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Around The Big East: 1.26.15

While St. John's was the victim in Coach K's 1000th win, there was also two Big East league games yesterday.

How badly did Darrun Hilliard burn Ricky Kreklow (#15) on this play?
How badly did Darrun Hilliard burn Ricky Kreklow (#15) on this play?
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Butler 77, #24 Seton Hall 57 - Is anyone starting to become deathly afraid of Chris Holtmann?

His Butler squad used an 18-2 run to take the lead away from Seton Hall in the second half and take control en route to blowing the Pirates out of Hinkle Fieldhouse on Sunday afternoon.  Holtmann was named interim coach in only October, but the Bulldogs have responded to him and have earned a 5-3 record in Big East play thus far.

Of course, it helps that he has Roosevelt Jones back, who missed all of last season due to injury.  Jones had 12 points and seven rebounds against Seton Hall.  Meanwhile, Seton Hall is struggling without super frosh Isaiah Whitehead who missed his eighth straight game here, and the Pirates have lost four of their last five.

Brandon Mobley had 15 points to lead the SHU offense, while five Bulldogs hit double digits, led by 16 from Andrew Chrabascz.  You can check out South Orange Juice or Butler Hoops for more on this game, depending on what perspective you want.

#4 Villanova 71, Creighton 50 - There was no "WRAGGE AGAIN!" in this trip to Philadelphia for the Bluejays.  Villanova was reeling from a blowout loss to Georgetown on Monday, and I'm guessing that head coach Jay Wright reminded the Wildcats of their two blowout losses to Creighton last season.

Villanova exploded out to a 15-0 lead over the first seven minutes of this game to seize control.  Creighton briefly cut things down to eight late in the second half, but it was back to 15 at the break and never lower than 12 in the second half.

That's a paddling.

Darrun Hilliard scored 24 points on 9-15 shooting, including 6-10 behind the arc, and all told, seven Wildcats scored at least five points.  Creighton was led by 13 points from James Milliken, who also had six rebounds.  Be sure to stop by VU Hoops or White & Blue Review for whichever reaction you want to read more.