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.
Trevor Cooney scored 21 points, Tyler Ennis had 20 and C.J. Fair added 17 Saturday as the undefeated Syracuse topped No. 8 Villanova 78-62.
The Blue Devils have three known commodities in Jabari Parker, Rodney Hood and point guard Quinn Cook, but after that everything is in flux.
It’s safe to say this league will have at least five teams in the NCAA Tournament, but anything more than that depends on what happens elsewhere.
Mouphtaou Yarou made his first seven shots and scored 18 points, sending Villanova to a 66-53 victory over St. John’s in the second round of the Big East tournament Wednesday night.
The Wildcats defeated Louisville on Tuesday and became the first unranked team to beat two Top 5 teams in the same season since 2011-12.
Seven schools are leaving The Big East to form a new basketball conference.
Phil Martelli and his St. Joseph’s Hawks are looking to return to the NCAA tournament in
Kentucky coach John Calipari said earlier this week that he will attempt to schedule more games in football stadiums moving forward to prepare his teams for the NCAA Tournament.
Jim Valvano used to say all that matters in college basketball is surviving and advancing and that’s exactly what happened for Kevin Willard’s Seton Hall team against St. Francis on Saturday night.
The Red Storm (19-9, 11-5 Big East) won their sixth straight game and beat their first Top 25 team away from the Garden.