Sunday’s schedule includes a pair of games involving the BIG EAST’s New Jersey teams traveling to play local rivals. Seton Hall crosses the Hudson River to play St. John’s at Madison Square Garden and Rutgers travels a little farther, meeting Connecticut in Hartford.
A brief review of Saturday’s action saw some early afternoon drama with home teams prevailing over top-10 opponents. Villanova used a late 3-pointer in regulation by freshman guard Ryan Arcidiacono to force overtime against No. 3/4 Syracuse. Forward James Bell scored eight points in the extra period to help the Wildcats secure a 75-71 win at the Wells Fargo Center where Villanova is an amazing 4-1 over teams ranked in the top five.
At the Verizon Center, Georgetown edged No. 5/5 Louisville 53-51. Reserve guard Aaron Bowen made an acrobatic tip-in with 3:38 left to give Georgetown a 52-50 lead that held up in the final minutes. Both the Hoyas and Villanova were 2-0 against ranked league opponents this week.
Notre Dame was the only road team to win Saturday, rallying to defeat USF 73-65. Guard Jerian Grant helped with 18 points and eight assists. Marquette’s three-guard
lineup of Junior Cadougan, Vander Blue and Trent Lockett produced 41 points in an 81-71 defeat of Providence. Pittsburgh recorded its largest margin of victory in a BIG
EAST game, subduing DePaul 93-55.