As a result of last night's games, Marquette's now in a three way tie for first place in the Big East. Thanks, UConn!
Connecticut 66, #6 Syracuse 58 - Omar Calhoun had three big three pointers in the second half to cement UConn's lead and give Kevin Ollie's stair climbing crew a win in their last ever Big East game against Syracuse. Ryan Boatright had a game high 17 points for the Huskies, while Michael Carter-Williams had 15 to lead the Orange. Things got really interesting in the post game press conference when Jim Boeheim put ESPN's Andy Katz on blast. You can head over to Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and The UConn Blog for more on the game.
#21 Notre Dame 82, DePaul 78 - What, are the Irish afraid to win games in regulation now? An 11 point halftime lead for the Irish turned into a one point Blue Demon lead on a Jamee Crockett three pointer with 8:12 remaining. DePaul was able to push the lead as far as three on - surprise - another Crockett three pointer, but couldn't pull away from ND. Brandon Young's free throw for DePaul with 1:20 left ended the scoring for regulation. Notre Dame got nine of their 16 points in the extra session from the free throw line to eventually pull away from the Blue Demons. Jack Cooley had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Irish, who were led in scoring by Jerian Grant. Cleveland Melvin had a game high 23 for DePaul. One Foot Down gives you the Irish view of things.
Providence 76, South Florida 66 - Kadeem Batts had 16 of his 24 points in the second half as the Friars threw 50 up on the board after intermission to wipe out a 11 point USF lead. Providence used a 23-2 run in the second half to take control of this one. The win keeps PC ahead of the four team pack that will have to play on the first day of the Big East tournament. The Friars have won three straight Big East games for the first time in four years. Victor Rudd had a game high 26 points to lead the Bulls. This one's so disappointing for our friends at Voodoo Five that they're wrapping up the recap for this into a bigger post about other things as well.