The Creighton Bluejays and Providence Friars are separated by one game in the Big East Conference standings at the moment. Of course, that one game could very well mean playing on Wednesday night at the upcoming Big East Tournament, so to say that this Wednesday night’s matchup in Omaha is important would probably be putting it mildly.
While both teams are longshots for the NCAA Tournament, neither wants to partake in the first night of the conference tournament. But given the fact that the Jays are 7-9 and the Friars are 6-10, it’s looking like a very strong possibility for at least one of them at this point. Creighton can certainly help their cause in a big way if they pull off the home victory, but Providence would certainly love to spoil the fun.
The Bluejays have been trending upwards lately. Winners of their last three, the Jays have tagged the DePaul Blue Demons, Georgetown Hoyas and Marquette Golden Eagles with losses in their last three games. Marquette is the biggest standout of the bunch of course, as they ruined their chances of locking up the Big East regular season championship on Sunday. Taking down the Hoyas was also a solid victory, and now they’re aiming to make it four in a row.
For the Friars, this will be about keeping up momentum. While they lost to Marquette on February 23, they defeated the St. John’s Red Storm on February 20 and the Butler Bulldogs back on February 26. So they’ve won two of their last three as they enter play on Wednesday night in Omaha. It hasn’t been an easy go for them this season, but they have a chance to end things on a high note.
Providence has been reliant on the play of Nate Watson lately. Watson has scored 21 points in those aforementioned two victories. Look for him to possibly stand out yet again on Wednesday night. Meanwhile, Martin Krampelj has been playing like a man possessed as of late. Krampelj has scored 14, 22 and 19 in his last three games while putting up seven, 10 and six rebounds. That’s good for an average of 18.3 points and 7.7 rebounds, which will definitely jump off the map at you. These two bigs could very well tip the scales in this showdown, for sure.
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