In an entertaining game that featured 11 lead changes and just as many ties Derrick Brown led four Musketeers in double figures as Xavier endured an evening of shoddy ball handling and poor shooting to take a victory at Rhode Island, 67-65.
With the College Basketball season about half over, the Big East still has eight teams in the AP Top 25, which is a team down from last week (West Virginia dropped from the rankings). Here are my mid-season awards and recognitions for the Big East Conference.
While much has been deservedly made of the Big East and their potential for nine or ten teams earning invitations to the NCAA tournament in March, the ACC has shown they could be punching more than one ticket to the Motor City come April.
Joel Coliseum on the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina is the scene as the #4 Demon Deacons (13-0) host the #3 University of North Carolina Tar Heels (14-1).
In the Big East, one thing is for sure; there are no easy victories, no pushovers, and no games that ANY team can mark off as a win. That being said, like all conferences, the Big East has its power-houses and it’s weaker teams.
The last 28 days have been something of a penance for Mark Few and his Gonzaga Bulldogs.
It’s a Big 12 / SEC matchup at Bud Walton Arena on the campus of the University of Arkansas when Rick Barnes brings his 11-2 Texas Longhorns to Fayetville to square off with John Pelphrey’s Razorbacks who enter tonight’s game 11-1.
Amidst all this brouhaha college hoops has entered conference play the time to see if there are any counterfeit bills amongst the currency – to sort through the truth and the not so true – to distinguish the degrees of truth and decide if there are any lessons to be learned.
Last year the Bruins survived 80-75 on the Duck pond in Eugene. Some changes have taken place since then – Kevin Love (who spurned Oregon’s recruiting advances despite his father playing for Oregon in the 70s) and Russell Westbrook are now earning paychecks in the NBA.
The Big East began conference play earlier this week with a bang as a young but talented Georgetown team went on the road and thoroughly handled the pre-season Big East Champions UConn Huskies 74-63.