Saturday marks the second slate of weekend Big East Conference basketball games. On the docket is six games, including Syracuse's showdown with visiting Villlanova, here's a brief preview of each contest.
Georgetown (10-3, 0-2 Big East) at St. John's (9-6, 1-2) - 11 a.m. on ESPN2
Would you like a good laugh? For the first time since 2001-02, the Hoyas are 0-2 in Big East play after an embarrassing 73-45 loss to Pitt on Tuesday.
In the contest, no Georgetown player reached double-figures in scoring. Otto Porter paced the Hoyas with just nine points. He currently leads the team in scoring averaging 12.8 points per game.
The Hoyas are ranked dead last in the league in scoring offense (63.5 ppg) and offensive rebounding (8.8), and 14th in rebounding offense (32.4).
The Red Storm are coming off an impressive 53-52 victory at Cincinnati last Saturday.
Freshman forward JaKarr Sampson led the squad with 16 points, while the Big East's leading scorer, D'Angelo Harrison (21.6 ppg) netted 15, including the game-winning with 29 seconds remaining.
Marquette (11-3, 2-0) at Pittsburgh (13-3, 1-2) - Noon on ESPNU
The Golden Eagles are undefeated in league play, so far. Last Saturday, Marquette grinded out a 49-48 victory over Georgetown thanks to out-rebounding the Hoyas 35-26.
Guard Vander Blue is pacing the team in scoring averaging (13.2 ppg), while forward Davante Gardner is second on the team at 12.9 ppg.
Meanwhile, junior forward Talib Zanna is Pitt's top scorer (13.2 ppg). Guard Tray Woodall is averaging 11.4 ppg.
The Panthers are tops in the nation in assists/turnover ratio (2.05) and second in turnovers per game (9.2).
Connecticut (11-3, 1-1) at Notre Dame (14-1, 2-0) - 2 p.m. on SNY
The Huskies bounced back from a league-opening loss to Marquette with a 99-78 victory over DePaul on Tuesday. Forward DeAndre Daniels netted a collegiate-best 26 points, while guard Ryan Boatright chipped in with 22.
Shabazz Napier is seventh in the league in scoring with 17.7 ppg.
The Irish are slowly becoming the conference's best team.
Senior center Jack Cooley is averaging a double-double per game (15.2 ppg and 11.4 rpg), while guard Jerian Grant is tallying 12.7 ppg and dishing out 7.3 assist per game.
Notre Dame is tops in the Big East in field goal percentage (51.4-percent), 3-point shooting (41.5-percent) and assists per game (19.5).
South Florida (9-5, 0-2) at Louisville (14-1, 2-0) - 4 p.m. on Big East Network
The Bulls are playing their first game since losing to Syracuse last Sunday.
Forward Victory Rudd enters the contest pacing the Bulls in points (11.5), while Toarlyn Fitzpatrick is netting 11.4 ppg.
The Cardinals are playing their first game in 10 days. They last defeated Providence, 80-62, behind 23-bench points from guard Russ Smith, who's the Big East's third leading scorer (20 ppg).
Louisville leads the league in steals (11.4 per game) and turnover margin (8.4), while it is ranked second in scoring margin (20.9) and scoring offense (78.4).
Cincinnati (13-3, 1-2) at Rutgers (11-3, 2-1) - 8 p.m. on SNY
Just like Georgetown, the Bearcats are reeling after two straight Big East losses. Cincinnati began the season with 12 straight wins, but since then has dropped three of its last four games.
Two time Big East Player of the Week, Sean Kilpatrick, is averaging a team-high 17.7 ppg, while guard Cashmere Wright is second on the team at 14.3 ppg. Wright leads the Big East in 3-point shooting percentage (46-percent).
Meanwhile, the Scarlet Knights are coming off a 67-62 victory over Pitt last Saturday. Guard Eli Carter, who's leading the conference in free-throw percentage (90-percentage), netted a game-high 23 points in the win.
Here's the conference standing heading into this weekend's games.
Big East Conference Standings
(updated 1.10.2013 at 2:26 AM EST)
|Notre Dame Fighting Irish||2||0||14||1|
|Marquette Golden Eagles||2||0||11||3|
|Rutgers Scarlet Knights||2||1||11||3|
|Seton Hall Pirates||1||2||12||4|
|DePaul Blue Demons||1||2||10||6|
|St. John's Red Storm||1||2||9||6|
|South Florida Bulls||0||2||9||5|
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