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Wednesday's Big East basketball action features the Orange traveling to Providence, but also three other games. Here's a brief preview of the action.
Finally, after days of Doug Marrone and Syracuse football head coaching talk, Orange Nation gets a chance to kickback, relax and watch some college basketball.
Louisville Cardinals (13-1, 1-0 Big East) at Seton Hall Pirates (12-3, 1-1) - 7 p.m. on ESPN2
The No. 3-ranked Cardinals are winners of eight straight games, including last Wednesday's thumbing of Providence, 80-62. Guard Russ Smith scored a game-high 23 points off the bench, while center Gorgui Dieng added 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Meanwhile, the Pirates had a seven-game winning streak snapped Saturday when they were blown out by Notre Dame, 93-74. Guard Fuquan Edwin paces Seton Hall is scoring (17.9 point per game), while JUCO transfer Gene Teague is averaging 12.9 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.
This game is being played at the Prudential Center in Newark.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (10-3, 1-1) at St. John's Red Storm (9-5, 1-1) - 7 p.m. on Big East Network
Both squads enter this tri-state showdown coming off solid victories.
On Saturday, St. John's upset the Cincinnati Bearcats, 53-52. Freshman forward JaKarr Sampson netted a team-high 16 points, while sophomore guard D'Angelo Harrison added 15, including the game-winning basket with 29 seconds to go.
Meanwhile, Rutgers bounced back from a blowout from Syracuse with a winning effort, 67-62, over Pittsburgh. Guard Eli Carter tallied a game-best 23 points for the Scarlet Knights, who shot 51-percent from the floor and out-rebounded the Panthers, 36-24.
Villanova Wildcats (10-4, 1-0) at South Florida Bulls (9-4, 0-1) - 8 p.m. on Big East Network
Each team had opposite results in its Big East openers.
The struggling Wildcats defeated St. John's, 98-86, in overtime last Wednesday, while the Bulls played Syracuse tough on Sunday, however, eventually lost, 55-44.
Villanova freshman point guard Ryan Arcidiacono is coming off a 32-point night.
If you missed it...
Tuesday night the No. 19-ranked Georgetown Hoyas (10-3, 0-2) failed to reach the 50-point mark for the sixth time this season in a 73-45 loss to visiting Pitt.
You all can just enjoy discussing where the Hoyas are in the current standings, which are listed below.
Big East Conference Standings
|Notre Dame Fighting Irish||2||0||14||1|
|Marquette Golden Eagles||2||0||11||3|
|Seton Hall Pirates||1||1||12||3|
|Rutgers Scarlet Knights||1||1||10||3|
|St. John's Red Storm||1||0||9||5|
|DePaul Blue Demons||1||2||10||6|
|South Florida Bulls||0||1||9||4|