The three homestanding teams earned BIG EAST victories Tuesday night, including a somewhat historic performance in Providence, R.I.
Providence delivered coach Ed Cooley his first career BIG EAST win with a 90-59 decision against No. 14/15 Louisville at the Dunkin Donuts Center. It was the largest margin of victory for the Friars against a top-25 opponent in school history.
Providence, which was without injured starting guard Gerard Coleman, received career efforts from guard Bryce Cotton and forward Kadeem Batts, who had 27 points each. Batts added 10 rebounds, while guard Vincent Council had 15 points and 14 assists for the Friars, who finished with a 40-25 rebounding advantage and had 23 assists on 28 field goals. Providence improved to 12-6 overall and 1-4 in BIG EAST play.
Louisville was struck by early foul trouble and was unable to overcome an 18-point halftime deficit. Guard Chris Smith had 16 points for the Cardinals, who fell to 13-4 overall and 1-3 in the BIG EAST.
Seton Hall, which entered the Associated Press poll at No. 24 this week, played its first game as a ranked team since 2001 and didn't disappoint the Prudential Center crowd in a 94-73 win against DePaul.
The Pirates raced to a 51-34 halftime lead behind the play of guard Fuquan Edwin, who scored 24 of his career-high 28 points in the first 20 minutes. Edwin finished the game 10-of-14 from the field, including a 4-of-5 showing from 3-point range. Guard Jordan Theodore had 26 points and 11 assists, while forward Herb Pope had 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds as the Pirates improved to 15-2 overall and 4-1 in the BIG EAST.
DePaul was paced by guard Brandon Young, who had 16 points as the Blue Demons fell to 10-6 overall and 1-3 in BIG EAST play.
Notre Dame picked up its 29th consecutive homecourt victory as the Irish were 60-49 winners against USF at Purcell Pavilion. The Irish, who never trailed, scored 30 points in each half and used a 14-0 second-half run to improve to 11-6 overall and 3-1 in the BIG EAST.
Forward Jack Cooley had a team-high 16 points for Notre Dame, while guard Scott Martin had 15 points and 13 rebounds to pick up his second straight double-double. Forward Augustus Gilchrist had 13 points for the Bulls, who fell to 9-8 overall and 2-2 in the BIG EAST.
Three more games are on tap for Wednesday. Top-ranked Syracuse looks to remain unbeaten as the 17-0 Orange visit Villanova at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. No. 25/24 Marquette hosts St. John's at 7 p.m. Eastern on ESPNU, while Pittsburgh looks for its first BIG EAST win of the season as the Pirates host Rutgers.