VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - CINCINNATI 70, SETON HALL 53
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - CONNECTICUT 66, USF 61 (OT)
Five BIG EAST teams were in action on New Year's Eve, including a pair of conference games wrapping up the 2010 calendar year.
Cincinnati (14-0, 2-0 BIG EAST) remained perfect with a 70-53 home win over Seton Hall. Sean Kilpatrick led the Bearcats with 14 points to help UC extend its season-opening win streak to 14, the longest for the program in 12 seasons. Ibrahima Thomas contributed 12 points while Rashad Bishop added 10. Cincinnati held Seton Hall to its second-lowest output of the season. Keon Lawrence scored a career-high 15 points for the Pirates, while Herb Pope and Fuquan Edwin each added 10.
No. 4/4 Connecticut (11-1, 1-1 BIG EAST) won its first BIG EAST game of the season, defeating USF 66-61 in overtime. Kemba Walker, the nation's leading scorer, had 24 points and eight rebounds to lead the Huskies, who used zone defense to stifle the Bulls down the stretch. UConn shot just 37.5 percent from the floor, but were able to grab a victory by outscoring USF 8-3 in overtime. The score was tied at 58 at the end of regulation when Connecticut scored the first eight points of the overtime and held the Bulls scoreless until Anthony Crater hit a 3-pointer as time expired. Augustus Gilchrist led USF with 21 points while Crater added 14.
No. 22/20 Louisville (11-2) lost 78-63 in its annual rivalry game against No. 11/12 Kentucky. The Cardinals trailed throughout the contest, and came within 10 in the second half after hitting on nine straight shots during one stretch. Preston Knowles led UofL with 22 points while Chris Smith added 15. But Kentucky shot 51 percent from the field and turned the ball over just 13 times to grab the road victory.
Four conference games are on the schedule for New Year's Day. The action gets started early on ESPN2 with an 11 a.m. ET tip-off between Marquette and West Virginia. No. 9/9 Georgetown hosts DePaul at 1 p.m. on ESPN3.com. No. 5/5 Syracuse hosts No. 15/15 Notre Dame on ESPNU at 3:30 p.m. Providence and St. John's wrap-up the schedule with a 7 p.m. tip on ESPN3.com.