Big East Tournament
Kemba Walker had 33 points and 12 rebounds in another phenomenal performance and the No. 21 Huskies held off No. 11 Syracuse 76-71 in overtime Friday night in the Big East tournament semifinals.
St. John’s senior guard D.J. Kennedy tore the ACL in his right knee during the Red Storm’s Big East tournament loss to Syracuse. Following surgery, Kennedy’s recovery time could be between six and eight months.
By now you have probably seen the play a dozen times. Justin Brownlee of St. John’s picks up the loose ball, up two, with a few seconds left in the game and steps out of bounds. But there’s a much bigger issue to be looked at here.
Jim Boeheim certainly hasn’t forgotten that magical game at MSG two years ago. Neither have Kris Joseph, Rick Jackson and the rest of the Syracuse players who were on the floor that night. How could they? How could anybody?
Mike Marra hit six 3-pointers and had 22 points to lead No. 14 Louisville to an 81-56 victory over Marquette on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.
Fourth-ranked Notre Dame dismantled one of the nation’s best defenses Thursday night in an 89-51 quarterfinal rout of No. 25 Cincinnati in the Big East tournament.
After a controversial ending on Wednesday, St. John’s is moving on to battle Syracuse today for a trip to the semifinals. I had the chance to speak with the St. John’s coaching staff regarding their scouting report and what they’ve been talking about before the big game.
After a colossal missed call that cost the Scarlet Knights their chance at beating St. John’s on Wednesday, Jim Burr, Tim Higgins and Earl Walton have voluntarily pulled themselves from the Big East Tournament.
By virtue of a Jan. 12 victory over the Red Storm at MSG, Syracuse earned the final double-bye in the Big East Tournament. St. John’s, meanwhile, has a short turnaround following Wednesday’s controversial 65-63 victory over 13th-seeded Rutgers.
Darius Johnson-Odom scored 11 points, including two big 3-pointers in the final minutes, and Marquette beat No. 20 West Virginia 67-61 on Wednesday night in the second round of the Big East tournament.
Yancy Gates was nearly perfect from the field Wednesday night, scoring a career-high 25 points and leading the 25th-ranked Bearcats to an 87-61 rout of upstart South Florida.
Soon after St. John’s escaped with a 65-63 victory over Rutgers thanks to officiating issues in the last minute the league issued a statement acknowledging mistakes were made.
Despite playing a fair amount of its games at MSG, St. John’s hasn’t had much of a home-court advantage during the Big East tournament in recent years. Based on its play in Manhattan this season, that could change.
How dare I forget the magical month of March. It really is embarrassing, shameful even. This is the time of year that college basketball players live for.
Rutgers head coach Mike Rice joined Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Wednesday morning to break down the Scarlet Knights’ early success in the Big East Tournament.