Shabazz Napier scored 25 points in leading Connecticut to a 77-65 win over second-seeded Villanova in the third round of the NCAA tournament Saturday night.
The Big East is as good as ever, particularly after adding a Creighton team that features likely NCAA Player of the Year Doug McDermott.
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.
Darrun Hilliard scored 18 points, Ryan Arcidiacono had 12 and No. 9 Villanova beat St. John’s 57-54 on Saturday.
There’s not one squad in college basketball that’s playing even remotely close to the way Kentucky was in 2012 or even the way Louisville was a year ago.
While many people debated whether Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, or Julius Randle would be college basketball’s elite freshman this season, Joel Embiid is leaving all of those guys behind in the dust.
The 6-5 Pinkston is undersized but plays bigger than his height. After averaging 13.3 points and 5.0 rebounds last year as a sophomore, it’s time for Pinkston to emerge as one of the better players in the Big East as a junior.
Don’t be surprised if Iona pushes Ohio State. If the Gaels make some shots early on, this one could very interesting.
The death of the Big East as we know it hit home last week as 14 teams arrived at the World’s Most Famous Arena (Connecticut was ineligible). Next season, the “Catholic 7” will be reportedly joined by Butler, Creighton, and Xavier in a basketball-only conference that has paid to keep the Big East name.
The basketball schools will receive $10 million, the Big East name and the right to play their conference tournament at Madison Square Garden.
By Jon Rothstein » More Columns SAINT LOUIS AT BUTLER Just how good are the Billikens? Good enough to advance to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Saint Louis has a group of tough […]
This may be the best coaching job Jay Wright has done at Villanova. And it will only be enhanced if the Wildcats reach the NCAA Tournament.
The Buffaloes are the sleeper team in the PAC 12 and have a real chance to help their NCAA chances with games at home against Arizona and Arizona State.
We’re officially buying stock in the Sun Devils. Arizona State made a statement on Saturday with their convincing win over UCLA.
Michigan State has won six games in a row while posting an overall record of 17-3 and yet, no one is talking about the Spartans.