No one predicted it in October — but on February 14, Seton Hall has a legitimate chance to go where they haven’t been since 2006 — the NCAA Tournament.
Sean Kilpatrick scored 10 of his 14 points in the opening 5 minutes of the second half and Cincinnati went on to a 76-54 victory over St. John’s on Wednesday night.
Eli Carter scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half and Rutgers defeated Cincinnati 61-54 to give coach Mike Rice his 100th win on Saturday night.
After the Bearcats nasty brawl at the end of their game with Xavier on December 10th, Mick Cronin finally had found the right moment to connect with his team — even if it wasn’t under the best of circumstances.
Ed Cooley still has a long ways to go in making Providence a Big East power but the first-year coach has done an admirable job with the Friars during the early portion of the season.
Cincinnati beat Syracuse 30-13 on Saturday to remain in the running for the Big East title.
There are absolutely no excuses for the Bearcats’ 56-54 loss to Presbyterian. But this team desperately needs to get their full complement of able bodies together if they want to be playing solid basketball at the start of the Big East season.
Kemba Walker scored 33 points and the conference that was supposedly so powerful at last put a member into the NCAA tournament’s regional semifinals Saturday night when Connecticut knocked off league foe Cincinnati 69-58.
The Big East is just too big and too good to fit into the usual tidy constraints of the NCAA tournament bracket. So it will come about on Saturday that Connecticut and Cincinnati will meet in the round of 32, the first time in NCAA tournament history an intraconference game has been played before the round of 16.
Walker scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half, after a courtside fan took to taunting him, and 14th-ranked Connecticut snapped out of its slump by beating Cincinnati 67-59 on Sunday.