As we noted yesterday here at Big East Coast Bias, the Creighton Bluejays face a tall task in their second year as a member of the Big East Conference. And within that tough stretch, several games appear to be jumping right off the page. Let's delve in and decide what's most intriguing this year for the Bluejays, shall we?
Right off the bat, the Big East season begins for Creighton with a trip to the Dunkin Donuts Center on New Year's Eve. The Providence Friars, the defending Big East Tournament champions, will be welcoming Creighton for what should be an interesting contest indeed. Both teams will be looking different from how they did when they took the floor at Madison Square Garden last March, and the last time that the Jays went to Providence, they were molly whopped by the Friars.
The next possibility is Creighton's very next game against the Georgetown Hoyas. As it's been noted, the Hoyas were lackluster last year but look to be on the rebound for the 2014-15 season. The Verizon Center can be a tough place to play when Hoya fans are energetic, and with the talent level expected to be high on The Hilltop this year, this could prove to be a very intriguing encounter if the Bluejays can throw a few haymakers.
Last year, the Seton Hall Pirates gave the Bluejays a run for their money on their home floor. With an arguably better team this year, could The Hall pick up a win in Omaha? The Bluejays were undefeated last year inside CenturyLink Center Omaha, and have one of the rowdiest crowds in the country when the arena is filled to the gills. With both teams in transition this year, in one way or another, this could prove to be a pivotal matchup for someone in the early goings of the Big East season.
The Villanova Wildcats certainly remember what the Bluejays did to them not once, but twice in the 2013-14 season at the Wells Fargo Center and CenturyLink Center Omaha. This time though, the Bluejays will be heading to the intimate setting of The Pavilion on the Villanova University campus. With Nova being the prohibitive favorites to win the Big East Conference this year, expect a loud and proud student section as the Bluejays try to make it 3-for-3 against the Cats.
Last but certainly not least, there's an aura of intrigue and mystique any time that a team waltzes into Madison Square Garden. And on February 7, that's exactly what the Creighton Bluejays will be doing. The St. John's Red Storm knocked off Creighton the last time these two teams tangled inside the confines of The World's Most Famous Arena, and the Johnnies will certainly be looking to do it again. Will the Jays get lost in the lights, or rise to the occasion as they did up towards becoming the runner up in the Big East Tournament? Time will tell.
What's the most intriguing matchup on the Creighton Bluejays' 2014-15 Big East schedule? You decide! Take the poll, and tell us in the comments!