We'll save the best for last, all right?
#20 Georgetown 69, Rutgers 63 - Otto Bleeping Porter, man. 10 straight points for the Hoyas came from Porter in the last 5:42. Georgetown went from down one before Porter's first bucket to up eight when he closed out the run with a pair of free throws. Porter tacked on 14 rebounds and Markel Starks had a team high 20. Eli Carter had a game high 23 in a losing effort for the Scarlet Knights. Georgetown sits alone in third place for now. Casual Hoya covers the win here, while On The Banks asks what's wrong, as the Scarlet Knights have lost six in a row.
Villanova 68, South Florida 40 - South Florida led 2-0 at one point. Then the Wildcats went on a 12-0 run. This wasn't the Bulls' worst scoring output of the season, but it was their season worst in field goals made and both overall field goal percentage and three point percentage. That's what happens when you're missing Victor Rudd, I suppose. Darrun Hillard had 17 points to lead Villanova. VU Hoops gives you the skinny on the Wildcats win.
#23 Pittsburgh 62, #17 Cincinnati 52 - Hey, remember when Pitt was 1-3 in the Big East after Marquette clipped them in overtime? Apparently they don't. The Panthers are 7-1 since then and currently have sole possession of the fourth and final quarterfinal bye in the Big East tournament. Of course, it's pretty easy to win a game when your opponent doesn't hit a field goal in the last 9:20 of the game like the Bearcats did here. Cincinnati wasted away a 44-39 lead by missing their last 14 shots of the game while only getting seven three throws on ten attempts during that stretch. Tray Woodall led the Panthers with 14, while Sean Kilpatrick had a game high 19 for the Bearcats. Cardiac Hill has the Pitt view of things.
#25 Notre Dame 104, #11 Louisville 101 (5OT) - Well, here we are, huh? The longest regular season game in Big East history. Jack Cooley and Tom Knight fouled out IN REGULATION. Jerian Grant scored 12 points in the last minute of regulation to drag the Irish back from an eight point deficit to force overtime, then fouled out in the first overtime period. Garrick Sherman had 17 points and six rebound in 21 minutes, and none of them were in regulation. Five players finished with double-doubles, led by Chane Behanan's 30 and 15. Referee John Gaffney had to finish working the Marquette-DePaul game and then drive to South Bend to work this one because the scheduled third ref was snowed in. How's that for a workout? Card Chronicle stares in disbelief, while One Foot Down does The Dance Of Joy.