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Monday / January 20.
  • The Big East wins the Big East-Big 12 Battle and takes out No. 1 in the process

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    The Big East has officially won the Big East-Big 12 battle with a dominating 8-2 showing.

    No. 18 Villanova knocked off No. 1 Kansas, 56-55 on Saturday, meaning there will be a sixth No. 1 team on Monday. There were four No. 1s all of last season.

    Providence then hammered Texas, 70-48, and Xavier finished up by taking care of TCU, 67-59, on Sunday.

    The Big East also has nine of 10 teams in the top 60 of the NET rankings and could have 7-8 teams make the Big Dance.

    The four-year agreement continues through 2022-23 with an equal number of games played in each conference’s home market each year.  The matchups were jointly determined. 

    RESULTS:

    Wednesday, Dec. 4

    Georgetown 81, Oklahoma State 74                 

    DePaul 65, Texas Tech 60                                  

    Saturday, Dec. 7

    St. John’s 70, West Virginia 68 (Story here)

    Marquette 73, Kansas State 65                        

    Sunday, Dec. 8

    Iowa State 76, Seton Hall 66

    Tuesday, Dec. 10

    Baylor 53, Butler 52

    Tuesday, Dec. 17

    Creighton 83, Oklahoma 73

    Saturday, Dec. 21

    Villanova 56, Kansas 55

    Providence 70, Texas 48

    Sunday, Dec. 22

    Xavier 67, TCU 59

    Photo: Villanova Athletics

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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.