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2012 Big East Basketball Tournament: Rutgers Vs. Villanova Preview

Less than one week ago, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Villanova Wildcats met in what was the second-to-last Big East regular season game for each. The Wildcats left the Scarlet Knights' home arena with a 77-71 win, playing a considerable role in determining some of the conference's lower seeds for this week's Big East Tournament.

Tuesday night, No. 11 seed Rutgers (14-17, 6-12, Big East) faces No. 14 seed Villanova (12-18, 5-13 Big East) at Madison Square Garden. Tip-off is slated for 9 p.m. ET on ESPNU and ESPN3D.

After the six-point loss to Villanova, Rutgers rebounded with a 61-58 win against St. John's, securing the No. 11 seed in the process. The Wildcats, meanwhile, fell to Cincinnati at home 72-68, knocking them down to the No. 14 seed.

The Scarlet Knights were relatively inconsistent for the majority of non-conference play and the first half of Big East play. Following a Jan. 28 61-54 win over Cincinnati, Rutgers stood at 12-10 overall with a 4-5 record against conference teams. However, the Scarlet Knights lost their next six games, sending them into an ill-timed spiral. A Feb. 25 77-72 overtime win at Seton Hall reversed Rutgers' fortunes, but the loss to Villanova came five days later.

Similarly, the Wildcats have dealt with up-and-down play for much of the season. Villanova lost its first three Big East games and then endured losing streaks of three and four games in the second half of conference play. Interestingly enough, the Wildcats have enjoyed balanced scoring throughout their roster with four players averaging in double figures. Junior guard Maalik Wayns leads the team with 17.5 points per game, while fellow junior guard Dominic Clark is second with 13.2. Junior forward/center Mouphtaou Yarou averages 10.9 points and a team-high 8.2 rebounds per game, while JayVaughn Pinkston scores 10.0 points per game.

Rutgers has just one player scoring in double figures, freshman guard Eli Carter with 13.5 points per game. Junior guard/forward Dane Miller is fourth in scoring with 7.9 points but first with 6.7 rebounds per game.

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Rutgers Vs. Villanova Final Score: Villanova 77, Rutgers 71

Villanova took a commanding lead in the first half, and had to hold on for dear life in the end. When the smoke cleared, the Wildcats held on, beating Rutgers 77-71 in Big East Conference basketball Thursday night at the RAC.

Rutgers (13-17, 5-12) had a brutal first half, only scoring 19 points before turning on the jets in a losing effort. Four starters were in double-digits including Dane Miller who had 16 points and nine rebounds.

Both Myles Mack and Eli Carter shot woefully from the field, shooting 4 of 15 and 4 of 14 respectively.

Jay Wright had to be losing his mind, watching his team take a 28-9 advantage early only to see the Scarlet Knights come within one point. However, a win is a win.

Villanova (12-17, 5-12) has to be encouraged though watching Maalik Wayns. The junior looked much better on Thursday than he did against Georgetown, scoring 18 points while notching eight assists.

JayVaughn Pinkston also had a solid game with 18 points and Mouphtaou Yarou had a double-double with 10 points and rebounds apiece.

The loss continues the Scarlet Knights recent run of futility. Rutgers has lost six of seven.

Rutgers will host Senior Night on Saturday against St. John's.

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St. John's Vs. Pittsburgh Final Score: Win Streak Ends For Red Storm with 89-69 Loss To Pitt

It seemed like the Pittsburgh Panthers might never miss a shot in their lopsided 89-69 over the St. John's Red Storm on Wednesday night at Petersen Events Center. The Panthers (16-14, 5-12 Big East) made more than 63 percent of their field goal attempts and doubled up the Red Storm (13-17, 6-11 Big East) in rebounds on the way to their first win in their last six games.

Despite the lopsided final, St. John's stayed close in the first half. Three D'Angelo Harrison turnovers with less than two minutes to play in the first half allowed Pitt to expand a one-point lead to a 38-33 edge at the half. Things spiraled out of control from there.

A J.J. Moore three-pointer with 11 minutes left to play in the game gave Pitt a 21-point edge.

Ashton Gibbs led the Panthers with 19 points, one of four players in double figures. Harrison led St. John's 21 points. Phil Greene had 18 points for the Red Storm.

St. John's closes out the regular season on Saturday against Rutgers.



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Rutgers Vs. Seton Hall Final Score: Scarlet Knights Win, 77-72

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights snapped a six game losing streak on Saturday with an overtime victory on the road against the Seton Hall Pirates. Coming into Saturday's game the Scarlet Knights had lost eight of their last nine games, including six consecutive.

Rutgers swingman, Dane Miller, led the game in scoring with 21 along with 10 rebounds. The Pirates had five guys score in double figures, led by Jordan Theodore with 17.

With an overall record of 13-16 and a conference record of 5-11, the Scarlet Knights have had a disappointing season, but a win over Seton Hall – who smashed eighth-ranked Georgetown earlier this week – on the road is a win they can hang their hat on. They play twice more during the regular season – both home games – against Villanova and St. John's.

Seton Hall has one game remaining against DePaul.

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St. John's Vs. Notre Dame Final Score: Red Storm Complete Upset, 61-58

The St. John's Red Storm won their third consecutive game and did so in impressive fashion, upsetting the No. 18 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 61-58, snapping their nine-game winning streak in the process.

The Red Storm kept the Fighting Irish at arm's length for most of the second half, leading by near-double digits throughout. The Fighting Irish began cutting into the lead with about six minutes remaining in the game, but were never able to tie the game.

Moe Harkless led the game in scoring with 22 points on 16 shots. He also added nine rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

St. John's will finish the regular season on the road, as it travels to Pittsburgh Feb. 29 and finishes at Rutgers March 3.

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UConn Vs. Syracuse: No. 2 Orange Look For Season-Sweep Of Host Huskies

The latest eight-game winning streak for the No. 2 Syracuse Orange hasn't been pretty but it has been enough. The Orange hope the formula continues to be successful Saturday when they visit the Connecticut Huskies for a Big East Conference men's basketball showdown at Gample Pavilion in Storrs, Conn (9 p.m. on ESPN).

The Orange (28-1, 15-1 Big East) are looking for a season sweep of the Huskies (17-10, 7-8), who have never lost to Syracuse at Gampel.

A victory for both teams would do a lot for their postseason aspirations. If Syracuse wins, it would clinch the regular-season Big East title outright -- the Orange havealready earned a share -- as well as the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Big East Tournament March 6-10 at Madison Square Garden.

Meanwhile, UConn is searching for a signature victory that would help cement a NCAA Tournament invite. The Huskies are losers of seven of their last 10 games, with zero positive results against top-25 programs.

On Tuesday, UConn defeated the Villanova Wildcats 73-70 thanks to a desperation 3-pointer by sophomore guard Shabazz Napier.

Napier tallied just six points, but sophomore guard Jeremy Lamb netted a game-best and career-high 32 points.

Lamb enters Saturday night's game as UConn's top scorer (17.9 points per game), with Napier second (12.7 ppg) and the top passer (5.8 assists per game). Freshman center Andre Drummond is the team's best rebounder (7.6 per game) and was very successful (13 points and seven rebounds) against the Orange in their previous meeting Feb. 11.

Drummond, however, suffered a brief injury early in the second half and was held ineffective in the later minutes of the 85-67 loss.

For the Orange, who are looking to also secure the best regular season record in program history, Saturday's game is an opportunity for further improvement before the postseason, which will likely feature them as favorites in the conference and NCAA tournaments.

Senior forward Kris Joseph paces Syracuse in scoring, averaging 14.0 ppg. Senior point guard Scoop Jardine (10.6 ppg, 5.1 assists per game, 2.2 turnovers per game), though, has been SU's spark plug through the last eight games.

Sophomores forward C.J. Fair and center Fab Melo are both leading SU in rebounding (5.5 per game each), while Melo is tallying 7.7 ppg and 3.1 blocks per game.

The betting odds have Syracuse as a 4 1/2-point favorite.

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Rutgers Vs. Seton Hall Preview

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights look to snap their longest losing skid of the season Saturday evening when they visit the Seton Hall Pirates. (5 p.m., ESPN U)

Rutgers has dropped six straight, including five by double figures, to fall to 4-11 in the Big East. The Scarlet Knights' most recent setback came Wednesday at Marquette. Four Rutgers players managed double figures, led by 14 points from freshman Jerome Seagears, but Marquette cruised to the 82-65 victory thanks largely to 27 points from Jae Crowder.

Seton Hall boosted its NCAA Tournament at-large berth hopes with a crucial 73-55 home win against Georgetown Tuesday. The Pirates have now won four out of five, with their only loss in that span coming by five points at Cincinnati last Saturday, 62-57.



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Seton Hall Vs. Georgetown Final Score: Pirates Strengthen Resume With Big Win Over Hoyas

The Seton Hall Pirates took a major step toward solidifying an NCAA Tournament bid on Tuesday, beating the Georgetown Hoyas 73-55 at the Prudential Center. The Pirates led by seven points halftime and kept pouring in the points while holding the Hoyas to just 27 points in the second half.

Jordan Theodore was the star, leading all scorers for 29 points. He was perfect from beyond the 3-point arc (5-for-5) and the free throw line (8-for-8), adding five assists and four rebounds. For the game, the Pirates shot 61 percent from the field and 61.5 percent behind the arc.

The Hoyas simply couldn't keep pace. Hollis Thompson had just eight points on the night, going 2-for-4 on his 3-point attempts, but 1-for-5 on everything else. The rest of Georgetown's starting five wasn't any better. Markel Starks was 1-for-9 from the field in just 26 minutes of play, while Jason Clark was largely a non-factor in scoring seven points.

