Top Three Teams Reach 10 BIG EAST Wins
This week, the three BIG EAST teams tied for first place – Syracuse, Georgetown and Marquette – all picked up their 10th league wins. Between now and March, you will head an endless number of projections about a team’s NCAA tournament chances, but the BIG EAST has had a fairly effective barometer for postseason invitations – win 10 league games. Among active members of the conference, 124 of the 130 teams (94.6 percent) that earned at least 10 BIG EAST victories ended up in the NCAA Championship.
Saturday’s Georgetown At Syracuse Game Will Set Attendance Record
Saturday’s showdown between Georgetown and Syracuse at the Carrier Dome is an advance sellout with 35,012 tickets sold. The game will set the NCAA single-game home attendance record, surpassing the record of 34,616 when Syracuse hosted Villanova Feb. 27, 2010. It is the first of two meetings between the teams this season.
Siva Named Academic All-America Second Team
Louisville senior guard Peyton Siva has been named to the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America Second Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). In the classroom, Siva holds a 3.37 grade-point average as a sociology major and is a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma honor society. He is a four-year member of the BIG EAST All-Academic Team. On the court, he is averaging 10.0 points and 6.1 assists per game. The BIG EAST coaches named him the 2012-13 BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year.
Council Becomes BIG EAST’s All-Time Assist Leader
With seven assists in Wednesday’s loss at Syracuse, Providence’s Vincent Council became the BIG EAST’s all-time leader in assists in conference regular-season games with 431. He passed Syracuse’s Sherman Douglas (1985-89) who had 426 assists. Council, a senior, still has four more regular-season games left in his BIG EAST career.
Pittsburgh, Villanova Enjoying Bounce-Back Seasons
Last year, Pittsburgh and Villanova surprisingly finished in the lower half of the BIG EAST standings. Both were 5-13. Pitt had seen its streak of 10 straight NCAA Championship bids end and Villanova had a seven-year streak of NCAA berths stopped. This year, both clubs are 8-6 in league play going into this weekend. The Panthers are led by senior guard Tray Woodall, who was hampered by injuries last year. He is averaging 5.3 assists per game. The Wildcats have been sparked by forward JayVaughn Pinkston who leads a balanced scoring attack with a 12.6 scoring mark.