Marquette Earns No. 6 Seed in BIG EAST Tournament
Feb. 28, 2016
NEW YORK – With only three seeds solidified heading into the final day of the regular season, Sunday’s finales were pivotal in setting the bracket for the 2016 BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Tournament, Presented by the Jeep Brand. Georgetown topped Xavier to clinch its first postseason bye since 2012 as the Hoyas are headed straight to the quarterfinals as the No. 5 seed, while Villanova beat Butler to snag the No. 2 seed for its highest position since the 1995 BIG EAST Tournament. Creighton spoiled St. John’s bid for the three-seed by topping the fourth-seeded Red Storm to earn the No. 7 seed. Seton Hall capitalized on the St. John’s setback by topping 10th-seeded Providence to clinch the No. 3 seed in the day’s final tilt.
The full set of seeds are as follows: No. 1 DePaul, No. 2 Villanova, No. 3 Seton Hall, No. 4 St. John’s, No. 5 Georgetown, No. 6 Marquette, No. 7 Creighton, No. 8 Xavier, No. 9 Butler and No. 10 Providence. The top six seeds earn BIG EAST Tournament First Round byes, going directly to the Quarterfinals.
Villanova and Seton Hall finished in a tie for second place in the standings as 12-6 and split their regular-season series. Results were then compared against other teams in the standings, starting at the top with both teams splitting with DePaul (16-2), but stopping at St. John’s (11-7) which the Pirates went 0-2 versus and the Wildcats went 2-0 to gain the advantage. Marquette and Georgetown tied for fifth place (9-9) and also split the regular-season series, with the difference in records coming against Villanova which swept Marquette and split with Georgetown. Creighton and Xavier finished tied for seventh place (8-10) and split the series, with the Bluejays’ sweep of Villanova (compared to Xavier’s split) being the deciding factor.
All nine games of the BIG EAST Tournament will be played at DePaul’s McGrath-Phillips Arena, March 5-8. Seventh-seeded Creighton and 10th-seeded Providence will tip off the tourney at 3 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, March 5, followed by the 8-9 matchup between Xavier and Butler at 5:30 p.m. Both BIG EAST Tournament First Round games will stream on the BIG EAST Digital Network, available on the FOX Sports Go app and FOXsportsgo.com, with Dave Bernhard and Patricia Babcock McGraw calling the action.
Sunday’s quarterfinal round coverage shifts to FS2, with second-seeded Villanova facing the winner of the Providence-Creighton tilt at 1 p.m. (ET). No. 3 seed Seton Hall will face No. 6 seed Marquette in the second game of the session, slated for a 3:30 p.m. tip. Host and top-seeded DePaul makes its tourney debut at 7 p.m. against the winner of the Butler-Xavier first-round tilt. Fourth-seeded St. John’s and fifth-seeded Georgetown conclude the busy day at 9:30 p.m. All four games on FS2 will be called by LaChina Robinson and Lisa Byington.
FS1, with Robinson and Byington, will have complete coverage of the BIG EAST Tournament Semifinals and Final, with Monday’s semis set for 4 and 6:30 p.m. (ET). The semifinal winners will square off on Tuesday at 8 p.m. to decide the BIG EAST champion, who receives the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
DePaul has won the last two BIG EAST Tournament crowns, topping St. John’s in the 2014 finale and Seton Hall in 2015. The top two seeds have advanced to the title game in each of the last three seasons, with the Blue Demons being the only non-No. 1 seed to win the tournament during that stretch, doing so as the No. 2 seed in 2015.
Single-session tickets for the 2016 BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Tournament are still available while all-session ticket booklets are just $50. Each single session will feature two games, with the exception of Session 5, which is the championship game. Single-session tickets are just $12 for adults and $8 for children, while group tickets are also available. Groups of 20 or more are just $5 per person.
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2016 BIG EAST Tournament
Presented by the Jeep Brand
All games played at McGrath-Phillips Arena - Chicago, Ill.
All times local – Central Standard
First Round – March 5
G1: No. 7 Creighton vs. No. 10 Providence, 2 p.m. (BEDN)
G2: No. 8 Xavier vs. No. 9 Butler, 4:30 p.m. (BEDN)
Quarterfinals – March 6
G3: No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 7/10 winner, Noon (FS2)
G4: No. 3 Seton Hall vs. No. 6 Marquette, 2:30 p.m. (FS2)
G5: No. 1 DePaul vs. No. 8/9 winner, 6 p.m. (FS2)
G6: No. 4 St. John’s vs. No. 5 Georgetown, 8:30 p.m. (FS2)
Semifinals – March 7
G7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 3 p.m. (FS1)
G8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 5:30 p.m. (FS1)
Final – March 8
G9: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 7 p.m. (FS1)
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