. 18. Before that, the most recent game came on March 9, 2013.
Three of the last four meetings went under the total.
The last two Providence games went over the total after the previous six went under the total.
Nate Watson is coming off a 22-point effort against St. John’s. He has five 20-point games this season for the Friars.
UConn has 64 assists and 63 turnovers over its last four games.
Butler Bulldogs at Villanova Wildcats
Date, time, TV: Sunday, Noon ET, FS1
Villanova has defeated Butler six times in the last eight meetings. Butler has covered in just one of the last eight matchups with Villanova.
The last four games between Butler and Villanova and nine of the last 10 have gone over the total while only two of the last eight games have been decided by single digits.
Four of Butler’s last five games have gone under the total.
Villanova has committed fewer than 10 turnovers in four of its last five games
Georgetown Hoyas at St. John’s Red Storm
Date, time, TV: Sunday, 4:30 p.m. ET, FOX
Georgetown had won three in a row but St. John’s has emerged victorious in two of the last three.
The home team has won four of the last five meetings between Georgetown and St. John’s.
Georgetown is just 2-3 in games decided by less than 10 points. The Hoyas lost their only other true road game of the season
All nine of the Red Storm’s wins this season have come at home.
St. John’s has been outrebounded in four of its last five games