2.24.12 Big East Review

Cashmere Wright shooting: An image that will be burned into Cardinals fans' retinas for a long time.

There was just one Big East basketball game on the schedule last night, but given the impact it had on the standings, it's worth talking about, so let's get to it.

Cincinnati 60, #17/17 Louisville 56 - Cashmere Wright hit the first shot of the game - a three pointer - and that's when it all started. Wright would hit from distance on 6 of his 13 attempts to end up with 22 points and Yancy Gates did just enough to post a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds as the Bearcats defended their home court and defeated the Cardinals. I'm not going to call this an upset because it's a four point game between quality teams in conference play. Then again, Cincinnati lost to Presbyterian on the same floor, so maybe it is an upset.

The important thing here to consider is the Big East standings. Presuming that the Big East's website is figuring tiebreakers as the season goes along, Cincinnati goes from tied with Louisville for sixth place to winning a tiebreaker with Georgetown and South Florida to end up with the fourth double bye in the Big East tournament. Louisville is still just one game back of the double bye, but they sit in seventh place behind the teams stuck in the tie for fourth.

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