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1.17 Around The Big East

I don't think any of these games were fun to watch.

Otto Porter's shooting form is weird.
Otto Porter's shooting form is weird.
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I know the Marquette game wasn't a picnic. Let's get to the other two contests in conference play from last night.

Georgetown 74, Providence 65 - Either the Friars were way too pleased with their win over Seton Hall or Georgetown was pissed about Greg Whittington being ruled academically ineligible earlier in the day, because the Hoyas blew out to a 12-3 lead on their way to a 38-19 halftime margin. Providence made it interesting with a 15-2 run in the second half, but the outcome was never seriously in doubt. Here's my question: How did the Whittington thing go from "team rules" to "academically ineligible" since Saturday? You can check in with Casual Hoya's recap here.

Pittsburgh 58, Villanova 43 - BLERG. Your game high scorer: Darrun Hilliard with 14. FOR VILLANOVA. The weird thing about this one is that it wasn't really a blowout. They were TIED with 5:14 left when James Bell got a dunk to pull the Wildcats even at 43. Then Nova missed their last seven shots and two ultimately meaningless free throws as Pitt made seven of ten free throws in the last minute to make the score look impressive. Cardiac Hill is pretty honest about how close the game was while VU Hoops focuses on the final score.