What an evening it was in Madison Square Garden. Two semi-final games that went down to the wire. There’s a lot to take in as we now know that Creighton will play Villanova for the right to be called the Big East champion. Let’s look at the three big takeaways.
Josh Hart validated his Big East player of the year award (again)
With Villanova down one and less than 20 seconds remaining it was certainly up for discussion who Jay Wright wanted to shoot the ball. The play ended up being for Kris Jenkins, who took a three-pointer a couple feet behind the line. It was a good shot considering Jenkins is a solid three-point threat and if you flipped the play, it would have been near the spot where he hit the National Championship winner. But the shot clanked off the rim and it looked like Seton Hall would stun the Wildcats in the Big East tournament for a second year in a row. But out of nowhere came Josh Hart, who grabbed the rebound for a clutch and-one layup to ultimately sink the Pirates. Although it wasn’t suppose to be him to take the shot for the win, he ended up making the big play when his team needed him the most and that’s what you expect from your best player. He scored a game high 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as well. Good all around performance from Hart.
Marcus Foster comes up onions once again
When Trevon Bluiett hit that step-back three to tie the game at 72, it looked surely that the game would likely go to overtime. But Marcus Foster had other ideas. He pulled up from the left wing and straight up drained a game winning three. It was a gusty call from the guard, who has taken the reigns of the offense ever since Maurice Watson went down with a torn ACL. Nobody else should have taken that shot for Creighton. Along with Justin Patton’s 21, Foster’s 21 points and 6 assists were the scoring punch that Creighton needed tonight. It was the perfect ending to an absolutely crazy night and Foster is the hero for the Bluejays.
Tonight was just a classic Big East night
Imagine that.— Big East Coast Bias (@becb_sbn) March 11, 2017
Great Big East Tournament basketball games being played at Madison Square Garden.
It was a great night for Big East hoops and there really is nothing else to say that if you weren’t at the game or you weren’t watching, you missed out. Two great games with four solid teams and each game came down to the final possession. Can’t wait for the final and the madness that will bring upon us.