Big East Tournament
Speaking to reporters on Thursday following yet another early exit from the Big East Tournament, St. John’s head coach surprised many by admitting he’s not at his best when his team needs him to be.
Josh Hart scored 20 points off the bench, and fourth-ranked Villanova ensured it would stick around at the Big East Tournament a bit longer this time with an 84-49 rout of Marquette in the quarterfinals.
Matt Carlino had all but two of his 26 points on 3-pointers and ninth-seeded Marquette had its best game of the season from beyond the arc in a 78-56 victory over eighth-seeded Seton Hall.
It’s Big East Tournament time in Madison Square Garden, and more than half of the conference’s teams are projected to earn NCAA bids.
The fourth-seeded Friars (23-11) used a 2-3 zone to hold the second-seeded Bluejays (26-7) 24 points below their season average and to an 8-for-30 effort from behind the 3-point line.
Josh Fortune scored a career-high 24 points and Providence advanced to the Big East tournament semifinals for the first time in 17 years by hanging on for a 79-74 victory over St. John’s on Thursday.
Sterling Gibbs hit a step-back jumper at the buzzer and Seton Hall stunned No. 3 Villanova 64-63 in a thrilling Big East quarterfinal Thursday, a loss that could cost the Wildcats a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Eugene Teague not only didn’t let the flu keep him from playing, but he came up with a performance that extended Seton Hall’s season and his career.
This week we find out if the new-look league can drum up the interest of the “old” Big East. The tournament starts Wednesday with first-round games between Seton Hall and Butler and Georgetown and DePaul.
Butler, Creighton and Xavier are moving to the new Big East. They will join the so-called Catholic 7 basketball schools who left to start a new conference and are keeping the Big East name.
Peyton Siva had 11 points and eight assists to lead No. 4 Louisville to a 78-61 victory over No. 19 Syracuse on Saturday night, giving the Cardinals their second straight Big East tournament title.
Syracuse and Georgetown, one more heavyweight clash in Madison Square Garden. Two original Big East titans toe-to-toe on the New York stage. Jim Boeheim. John Thompson III. One … last … time.
Steve Lavin has only been at the helm of St. John’s basketball for three seasons, but each year of his New York tenure has been marked by dramatic highs and lows that don’t appear to be stopping anytime soon.
James Southerland and Michael Carter-Williams kept Syracuse’s run at one more title going, as the 19th-ranked Orange beat No. 17 Pittsburgh, 62-59, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden.
Otto Porter Jr. scored 18 points and No. 5 Georgetown advanced to the Big East Tournament semifinals, recovering from a mid-game hiccup to beat Cincinnati, 62-43, on Thursday.