Boeheim Moves Into Second Place In All-Time Wins List
With Wednesday’s 78-53 win against Rutgers, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim moved into second place on the NCAA all-time victories list with 903. Of the lofty total, 403 of the wins have come in the BIG EAST, 356 in regular-season play and 47 in the BIG EAST Championship.
BIG EAST Play Is Here And The Games Are Already Close
BIG EAST league games began this week and already there has been plenty of drama. With the six games that have been played so far, two have gone into overtime and another was a one-point contest. The first overtime game was Jan. 1 when Marquette edged Connecticut 82-76. On Wednesday, Villanova and St. John’s played an extra five minutes before the Wildcats prevailed 98-86. The one-point game was Seton Hall’s 73-72 victory at DePaul, also on Wednesday.
Non-conference Season Has Been A Success
BIG EAST teams completed their non-league schedules and compiled a 152-34 record, winning 81.7 percent of their games. Eight conference teams already have reached double figures in wins with Cincinnati, Louisville and Syracuse at the top with 13-1 marks.
BIG EAST Game of the Week Package Starts Saturday
For the 16th straight season, ESPN Regional Television is producing a BIG EAST Game of the Week package. The syndicated package will reach more than 40 percent of the nation. The weekly slate begins Saturday with a doubleheader, Seton Hall at Notre Dame at noon ET and Georgetown at Marquette at 2 p.m. Seton Hall (12-2) has won seven in a row while Notre Dame (12-1) owns a 10-game winning streak. Georgetown (10-1) was unranked in the preseason polls, but is 15th this week in the Associated Press poll and 16th in the USA Today poll. Marquette (10-3) has a 17-game home winning streak.