The Pirates were a projected 11-seed in this week's tournament seedings by SB Nation's Chris Dobbertean. Nothing is assured at this point, but the team should be feeling pretty confident about its chances of heading to the Big Dance.



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St. John's Vs. DePaul Final Score: Red Storm Beat Visiting Blue Demons, 79-72

Freshman forward Amir Garrett netted a collegiate-best 18 points Monday to help the St. John's Red Storm defeat the DePaul Blue Demons, 79-72, in a Big East Conference men's basketball game at Carnesecca Arena in Jamaica, NY. The Red Storm (12-16, 5-10 Big East) earned a two-game, series sweep of the Blue Demons (11-16, 2-13), who had their current seven-game losing streak extended.

Freshman guard D'Angelo Harrison netted a team-best 23 points, while backcourt-mate Moe Harkless added 14 and 10 rebounds for St. John's, which earned its second straight victory.

The Johnnies now are in sole possession of 11th place in the 16-team conference, which will hold its league tournament at St. John's home court, Madison Square Garden, in two weeks.

DePaul's Cleveland Melvin tallied 18 points and snagged a collegiate-best 15 points for DePaul, which led by as much as four point but never in the second half.

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St. John's Vs. DePaul: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

St. John's is finally coming into a game feeling good about itself.

The Red Storm (11-16, 4-10) knocked off UCLA 66-63 over the weekend in Madison Square Garden and now are looking to start a winning streak against DePaul.

The Blue Demons (11-15, 2-12) are an absolute disaster right now. DePaul has lost six straight and 11 of 12. The only win in that stretch came at Rutgers back on Jan. 25th.

The Johnnies are trying to finish a rough season with a strong finishing kick. D'Angelo Harrison and Moe Harkless have been two of the bright spots St. John's fans can be happy about.

Harrison is leading the team with 16.7 points per game while Harkless is second in that category with 15.4 PPG. Harkless also has a team-leading 8.6 rebounds per contest.

For the Blue Demons, they'll be looking to avenge an 87-81 home defeat to the Red Storm back on Feb. 1st. Much of that task will be put on the shoulders of sophomore Cleveland Melvin, who leads DePaul in scoring with 17.7 PPG.

Game Time: 9 p.m. ET

TV: ESPNU

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Rutgers-Notre Dame Final Score: Scarlet Knights Fall To The Irish, 71-53

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights jousted away at the Fighting Irish, but it was to no avail. Notre Dame easily turned aside Rutgers by a final score of 71-53 on Wednesday night.

The Scarlet Knights were down by five points, 28-33, after the first half. The Irish bested their efforts, both on offense and defense in the second half, holding Rutgers to just 25 points while they went on to add 38 to their total.

A big part of the problem was that the Knights had no answers for Notre Dame forward Jack Cooley. He lead the field with 22 points, but was an absolute beast at the boards with 18 rebounds. The Irish had four other players score in double figures.

Dane Miller led Rutgers with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Eli Carter was the only other player in double figures with just 10 points.

It was the fourth loss in a row for Rutgers, who has failed to string together consecutive wins since December. The schedule gets even tougher for the Scarlet Kights on Sunday afternoon when they host Syracuse.

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St. John's Vs. Seton Hall Final Score: Pirates Win Handily, 94-64, Over Red Storm

The Seton Hall Pirates dismantled the St. John's Red Storm, 94-64, on Tuesday night. The Pirates shot 62.5 percent from behind the 3-point arc in the win.

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Georgetown Vs. St. John's Final Score: Hoyas Hold Off Red Storm, 71-61

The Georgetown Hoyas completed a season sweep of the St. John's Red Storm, defeating the Johnnies 71-61 Sunday afternoon in a Big East Conference men's basketball game at the Verizon Center. The Hoyas (19-5, 9-4 Big East) had five players score in double figures and were led by freshman Greg Whittington (14 points), in handing St. John's (10-15, 4-9) its third straight loss. The Red Storm remain winless against ranked opponents this season (0-10).

St. John's freshman guard D'Angelo Harrison paced all scorers with 24 points, while freshman Moe Harkless added 20.

The Red Storm trailed 56-53 with just 4:21 remaining in the game, but Georgetown senior guard Jason Clark netted six straight points to push the Hoyas' lead to nine, 62-53. Clark finished with 11 points, while Otto Porter made 4-of-6 free throws in the final 1:30 to cement the victory.

St. John's visits the Seton Hall Pirates Tuesday night (7 p.m.)

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Seton Hall Vs. Pittsburgh Final Score: Pirates Edge Panthers, 73-66

Senior forward Herb Pope tallied a team-best 19 points and collected 14 rebounds to help the Seton Hall Pirates hold off the Pittsburgh Panthers 73-66 in a Big East Conference men's basketball game at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The victory allowed the Pirates (17-8, 6-7 Big East) to earn back-to-back victories for the first time in over a month, while the Panthers (15-11, 4-9) dropped their second straight.

Senior guard Ashton Gibbs netted a game-high 26 points on 9-of-20 shooting for Pitt, which led 61-55 with 8:12 remaining in the game.

However, a 10-0 run helped the Pirates take a 65-61 lead with just under five minutes to go. From there, Seton Hall cemented the victory once Pitt's Nabir Robinson fouled Pope too hard and was whistled for a flagrant foul. Pope made all four free throws, eliminating any chance of a late comeback from the Panthers.

Freshman guard Aaron Crosby netted 19 points, while senior guard Jordan Theodore scored 15 and dished out nine assists.

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Seton Hall Vs. Pittsburgh: Pirates Try To String Together Consecutive Victories

The Seton Hall Pirates are looking to string together consecutive victories for the first time in a month Sunday, as they host the Pittsburgh Panthers in a Big East Conference men's basketball game at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. (noon on SNY). The Pirates (16-8, 5-7) have defeated Pitt just once in its last six meetings, while the Panthers (15-10, 4-8) are winners of four of their last five games.

On Tuesday, Seton Hall ended a six-game losing streak as it downed New Jersey-state rivals, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 59-54. Senior point guard Jordan Theodore netted a game-best 24 points in the win, while senior forward Herb Pope added 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Meanwhile, Pitt began conference play with a 0-7 record until they rallied off four straight victories to get back into NCAA Tournament race.

The Panthers have been a completely different team since the return of senior guard Travon Woodall, who missed a large-portion of Big East play because of an injury. On Monday, Woodall collected Big East Player of the Week honors.

Last season, Pitt defeated Seton Hall, 74-53, at the Petersen Events Center. The teams have split its last eight meetings.

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St. John's Vs. Georgetown: Red Storm Get Second Crack At Hoyas

The St. John's Red Storm visit the No. 12-ranked Georgetown Hoyas Sunday (1 p.m. on ESPN) at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

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Seton Hall 59, Rutgers 54: Pirates Snap Six-Game Skid

Seton Hall holds on to hope for March with close win

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Cincinnati 76, St. John's 54: Bearcats Rout Red Storm

St. John's and Cincinnati had grown accustomed to tight games. They likely expected another Wednesday night.

After four consecutive games between the pair of teams ended with two-point margins, the Bearcats trounced the Red Storm 76-54 at Madison Square Garden. Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati's leading scorer with 15.4 points per game, scored 10 of his 14 points in the first five minutes of the second half, widening the Bearcats' 30-19 halftime lead.

D'Angelo Harrison scored 15 points to lead St. John's, who shot just 32.8 percent from the field and have now lost three of four. No other player scored in double-digits for the Red Storm, as Phil Greene was their second-leading scorer with eight points. Freshman sensation Moe Harkless finished with just six points on 2-of-8 shooting.

Prior to the game, the Red Storm announced junior guard Malik Stith was leaving the team for personal reasons. Stith will stay with the program and still earn his degree, though his absence leaves St. John's with a six-man rotation consisting of players all in their first years with the program.

After enduring a 95-70 rout at the hands of the No. 2 Syracuse Orange Saturday, St. John's schedule doesn't appear to get any easier. Sunday afternoon, the Red Storm travel to Georgetown to face the No. 11 Hoyas.


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Rutgers Vs. Louisville Final Score: Scarlet Knights Lose 78-66

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights fell to the Louisville Cardinals by a final score of 78-66 today, dropping their record to 12-12 overall and 4-7 in Conference play. Rutgers are now tied for tenth place in the Big East standings behind Syracuse, Georgetown, Marquette, Notre Dame, Louisville, South Florida, Cincinnati, Connecticut and West Virginia. With only seven games remaining in the regular season, the Scarlet Knights need to add some impressive wins to their resume, and quick.

Rutgers was paced by Eli Carter, who scored a game-high 24 points on 17 shots. He also added six rebounds and three assists.

The Scarlet Knights were out-rebounded by a final tally of 40 to 22 and allowed the Cardinals to shoot 49 percent from the floor. Rutgers next game is scheduled or February 8 when they host the Seton Hall Pirates.

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Seton Hall Vs. UConn Final Score: Pirates Fall To Huskies

The Seton Hall Pirates fell to 15-8 overall and 4-7 in Big East play this season with a 69-46 loss to the Connecticut Huskies Saturday afternoon. The Pirates have now lost six consecutive games after beginning the season 15-2. Their last win was January 10 against DePaul – nearly a month ago.

The Pirates were held to 27 percent shooting, committed 15 turnovers, shot 19 percent on 26 three pointers attempted and 57 percent from the free throw line. That's a pretty good recipe for a loss. Two Pirates scored in double figures, Jordan Theodore and Aaron Crosby with 10 a piece.

The Pirates next game is scheduled for February 8 against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

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Rutgers Vs. Louisville Preview

For the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, home is where the heart is. But the schedule dictates that the Scarlet Knights hit the road Saturday for a 4 p.m. meeting with the Louisville Cardinals.

