The Big East regular season concluded with four teams in a third-place tie Saturday after Seton Hall shocked No. 13 Butler, 70-64, in Indianapolis in the final game. The Pirates’ win gave them a 10-8 conference record and lifted them into a third-place logjam. It also likely assures them of a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Marquette beat Creighton to leave both of them at 10-8, and Providence beat St. John’s to finish 10-8.
Providence was awarded the No. 3 seed for the upcoming Big East Tournament by virtue of its 4-2 record against the other three. Creighton got the No. 6 seed because it was 2-4 against the other three. Marquette and Seton Hall both were 3-3 and split their head-to-head series, but the Golden Eagles got the No. 4 seed by virtue of its Jan. 24 win over first-place Villanova.
The conference tournament will begin at the Garden on Wednesday at 7 p.m. with No. 8 St. John’s (13-18) against No. 9 Georgetown (14-17). Seventh-seeded Xavier (19-12), which has lost six of seven, will face No. 10 DePaul (9-22) at 9:30 p.m.
The Thursday quarterfinals begin at noon with top-seeded and second-ranked Villanova (28-3) against the St. John’s-Georgetown winner, followed by Seton Hall (20-10) versus Marquette (19-11). No. 2 Butler (23-7) will take on the Xavier-DePaul winner at 7 p.m., followed by Providence (20-11) versus Creighton (23-8).
The Friday semifinals are set for 6:30 p.m. and the Saturday championship game will be at 5:30. FS1 will air everything but the title game, which is on Ch. 5.