Earlier, top-seeded Villanova survived an overtime thriller against Xavier, 71-67, to advance to the program’s fifth straight Big East title game. Phil Booth had 28 points in the game, Jermaine Samuels 17 and Eric Paschall 12. Paschall and Samuels hit huge 3-pointers in the overtime to ice the win. Seton Hall beat Marquette and Villanova at home last week to ensure the program’s fourth straight NCAA Tournament bid. Now they’ll try to beat those same two teams back-to-back at the Garden for the Big East title. The Seton Hall-Marquette game got wild with about 12 1/2 minutes left when an altercation that began with Marquette’s Theo John pushing Seton Hall’s Myles Powell as he elevated near the basket. John was assessed a flagrant technical and ejected. Powell got into it verbally with Sacar Anim, who was ejected for his second technical foul. And Seton Hall’s Sandro Mamukeshvili was also ejected for a flagrant technical foul.
We were picked 8th in the preseason.TOMORROW WE PLAY FOR THE BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP.#HALLin pic.twitter.com/UFEnjMLoXk — Seton Hall Basketball (@SetonHallMBB) March 16, 2019
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“Both teams played with great emotion…It was two teams playing really hard with good emotions.”You can say that again, coach. 👀 pic.twitter.com/964Oxl33fy — FOX College Hoops (@CBBonFOX) March 16, 2019