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2.19 Around The Big East

Hey, what the hell, guys?

This James Bell dude is not too shabby.
This James Bell dude is not too shabby.

We have two games that had final scores that definitely didn't represent the whole experience.

#25 Notre Dame 51, #20 Pittsburgh 42 - Notre Dame led this game 1-0 as late as the 16:36 mark of the first half. We didn't get a field goal until 16:14 remaining when Trey Zeigler got a layup for the Panthers. That was part of a 19-2 run that took nearly nine and a half minutes to unfold and was capped off by two free throws by Tray Woodall after ND head coach Mike Brey got whistled for a technical foul. Pitt got whistled for two fouls on the ensuing possession, Pat Connaughton hit back to back threes and all of a sudden, I felt bad for jinxing Pitt's chances at keeping ND under 10 for the half.

The Irish closed the half on a 16-3 run, and then (relatively) blew Pitt out in the second half, outscoring the Panthers by the score of 32-20. What the hell, people? And I mean that for both teams. One Foot Down and Cardiac Hill have more reactions for you.

Villanova 71, Rutgers 63 - Seems like a standard Big East score, right? Middle of the pack team guts out eight point win over bottom end team, blah blah blah. Except Rutgers had a 9-0 run in the middle of the first half that propelled them to a 10 point lead at the intermission and they did all that without leading scorer Eli Carter, who will miss the rest of the season with a fractured fibula. Then, a second half Wildcats 10-0 run gave Nova a lead that they would not relinquish. I was pulled away from the TV and came back find the lead essentially reversed from when I had left. Very disconcerting. It's quite the strong performance that a bubble team like Villanova needed heading in to a big time game with Marquette on Saturday. VU Hoops and On The Banks can tell you more.