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Big East Tournament Championship game: Preview, odds, how to watch, more

The Big East will give their automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament to the winner on Saturday.

Creighton v Providence College
Alex O’Connell of the Creighton Bluejays reacts to scoring in the second half of the game against the Providence Friars during the 2022 Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 11, 2022 in New York City.
Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

The World’s Most Famous Arena once again plays host to another Big East Championship Game as the No. 4 Creighton BlueJays take on the No. 2 Villanova Wildcats on Saturday. Creighton looks for its first title since joining the league, while VU will have won five of the last seven if they can hang on for the trophy.

No. 4 Creighton: 22-10 (12-7 Big East), 64 NET, 66 KenPom

The Bluejays absolutely smashed the top seed Providence to make the title game and while they wouldn’t exactly qualify as bid stealers, they would certainly knock off some bubble teams hoping to make the NCAA Tournament. Creighton has a balanced attack offensively, but Ryan Hawkins is the player to watch in this conference tournament final.

No. 2 Villanova: 25-7 (16-4 Big East), 6 NET, 12 KenPom

The Cardiac Cats didn’t need to worry too much in their win over UConn in the semifinal. VU is historically good at free throws, probably has at minimum a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament sewn up, and a super-senior point guard in Collin Gillespie that also played in a national championship game just five years ago.

How to watch the Big East Tournament Championship Game

When: Saturday, March 12th, 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
TV: Fox
Livestream: Fox Live, Fox Sports App

Odds for Big East Tournament Championship Game from DraftKings Sportsbook:

Spread: Villanova -7
Total: 129.5

Odds for both teams at DraftKings Sportsbook before tournament

Creighton: +1400
Villanova: +150

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