Men's Basketball Minute: Early Season Tournaments Highlight Thursday Schedule

 

Georgetown scored a 68-59 win against Liberty Wednesday night, lifting the cumulative record of BIG EAST teams to 24-2 in the 2012-13 season. BIG EAST members have won 17 consecutive games.
 
Those marks could be tested Thursday as five BIG EAST teams are in action, including three teams that will play on the ESPN family of networks in early-season tournaments.
 
St. John's, which opened its season with a come-from-behind win against Detroit Tuesday, faces a College of Charleston team that is a perennial contender in the Southern Conference. The game, which begins at 5 p.m. on ESPNU, is part of the Charleston Classic.
 
Providence brings its 2-0 record to Bayamon, Puerto Rico, where the Friars will face Massachusetts — one of the favorites in the Atlantic-10 race — in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The tip is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
 
Villanova also takes a 2-0 record into tournament play Thursday as the Wildcats meet Purdue in the 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden. The game is slated for a 9:30 p.m. tip on ESPN2, following the opening game between Alabama and Oregon State.
 
Louisville and DePaul will host early rounds of their respective in-season tournaments Thursday. The Cardinals welcome Samford at 7 p.m. on the BIG EAST Network as part of the Battle 4 Atlantis, while the Blue Demons host Gardner-Webb at 8:30 ET as part of the Cancun Challenge.