MBB Weekly Report - Notre Dame and Louisville Clash Saturday Night

ESPN College GameDay BIG EAST Style
ESPN has two BIG EAST games Saturday evening involving four ranked teams.  The ESPN College GameDay crew will be at Notre Dame for their weekly preview of the day in college basketball capped by the Louisville at Notre Dame game at 9 p.m.  Louisville is ranked No. 11 in the Associated Press poll and No. 12 in the USA Today Poll.  Notre Dame is ranked 25th this week by AP.  ESPN has another BIG EAST contest that evening at 6 p.m. when No. 23/25 Pittsburgh plays at No. 17/17 Cincinnati.

Hoyas Are The Hottest
With a four-game winning streak, Georgetown is the hottest BIG EAST team.  The Hoyas have been particularly effective on defense, holding their last four opponents to an average of 51.5 points per game and only a 33.3 percent shooting.  Sophomore forward Otto Porter has been the catalyst.  He leads the team with a 14.8 scoring mark and a 7.6 rebounding average.  He is shooting 51.3 percent from the field and has a 1.8 steals average.  The Hoyas play at Rutgers Saturday in the BIG EAST Network Game of the Week at Noon ET.

Moving Up The Charts
With the recent proliferation of top college players' leaving for the professional ranks before graduation, the BIG EAST career lists have not had many changes in the past couple of seasons.  But Providence's senior guard Vincent Council just moved into third place on the BIG EAST career assist list with 405 assists in league games.  He moved past Pittsburgh's Sean Miller (1987-92), the current head coach of Arizona, who had 401.  Syracuse's Sherman Douglas (1985-89) is first with 426.

Siva Named Senior CLASS Award Finalist
Louisville senior guard Peyton Siva is one of 10 finalists for the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award.  To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.  An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact in their communities.