MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP - DEC. 29

Thursday's schedule shows three BIG EAST teams hosting non-conference opponents, all on national television. 
 
Rutgers battles No. 10/10 Florida on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. followed by Vanderbilt at Marquette.  At 9 p.m., ESPNU has Cincinnati hosting Oklahoma at US Bank Arena.
 
Georgetown and Connecticut improved their records to 11-1 with BIG EAST road victories Wednesday night.
 
The Hoyas lost an 11-point lead in the second half at Louisville, but still prevailed 71-68.  Sophomore guard Markel Starks scored a career-high 20 points and freshman forward Otto Porter contributed 14 points and 14 rebounds.  The loss was Louisville's first of the season.
 
UConn managed to hold off USF 60-57 in Tampa.  The Huskies used a late 11-1 run to secure the victory.  Jeremy Lamb scored 16 of his game-high 23 points in the second half.
 
West Virginia and Villanova were tied 63-63 with 5:45 remaining in Morgantown before the Mountaineers pulled away on the strength of Darryl "Truck" Bryant's career-high 34 points.
 
No. 1 Syracuse's 75-49 win over Seton Hall was surprising by the margin of the victory.  The Pirates had won eight in a row.  Center Fab Melo was a huge factor in the paint, setting a school record with 10 blocked shots.