The Big East Championship game is set; Georgetown will take on Creighton. The Hoyas beat Seton hall 66-58, and Creighton beat Connecticut 59-56.
The Hoyas were led by Jamorko Pickett, who scored 19 points, and Dante Harris added 15. The last time the Hoyas played in the Big East championship game was in 2010 when they lost to West Virginia 60-58. Georgetown in 7-6 in Big East Championship games.
Coach Patrick Ewing had this to say about Pickett and his team, Jamorko is terrible (sarcastic). No, he did a fantastic job, he fought hard, he competed hard. Sometimes he was talking trash, a little bit too much trash.But he did a fantastic job. I mean, Jamorko, and he’s sitting in here, so I want him to hear what I’m saying. He’s come a long way in terms of his growth. Started as a freshman, played a lot. In his sophomore year he had to take a back seat to some guys.He didn’t complain. Kept working. Kept persevering. Herehe is now. One of the things we talk about is they have us,when the preseason rankings came out, they had us last.They had us last. And now we’re playing in the championship game tomorrow.So it’s not about what other people think of you; it’s what you think of yourselves. And my guys think very highly of themselves, and I think highly of them as well.”
Saturday will third trip to the Big East finals for Creighton. The Blue Jays advanced to its first tournament finals in 2014, their first year in the league. Creighton also appeared in the 2017 championship game. Creighton was the runner-up twice, losing to No. 4 Providence, 65-58 in 2014 and 74-60 to No. 1 Villanova in 2017. Creighton was also the No. 2 seed in 2014. In 2017, the Bluejays were the No. 6 seed.
The Blue Jays overcame poor shooting to beat the Huskies. Creighton shot 37% from the field, Damien Jefferson led the team in scoring with 14 points.
Jefferson talked about overcoming the slow start, “It was nothing we haven’t seen before. We’ve been facing games like that all year. It was nothing new to us. We just had to stay composed and do what we had to do and play the right way, which is play our style of basketball, don’t get too sped up or too slowed down. Obviously we did what we had to do, we fought and we came out with the W. Q. To be able to say that — because there were”
The Big East championship will take place today at 6:30 pm eastern time. Be sure to watch.