On Wednesday night, probably the most famous of all the conference tournaments got underway as the 2014 Big East Tournament got underway inside Madison Square Garden. Even with the realignment, this is still one of the more competitive conferences in the country, and the Seton Hall Pirates and Butler Bulldogs showed that in the opening round as the Pirates edged out the Bulldogs, 51-50.
Eugene Teague led the way in the winning effort for the Pirates in the dramatic win as the senior center dropped in 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, despite the fact that he was bogged down by the flu bug.
As Seton Hall coach Paul Willard mentioned after the game, it was nearly a miracle that Teague was able to take the floor at all, much less turn in the amazing effort that he did.
“Eugene played terrific. No one really knew this. He’s been battling the flu since Saturday,” Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said.. “I wasn’t even sure he was going to be able to play as bad as he looked yesterday.”
In the loss, though, Butler’s Khyle Marshall turned in the best overall performance of the evening in this thrilling contest in trying to will his team to the victory, finishing up with 22 points and seven rebounds as the Bulldogs saw their letdown season abruptly come to an end.
With the win, Seton Hall will now look to pull off another huge win, this time over the third-ranked Villanova Wildcats on Thursday afternoon.