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2.3 Around The Big East

Four games of action to talk about today to get you warmed up for the Marquette-Louisville game later on!

Tray Woodall was the only Panther to score in double digits.
Tray Woodall was the only Panther to score in double digits.
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None of these results are terribly surprising, although maybe the path to the result is a little unexpected.

#24 Cincinnati 65, Seton Hall 59 - The Bearcats scored the first 15 points of the second half to build their lead out to 20. But when you go nearly 10 minutes without a field goal, 20 point leads disappear. The Pirates got as close as four on a Brandon Mobley three pointer with 3:17 remaining and make this game dramatic. Sean Kilpatrick answered with a three of his own with 77 seconds left to break the UC drought and the Bearcats hit six of their eight free throws in the final minute to lock this one up. South Orange Juice has more for you.

Pittsburgh 65, #6 Syracuse 55 - Going to The Pete as a top 10 team is bad news. The Panthers are now 13-1 all time in that situation in their home building, and this time, they did it with only Tray Woodall scoring in double digits. He finished with 13 and needed free throws in the final 40 seconds to get there. Syracuse has lost consecutive games for the first time since 2011, when you might remember that Marquette handed them their fourth consecutive loss. C.J. Fair led the Orange in scoring with 20. Cardiac Hill covers the win here, while Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician deals with the loss.

Notre Dame 79, DePaul 71 (OT) - It seemed pretty early on that this one might be different. DePaul ran out to a 10-3 lead on a Jamee Crockett three pointer. But because this is the Blue Demons we're talking about, this turned into a nine point ND lead at the half. But even DePaul can capitalize if you let them shoot free throws, and all of a sudden, the Blue Demons had a lead with 8:39 remaining. It stayed tight the rest of the way and Notre Dame tied it up late on two Jerian Grant free throws. DePaul then found a new way to lose in overtime, getting outscored 9-1.

Georgetown 68, St. John's 56 - Everyone's aware of how great D`Angelo Harrison is, right? Well, Georgetown won this game because Harrison was terrible. He scored two points and missed all nine of his shots from the field. Meanwhile, things were rolling so well for the Hoyas that Nate Lubick led them in scoring with a career high 16. I know, right? Go check in with Casual Hoya and Rumble In The Garden for more on this one.