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Sunday / May 19.
  • Villanova is the No. 1 seed in the Big East Tournament for the 5th time in 6 years

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Defending national champion Villanova is the No. 1 seed in the Big East Tournament for the fifth time in six years after winning the Big East title outright on Saturday.

    The Wildcats won the crown despite losing at Seton Hall because Marquette later lost at home to Georgetown.

    Seton Hall is the 3 seed with Xavier as the 4.

    No. 9 Butler will meet No. 8 Providence at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, while No. 7 St. John’s will face No. 10 DePaul at 9:30.

    Villanova will open play on Thursday at noon against the Butler/Providence winner. That will be followed by No. 4 Xavier/No. 5 Creighton at 2:30. The Thursday night session starts at 7 with the St. John’s/DePaul winner playing No. 2 Marquette, followed by No. 3 Seton Hall vs. No. 6 Georgetown at 9:30.

    The semis tip at 6:30 and 9 p.m. on Friday on FS1, with the final set for 6 p.m. Saturday on Fox.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.