HOWARD VS. POWELL: Seton Hall's Myles Powell and Marquette's Markus Howard went head to head during the regular season in a pair of games befitting two of college basketball's most dynamic players.
The potential for a third meeting washed away with the cancellation of the Big East tournament, then NCAA Tournament.
Powell and Howard met for the first time this season on Jan. 11 in Newark, New Jersey. Howard outscored Powell 27-23, but Seton Hall used its depth to roll to a 69-55 win.
They squared off again on Feb. 29 in Milwaukee and had a similar result; Howard scored 37 points, Powell had 28 and the Pirates won 88-79.
No. 16 Seton Hall and Marquette were slated to meet in the Big East tournament quarterfinals before it was canceled. A fourth meeting in the NCAA Tournament would have been contingent upon the Golden Eagles getting an invite — they were in pretty good shape — and the NCAA Selection committee putting the two Big East teams in the same side of the bracket.
The selection committee has a knack for intriguing early-round matchups — Howard against Murray State's Ja Morant last year was one — so it wouldn't have been a surprise to see two of the nation's top-scoring guards on a collision course.
Now, both are sitting at home, waiting for the dust to settle.
"For it to end so quickly, it was like ... man," Powell said.