November 30, 2012 – Weekly Release in PDF
No. 7/6 Louisville will host an in-state matchup of top 10 teams as No. 9/8 Kentucky visits on Dec. 2. It will be the highest ranking for both teams in the series history after the Cardinals were 10th and the Wildcats No. 12 last year when Kentucky won 74-54 in Lexington. Louisville has won four of the last six matchups. No. 5/5 Notre Dame will play No. 3/3 Baylor at home on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on ESPNU. No. 2/2 Connecticut will host No. 11/10 Maryland on Dec. 3 at the XL Center at 7 p.m. in a game carried on ESPN2 as part of the Jimmy V Classic.
Notre Dame Senior Class Reaches 100
No. 5/5 Notre Dame won at Central Michigan 72-63 on Nov. 29. The senior class (guards Skylar Diggins and Kaila Turner) led Notre Dame to the 100th win of their careers -- the program is 100-18 (.847) since the duo arrived on campus in 2009-10. Diggins had a season-high 25 points.
BIG EAST teams went 8-0 on Wednesday, Nov. 28, winning by an average of 22.9 points. Five of the eight teams won by double-digits, with No. 2/2 Connecticut posting the largest margin of victory at 101-41 versus Colgate. USF recorded a 77-29 win against UNC Asheville on the road and No. 7/6 Louisville defeated Eastern Kentucky 76-42 at home.
The Bearcats’ Defense
Cincinnati defeated Morehead State at home 55-45 on Nov. 28. UC limited an opponent to fewer than 50 points for the third time this season.
Hoya Comeback Kids
Georgetown used a late comeback to defeat La Salle 69-61 on Nov. 28 at McDonough Arena. The 12-point deficit was the largest the Hoyas have overcome in a win this season. Senior Sugar Rodgers led the way with 28 points and 13 rebounds.
USF Season Highs
The Bulls defeated UNC Asheville on the road 77-29 on Nov. 28, setting single-game season highs in steals (24), free throw percentage (.727) and assists (20), and a season low for turnovers (13).
Marquette defeated South Dakota State 77-74 on the road in overtime on Nov. 28. Sophomore Arlesia Morse recorded a season-high 23 points, while freshman Brooklyn Pumroy tallied a career-best 17 points.
The BIG EAST still has five teams undefeated heading into the third week of play. Louisville leads the way at 8-0 and Syracuse is 7-0, while Connecticut holds a 6-0 record. Notre Dame and USF have both won their first five games of the season.