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1.28 Around The Big East

We had two games on Sunday, so we'll get right to it after a quick note about the current standings...

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

There are currently eight teams in the Big East with three losses. Because of the varying amount of wins, there's currently a five way tie for fifth place. Unless someone starts breaking away from the pack, we're going to end up with some very interesting games in the second round of the Big East tournament. For example, with the way the bracket is set up, the first game of the second round is currently Georgetown vs Villanova.

St. John's 71, Seton Hall 67 - Early in the second half, it didn't look like this was going to be much of a game by the end. SJU went on a 23-4 run bridging the intermission to lead by 11, and by the 14:46 mark, the Red Storm were up 16. But the Pirates scored the next seven points and would eventually drag the lead all the way down to just one on a pair of Eugene Teague free throws with 4:22 remaining. D`Angelo Harrison ripped off the next six points of the game and hit four free throws in the last 30 seconds to put the game away. You can check in with Rumble In The Garden for the St. John's reaction and South Orange Juice for the Seton Hall end.

Connecticut 66, Rutgers 54 - Jerome Seagears scored a career high 21 points, but it wasn't enough to avoid the Scarlet Knights' third consecutive loss. The game was tied as late as the 10 minute mark of the second half before Niels Giffey got a steal, a layup and converted on the old school three point play to give UConn the lead. The two teams traded the next seven buckets, but UConn got a trio of three pointers and an Enosch Wolf layup while Rutgers got 3 buckets and a Seagears triple. The sequence ends in a seven point UConn lead and that was pretty much that. OH WAIT, Mike Rice had his guys start fouling down 11 with just over a minute left. How'd that work out for you, buddy? On The Banks laments Rutgers' 16 turnovers here.