Rutgers is 10-4 at home, but just 1-5 on the road, including a 78-67 defeat at Providence on Wednesday. Myles Mack poured in 16 points off the bench to pace the Scarlet Knights Wednesday, but leading scorer Eli Carter mustered just nine points and Rutgers could not overcome a 14-point halftime deficit.

Louisville has bounced back from a troublesome midseason stretch to win its last three games, the most recent coming against Seton Hall last Saturday. Russ Smith scored 14 points and the Cardinals built a 17-point lead before holding off a late Seton Hall charge to seal the 60-51 victory.

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Seton Hall Vs. UConn Preview

The Seton Hall Pirates visit the Connecticut Huskies Saturday at noon (SNY) during the first game of Jim Calhoun's indefinite medical leave of absence.

Calhoun, the Hall of Fame UConn coach, announced Friday through the school his intentions to take an indefinite leave of absence due to a worsening back condition called spinal stenosis. The Huskies had already been struggling, losing four straight, including three Big East tilts.

Seton Hall has followed a four-game winning streak with five consecutive losses, the latest a 66-59 defeat Tuesday at the hands of Marquette. The Pirates, paced by Herb Pope's 16 points and seven rebounds, led by as many as 11 points but could not close the door on the Golden Eagles.

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St. John's-DePaul Final Score: Red Storm Fights To 87-81 Win

The St. John's Red Storm rebounded nicely Wednesday night from a weekend loss to Duke. They beat the DePaul Blue Demons in Big East Conference basketball action, splitting the logo-based underworld deities series, by a final score of 87-81.

It wasn't easy. St. John's trailed most of the night, getting a late run to save their hardwood souls.

D'Angelo Harrison led the way with 29 points, nearly double his season average of 15.8 points per game. Harrison made seven of his eleven three-point attempts. He added five rebounds and three assists.

Three other players from St. John's scored in double figures, including God'sgift Achiwa's 15-point effort.

The win moved the Red Storm to 4-6 in the Big East and 10-12 overall. Struggling against DePaul would not seem to bode well for a Saturday home game against Syracuse.

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Rutgers Vs. Providence Final Score: Slow Start Dooms Scarlet Knights In 78-67 Loss

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights needed a win to build up some momentum heading into February. After beating Cincinnati over the weekend, the Knights failed to make it two in a row against the Providence Friars as they lost 78-67 in Big East play Wednesday night.

The Friars dominated the first half of the game, outscoring the Knights 40-26. A full court press put the Scarlet Knights within four points with fewer than three minutes to play, but the big second half just wasn't enough to overcome a slow start.

Miles Mack led Rutgers with 16 points off the bench. He added two rebounds and three assists. Mack was one of three Rutgers players in double digits for the evening. Mike Poole and Gilvydas Biruta each had 13 points. Biruta led the team with 11 rebounds.

The Friars had five players in double figures, led by 18 points from Bilal Dixon.

The loss drops the Scarlet Knights to 4-5 in the Big East and 12-10 overall. They have a tough matchup on Saturday with a visit to Louisville.

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Rutgers Vs. Providence: TV Schedule, Game Time And More

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are desperate for a victory against the Providence Friars Wednesday night in Big East Conference basketball action at the Dunkin Donuts Center (7 p.m. ET, ESPNU).

Rutgers (12-10, 4-5) comes in off of a nice win against Cincinnati after dropping consecutive games to DePaul and Georgetown. Head coach Mike Rice has to be pleased overall with the pluck of his young team. A victory on Wednesday would get Rutgers back to even in the Big East and give them a fighting chance to make the NCAA tournament.

Providence (12-10, 1-8) has had a brutal season in-conference. The season started with hope in Rhode Island, with the Friars off to an 11-2 start including wins over South Carolina and Boston College. Since then, the wheels have absolutely fallen off. Providence made headlines in its only Big East win, a 90-59 thrashing of No. 25 Louisville.

This game provides a nice opportunity for Rutgers to get on a bit of a roll. Eli Carter and Myles Mack will look to score on a pedestrian Friars defense and lead their team to a very important victory.

Junior guard Vincent Council is the key for Providence, who paces his squad averaging 16.3 points per game.

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St. John's Vs. DePaul: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The season hasn't gone according to plan for the St. John's Red Storm or the DePaul Blue Demons, who square off Wednesday night in Big East Conference basketball action.

The Johnnies (9-12, 3-6) have lost seven of their last nine, the most recent being a great effort against Duke where they fell just short. It was expected to be a year of learning for St. John's youthful squad and that's exactly what it's been.

For DePaul (11-9, 2-6), the campaign started with promise after back-to-back wins against Texas Tech and Arizona State in November, but the bottom has fell out as of late. The Blue Demons did beat Rutgers in their last game, but lost the five previous games.

This contest should be a good battle for two teams eager for a Big East victory. Moe Harkless and D'Angelo Harrison have led St. John's and they'll have to do it again on the road.

Harkless has been a star early on, averaging over 16 points and eight rebounds per game. Harrison has given some nice punch from the guard spot, averaging 15.8 points per contest.

DePaul struggles to play solid defense for a full 40 minutes. If the Red Storm can get nice ball movement and knock down open shots, they could steal a road win. The Blue Demons will rely on Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young.

The game can be seen on SNY at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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Seton Hall Vs. Marquette Final Score: Pirates FallTo Golden Eagles, 66-59

The Seton Hall Pirates were poised to upset the No. 15 Marquette Golden Eagles, taking a 32-26 lead into halftime Tuesday. Ultimately, though, Jae Crowder proved too much to handle, leading Marquette on a 16-2 run to start the second half on the way to a 66-59 victory in Big East Conference basketball action. This was Seton Hall's fifth consecutive loss.

Crowder finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds, shooting 6-for-11 from the field and 8-for-9 from the free-throw line. The Eagles (19-4 overall, 8-2 Big East) held a massive advantage from the charity stripe on the night, going 20-for-28 compared to 4-for-6 for the Pirates.

Herb Pope did his best to keep Seton Hall (15-7 overall, 4-6 Big East) in the game, pacing the Pirates with 16 points. He could not make up for a poor night shooting from Jordan Theodore, who was the team's leading scorer heading into the night. Theodore went just 3-for-14 from the field for seven points.

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Seton Hall Vs. Marquette: Pirates Try To Snap Four-Game Skid At Golden Eagles

The Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball program will try and snap a four-game losing streak Tuesday, but they'll need to do it on the road as they visit the No. 15-ranked Marquette Golden Eagles for a Big East Conference game at the Bradley Center (8 p.m. on SNY). The Pirates (15-6, 4-5 Big East) are reeling after racing off to their best start to a season since 1992-93, while the Golden Eagles (18-4, 7-2) have earned seven straight league victories.

The Pirates begin Big East play earning victories in four of their first five games helping them creep into the top 25, Jan. 9., in the AP Poll (No. 24). Since then, Seton Hall has played very poorly and Saturday's 60-51 loss, which featured Seton Hall shooting just 27.6-percent from the floor, against the Louisville Cardinals was proof that.

Currently, senior point guard Jordan Theodore leads the team in scoring with 16.1 points per game but has struggled as of late.

Meanwhile, the Golden Eagles are rolling after losing its first two league games to the Georgetown Hoyas and Syracuse Orange, respectively. On Saturday, Marquette rallied from a 18-point deficit to down earn a victory at Villanova Wildcats, 82-78.

So far this season, Marquette is 11-1 at the Bradley Center with its only loss coming against the Vanderbilt Commodores, Dec.29.

Statically, senior guard Darius Johnson-Odom is pacing the Golden Eagles in scoring with 18.5 ppg, while senior forward Jae Crowder is netting 16.4 ppg and collecting a team-best 7.4 rebounds per game.

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Rutgers Vs. Cincinnati Final Score Update: Scarlet Knights Tip Bearcats, 71-64

Behind another strong outing from freshman guard Eli Carter, Rutgers upset Cincinnati in Big East play Saturday night in Piscataway, NJ.

Carter led all Scarlet Knights with 17 points, and Rutgers held Cincinnati to just 35.7% shooting from the field. The win pushes Rutgers to 12-10 on the season, and 4-5 within the conference.

The Bearcats offense started slow, putting up just 23 first half points and making just 20 field goals on the night. Yancy Gates was amongst a trio of Bearcats to put in double figure scoring, as the senior chipped in 16 points, 3.5 above his season average.

After winning 10 of 11 games on the heels of an ugly in-game brawl with their city rival Xavier, Cincinnati has lost three straight and fallen 3.5 games back of Big East-leading Syracuse.

They'll host DePaul next Saturday, while Rutgers will next travel to play at Providence on Wednesday night.

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St. John's Vs. Duke Final Score: Red Storm Lose To Blue Devils, 83-76

The St. John's Red Storm fell to 9-12 on the season and remain 3-6 in Big East play today as they fell to the sixth ranked Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Red Storm trailed by 16 at halftime against a superior opponent, in front of hostile crowd, but put up 47 second half points and cut Duke's lead to four with 22 seconds left. However; they were unable to complete the comeback, losing by a final of 83-76.

St. John's was led by great performances from their freshman duo of Moe Harkless and D'Angelo Harrison. Harkless finished with 30 points on 21 shots and 13 rebounds. Harrison finished with 21 points on 17 shots.

The Red Storm's next play on February 1, when they travel to DePaul for a Big East match-up.

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Seton Hall Vs. Louisville Preview: Pirates Host Cardinals On Saturday Night

The Seton Hall Pirates look to snap a three-game losing skid on Saturday night when they host the Louisville Cardinals at 8 p.m. (SNY)

Seton Hall had been unbeaten at home before a Wednesday loss against Notre Dame. Jordan Theodore was the only Pirate to score in double figures with 11, and the team's 26.3 percent shooting effort contributed largely to the 55-42 defeat. Leading scorer Herb Pope shot just 2-16 from the field and finished with just five points and seven rebounds.

