It Was A Wild Wednesday
Last night, the BIG EAST had four games filled with drama and top-flite performances. Two games were decided by one point. Another went into overtime. And another was "only" Georgetown outlasting Syracuse 64-56 at the Carrier Dome in which the final score was also the largest lead of the
game for either team.
Rutgers 77, Villanova 76 -- Rutgers used a "four-point play" by Jonathan Mitchell with 0.8 seconds left to grab the win from the Wildcats. The Scarlet Knights trailed by 10 points with less than three minutes to play. Mitchell finished with a career-high 25 points.
Marquette 59, USF 58 - Marquette trailed by as many as 16 points early in the second half, but rallied at the Sun Dome to beat the Bulls. Forward Jae Crowder hit 4-of-5 from 3-point range to help propel the Golden Eagles.
Notre Dame 89, Louisville 79 OT - For the third time in their last four meetings, the Irish and the Cardinals played into an extra period. In the overtime, Notre Dame scored the first 10 points. Ben Hansbrough netted 25 points for ND. Kyle Kuric had a career-high 28 points for Louisville.
Georgetown 64, Syracuse 56 - In front of 26,904 fans at the Carrier Dome, the Hoyas used a late 9-0 run to gain their first win in Syracuse since 2002. The Hoyas have won seven in a row, the longest current winning streak in the BIG EAST.
ESPN GameDay Visits Villanova
The ESPN GameDay crew will be at The Pavilion on the Villanova campus all day Saturday and will telecast the Wildcats' game against Pittsburgh at 9 p.m. Eastern. The GameDay crew previews the day in college basketball from 11 a.m. to noon before the ESPN family of networks carries numerous games from all over the country, including four in the BIG EAST. At 9 p.m., Pittsburgh, ranked fourth in both of the national polls, will try to break Villanova's 46-game winning streak at The Pavilion. Also on Saturday, Syracuse plays at Louisville on ESPN at noon. Notre Dame at USF tip off at the same time in the BIG EAST Network Game of the Week. Seton Hall plays at Rutgers on ESPNU at 7 p.m.
Georgetown, Notre Dame Are The Hottest Clubs
As usual, the BIG EAST has been a grueling challenge for all 16 teams. With the exception of Pittsburgh and Louisville, every team has lost at least two in a row. That might make the current winning streaks of Georgetown and Notre Dame that much more impressive. The Hoyas are on a seven-game winning streak to push their overall record to 19-5 and their BIG EAST mark to 8-4. The Fighting Irish are riding a six-game winning streak. They are 20-4 overall and 9-3 in league play.