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1.3 Around The Big East

Let's take a look at what the other Big East teams were up to last night.

Russ Smith, kids.
Russ Smith, kids.
Andy Lyons

Four conference games and one non-conference game were on the schedule last night, and only one of the results was kind of surprising.

  • #4/4 Louisville 80, Providence 62 - Here's a scary phrase from the ESPN.com recap: "Russ Smith came off the bench to score 23 points." No one's terribly surprised that the Cardinals won by that margin this time around, but let's not forget that Providence curbstomped Louisville by 31 in the Dunkin' Donuts Center last season.
  • #7/7 Syracuse 78, Rutgers 53 - Mike Rice made his return to the Rutgers bench last night, and for a bit, it seemed like the Scarlet Knights responded to his presence, leading 20-18 with 6:41 remaining in the first half. Then Syracuse went on a 24-0 run that bridged halftime, thus essentially locking up Jim Boeheim's 903rd win. You can read On The Banks' recap here.
  • Villanova 98, St. John's 86 (OT) - You don't see 12 point overtime wins very often, but that's what we got here in the first match up between members of The Seven this season. Ryan Arcidiacono scored 32 to lead the Wildcats, and yes, I wrote this sentence just to practice typing Arcidiacono. You can read more about the game from VU Hoops here and here, or get the St. John's perspective from Rumble In The Garden here.
  • Seton Hall 73, DePaul 72 - Nova-SJU was only techinically the first game between The Seven, as this game started an hour later. Fuquan Edwin got a layup with 7 seconds left, and a wide open Jamee Crockett three missed, meaning that Seton Hall avoided a terrible feeling in their souls. You can read more from South Orange Juice here.
  • South Florida 65, Central Florida 56 - So much for home court advantage. The Bulls & Knights were unable to defend their house in both ends of this unusual in season home-and-home series. JAWANZA! had 18 to lead USF on their trip to Orlando, but the more important news was that Anthony Collins played well after leaving the Bulls' last game on a back board after taking a knee to the noggin. Voodoo Five's recap can be found here.

Yet to play a Big East game: Notre Dame, Georgetown, and the aforementioned South Florida. Does Marquette gain any kind of advantage on the Hoyas because they haven't played a game since before Christmas? I guess we'll find out on Saturday...