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2.17 Around The Big East

Two blowout final scores, but at least DePaul isn't involved.

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#18 Creighton 101, #6 Villanova 80 - Well, if nothing else, Doug McDermott has officially ended any discussion of a Villanova player winning Player of the Year if VU ends up with the regular season title. The senior forward finished with 39 points and seven rebounds, and that's only because head coach Greg McDermott pulled him from the game when it was completely out of hand. McDermott passed Larry Bird on the NCAA's all time scoring list, moving into 13th place all time.

It was an 11-0 run by Creighton late in the first half that blew the game open and gave them a 15 point cushion. Villanova would never challenge again.

Here's the crazy thing about the games that these two teams have played: Creighton's not playing anything even resembling good defense.

Creighton Villanova
eFG% 80.6% 52.3%
TO% 11.8% 16.4%
OR% 20.4% 24.2%
FTR 36.0% 38.9%
Pts/poss 1.45 1.10

The odds of it are that if Nova put up those numbers against almost nearly any other performance, they'd win easily. Creighton's offense has just unleashed an avalanche on the Wildcats, and they have absolutely no answer for it.

You can head over to VU Hoops or White & Blue Review for more on this game.

St. John's 82, Georgetown 60 - Ok, look. I had every intention of watching all of this game. But before Fox Sports 1 could even switch from Creighton/Villanova, St. John's was up 17-2. So I watched the most recent episode of Sherlock instead. Much better use of my time.

As it turns out, the Hoyas would eventually cut the lead to single digits midway through the second half. Seven points from D`Angelo Harrison would help stem the tide. The last two of Harrison's points there would come on a pair of free throws that were the jumping off point for a 5+ minute stretch where the Red Storm outscored Georgetown 13-1, thus putting the Hoyas in a 20 point hole with less than two minutes to play.

Both Harrison and Rysheed Jordan would tally a game high 24 points for St. John's, while D`Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 15 in the losing effort. Rumble In the Garden and Casual Hoya can fill in the details for you.