BIG EAST teams extended the conference’s winning streak to 19 games Thursday before a buzzer-beater by Massachusetts against Providence brought an end to the run. Nonetheless, BIG EAST teams were 3-2 Thursday as St. John’s, Louisville and Villanova came away with wins.
The Red Storm scored a road win against College of Charleston in the opening round of the Charleston Classic, sending St. John’s to a semifinal matchup against Murray State at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN3.
Villanova rallied in the closing seconds to force overtime against Purdue before pulling away for an 89-81 win against the Boilermakers at the 2K Sports Classic. The Wildcats will face Alabama Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.
Providence suffered its first loss of the season as Massachusetts scored on a tip-in at the buzzer to snatch a 77-75 win in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. That sends the Friars to a 7:30 matchup against Penn State on ESPN3.
Connecticut, which is 2-0 to start the year, begins play in the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas with a 6:30 ET tip against Wake Forest on the CBS Sports Network. Notre Dame, which also stands at 2-0, heads to Brooklyn, N.Y., to take on Saint Joseph’s at 9:30 p.m. on TruTV in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
USF begins play in the USF Invitational with the first of three games in three days. The Bulls welcome Maryland-Eastern Shore to the Sun Dome for a 7:30 tip.
Rutgers plays a traditional road game Friday as the Scarlet Knights make the short trip down Route 1 to face Ivy League favorite Princeton at 7 p.m.