After the events of last night, Marquette sits in a tie for second in the Big East and are slotted into the third seed line in the Big East tournament. Currently in fourth? Notre Dame, which of course, is Marquette's opponent on Saturday. On to the games...
#7 Georgetown 79, Connecticut 78 (2OT) - Oh, man. After UConn had a weird final minute where they seemed content to let Georgetown burn clock while the Huskies were down by five, Omar Calhoun buried a triple with 2.2 seconds left, and Niels Giffey stole the inbounds pass to make sure that the Hoyas couldn't get any shot off to push the game into overtime. After an exciting first 2:30 of the overtime session - both teams scored seven points - they wouldn't score again to send things to a second overtime. Both teams had a chance late, but Otto Porter's shot was blocked with 7 seconds left and Ryan Boatright's runner bounced away. The second overtime session was decided by three pointers. UConn took a lead early on two three pointers, while Georgetown came rallying back on two late three pointers. The Hoyas got the winning basket with nine seconds from - SURPRISE - Porter after Shabazz Napier lost the ball and Porter took an outlet pass straight to the rim. UConn got one final look, but Boatright got doubled up top and dribbled his way into an off balance three point attempt in the corner while Giffey was WIDE open under the rim. Casual Hoya has more for you.
#23 Pittsburgh 64, South Florida 44 - Hey, the Bulls were up 30-28 in the second half of this game! In The Pete! Then the Panthers went on a 16-0 run across 7 minutes. Game over. Here's the thing, though. Check out the reason why:
"Coach started giving us free range to go out and just play," Woodall said, complimenting Dixon's adjustment after Pitt shot 26.9 percent in the first half. "He wasn't calling out any plays -- it was, 'Just go out and play basketball.' Some guys have never probably heard that from him this year. Go out and play, not call any sets."
Huh. Go figure. Tray Woodall led the Panthers with 14 points in just 21 minutes. Victor Rudd had 16 points for USF. Cardiac Hill can tell you more.
#10 Louisville 79, DePaul 58 - Here's a quick summary of this one:
First half #DePaulDay summary: twitter.com/CardChronicle/…— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) February 28, 2013
I hope Worrel Clahar knows a good dentist. Go read Card Chronicle's recap of DePaul Day.