We now have only six teams with three losses in conference play, and five teams with six or more losses. We're getting separation, but it seems like it's only the bottom five teams that are separating from everyone else.
On to the games!
Notre Dame 65, Villanova 60 - With 7:21 left in the first half, Jack Cooley scored to put ND up 21-19. The Irish wouldn't score another two point basket until Cooley dunked with 13:41 left in the second half to cut Villanova's lead... to 1, 39-38. During that stretch, freshman Cameron Biedscheid scored nine of his 18 points, including two of his five three pointers. Mouphtaou Yarou had a game high 20 points as the Wildcats were unable to become the third team to beat the Irish in the Joyce Center in their last 25 home games. VU Hoops has more here, while One Foot Down has more from the ND side here.
#24/23 Cincinnati 62, Rutgers 54 - Eight days off might have been too much for the Bearcats. They trailed by eight at halftime, and the Scarlet Knights pushed that as high as 10 early in the second half on two Wally Judge free throws. But five Rutgers turnovers gave Cincy the chance to come back and they took the lead on a Sean Kilpatrick steal and layup. It stayed close the rest of the way, and the Bearcats put the game away from the free throw line. Kilpatrick had a game high 19 points, while Myles Mack led Rutgers with 15 off the bench. Down The Drive recaps things for the victorious Bearcats, while On The Banks looks at the Rutgers side.
Georgetown 74, Seton Hall 52 - Georgetown went up 7-0 and then 20-4, and that was pretty much that. Yeah, the Pirates cut it to seven late in the first half, but the Hoyas went on a 9-2 run right after that to eliminate any doubt in this contest. The Pirates committed 24 turnovers and 29 fouls in this one, which definitely did not make shooting 33% any easier. Casual Hoya and South Orange Juice have more for you.
St. John's 79, DePaul 74 (OT) - Blah blah D`Angelo Harrison fouled out blah blah end of regulation scramble blah blah foul waved off blah blah six points for JaKarr Sampson in OT blah blah. There, recap finished, now let's get to the important issue here: WHY IN BLUE BLAZES WAS DEPAUL WEARING RED UNIFORMS? Seriously! Go look at Rumble In The Garden's recap! What part of "Blue Demons" is too complicated for athletic director Jean Lenti Ponsetto?