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2.4 Around The Big East

Two games, and neither one was terribly exciting, although for different reasons.

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

#6 Villanova 81, Xavier 58 - Wearing their stylish gray uniforms for the first time, Nova jumped out to an 9-0 lead on the Musketeers and never looked back. The end.

Ok, ok, that wasn't really the end. Xavier ended up cutting the lead to only six on a Matt Stainbrook bucket with 34 seconds left in the first half, so it got interesting at halftime, and the lead would dwindle to as low as four points early in the second half. Back to back threes from James Bell popped it back to 10 and jumpstarted a 15-4 Wildcats run that effectively ended the game with 12 minutes left, as the lead never went lower than 12 again.

Bell shot 6-10 behind the arc and finished with 27 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and a block to lead the VU charge. This, in a game where Darrun Hilliard had 17/3/3/1/1 and JayVaughn Pinkston posted a 11/8/3. Semaj Christon had 17 points in the losing effort, while Stainbrook finished with the game's only double-double on 14 points and 11 rebounds. VU Hoops and Banners On The Parkway can fill you in with the details.

Georgetown 71, DePaul 59 - This game did not start out fun to watch. Both teams didn't break into double digits until Georgetown's Jabril Trawick hit a pair of free throws with 10:09 left in the first half to make it 15-11 in favor of DePaul.

If that sounds amazingly familiar, it's because it's the same first sentence and a half I wrote about Georgetown-DePaul on New Year's Eve. The only changes were the fine details of how the second team got to double digits, and thankfully, both teams got to double digits faster than the first crap fest between these two teams.

DePaul led this game 24-15 at one point in the first half. This is a fact. Georgetown went on a 17-8 "run" that took 8 minutes and 24 seconds off the clock and spanned halftime to tie the game at 32. Another 21-7 "run" that took 12 and a half minutes to complete put the Hoyas firmly in control with 5:26 left to play at 58-44.

Hopefully these two don't have to play each other in the Big East tournament.

Markel Starks had a game high 26 points to lead the Hoyas to victory, while Brandon Young's 15 points and seven rebounds led the Blue Demons. Head over to Casual Hoya for more on this one.