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No. 10/9 Connecticut (13-2, 2-2 BIG EAST) won its second-straight game by defeating Rutgers (10-6, 1-3 BIG EAST) 67-53 in the only BIG EAST contest on Tuesday night. Center Alex Oriakhi, who was coming off a 21 rebound performance against Texas, notched his second consecutive double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Kemba Walker finished with a team-best 18 points and has led UConn in scoring in every game this season.
The contest was tight at halftime, with Rutgers trailing by five at 32-27. Mike Poole led the Scarlet Knights in the game with 11 points and 10 rebounds. But the Huskies opened the second half on a 20-2 run to take control of the game. It was the 10th-straight win for the Huskies over the Scarlet Knights.
Wednesday is busy night in the BIG EAST with five games on the schedule. Four games tip-off at 7 p.m. and three will be nationally televised. Amidst a blizzard in the northeast, St. John’s hosts No. 4/4 Syracuse at 7 p.m. Eastern on ESPNU. No. 22/19 Georgetown welcomes No. 5/5 Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. Eastern on ESPN, and No. 7/7 Villanova hosts No. 18/17 Louisville at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. Also at 7 p.m. Eastern is No. 25/rv Cincinnati welcoming USF on ESPN3.com. The lone 9 p.m. Eastern start is DePaul hosting Seton Hall on ESPN3.com.