Wednesday's winners in BIG EAST play had an average margin of victory of 18.3 points, including a pair of decisive wins by visiting teams.
Top-ranked Syracuse rode its depth and talent to a 79-66 win against Villanova
at the Wells Fargo Center, improving the Orange to 18-0 overall and 5-0 in the BIG EAST. Syracuse, which leads the BIG EAST in scoring, scoring margin and field goal percentage, yet does not have a player among the conference's top 20 scorers, got a game-high 20 points off the bench from Dion Waiters. All 10 players who saw action for Syracuse figured in the scoring to help the Orange to their second consecutive 18-0 start.Villanova had three players score 12 points each as the Wildcats fell to 8-9 overall and 1-4 in the BIG EAST.
Rutgers scored its second straight win against a team that was picked in the top four of the BIG EAST preseason coaches' poll as the Scarlet Knights earned a 62-39 victory at Pittsburgh. The 23-point cushion was Rutgers' largest margin of victory in a BIG EAST road game. Guard Eli Carter had a game-high 14 points, while forward Dane Miller had 11 points and 12 rebounds as the Scarlet Knights out-rebounded the Panthers 51-35
. Rutgers is 10-7 overall and evened its BIG EAST record at 2-2. Pittsburgh, which has lost five straight for the first time under coach Jamie Dixon, fell to 11-6 overall and 0-4 in the BIG EAST.
No. 25/24 Marquette likewise got back to .500 in BIG EAST play as the Golden Eagles overcame a one-point halftime deficit to get an 83-64 win against St. John's at the Bradley Center. The Golden Eagles outscored the Red Storm 52-32
in the second half, paced by a game-high 22 points from forward Davante Gardner and 20 from guard Darius Johnson-Odom. Marquette is 13-4 overall and 2-2 in the BIG EAST. St. John's was led by freshman forward God'sgift Achiuwa, who had 20 points and seven rebounds as the Red Storm fell to 8-8 overall and 2-3 in conference play.
Thursday is a rare off day for BIG EAST teams. The lone game on Friday's docket has No. 24/rv Seton Hall headed to Tampa to face USF. The Pirates look for their fifth straight win, but will face a Bulls squad that has gone 8-1 at home this season.