Louisville has righted the ship with two straight victories, following a stretch during which the Cardinals lost three out of four. The Cardinals defeated Villanova 84-74 on Wednesday, and handled Pittsburgh 73-62 last week.



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Rutgers Vs. Cincinnati Preview: Scarlet Knights Host Bearcats At The RAC

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights look to stop a two-game Big East Conferencelosing skid on Saturday night at 6 p.m. (SNY, ESPN3) when they host the Cincinnati Bearcats at the RAC.

Rutgers has lost its last two outings by a combined seven points. The Scarlet Knights held Georgetown to 29.3 percent shooting last Saturday, but did not score for the final two and a half minutes, losing 52-50 when Georgetown's Otto Porter drained a pair of free throws with nine seconds remaining. In Rutgers' most recent contest, the Scarlet Knights squandered an 11-point second-half lead and fell to Depaul at home, 69-64.

Cincinnati has cooled down after a torrid hot streak, losing its past two games. The Bearcats lost to Syracuse on Monday, 60-53, despite 17 points from Cashmere Wright and 16 points and 10 rebounds from Yancy Gates.



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St. John's Vs. Duke: Red Storm Look For First Top 25 Win

St. John's takes a break from Big East play Saturday afternoon to meet the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium (12 p.m., ESPN).

St. John's started five freshman during a 78-62 victory Wednesday against West Virginia, believed to be the first time the Red Storm started five first-years since 1927-28. Moe Harkless led the way with 23 points and 13 rebounds as the Frosh Five helped snap a four-game losing skid.

The Red Storm have lost their first seven contests against top 25 teams this season, and Duke enters the game ranked No. 6. The Blue Devils beat Maryland on the road Wednesday, 74-61, and have won five of their past six.

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Seton Hall Vs. Notre Dame Final Score: Pirates Fall, 55-42

The Seton Hall Pirates lost their second straight game in Big East play on Wednesday night. The visiting Notre Dame Fighting Irish beat the Pirates by a final score of 55-42. The loss carries implications for the Pirates in the conference standings, taking away their chance to crawl into a third-place tie.

Senior forward Herb Pope, the Pirates' leading scorer, was held to just five points for the game. He did manage to add seven rebounds in the defensive affair. Jordan Theodore led the team with 11 points. Fuquan Edwin had a team-high 12 rebounds.

The Pirates are now 3-2 in their last five games. Tonight's loss makes it three losses in a row. For the season, Seton Hall now has a 15-4 record. They are 4-4 in the Big East. Their next game is Saturday at home against the Louisville Cardinals.

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St. John's Vs. West Virginia Final Score: Red Storm Snaps Skid With 78-62 Win

The St. John's Red Storm won for just the second time this month on Wednesday night. They beat the visiting West Virginia Mountaineers by a final score of 78-62 in Big East Conference play.

Freshman Moe Harkliss led the way with 23 points and 13 rebounds. He leads the Red Storm in both categories this season. D'Angelo Harrison had 19 points, three assists, four rebounds and one steal. They were two of four players in double figures for the night.

St. John's made more than 48 percent of their shots from the field and hit 75 percent at the line, compared to 35 percent and 58 percent, respectively, for West Virginia.

St. John's snapped a four-game losing skid with tonight's win. They sit at 9-11 for the season, and own a 3-6 record in the Big East. They have a tough game on Saturday, when they travel to face the Duke Blue Devils.

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Rutgers Vs. DePaul Final Score: Scarlet Knights Fall, 69-64

Rutgers' hopes to make the NCAA tournament as a dark horse took a blow on Wednesday night. The Scarlet Knights fell to DePaul by a final score of 69-64. It was the second narrow loss in a row for the Knights.

Rutgers led DePaul by five points, 29-24, after the first half, but the Blue Demons outscored them 45-35 in the second half for the win. Helping to sink them in the game was a free throw rate of just 53.3 percent.

Myles Mack led the Scarlet Knights with 22 points off the bench. The team's leading scorer, Eli Carter, was limited to just seven points on the night. Jerome Seagears was the only other player for Rutgers in double digits.

Rutgers lost by just two points last Saturday against Georgetown.

The Scarlet Knights are now 2-3 in their last five game. Tonight's loss puts them at 11-10 on the season, and they now own a 3-5 record in the Big East. They host the Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday in their next game.

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Seton Hall Vs. Notre Dame: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Seton Hall Pirates are looking to snap their two-game losing streak Wednesday night against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Prudential Center.

Seton Hall (15-4, 4-3) is coming off a pasting at the hands of Villanova in which it gave 84 points. Tonight marks the beginning of a huge stretch for the Pirates. After Notre Dame, Seton Hall plays three ranked opponents consecutively in Louisville, Marquette and Connecticut. This is a part of the schedule that could brand Kevin Willard's team as either a contender or pretender.

The Fighting Irish (12-8, 4-3) come into Newark after handing Syracuse its first loss of the season. Granted the Orange were short-handed, but Notre Dame stuck it to them, holding Jim Boeheim's crew to just 58 points.

Similar to the Pirates, this game is the last before showdowns against two ranked teams (UConn and Marquette). Senior forward Tim Abromaitis is the key for Notre Dame. He leads them in scoring and ranks second in rebounding.

Seton Hall will need Jordan Theodore to rebound after his miserable performance against Villanova, in which he shot 2 for 16. Theodore and Herb Pope will need to lead the Pirates onto the court in a match-up tonight that will shake up the Big East standings.

The game can be seen on MSG+ with a 7 p.m. ET tip-off.

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St. John's Vs. West Virginia: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The season has been a struggle for the young St. John's Red Storm men's basketball team (8-11, 2-6). Steve Lavin's bunch has had to learn on the fly in the brutal Big East Conference and Wednesday night won't be any different. West Virginia (15-5, 5-2) comes to New York sitting in fine position to make the NCAA Tournament again under Bob Huggins. The Mountaineers have won three in a row including an overtime thriller against Cincinnati a few nights ago.

Conversely, St. John's is really scuffling right now, losers of four in a row and six of its last seven. The team has been non-competitive against the good Big East teams except for the last second win against the Bearcats a few weeks ago. After tonight, the Red Storm will get a short break from the conference schedule. The bad news? They're traveling to Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on No. 6 Duke.

If St. John's has any chance to pull off the upset it needs to play legitimate defense. The Mountaineers score more than 75 points per game and are led by senior forward Kevin Jones who's one of the best players in the nation. He averages over 20 points and 11 rebounds per contest.

The burden mostly falls on the broad shoulders of Moe Harkless and D'Angelo Harrison to keep the Johnnies in the game. Harkless will need to be a presence inside and put that big body of his to good use.

The game can be seen on ESPNU and is slated for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

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Syracuse Basketball Vs. Cincinnati: Rakeem Christmas, Scoop Jardine, Juli Boeheim On Man-To-Man Defense

The No. 3-ranked Syracuse Orange downed host Cincinnati Bearcats, 60-53, Monday night. Here's a few notes and quotes from head coach Jim Boeheim after the Orange's bounce-back victory.

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St. John's Vs. Villanova Final Score: Red Storm Lose in Overtime

The St. John's Red Storm fell in overtime to the Villanova Wildcats today by a final score of 79-76 in a Big East Conference men's basketball game. A Maalik Wayns jumper late in the fourth quarter forced overtime, where the Wildcats were able to outlast the Red Storm. The loss drops the Red Storm to 8-11 on the season and 2-6 in the Big East.

St. John's guard, D'Angelo Harrison, scored a team high 28 points on an efficient 14 shots. Moe Harkless and Phil Greene also scored in double figure for the Red Storm.

The Red Storm were able to outshoot the Wildcats from the field at 48 percent, compared to 39 for the Wildcats, but were out-rebounded 46 to 29, including 21 offensive rebounds.

St. John's next game is scheduled for Jan. 25 against the West Virginia Mountaineers.

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Georgetown Vs. Rutgers Final Score: No. 10 Hoyas Survive Scare From Scarlet Knights, 52-50

Sports Network -- Otto Porter hit two free throws with 8.5 seconds left to give Georgetown the lead and Rutgers' Eli Carter missed a driving layup as time expired, giving the 10th-ranked Hoyas a 52-50 win over the Scarlet Knights at the Verizon Center.

Myles Mack missed a three-pointer for Rutgers with 25 seconds to play, giving Georgetown possession with the game tied at 50-50. After a timeout, Porter was fouled away from the ball and sank both from the line to put the Hoyas ahead.

Rutgers still had time and Carter drove the left side of the lane for a shot that bounced off the rim and the glass before falling off as the buzzer sounded.

Carter scored 14 points for the Scarlet Knights (11-9, 3-4 Big East), who were trying for their third win over a top-10 opponent this season. Rutgers beat then-No. 10 Florida, 85-83, in double-overtime on December 29 and also knocked off then-No.8 Connecticut, 67-60, on January 7. Both wins came at home.

Rutgers, which hadn't won at Georgetown since December 8, 1998, led for the majority of Saturday's contest but couldn't put the cold-shooting Hoyas away.

Porter scored nine points for Georgetown (16-3, 6-2), which has won three in a row and will have a week off before a visit to Pittsburgh next Saturday.

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Georgetown Vs. Rutgers Halftime Score: Scarlet Knights Lead Hoyas, 25-20, At Halftime

Behind solid 3-point shooting, which featured the Rutgers Scarlet Knights making 4-for-8 from long range, the No. 10-ranked Georgetown Hoyas trail at halftime, 25-20, in a Big East Conference men's basketball game at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The Scarlet Knights (11-8, 3-3 Big East) have held the Hoyas (15-3, 5-2) to just 3-for-24 (12.5-percent) shooting from the field. Georgetown has kept it close because its made free throws (14 of 18) and played well defensively.

