Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Seton Hall guard Myles Powell
- The Big East conference tournament will get underway on Wednesday, Mar. 13 at Madison Square Garden.
- With both top seeds slipping of late and a large group of desperate bubble teams, expect chaos in a wide-open tournament.
- Villanova (+200) enters as the betting favorite and will look to win an unprecedented third-straight Big East tournament title.
The Big East tournament has no shortage of storylines in what looks to be the most wide-open power conference tourney of 2019. With both top seeds fading down the stretch and only two games in the conference standings separating seeds 3-10, expect the unexpected at Madison Square Garden this week.
The last place No. 10 seed DePaul Blue Demons are 60-1 to win this tournament. Compare that to the ACC tourney, where No. 6 seed Syracuse is listed at 80-1.
This should be one of the more entertaining tournaments from start to finish and may provide a good opportunity to back a lower seed in the futures market.
2019 Big East Tournament Odds, Format
- Who: All 10 Big East teams
- Format: Top 6 receive a bye
- When: March 13-16
- Where: New York, NY
- How to Watch: FS1, FOX
- Defending Champion: Villanova
Most Likely Champion
They aren’t without issues, but you have to say the defending national champion Wildcats. Villanova is seeking its third-straight Big East tournament title and fifth consecutive championship appearance. Four teams have won the Big East tournament twice in a row, but none of the four completed the three-peat.
My Pick to Win
Seton Hall (8-1)
The Pirates might be the No. 3 seed in the Big East tournament, but trust No. 1 Villanova and No. 2 Marquette at your own risk — with both teams struggling to close out league play. Jay Wright’s perimeter-oriented team shot just 28.7% from behind the arc in its last seven contests, while Steve Wojciechowski’s bunch let up an average of 1.05 points per possession in its four straight losses.
Seton Hall finished the regular season with two outright wins over the Wildcats and Golden Eagles, so it’s entering the tourney with loads of confidence. It did so at home, but it will still have support at the Garden, where it defeated Kentucky earlier this season.
The Pirates also boast the 50th-ranked Adjusted Defensive Efficiency (96.7 opponents’ points per 100 possessions) in the country while yielding the the third-lowest 3-point clip (34.6%) in league play — kryptonite for the two top seeds.