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The quarter-finals of the Big East men's basketball tournament provide a chance for the best teams in the conference to finally start their playoffs.
Villanova, Marquette and other players took part in the day looking to consolidate their excellent regular season while improving their tournament profile in the NCAA. However, each team went to Madison Square Garden in New York with a chance to win a conference championship and will not leave without a fight.
It seems like crazy things happen every year at the Big East Tournament, which always makes it an event not to be missed.
Follow along on Thursday's action.
Thursday schedule / Results
N ° 1 Villanova def. No. 8 Providence 73-62
No. 4 Xavier against No. 5 Creighton; 2:30 pm in the afternoon. AND (FS1)
No. 2 Marquette vs. No. 7 St. John's; 7 pm ET (FS1)
No. 3 Seton Hall vs No. 6 Georgetown; 21:30. AND (FS1)
Calendar of semi-finals
# 1 Villanova vs. N ° 4 Xavier / N °. 5 Creighton; 18.30. AND (FS1)
No. 2 Marquette / No. 7 St. John's vs No. 3 Seton Hall vs. No. 6 Georgetown; 9 pm ET (FS1)
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Villanova 73, Providence 62
Villanova faced a lot of resistance in the first quarter-final, but the defending champion kept his dream of another live conference title with a tough win.
Eric Paschall was a dominant force on both sides, finishing with 20 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
Although the final score may not show it, it was a battle from start to finish, with each team becoming exciting at different times.
While Villanova had a seven-point lead at half-time, Providence continued to fight to keep the game tight:
Hard to leave Providence eyes on @ FS1. Ed Cooley is such a good coach. Gets the maximum effort of his players. It feels like he's doing all the Big East tournaments
The brothers tied the game at 44-44 with less than 10 minutes left in the rules and seemed to have a lot of momentum, but the Wildcats showed that they could not be reduced too long.
Collin Gillespie made big strokes all through the race, finishing 5 out of 10, going three points on his way to 19 points with six assists.
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Providence simply could not keep up with its 25% three-point shot. Alpha Diallo finished the day with 14 points, but he was also responsible for five of the team's 19 turnovers in the loss.
The brothers will probably now hope for an NIT offer or another tournament because they are not going to dance.
Villanova hopes the solid second half will fuel the team in this deep race, starting with the semi-finals against Xavier or Creighton.