Rough Saturday for the Big East in Round of 32

The Big East had an impressive season with 6 of its 10 teams earning NCAA Tournament berths. Four of those teams won their second round games, but the league posted a 1-3 record Saturday in the Round of 32.

Now only one member, No. 6 seed Xavier in the West Region, is still standing.

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Villanova’s Dylan Ennis after being eliminated Saturday. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The Musketeers defeated No. 14 seed Georgia State while Villanova, the top seed in the East Region, was upset by No. 8 seed NC State; No. 4 seed Georgetown fell to No. 5 seed Utah in the South; and No. 6 seed Butler dropped an overtime thriller to No. 3 seed Notre Dame in the Midwest.

Although Xavier advances, it has a huge test ahead with a Sweet 16 game Thursday against No. 2 seed Arizona. The Wildcats are one of the favorites to win the national title, and they rank No. 2 nationally in Kenpom rankings.

Kenpom gives the Musketeers just a 16 percent chance against the Wildcats, with a projected score of 74-64.

Despite a great four months from the Big East, the conference may be done for the year before the end of the week barring a substantial upset.

 

All quotes transcribed by ASAP Sports.

Author: Jesse Kramer

Jesse Kramer is the founder of The Catch and Shoot. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has had work featured on SI.com, College Insider, The Comeback/Awful Announcing, and 247Sports.

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