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Snap Judgments at the 2017 #BETourney: Day 1

Photo by Robert Cole
St. John's legend Chris Mullin, the 1983 Big East Tournament Most Valuable Player, is hoping to coach the Red Storm to its first Big East Tournament victory since 2011. (Robert Cole/ALOST)
St. John’s legend Chris Mullin, the 1983 Big East Tournament Most Valuable Player, is hoping to coach the Red Storm to its first Big East Tournament victory since 2011. (Robert Cole/ALOST)

It’s been 35 years in New York City, and the Big East Tournament looks as if it hasn’t aged one bit.

For the 35th consecutive season, the Big East Tournament will take place at The World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden, and it is sure to provide as much of the drama, suspense and great basketball action as we have always come to expect in the Big Apple. It doesn’t hurt that the league, as per usual, is having another banner year, with the league projecting to get six teams solidly into the NCAA Tournament, with the rest of the field looking to play its way in to the Big Dance with a wonderful showing over the next few days in New York City.

One of those teams looking to make a final impression on the NCAA Tournament Committee is one that had made a pretty good impression for most of the campaign, the No. 7 seed Xavier Musketeers. Ironically, their season started to take a downward turn after their Jan. 29 game against St. John’s in Madison Square Garden, when star point guard Edmond Sumner suffered a torn ACL and was subsequently ruled out for the rest of the 2017 season. The Musketeers, now on the bubble, start their run to secure their place into the NCAA Tournament with a first-round game against No. 10 DePaul.

Before that, and to start the 2017 tournament, we have a rivalry game that brings back memories of the Big East at its biggest and baddest: Georgetown vs. St, John’s. Though it’s a matchup of the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds in the conference, no game in the league could possibly bring out the best in these two schools than a matchup of two of the original seven Big East Conference members in a tournament setting. There are sure to be fireworks when those two teams take the court to start the tournament off tonight.

There’s also sure to be lots of pictures to be taken of the two games this evening, as our photographer, Robert Cole, will be courtside at Madison Square Garden and provide us – and our viewers – amazing closeups of the action, from the opening tip of the first game to the Big East Tournament title game on Saturday night.

Keep refreshing this page soon after the games end to see the latest pictures from Day 1 of the 2017 Big East Tournament. There are now 34 photos in this gallery, with both games from tonight being featured. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures.

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