The death of the Big East as we know it hit home last week as 14 teams arrived at the World’s Most Famous Arena (Connecticut was ineligible). Next season, the “Catholic 7” will be reportedly joined by Butler, Creighton, and Xavier in a basketball-only conference that has paid to keep the Big East name.
The Big East tournament will have a touch of a wake to it this week. When games end, there will be plenty of reminiscing about rivalries and talk of what is to come.
St. John’s coach Steve Levin called it just another day at the Big East school of hard knocks. Basketball and not basketball, too.
Jamal Branch scored 18 points to lead St. John’s to a 71-62 victory over DePaul on Saturday.
Seven Big East schools including DePaul will leave the conference and pursue a new basketball framework.
D’Angelo Harrison scored 23 points and Amir Garrett added a season-high 18 to lead St. John’s to a 79-72 victory over DePaul on Monday night and a season sweep of the regular-season series.
In 1965, the Beatles concert at Shea Stadium featured its own version of a “First Four,” before the Fab Four made history.
Controversy marred the end of the St. John’s-Rutgers game and has resulted in three officials being cited for two errors and being withdrawn from the rest of the Big East tournament.
There’s only one side of history that teams strive to be part of and that’s the side making the history. This Saturday, Northwestern will try to avoid becoming a footnote in college football history.