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And Down The Stretch They Come
Most BIG EAST teams have three league games remaining and the battle for seeding for The BIG EAST Championship rages on. Six teams already have 10 league victories. Four more are either 9-6 or 8-6 with one more team at 7-7. As an example of how closely the league is contested this year, look no further than Cincinnati, which won at Georgetown last night to get to 9-6 and stands a game out of third place. Had the Bearcats lost last night, they would currently be in 11th place.
The BIG EAST Has Been The Best Against The Top 25
Eight different BIG EAST teams have won five games against teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 this season. By comparison, only one other team nationally (Texas) has as many top 25 wins. The eight BIG EAST schools are: Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, St. John's, Syracuse and Villanova.
Brooks Sets Scoring Record With 52 Points
Providence's Marshon Brooks became the BIG EAST's new single-game scoring record holder when he poured in 52 points Wednesday night in a 94-93 loss to Notre Dame at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. He broke a 20-year old mark that also was set by a PC player in the same arena. Eric Murdock had 48 points against Pittsburgh Jan. 23, 1991. Brooks made a league-record 20 field goals. He was 6-of-10 from 3-point range and scored 15 points in the final 2:57. The senior has a chance to break the season record for points in a league season. He needs 52 points in his final three games to tie Connecticut's Donyell Marshall who scored 462 points in 1993-94. Brooks needs to average 17.3 points over his final three games to break the record.
Notre Dame's Abromaitis Named Capital One Academic All-America
Notre Dame forward Tim Abromaitis has been chosen to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Abromaitis, who has started all 27 games and averages 14.6 points for the ninth-ranked Irish, earned an undergraduate degree from Notre Dame last year and has a 3.62 grade-point average in his MBA program. The other first team Academic All-America selections were Matt Howard of Butler, Tyler Zeller of North Carolina, Tyrel Red of Kansas and Devon Beitzel of Northern Colorado.