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Seton Hall draws Marquette in opening round of Big East Tournament

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Today's lineup of games decided a handful of seeds. The Hall's opponent, some of my conference award predictions, the Big East Tournament bracket and more.

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The Big East wrapped up its final slate of regular season games today, finalizing the nine tournament seeds that were still up in the air coming into the final day of the season.

Georgetown earned the coveted two-seed after beating Seton Hall combined with Butler (3) taking care of Providence (4), the Hoyas swept Butler in the regular season and therefore had the tie-breaker. Elsewhere, another narrow Creighton (10) loss plus Marquette (9) dispatching DePaul (7) matched the Pirates up with the Golden Eagles in the 8-9 game.

The bracket


Seton Hall could have upgraded to a 7-seed and avoided Villanova in the second round if they beat Georgetown today, but at least their opening round game will be at a more hospitable 7 p.m. tip instead of a 9:30 or later start, which would end close to midnight.

The Pirates have lost 11 of 14 while Marquette has dropped 12 of 14. My sources confirm that the game cannot end in a loss for both and that somebody has to win.

In related news, Big East Player, Rookie, Coach and Scholar Athlete of the Year awards will be announced at 4:30 next Wednesday before the opening round. Seton Hall's Angel Delgado is a favorite to win Rookie of the Year while I'd assume Jay Wright wins his respective award. I'd personally vote for Providence point guard Kris Dunn to win Player of the Year, but I have a feeling Villanova's Darrun Hilliard will take it.

My dark horse:

The winner of Providence/St. John's. They will likely face Villanova in the semis, but I have to stick with my guns. Providence need to win today in order to lock up the 2-seed, but that obviously didn't happen. I think Dunn and LaDontae Henton are key go-to guys come tournament time while St. John's has all the right tools if they can stay healthy; Chris Obekpa and Jamal Branch both missed their blowout loss to Villanova today.

My honorary mention goes to Creighton, who lost their ninth game by four points or less today and are now 330th in KenPom's 'luck' rating. The Jays didn't come close to beating their second round opponent (Georgetown) in the regular season though, so I can't see them advancing past the Hoyas.