Freshman guard Eli Carter has netted a game-best seven points for Rutgers, which has led by no more than six points (13-7 just 8:42 into the game).

Senior guard Jason Clark and senior center Henry Sims each have scored a team-best six points.

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Villanova Vs. St. John's: Red Storm Host Wildcats At MSG

Sports Network -- A couple of teams struggling to find themselves in Big East Conference play meet up at the World's Most Famous Arena Saturday (1 p.m. on ESPNU), as the St. John's Red Storm clashes with the Villanova Wildcats in the Big Apple.

The Red Storm, which has had to deal not only with the opponents on their schedule, but also the fact that head coach Steve Lavin has been enduring treatment following cancer surgery, has lost three straight and five of the last six outings and is just 2-5 in league play thus far. On Wednesday night, the team dropped in on USF and was sent packing following a 64-49 final. It was the second straight game in which St. John's tallied just 49 points which means each of the setbacks during this current slump have come by double figures.

As for the Wildcats, they were a team that kicked off the 2011-12 campaign with four straight wins, but since then the squad has generated just five more victories over the course of 15 outings. On Wednesday night, Villanova registered one of those rare triumphs with an 84-76 decision against Seton Hall to snap a two-game slide. Like the Red Storm, the 'Cats are a mere 2-5 in league play heading into the weekend.

With respect to the all-time series between these two schools on the hardwood, the Red Storm leads by a count of 59-44, the team winning the most recent matchup last season (81-68) in order to snap a six-game slide versus Villanova.

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Notre Dame Vs. Syracuse: No. 1 Orange Visit Irish, Joyce Center For Big East Contest

The No. 1-ranked Syracuse Orange put their perfect 20-0 record on the line Saturday, as they visit the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Joyce Center (6 p.m. on ESPNU).

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Georgetown Vs. Rutgers: No. 10 Hoyas Host Scarlet Knights In Big East Match-Up

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights looks to keep their momentum going Saturday, as they visit the No. 10-ranked Georgetown Hoyas and the Verizon Center (noon on SNY).

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Seton Hall Basketball: Is It Time For Pirates Fans To Push The Panic Button?

The Seton Hall Pirates dropped their second straight game Wednesday night, and senior guard Jordan Theodore is playing poorly. Is it time for Pirates fans to start panicking? SB Nation New York's Jared Smith doesn't think so.

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Big East Basketball Notebook 1.19.12: Cincinnati Makes A Statement; Top 25's Folly, Rutgers' Unsung Hero

The Cincinnati Bearcats made a statement Wednesday night and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights have an unsung hero. That and more in this week's edition of Jared Smith's Big East Basketball Notebook.

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Seton Hall Vs. Villanova: Wildcats Sink Pirates, 84-76

The Seton Hall Pirates never overcame a nine-point halftime deficit on Wednesday night, losing on the road to the Villanova Wildcats 84-76 in Big East Conference basketball action.

The Pirates trailed 37-28 at the half. In the second half of the game, they closed the gap to just two points, but the Wildcats went on a run with eight unanswered points, six of them coming on free throws, at about the 12-minute mark.

Fuquan Edwin led the team with 14 points, nine rebounds, four steals and three assists. Herb Pope, the team's leading scoring who was averaging 17 points per game, was held to just 10 points. He also had eight rebounds, one assist, three steals and three blocked shots.

The loss drops the Pirates to 4-3 in the Big East and 15-4 overall. It's their second straight loss, but only their third since Nov. 20.

The Pirates are off again until next Wednesday, Jan. 25, when they host Notre Dame. Villanova plays St. John's at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

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St. John's Vs. South Florida: Red Storm Loses Third Straight, 64-49

The St. John's Red Storm lost their third game in a row on Wednesday night. The South Florida Bulls used a strong second half on their home court for a 64-49 over the Red Storm in Big East Conference basketball action.

St. John's shot a woeful 39.1 percent from the floor and made just two of 12 three-point attempts in the loss. Moe Harkliss led the team in scoring with 12 points, well off his team-leading average of 15.8 points per game. He also had 8 rebounds, one steal and two blocked shots. God'sgift Achiuwa and Phil Greene were the only other players to score in double figures.

Bulls' forward Victor Rudd had 24 points, including five of seven three-point shots, in the win. He also led his team with nine rebounds.

The loss drops the Red Storm to 2-5 in Big East play and 8-10 overall. They host Villanova on Saturday afternoon.

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Seton Hall Vs. Villanova: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Pirates have a big game tonight against a lackluster yet talented Villanova squad. Kevin Willard's crew will no be looking to bounce back from the disappointing loss against South Florida.

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St. John's Vs. South Florida Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

St. John's will be taking on the South Florida Bulls in a Big East Conference basketball game at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

It's been a tough year for the Red Storm this season. The Johnnies (8-9, 2-4) have struggled to score, only averaging 66 points per game. It's not a surprise that the team has seen it's share of bumps in the road. With such a young team there just isn't a lot of consistency right now.

South Florida (10-8, 3-2) has looked solid this campaign with a winning record thus far in conference play. The Bulls are led by senior forward Augustus Gilchrist and junior guard Jawanza Poland who average 11 and 10 points respectively.

South Florida is actually even more offensively challenged than the Red Storm (61 points per game) but plays with much more experience. The one area St. John's could dominate is on the glass. While the Red Storm aren't as big inside, the Bulls are not very good at cleaning the glass. St. John's can also look to run off of turnovers, which South Florida can be prone to in bunches.

Moe Harkless is the unquestioned star of the team and could have his way inside. If St. John's is going to win on the road against a tough Big East foe, Harkless will have to lead the young squad.

The game can be seen on SNY and ESPN3.

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Rutgers Vs. Notre Dame Final Score: Scarlet Knights Survive Late Cold Stretch For 65-58 Win

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights went scoreless over a 4:38 stretch in the last six minutes of Monday night's game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but managed to hang on for the 65-58 victory in Big East Conference play. Luckily for Rutgers, Notre Dame also shot poorly in the second half, putting both teams at 11-8 on the season and 3-3 in the Big East.

Freshman Eli Carter shot just 1-for-6 from the field in the second half, giving him just 13 points for the game after scoring 10 in the first half. Notre Dame's top scorer Eric Atkins led all players with 15 points, but went just 4-for-14 to get there. Both teams had a roughly even number of possessions, but the Scarlet Knights were more efficient from behind the arc (7-for-15 compared to 7-for-20 for the Irish) and much better from the free throw line (10-for-14 vs. 5-for-13).

Notre Dame pulled within two points of Rutgers early in the second half, threatening to seize momentum after a Jerian Grant 3-pointer made the score 41-39. The Irish promptly went on a 4:05 scoring drought of their own, however, and would not pull closer than four points for the remainder of the game.

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Syracuse Vs. Pitt Final Score: No. 1 Orange Downs Panthers, 71-63 , To Earn School-Record 20th Consecutive Victory

Sophomore guard Dion Waiters scored a game-best 16 points and senior forward Kris Joseph added 12 for the No. 1-ranked Syracuse Orange men's basketball program, who Monday earned a 71-63 victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers in a Big East Conference game at the Carrier Dome.

In front of 24,826 fans, the Orange improved their unblemished record to 20-0 (7-0 Big East) and set a new school record for consecutive wins to start the season. In the process, SU helped head coach Jim Boeheim earn his 876th-career victory, which helped him move into a tie with former Kentucky Wildcats head coach Adolph Rupp for fourth all-time on the Division I list.

"When you get in these games you just gotta make plays and we did," said Boeheim, who had very little to say about his achievement that took 36 years to accomplish.

"The only thing I care about is this year. That's it."

Syracuse cruised to an early second-half lead off 11, but its seemingly cozy margin was trimmed to just 53-49 with 8:36 remaining.

The Orange answered after a Boeheim timeout, as Joseph and Jardine nailed back-to-back 3-balls on consecutive trips to push SU's lead back to double-digits, 59-49, with 7:07 to go. With the help from senior point guard Scoop Jardine's 12 points and 10 assists and making 11 of 12 shots from the free-throw line in the final 4:07, the Orange snapped a five-game home losing streak to Pittsburgh (11-8, 0-6).

"You're not going to make every shot every game," said Waiters, who tallied 10 points in the second half, including the big 3-pointer," but the shots they gave us we hit'em. We took the right the shots at the right time and opened the game wide open. That's the biggest thing."

The Panthers, who last year gave Syracuse its first loss of the season, have now dropped seven straight games, including a school-record six straight in the Big East.

Sophomore center Fab Melo collected 10 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks for SU, while junior guard Brandon Triche tallied 10 points. Sophomore forward C.J. Fair finished with seven points and five rebounds off the bench.

"We haven't attacked zones very well," said Boeheim. "When it got to four (points) we did a good job of attacking the zone and getting a good screen for Kris (Joseph) and a good 3 on the other side for Dion (Waiters)."

Meanwhile, senior guard Ashton Gibbs, sophomore forward LaMar Patterson and freshman guard Cameron Wright each tallied a team-best 10 points for Pitt, which finished the game shooting just 22-for-56 from the floor (39.9-percent).

In the first half, Syracuse opened the game with a 13-0 run to take a commanding early lead.

However, Pitt answered with a 13-4 run, including five points from Patterson, that trimmed the margin to just 19-15 with 7:00 to go in the half.

Pitt trailed 26-21 with 3:55 to go, but SU used a small 7-0 run and a late-second basket from Waiters to take a 35-26 lead into halftime.

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Syracuse Basketball: Dion Waiters Is No. 1 Orange's 'Go-To' Guy

The national college basketball pundits say that the No. 1-ranked Syracuse Orange lack a go-to player. SB Nation New York's Jared Smith says that they do, and his name is Dion Waiters.

