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Big East Roundup: Kemba Walker, Corey Fisher And Casey McGhee Have Big Days

Most of SB Nation New York college hoops fans were most likely watching a long amount of football on Saturday. This means you missed your fair share of what went on in the Big East Conference. No worries though, we've compiled a brief roundup to get you caught up.

Senior center Casey McGhee  tied a collegiate-best with 13 points and 10 rebounds to help the No. 5-ranked Pittsburgh Panthers to an easy, 74-53, victory over the Seton Hall Pirates. The Panthers (17-1, 5-0) will host the No. 4 Syracuse Orange on ESPN's Big Monday showdown (7:30 p.m.) at the Petersen Events Center. Pittsburgh has won 19-straight games at home.

(Unexpected' Trio helps SU collect it's 18th straight win -- SB Nation New York recap.)

Seton Hall forward Herb Pope finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks. However, in the end, Pitt out rebounded the Pirates 45-26. SHU has lost all four of its games to ranked opponents this season.

Walker, Young Guns Help Huskies Roll

Junior guard Kemba Walker netted a game-best 31 points to aid the No. 9 Connecticut Huskies past the DePaul Blue Demons, 82-62. UConn is currently on a three-game conference winning streak. Meanwhile, DePaul is 0-5 in Big East play. Freshman forward Cleveland Melvin had a team-best 25 points and 12 rebounds.

Kuric's Last-Second Lay Up Helps Louisville Edge Marquette

Junior guard Kyle Kuric netted a lay up with four second remaining to help the No. 17/18 Louisville Cardinals past the Marquette Golden Eagles, 71-70, at the KFC Yum! Center.

(The Card Chronicle recaps the comeback with a great photo gallery.)

The game-winner was setup by senior guard Preston Knowles, who saw Kuric all alone underneath the basket. Kuric made the lay in and helped the Cards (14-3, 3-1), who used a 24-5 run at the end of the game, dodge the upset. Junior guard Darius Johnson-Odom scored a team-best 19 points for Marquette (12-6, 3-2), which led 65-47 with under six minutes to play.

'Nova Uses 19-0 Run To Beat Terps

Senior guard Corey Fisher scored eight of his 17 points during a 19-0 run, which helped the No. 7 Villanova Wildcats beat non-conference opponent the Maryland Terps, 74-66. The Wildcats (16-1, 4-0), who trailed by 12 midway through the second half, earned their 11 straight victories. The Terps are 11-6 overall and 1-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Sophomore forward Jordan Williams compiled a game-best 25 points and 14 rebounds. Williams has 11 straight double-double and is now one double-double shy of the school record, which was set by Len Elmore (1973-'74).

(The Hoyas get back on track against Rutgers -- SB Nation New York recap.)


Big East Conference Standings

(updated 1.16.2011 at 2:32 AM EST)