Road Wins Tough To Find As BIG EAST Play Underway
The early results from the start of BIG EAST play suggest that road wins could be at a premium this season. The home team has won five of the first six games between BIG EAST opponents, including homecourt wins by Syracuse and Cincinnati, which remain unbeaten in 2010-11. The lone road team to win a league game thus far was St. John’s, which gave coach Steve Lavin his first BIG EAST victory in an 81-71 decision at West Virginia.
Easy To Find BIG EAST On Television This Week
Despite the proliferation of football bowl games between Christmas and New Year’s Day, there have been plenty of opportunities to find BIG EAST basketball games on national television this week. Thirteen of the 17 games involving BIG EAST teams this week are being televised on either ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or CBS Sports. Thursday’s TV lineup has Villanova facing Temple on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. Eastern, while three nationally televised games are set for Friday. Louisville hosts Kentucky at noon on CBS Sports, USF is at Connecticut on ESPNU (6 p.m. ET) and Seton Hall visits Cincinnati on ESPN2 (8 p.m.).
BIG EAST Players Heating Up A Cold Winter
With much of the BIG EAST’s footprint buried under heavy snow or dealing with colder-than-normal temperatures, here’s a look at conference players who have been red hot:
Marshon Brooks, Providence
Brooks has scored at least 25 points in eight consecutive games, averaging 28.1 ppg in that stretch for the 11-3 Friars.
Kemba Walker, Connecticut
Walker has scored at least 20 points in 10 straight games, including five games with at least 30 points. Walker leads the BIG EAST in scoring at 26.9 ppg for the 10-1 Huskies
Preston Knowles, Louisville
Knowles has averaged 20.4 points in his last five games for the 11-1 Cardinals.
Tim Abromaitis, Notre Dame
Abromaitis has hit for 20 or more points in his last four games, helping the Fighting Irish to a 12-1 start.
Dwight Hardy, St. John’s
Hardy has averaged 22.0 points in his last five games, including four straight 20-point efforts, to help the Red Storm to three straight wins.
Kris Joseph, Syracuse
Joseph has scored 21 or more points in three of his last four games, helping Syracuse remain unbeaten at 11-0.