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St. John's Vs. Georgetown Final Score: Red Storm Fall To Hoyas, 69-49, In Big East Matchup At MSG

Despite freshman guard Moe Harkless netting a game-best 21 points Sunday, the St. John's Red Storm lost to visiting No. 11 Georgetown Hoyas, 69-49, in a Big East Conference men's basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. Senior forward Hollis Thompson netted 20 points and senior guard Jason Clark tallied 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assist for the Hoyas (14-3, 4-2 Big East), who ended the game on a 24-1 run.

Freshman forward Sir'Dominic Pointer chipped in with 15 points for the Red Storm (8-9, 2-4), who dropped its second straight league decision. Freshman forward Amir Garrett came off the bench to tally seven points.

The St. John's basketball schedule features the Johnnies playing at the South Floirda Bulls Wednesday night (7 p.m.), while the Georgetown schedule will play at the DePaul Blue Demons Tuesday (7 p.m.)

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St. John's Vs. Georgetown: Red Storm Host Hoyas At Madison Square Garden

The St. John's Red Storm will try to prove they're not pretenders but contenders Sunday in the Big East Conference, as they host the No. 11 Georgetown Hoyas (noon on MSG) at Madison Square Garden. The Red Storm (8-8, 2-3) are looking to stay in the middle of the pack of the Big East standings, while the Hoyas (13-2, 3-3) are looking to bounce back from two straight losses.

On Wednesday, the Johnnies lost 83-64 at No. 25 Marquette Golden Eagles, who trailed 32-21 at halftime. Junior forward God'sgift Achiuwa led St. John's with 20 points and seven rebounds. Freshman Moe Harkless scored 17 points and added six rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots.

Currently, freshman D'Angelo Harrison paces St. John's in scoring with 15.6 points per game, while Harkless is just behind with 15.4 ppg and is tops in rebounds with 8.4 per game. Achiuwa is also scoring in double digits with 12.1 ppg and collecting 6.1 rpg.

Meanwhile, the Hoyas are coming off back-to-back losses to West Virgina Mountaineers and Cincinnati Bearcats, respectively.

In its last three games, Georgetown is averaging 16.3 turnovers, including 17 against Cincinnati. Senior guard Jason Clark is the Hoyas' top scorer with 15.4 ppg.

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Syracuse Vs. Providence Final Score: No. 1 Orange Tie School Record For Consecutive Victories

Four players scored in double figures Saturday night, as the No. 1-ranked Syracuse Orange routed the Providence Friars, 78-55, in a Big East Conference men's basketball game at the Carrier Dome. Senior guard Scoop Jardine tallied 10 points and dished out nine assists for the Orange (19-0, 6-0), who tied a school record of 19 consecutive victories to being a season. SU will have a chance to set the school mark Monday when they host the Pittsburgh Panthers in a "Big Monday" showdown (7:30 p.m. on ESPN).


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Syracuse will also remain atop of the college basketball rankings for the six straight weeks, which also will tie a school record that was set during the 1989-90 campaign.

Senior forward Kris Joseph ended the game with a team-best 13 points for Syracuse, which trailed 17-16 with 5:57 to go in the first half, but used a 15-0 run to take a commanding 38-21 lead into halftime. In the second half, the Orange used runs of 23-0 and two 19-0 runs to collect their second victory over the Friars in just nine days.

Providence (12-7, 1-5) played without their top scorer and passer, junior guard Vincent Council, and dropped their fifth game in six tries.

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Big East Basketball 1.15.12: What Fans Learned Saturday

The Big East Conference men's basketball schedule featured six games Saturday, here's a list of things fans learned after the action-packed day.

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West Virginia Vs. Rutgers Final Score: Mountaineers Crush Scarlet Knights Again, 84-60

Behind a game-best 24 points for senior forward Kevin Jones and senior guard Darryl Bryant netting 15 of his 18 in the first half, the West Virginia Mountaineers crushed the visiting Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 84-60, in a Big East Conference men's basketball game at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, WV. The victory was the second one against the Scarlet Knights in just 10 days and could help the Mountaineers (13-5, 4-2 Big East) sneak into the college basketball rankings for the first time this year.

Freshman guard Myles Mack scored a team-best 15 points for Rutgers 10-8, 2-3), which had its two-game winning streak snapped. Freshman guard Eli Carter added 13 points, as Rutgers shot just 3-for-14 from behind the 3-point arc, including missing all nine first-half shots. The Scarlet Knights also committed 19 turnovers and were outrebounded, 45-33.

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Big East Basketball Schedule: UConn Vs. Notre Dame, Marquette Vs. Pittsburgh Highlight Saturday Action

For the second straight Saturday the Big East Conference will feature a full slate of men's basketball games, and lucky for you all of them should be viewable in the New York-New Jersey areas. So, if you're looking for a reason to be a couch potato (after you get done shoveling snow), here's the full TV schedule for Big East basketball.

Connecticut Huskies (-2) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11 a.m. on ESPN2): The question of whether or not the host Irish (11-6, 3-1 Big East) are for real or not will be answered in this contest at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center, where Notre Dame has a 29-game win streak going.

No. 17-ranked UConn (13-3, 3-2) is coming off a solid victory Monday against West Virginia. Before that, the Huskies had dropped two straight to two inferior opponents.


Preview: Rutgers Scarlet Knights at West Virginia Mountaineers (2 p.m. on SNY)


Cincinnati Bearcats (-8) vs. Villanova Wildcats (Noon on SNY): One program (Cincinnati) is off to a solid start in league play, while the other (Villanova) is trying to stay out of the cellar. Don't expect a barn burner here, as the Bearcats (13-4, 3-1) is solid defensively and the Wildcats (8-9, 1-4) can't hit the broad side of a barn right now.

Marquette Golden Eagles (-10) vs. Pittsburgh Panthers (2 p.m. on ESPNU): Marquette (13-4, 2-2) is trying to stabilize its current up-and-down play and make a run back to the top of the Big East standings, while Pitt (10-6, 0-4) is just looking to get out of the basement and snap a five-game losing streak.

Louisville Cardinals (-16) vs. DePaul Blue Demons (4 p.m. on SNY): Nobody could have predicted the slow start of the No. 14 Cardinals (13-4, 1-3) that including a surprising Tuesday night loss to Providence, 90-59. A good way to get back on track is to host a Blue Demons program (10-6, 1-3) that is rebuilding towards a bright future.


Preview: No. 1 Syracuse Orange vs. Providence Friars (6 p.m. on SNY)


Here's a quick look at the Big East basketball standings:

Syracuse -- 5-0 (18-0)
Cincinnati -- 3-1 (13-4)
Notre Dame -- 3-1 (11-6)
Seton Hall -- 4-2 (15-3)
Connecticut -- 3-2 (13-3)
Georgetown -- 3-2 (13-3)
West Virginia -- 3-2 (12-5)
South Florida -- 3-2 (10-8)
Marquette -- 2-2 (13-4)
Rutgers -- 2-2 (10-7)
St. John's -- 2-3 (8-8)
Louisville -- 1-3 (13-4)
DePaul -- 1-3 (10-6)
Providence -- 1-4 (12-6)
Villanova -- 1-4 (8-9)
Pittsburgh -- 0-4 (10-6)

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Syracuse Vs. Providence: No. 1 Orange Look To Tie School Records Against Friars

The Syracuse Orange will try to tie two team-orientated school records Saturday, as they host the Providence Friars in a Big East Conference men's basketball contest at the Carrier Dome (6 p.m. on SNY). The Orange (18-0, 5-0 Big East) are searching for a win that would help match SU's best start to a season (19-0) and the most consecutive weeks ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation (6).


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On Wednesday, Syracuse used a game-best 20 points from sophomore guard Dion Waiters, who came off the bench, to help earn a victory at the Villanova Wildcats, 79-66. Junior forward James Southerland added 13 points for the Orange, who improved their record to 18-0 for the second straight season. Last year, SU's season-opening wininning streak ended, Jan. 17, at the Pittsburgh Panthers -- the Orange's opponent this coming Monday night.

Currently, senior forward Kris Joseph paces Syracuse in scoring with 13.8 points per game, while Waiters is averaging 12.9 ppg. However, in five league games, Waiters has averaged a team-best 14.6 ppg, while trailing him are Joseph (12.0) and junior guard Brandon Triche (11.8).


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Meanwhile, the Friars (12-6, 1-4) ended a four-game losing streak Tuesday night by manhandling No. 14 Louisville Cardinals, 90-59, on the road. Sophomores, forward Kadeem Batts and guard Bryce Cotton, each netted a game-best 27 points for Providence, which collected its largest margin of victory over a ranked opponent in program history.

Statically, junior guard Vincent Council is Providence leading scorer (16.4 ppg) and passer (7.1 apg), while sophomore guard Gerard Coleman is tallying 15.1 ppg.

Just nine days ago, Jan. 4, the Friars played toe-to-toe with the Orange for 30 minutes before the nation's top-ranked team pulled away for their 16th straight victory. Since then, Syracuse defeated the No. 25 Marquette Golden Eagles and Villanova, respectively, to maintain their unblemished record.

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West Virginia Vs. Rutgers: Scarlet Knights Try For Third Straight Big East Victory

If the Rutgers Scarlet Knights men's basketball program would like to become a contender instead of a pretender in the Big East Conference, the Scarlet Knights will need to knock off the West Virginia Mountaineers Saturday (2 p.m. on SNY) at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, WV. The Scarlet Knights (10-7, 2-2 Big East) are searching for their third straight conference victory, a feat the program hasn't accomplished since 2002-03, while the Mountaineers (12-5, 3-2) will be trying to rebound from a Monday night loss to No. 17-ranked Connecticut Huskies, 64-57.

