Saturday TV Brunch
Set up your television sets and prepare your favorite brunch dishes on Saturday to catch four terrific early games. At 11 a.m. ET, Marquette plays at Louisville on ESPN2. At noon, ESPNU carries Georgetown at Rutgers. Also at noon, Cincinnati plays at Syracuse in the BIG EAST Game of the Week, which can be seen by more than 40 percent of the nation. At 1 p.m., Villanova hosts Maryland on CBS Sports.
Ho Hum, Syracuse Is Rolling Again
While Syracuse has made 20-win seasons more of a habit than any school in the country – coach Jim Boeheim has the most 20-win campaigns in college basketball history with 30 -- this year’s team is already 17-0. Wednesday’s win at St. John’s was the 1,800th victory in school history, fifth on the all-time Division I list. The 17-0 mark is the best start for SU since the 1999-2000 team went 19-0. This has been accomplished despite the loss of BIG EAST Player of the Year Wes Johnson, All-BIG EAST guard Andy Rautins and center Arinze Onuaku.
‘Really’ Big Monday Is Here
ESPN’s Big Monday package officially starts Jan. 17. In part, because the nation is celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, there are two BIG EAST contests – all involving teams currently ranked in the top 10. At 3:30 p.m. ET, Villanova, ranked seventh in the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls, travels to meet No. 10/9 Connecticut at Gampel Pavilion. At 7:30, No. 4/4 Syracuse hits the road for a game at No. 5/5 Pittsburgh at Petersen Events Center.
Wooden Midseason List Includes Five From BIG EAST
The BIG EAST is full of emerging stars this season and the John R. Wooden Award Midseason List helps reinforce that fact. There are 30 players on the Wooden midseason list and five are from the BIG EAST. In fact, among the five candidates – Connecticut’s Kemba Walker, Georgetown’s Austin Freeman, Pittsburgh’s Brad Wanamaker, Providence’s Marshon Brooks and Syracuse’s Rick Jackson – Wanamaker and Brooks did not even make any of the Preseason All-BIG EAST Teams.