Big East Basketball: Rutgers Nearly Upsets Pittsburgh, But Other Favorites Fall

-- SB Nation's Sean Keeley comments on the wacky Saturday in the Big East Conference.

It was a wild Saturday for Big East Conference basketball. The visiting Syracuse Orange (No. 9 in the AP poll and No. 10 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll) dropped their fourth straight game with a loss to the Marquette Golden Eagles, 76-70. Then, No. 5 Connecticut Huskies and No. 8/7 Villanova Wildcats both lost at home. Those upsets were followed by the Rutgers Scarlet Knights almost defeating No. 2 Pittsburgh Panthers. Curious of the details? Here's your SB Nation New York Sunday roundup.

The patented Mike Rice defense kept the Scarlet Knights close against No. 2 team in the country, Pittsburgh (20-2, 8-1 Big East), but it wasn't enough as Rutgers lost, 65-62, at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. Sophomore guard Dane Miller, who scored 12 points, missed a game-tying 3-pointer with about seven seconds remaining to end Rutgers' hopes of a massive upset.

Senior forwards Jonathan Mitchell and Robert Lumpkins also scored 12 points for Rutgers (12-9, 3-6), which led at halftime 28-27. Pittsburgh was held to just one basket in the games' final 7:03. Junior guard Ashton Gibbs, who nailed a 3-pointer with 55 second to go, netted a game-best 24 points.

No. 23/19 Louisville uses two overtimes to beat No. 5 UConn

Sophomore foward Peyton Siva scored a game-best 19 points for Louisville, which upset host UConn, 79-78, in double OT. The victory allowed the Cardinals (17-4, 6-2) to earn sole possession of second place in the Big East standing.

Junior guard Kemba Walker, who scored a game-best 20 points, missed a game-winning, 3-point bucket for the Huskies (17-3, 5-3), which trailed by five points at halftime.

Austin Freeman takes over to help Georgetown upset 'Nova

Big East Preseason Player Of The Year, Freeman, netted 10 of his game-best 30 points in the game's final minutes to help Georgetown upset host Villanova, 69-66.

Senior guard Corey Fisher scored a team-best 15 for 'Nova (17-4, 5-3), which has lost two straight games.

West Virginia wins at Cincinnati

Senior forward John Flowers netted 16 points to help the Mountaineers beat the host Bearcats, 66-55. WVU (14-6, 5-3) snapped Cincy's two-game winning streak. Sophomore guard Cashmere Wright scored a game-best 24 for Cincy, which trailed 33-27 at halftime.

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