On Tuesday, junior guard Dane Miller tallied a double-double (11 points and 12 rebounds) to help Rutgers manhandled the Pittsburgh Panthers, 62-39. Freshman guard Eli Carter added a team-best 14 points, while the Scarlet Knight held Pitt to just 21.1 percent shooting from the floor.

Entering Saturday's match up, Carter paces the Scarlet Knights is scoring averaging 18.8 points per game and has complied double-digit scoring totals in 11 straight contests. Sophomore center Gilvydas Biruta is tallying 10.8 ppg and collecting 5.5 rebounds per game, while freshman guard Myles Mack is coming off the bench to net 10.2 ppg.

Meanwhile, West Virginia has earned seven straight victories at home, including last Saturday's 74-62 victory over the No. 11 (then No. 9) Georgetown Hoyas. The Mountaineers are led by the league's top scorer (19.9 ppg) and rebounder (11.5 pg), senior forward Kevin Jones, while senior guard Darryl Bryant has averaged a conference-best 21.2 ppg in five league games.

On Jan. 4, West Virginia beat Rutgers, 85-64.

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Seton Hall Vs. South Florida: Pirates Fall To Bulls 56-55

The Seton Hall Pirates lost, 56-55, on the road to the South Florida Bulls in Tampa Bay Times Forum. By losing to the Bulls, the No. 24 Pirates snapped a four-game winning streak and now have a 15-3 record and are 4-2 in the Big East. The Bulls are now 10-8 with a 3-2 Big East record.

Seton Hall was led by Jordan Theodore who scored 16 points against the Bulls. Only two other players from the starting lineup added points. They were Aaron Cosby, who scored five, and Fuquan Edwin, who added four. Haralds Karlis came off the bench and scored 12 points while Herb Pope added 10 and Patrick Auda added eight. The Bulls were led by Ron Anderson Jr., who scored 14 points. Victor Rudd added nine points while Jawanza Poland and Toarlyn Fitzpatrick both added six. Augustus Gilchrist, Anthony Collins and Hugh Robertson came off the bench to combine for 21 points.

With the loss, Seton Hall sits in fourth place in the Big East while South Florida is in eighth place with the win. The Pirates are set to take on the Villanova Wildcats on the road on January 18 while the Bulls are scheduled to host the St. John's Red Storm on the same day.

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Seton Hall Vs. South Florida Preview

The 15-2 Seton Hall Pirates travel to Tampa this evening to face the 9-8 South Florida Bulls in Big East Conference basketball action. The Pirates, ranked No. 24 in the AP Top 25, look to continue their hot conference play, as they have won four consecutive Big East games following their loss to number one ranked Syracuse.

South Florida is coming off a 60-49 loss to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in which they shot 38 percent from the floor. The Bulls rank 185th in the nation in team field goal percentage at 43 percent and score only 61 points per game. The Bulls have only two players who score in double figures and neither scores over 12 points per game. The Pirates, on the other hand, have three players averaging 15 or more points per game.

The Bulls are a good home team, winning five of their last six there, with their only loss coming to ninth ranked Connecticut, by only three points. The Pirates are 3-1 on the road this season with their only loss coming to Syracuse.

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Big East Basketball: Construction Of Rutgers, St. John's Programs Ahead Of Schedule

By now, most Big East Conference men's college hoops fans know about No. 1 Syracuse and No. 24 Seton Hall. However, two more tri-state area programs -- Rutgers and St. John's -- are playing well and contending for postseason invites.

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St. John's Vs. Marquette Final Score: Red Storm Can't Hold Halftime Lead, Lose 83-64

The St. John's Red Storm continued to struggle against ranked teams on Wednesday night. The Red Storm lost to the Marquette Golden Eagles by a final score of 83-64 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, their third loss in four games.

St. John's took a narrow lead into halftime, 32-31, but was ultimately unable to keep pace with Marquette, which went on a 52-32 run in the second half for the win. The Red Storm shot just 40.7 percent from the field and made fewer than a third of their three-point attempts in the game.

Junior forward God'sgift Achiuwa led St. John's with 20 points and seven rebounds. Freshman Moe Harkless scored 17 points and added six rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. On Saturday, Harkless scored the game-winner in their win over Cincinnati.

St. John's is now 8-8 and 2-3 in Big East play. The Red Storm host Georgetown on Sunday.

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Syracuse Vs. Villanova: No. 1 Orange Win Stay Undefeated, 79-66

The Syracuse Orange had little trouble getting around the Villanova Wildcats on Wednesday night to keep their perfect record and top overall ranking intact. Syracuse led 43-24 at the half and scored 36 more points in the second half for the 79-66 win over their Big East rivals.

Senior forward Kris Joseph, Syracuse's leading scorer, was held to just eight points in the game, hitting just two of nine shots from the field. Sophomore guard Dion Waiters led the Orange with 20 points off the bench. He also had four rebounds, two assists and four steals. Guard James Southerland had 13 points, the only other Syracuse player in double digits for the game.

Despite their record, the Wildcats came into this game averaging more than 72 points per game and out rebounding opponents by an average of 5.8 per game. They struggled shooting the ball in this game, shooting just 32.3 percent from the field. Mouphtaou Yarou led the 'Cats with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Maalik Wayns, the team's leading scorer who started the game averaging 17.4 points per game was 0-7 from the field and scored just three points, all on free throws.

The win keeps Syracuse undefeated with an 18-0 record and a 5-0 record in the Big East this season. They host the Providence Friars on Saturday. The Wildcats fall below .500 again, one week after beating DePaul. They are now 8-9 with a 1-4 record in the Big East. They have a tough matchup on the road this Saturday, facing the 13-4 Cincinnati Bearcats who are coming off an upset over Georgetown.

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Rutgers Basketball Schedule: Scarlet Knights At Pittsburgh

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights travel to play the struggling Pittsburgh Panthers Wednesday for a Big East Conference showdown (7 p.m. on SNY).

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St. John's Red Storm At No. 25 Marquette Golden Eagles

The St. John's Red Storm wrap up their Midwest swing Wednesday, as they visit the No. 25 Marquette Golden Eagles in a Big East Conference showdown (7 p.m. on ESPNU) at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI

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Syracuse Basketball Schedule: No. 1 Orange At Villanova Wildcats Preview

The Syracuse Orange take their No. 1 ranking on the road for the fourth time in eight games Wednesday, as they visit the Villanova Wildcats at The Pavilion (7 p.m. on ESPN2).

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Big East Basketball Notebook 1.10.12: Syracuse Is No. 1 But Which School Is No. 2?

Not even two weeks into the Big East Conference's men's basketball schedule, and already the league is a mess. Syracuse is the clear cut No. 1 team, but which school is No. 2?

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Rutgers Vs. UConn Final Score: Scarlet Knights Upset No. 8 Huskies, 67-60

Freshman guard Eli Carter scored a team-best 19 points to help the Rutgers Scarlet Knights upset No. 8 Connecticut Huskies, 67-60, in a Big East Conference contest at the Louis Brown Athletic Center in Piscataway, NJ. Freshman guard Myles Mack came off the bench to net 14 points for the Scarlet Knights (9-7, 1-2 Big East), who made 9-of-12 free throws in the last five minutes to help cement the programs first ever victory over a defending national championship.

Before Saturday, Rutgers was 0-11 against such defending champs. The Scarlet Knights also collected their second consecutive victories in as many chances -- nine days ago, Rutgers knocked off No. 10 Florida Gators, 85-83.

"We're a pretty good team when we get out of our own way," said Rutgers head coach Mike Rice after the game (via Matt Sugam). "When we're not pouting and complaining and playing for one another."

Rutgers used a two 8-0 runs in the second half to help earn its first Big East win of the season.

Trailing 30-28 at halftime, Rutgers used a 8-point spurt to take a 36-30 lead. Then, after the Huskies (12-3, 2-2) closed the margin, the Scarlet Knights used a second run to 52-45 lead with 7:32 to go.

UConn cut the lead to three points, but Rutgers cemented its victory by making making its shots from the charity stripe. Huskies sophomore guard Shabazz Napier led all scorers with 23 points.

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Providence Vs. Seton Hall Final Score: Pirates Hold Off Friars, 66-57

Sophomore forward Fuquan Edwin netted a collegiate-best 24 points Saturday night to help the Seton Hall Pirates defeat the Providence Friars, 66-57, in a Big East Conference game at the Dunkin Donuts Center. The Pirates (14-2, 3-1 Big East), who upset the No. 8 Connecticut Huskies Tuesday, should have a good enough resume to earn a spot in the college basketball rankings for the first time since 2001. The weekly top 25 rankings come out Monday afternoon.

Ahead by just one with 3:23 remaining in the game, Seton Hall turned to senior point guard Jordan Theodore for a second straight game. Theodore, who netted all of his points 19 points in the second half Tuesday, hit a pull-up jumper and cemented the victory nailing five free throws down the stretch.

Junior guard Vincent Council paced the Friars (11-6, 0-4) with 23 points.

Seton Hall led 32-29 at halftime and led by as much as 11 points.

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Syracuse Vs. Marquette Final Score: No. 1 Orange Beat No. 20 Marquette, 73-66

The Syracuse Orange seem to like the No. 1 spot in the college basketball rankings, and the Orange should stay there after a 73-66 victory over No. 20 Marquette Golden Eagles in a Big East Conference game Saturday at the Carrier Dome. In front of 25,412 fans, Syracuse (17-0, 4-0 Big East) used a team-best 17 points, including 11 in the second half, from senior forward Kris Joseph to clip the Golden Eagles (12-4, 1-2), who trailed by as much as 23 points. SU is the last of the 16 conference teams to not lose a league game.

