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Big East Tournament

Last year the Big East tournament made huge headlines in the basketball world when Syracuse & Connecticut played the 6OT thriller which wound up with Syracuse winning 127-117.

However, the Big East tournament is at it again. No, there hasn’t been a game of such monumental epic proportions like last year’s ‘Cuse/UConn game, but so far it’s been a solid tournament. I’ve been watching a lot of the games on ESPN 360 replay, but they have been solid games. A small recap follows:

Game 1: South Florida beats DePaul 58-49. The Bulls jumped out early getting the lead up to 19 points in the 1st half before ending the 1st half up 30-15. USF went through a 5-minute period in the early 2nd half where they didn’t score and DePaul cut the lead to 6 with 13 minutes to go. The Demons got it to 5 with 12 minutes left but USF pulled away. DePaul missed a lot of layups down the stretch it seemed to me.

Game 2: St. John’s beats UConn 73-51. This was just odd to see Jim Calhoun and the Huskies get blown out here. UConn played poorly. They were bad on defense and didn’t shot well from the line. Kemba Walker had a bad game and really St. John’s just looked a lot better. Great to see the Johnnies get a win over a big time opponent in MSG! St. John’s his a historically solid team and watching Sean Evans (19pts/10rbs) & Malik Boothe (8pts/9ast) play well at home was nice.

Game 3: Seton Hall beats Providence 109-106. Incredible offensive game! The first half was really close for the first 16 minutes, but then Seton Hall went on a 19-7 run to end the half and led 55-39. The Pirates got the lead to 24 about 2 minutes in to the 2nd half. The crazy part about this game is that Seton Hall was up 76-47 with 13:36 left in the game. Providence calls a TO and then all hell breaks loose. In the next 13 minutes, Providence outscores Seton Hall 59-33, but can’t quite complete the comeback and lose by 3. The last 13 minutes were pretty exciting.

Game 4: Cincinnati beats Rutgers 69-68. Tight game the entire way. I think the biggest lead at any one point in time was 7-8 points. Statistically this game was pretty much even all the way down with maybe a slight edge to Rutgers except for rebounding. Rutgers has been a pretty poor at preventing their opponents from offensive rebounding. This game was no different. If Rutgers was just slightly better on the boards they win this game handily. A very tight game.

Game 5: Georgetown beats South Florida 69-49. The first ho-hum game of the tournament. Georgetown took this game over with 13 minutes left in the 1st half and never looked back. Dominique Jones didn’t get any help here while Georgetown got big games out of Chris Wright, Greg Monroe & Jason Clark. Jerrelle Benimon was also solid off the bench for the Hoyas.

Game 6: Marquette beat St. John’s 57-55. A really rough 1st half as Marquette led the Johnnies 27-17 after the first 20 minutes. St. John’s got out to a great start in the 2nd half and actually took the lead 46-42 after a 29-15 run. The hometown New Yorkers got into it, but Marquette battled back. The score was tied 52-52 with 2:22 left. St. John’s hit a one of a one & one to take a 53-52 lead, but Marquette’s David Cubillan hit a 3-point shot with a minute left to take the 55-53 lead. Sort of weird ending. The Johnnies got the ball and DJ Kennedy tried to take Lazar Heyward one-on-one and wound up turning the ball over. St. John’s had to foul and Heyward made both free throws to make it 57-53. St. John’s missed 3 shots before getting a bucked to make it 57-55, but there wasn’t much time left. Marquette did miss a FT which allowed St. John’s to get a pretty decent half court shot off, but they missed.

We have Seton Hall/Notre Dame later on tonight followed by Cincinnati/Louisville. Both should be pretty darn good games. Thursday has the big boys coming out as Syracuse, Villanova, Pittsburgh & West Virginia play. It’s been a solid tournament so far.

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March 10, 2010 - Posted by | Basketball, Big East

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