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The Big East Tournament Report: Semifinal Round

The more tournaments change, the more they stay the same.
Haven’t we seen this game before? It was another day, another dollar for the Big East Tournament. There were also two dandy affairs on the hardwood. The only downside is we see a repeat of the previous year’s final game. However, Pittsburgh and Georgetown are fun teams to watch, and we had some fun ones today.

#5 West Virginia v. #1 Georgetown
West Virginia played a hell of a game yesterday versus Connecticut. On the back of Joe Alexander, West Virginia played an excellent offensive game. Today Joe Alexander had trouble finding the bottom of the net. Alexander only had 12 points and went 5-16 on field goals. This game was never in doubt, as Georgetown held the lead since the 15:53 mark in the first. Roy Hibbert made up for his terrible performance the day before with 25 points and 13 rebounds. He led all scorers. The defense of Georgetown also looked great and helped keep WVU’s score low. Georgetown was clearly the superior team today and played like a true #1 seed right into the Championship. Final Score: West Virginia 55 – Georgetown 72.

#7 Pittsburgh v. #6 Marquette
This was clearly the more interesting game of the day. Pittsburgh has made the final game of the BET seven out of the last eight years. They just simply play tough in Madison Square Garden. Marquette did not go quietly into that good night without a fight though. Jerel McNeil chipped in 17 points, and Lazar Hayward had some elevation to his game while adding ten points. Pittsburgh led the entire game but Marquette made it interesting as they tried to close the gap down the stretch. However, Pittsburgh’s 16 point lead was too much as Marquette could not close the lead. Sam Young led all scorers with 22 points as Pittsburgh played a grinding game that went in Pittsburgh’s favor. Marquette could not make some baskets as the clock ticked down and Pittsburgh heads to another BET final. Final Score: Pittsburgh 68 – Marquette 61.
So the stage is set. Pittsburgh versus Georgetown for that free ticket to the dance. Georgetown has never lost a game as a number one seed. They are the regular season champion, as well as the defending Big East Tournament champion. Pittsburgh has scrapped there way to a lot of final games in recent years and will look to be the bride instead of the bridesmaid again. Who will win? Probably Georgetown, but really it is anyone’s game. One thing is certain though; it will be a good game and a showcase of two top teams in the nation’s best basketball conference. Also, the roof of MSG will not rip open in two places. I think.

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2 Responses to “The Big East Tournament Report: Semifinal Round”

  1. # Anonymous Vito

    You're right about the roof. It might leak though.  

  2. # Blogger Brian Harrison

    Keep up the good work.  

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