Behind a electrifying 19-0 run and 11 points from sophomore guard Brandon Triche, SU took a commanding 37-19 advantage into halftime. However, the Golden Eagles rallied, as they stiffened up its defense, which forced eight second-half turnovers and held the Orange to just 28-percent shooting in the next 15 1/2 minutes, to trim the margin to 59-57 with about 4 1/2 minutes remaining.

A 7-0 run helped SU push its lead to 68-60 with 2:13 remaining. The run was started by sophomore center Baye Ketia, who was fouled after an inbound pass and headed to the free-throw line for two shots.

Keita, who entered the contest making only 68.8-percent of his shots from the charity stripe, made both to extend SU's lead to 61-57.

On the Golden Eagles' next possession, SU sophomore guard Dion Waiters blocked a 3-point attempt by Marquette's senior guard Darius Johnson-Odom, collected the loose ball and laid it into the basket to give the Orange a 63-57 lead with 4:20 to go.

"Baye made the two shots of the year," said head coach Jim Boeheim after the game, "I was trying to call a time out, I saw him trapped, I wanted to get a timeout. They called the foul before I did. He goes to the line, makes those two free throws. That was big in a two-point game."

The run was capped by Joseph nailing 3-pointer and then sophomore center Fab Melo flushing home a alley-oop pass from senior point guard Scoop Jardine. From there, SU was able to hang on for its 17th straight victory.

'When you lose a lead, especially at home, it's easy to start worrying and think about what's happening," said Boeheim.

"...I thought, the last seven or eight minutes of this game was great. The way we came back and played after they made that huge run. That's what we're going to think about most in this game. The team coming back like that."

Syracuse sophomore forward C.J. Fair tallied 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench, while Waiters added 12. Melo finished with six points and eight rebounds. Triche finished with 16 points.

"Any time you get whipped the way we did in the first half you have to credit the other team," said Marquette head coach Buzz Williams.

Marquette was paced by Johnson-Odom, who scored a game-best 19 points on 5-of-16 shooting.

SB Nation New York blogged live from press row at the Carrier Dome for the Syracuse vs. Marquette Big East showdown. Be sure to check back to this StoryStream for post-game comments from SU head coach Jim Boeheim. For more on the Orange, visit the SB Nation blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician, while Anonymous Eagle as everything on Marquette. Make sure to follow along on Twitter at SBNationNY or JaredSmithCNY.

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St. John's Vs. Cincinnati: Red Storm Defeats Bearcats, 57-55

The St. John's Red Storm improved to 8-7 and 2-2 in the Big East as they pulled a minor upset on Big East rivals, the Cincinnati Bearcats on a game winning shot as time expired. The loss drops the Bearcats to 12-4 on the season and gives them their first loss in conference play.

With 2:20 remaining the Red Storm led by eight points. The Bearcats went on an 11-3 run from that point on to tie the game at 55 with nine seconds remaining. Red Storm' D'Angelo Harrison missed a shot with one second remaining, only to be tipped in by Moe Harkless as time expired, giving the Red Storm the walk-off victory.

Harkless finished with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks. Harrison finished with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Both shot poorly from the field, and the Red Storm shot 43 percent. The Bearcats shot an abysmal 26 percent from the floor.

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Providence Vs. Seton Hall: Pirates Visit Friars In Big East Contest

The Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball program are hoping to avoid a letdown Saturday night, as they visit the Providence Friars are the Dunkin Donuts Center (6 p.m. on SNY).

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Big East Basketball TV Schedule, Jan. 7: Syracuse, Seton Hall, St. John's, Rutgers All In Action Saturday

As usually about this time of the year there's a slew of Big East Conference men's basketball games on the TV Schedule Saturday, and for those hoops fans that would like to catch all the action here's a brief rundown of all the game times and previews.


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No. 9 Georgetown Hoyas At West Virginia Mountaineers (12 p.m. on SNY): The Hoyas (13-1, 3-0 Big East) pulled off a thrilling 17-point comeback at the Marquette Golden Eagles Wednesday night to pull of their third straight Big East victory. Guard Jason Clark netted 18 of his team-best 26 points in the second half, while teammate, Hollis Thompson, made a huge 3-pointer with 24 seconds remaining to give Georgetown its three-point victory.

Now, the Hoyas must go on the road to play a gritty Mountaineers squad (11-4, 2-1) led by senior forward Kevin Jones, who leads the Big East in scoring (19.6 points per game) and rebounding (11.6 per game).


Preview: St. John's Red Storm At Cincinnati Bearcats (2 p.m. on MSG)


Notre Dame Fighting Irish at No.11 Louisville Cardinals (4 p.m. on ESPNU): Surprisingly, this will be the first visit the KFC Yum! Center for the Fighting Irish (9-6, 1-1), who are coming off a 71-55 loss to the Cincinnati Bearcats on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday the Cardinals (13-2, 1-1) defeated the St. John's Red Storm, 73-58. Louisville has won seven straight home games against Notre Dame.


No. 1 Syracuse Orange Vs. No. 20 Marquette Golden Eagles (4 p.m. on SNY)


Seton Hall Pirates At Providence Friars (6 p.m. on SNY): The Pirates (13-2, 2-1) look to continue their winning ways and avoid a letdown after upsetting UConn Tuesday night at the Prudential Center. If Seton Hall can pull out the victory it will probably be ranked in the newest college basketball rankings, released Monday, for the first time since January of 2011.

Meanwhile, the Friars did their best to upset No. 1 Syracuse Wednesday night, but fell just short, losing 87-73.


Preview: No. 8 Connecticut Huskies At Rutgers Scarlet Knights (8 p.m. on SNY)


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Syracuse Vs. Marquette: No. 1 Orange Host No. 20 Golden Eagles In Big East Showdown

For the second time in just four league games Saturday the No.1-ranked Syracuse Orange men's basketball program will be looking to avenge a loss from last season, as they host the No. 20 Marquette Golden Eagles in a Big East Conference game at the Carrier Dome (4 p.m. on SNY). Syracuse (16-0, 3-0 Big East) will face its second nationally-ranked program this season, as it downed No. 13 Florida Gators, 72-68, Dec. 2, while Marquette (12-2, 1-1) has lost three of its last five games, including a nailbiter Wednesday at the No. 9 Georgetown Hoyas, 73-70.

Last season, the Golden Eagles knocked off the higher-seeded Orange, 66-62, in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Marquette went on to lose in the round of 16 to the North Carolina Tar Heels, 81-63. Since the release of the 2011-12 Syracuse schedule, this has been widely regarded as the, "circle your calender game". Already, there has been 23,500-24,000 tickets sold for the contest.


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On Wednesday, the Orange played in their tightest contested game since the early Dec. showdown with the Gators, as they visited the Providence Friars, who gave Syracuse a run for its money but lost 87-73. The Orange led by just two points at halftime and used a 12-3 run early in the second half to widen the gap.

However, the Friars slowly crept back into the contest closing the margin to just 62-55. A small 5-0 run helped the Orange earn enough cushion to pull out their 16th straight victory, a mark reached only three times during head coach Jim Boeheim's tenure.

Junior guard Brandon Triche led all scorers with 16 points, while senior point guard Scoop Jardine tallied 10 points and 11 assists for his first double-double of the season.

Entering Saturday's contest, senior forward Kris Joseph is the Orange's leading scorer with 13.0 points per game, while sophomore guard Dion Waiters is coming of the bench to average 12.6 ppg.

Meanwhile, the Golden Eagles, who began this season with 10 straight victories, including a road win, 61-54, at No. 18 Wisconsin Badgers, has struggled of late. On Wednesday, Marquette blew a 17-point lead to lose to the Hoyas.

Currently, senior guard Darius Johnson-Odam is pacing the Golden Eagles in scoring with 17.9 ppg, while forward Jae Crowder is adding 16.6 ppg and a team-best 7.3 rebounds per game. However, the Orange will also need to keep tabs on freshman guard Todd Mayo (10.2 ppg) and junior guard Junior Cadougan, who's averaging a team-best 5.0 assists per game.

Overall, Marquette is shooting 34.7-percent from behind the 3-point arc and averaging 78.1 points per game.

The Golden Eagles will enter as 11 1/2-point underdogs.



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Scoop Jardine Of Syracuse Named To 2012 Bob Cousy Award Finalist List

For the second straight year Wednesday, Syracuse University men's basketball program's senior point guard Scoop Jardine has been named one of 20 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, which is given to the nation's top point guard. Currently, Jardine is the Floor General for the No. 1-ranked Orange, and is averaging 8.6 points per game and dishing out a team-best 3.9 assists per game. Jardine also is averaging 1.7 steals per game for Syracuse, which leads the nation (172).

Syracuse fans commonly use the term, "as Scoop goes, so does the Orange," when describing Jardine's play that has helped the SU to a 15-0 record. The Orange and Jardine play at the Providence Friars Wednesday night (9 p.m. on SNY).


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2011 - Scoop Jardine 15 21.3 3.5 6.5 54.1 0.7 2.3 32.4 0.8 1.7 48.0 0.6 2.0 2.6 3.9 2.1 1.7 0.1 0.7 8.6

Below is the list of 20 Bob Cousy Award finalists:

Pierre Jackson Baylor
Shabazz Napier UConn
Ray McCallum Detroit
Seth Curry Duke
Erving Walker Florida
Scott Machado Iona
Casper Ware Long Beach State
Peyton Siva Louisville
Trey Burke Michigan
Dee Bost Mississippi State
Phil Pressey Missouri
Kendall Marshall North Carolina
Aaron Craft Ohio State
D.J. Cooper Ohio
Zack Rosen Pennsylvania
Ashton Gibbs Pittsburgh
Scoop Jardine Syracuse
Damian Lillard Weber State
Jordan Taylor Wisconsin
Tu Holloway Xavier

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