The boys’s Massive East event is about to get underway this week from legendary Madison Sq. Backyard in New York Metropolis.
Marquette wrapped up the common season title final week, with their win final Tuesday over Butler. However plenty of groups enter the event with an opportunity to make a run to the championship, and with a couple of groups within the convention on the event bubble in the mean time, how the Massive East event unfolds will go a great distance in direction of setting the ultimate discipline.
We are able to begin with the Golden Eagles. Shaka Sensible has constructed a contender at Marquette, and whereas Sensible is thought for his defensive strategy, it’s their offense which has made them a drive this season. Our personal Ricky O’Donnell put collectively a deep dive into what makes their offense click on, and it begins with their spacing. The offense flows round Oso Ighodaro, their 6’9 middle who averages 11.9 factors per recreation. Their spacing, and his presence inside, opens up alternatives for the Golden Eagles from deep. Over 40% of their makes an attempt this season have been from behind the three-point line, and the Golden Eagles are changing at a 35% fee from three. Kam Jones, their sophomore guard is Marquette’s finest shot-maker from deep, hitting at a 35.5% clip this season.
Xavier enters the Massive East event because the second seed, due to their 15-5 report in convention play. The Musketeers cut up their season sequence with Marquette, with every workforce successful at dwelling. Xavier is environment friendly on offense, and so they enter the event ranked seventh within the nation in Ken Pomeroy’s Adjusted Offensive Effectivity, behind solely Marquette out of the Massive East groups. They’re led by their guards, as each Souley Boum and Colby Jones common greater than 15 factors per recreation.
Creighton, the third seed within the event, may very well be a sleeper not only for this week, however for past. It begins with middle Ryan Kalkbrenner, who was simply named the Massive East’s Defensive Participant of the Yr for the second-straight season. Kalkbrenner averages 2.2 blocks per recreation, inserting him nineteenth within the nation. However he does it on the offensive finish as effectively, as his 15.1 factors per recreation leads the Bluejays. Creighton will get massive contributions from their guards round Kalkbrenner, as Trey Alexander, Baylor Scheierman, and Ryan Nembhard all common greater than 12 factors per recreation. Alexander’s 3-point share of 43.2% is tops within the convention.
Lastly, it could be onerous to name Connecticut a darkish horse, contemplating they’re the top-ranked workforce in Ken Pomeroy’s rankings, however the Huskies enter play because the fourth seed and face a tricky opening matchup with Windfall. Connecticut has additionally received five-straight video games, and so they work onerous to earn further possessions each evening. Their Offensive Rebound Share of 39.0% is tops not simply within the convention, however in all of faculty basketball. Adama Sanogo, their 6’9 middle, is a large a part of that effort.
2023 males’s Massive East event bracket
2023 males’s Massive East event schedule (all video games at Madison Sq. Backyard)
March 8 First Spherical
Recreation 1: No. 8 St. John’s 76, No. 9 Butler 63
Recreation 2: No. 10 DePaul 66, No. 7 Seton Corridor 65
Recreation 3: No. 6 Villanova 80, No. 11 Georgetown 48
March 9 Quarterfinals
Recreation 4: No. 1 Marquette 72, No. 8 St. John’s 70
Recreation 5: No. 4 Connecticut 73, No. 5 Windfall 66
Recreation 6: No. 2 Xavier 89, No 10 DePaul 84
Recreation 7: No. 3 Creighton 87, No. 6 Villanova 74
March 10 Semifinals
Recreation 8: No. 1 Marquette 70, No. 4 Connecticut 68
Recreation 9: No. 2 Xavier 82, No. 3 Creighton 60
March 11 Championship
Recreation 10: No. 1 Marquette vs. No. 2 Xavier, 6:30 p.m., FOX
Seton Corridor: +5000
St. Johns: +6000