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3.3 Around The Big East

Marquette and Georgetown have locked up byes to the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.

This dude hit big shots late for the Cardinals. Yep.
This dude hit big shots late for the Cardinals. Yep.

We already know the four teams that will play on the first day of the conference tournament, but because of a three way tie for 4th place, it might take the rest of the week before we settle out the last two double bye spots. Then again, today's Villanova-Pitt game might go a long way to settle that if the Wildcats play with enthusiasm.

On to yesterday's action...

#10 Louisville 58, #12 Syracuse 53 - Luke Hancock came off the bench to score 12 points, including two three pointers that turned out to be Louisville's last two field goals of the game, and the Cardinals prevailed to split the season series with the Orange. Don't look now, but Syracuse has lost six of their last 10 games. Russ Smith had 18 points to lead the Cardinals, while C.J. Fair had 19 in a losing effort. Card Chronicle and Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician can give you the details.

Cincinnati 61, Connecticut 56 - The Bearcats trailed at the half, but managed to build a lead as large as 12 in the second half before nearly coughing that completely up to a Huskies team that was without Shabazz Napier. UConn had a chance to tie the game with 13 seconds left down 3, and then this happened:

Yikes. NOTE: If anyone can track down a GIF of Mick Cronin losing his mind and falling down from this one, I'd be grateful. Down The Drive assesses the Bearcats' future.

Providence 62, St. John's 59 - Eep. Well, so much for the Johnnies' NCAA tournament hopes. They've been mentioned as a fringe bubble team recently, but suspending D`Angelo Harrison and losing to a white hot Providence team is probably not the way to go about staying in the conversation. Meanwhile, what happens if the Friars close their regular season with two wins? 18-12, 10-8 in Big East play? Is that an NCAA tournament team? Bryce Cotton had a game high 24 points to lead Providence. Rumble In The Garden has more for you.

#7 Georgetown 64, Rutgers 51 - Hey, Rutgers? Just a suggestion here: GO DEFEND OTTO PORTER. He played the full 40 minutes, so you can't claim you lost track of the dude taking a majority of the shots for the Hoyas. Also: fouling Otto Porter is not defending him, since he scored more points at the free throw line (15) than anyone on your team did for the whole game. Casual Hoya can tell you more about what happened here.