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Big East Tournament Day Two

by Photo of Ross Bernhardt

The excitement picked up yesterday as UConn is looking to make another miraculous run.

Big East Tournament Day Two

As my colleague Andrew Lontos wrote yesterday, most fans have high standards for the level of play at the Big East Tournament.  We expect drama, teams matching big shots, big defensive plays, and games coming down to the last second.  We finally got our first taste of that yesterday during the second day.  Let's recap another busy day at Madison Square Garden.

UConn 71 - West Virginia 67 (OT)

This was the most entertaining game of day two.  West Virginia had this locked down, leading by 9 points with just 3:58 left to play.  That's when Shabazz Napier went nuclear for UConn.  He started by hitting a three.  After a stop, Napier knocked down two free throws to cut the lead to just four.  On the next possession, Napier stole the ball from Dominique Rutledge and raced for a layup.  Two point game.  Then, Napier picked Gary Browne's pocket for another layup.  Tie game.  Napier single-handedly brought UConn back.

Napier almost lost it by getting stripped with under a minute left, and he also settled for a long three that missed with the last shot and the game tied.  In overtime, Napier picked up his fourth and fifth fouls.  That's when UConn turned to their leading scorer, Jeremy Lamb.  The sophomore broke a 67-67 tie with a huge three pointer that put UConn ahead for good.  The Huskies look hungry and motivated with Jim Calhoun back on the sidelines.  Their game with Syracuse today should be a good one.

Georgetown 64 - Pittsburgh 52

The Hoyas were pretty surgical in their win over the Panthers.  Henry Sims chipped in 20 points and 13 rebounds while Otto Porter also poured in 20 for Georgetown.  Pitt was down eight at the half and cut it to two with a 6-0 run to start the second frame, but they couldn't keep the momentum going.  It's difficult to rattle this Georgetown team and to sustain runs against them (they rank 8th in Ken Pomeroys Adjusted Defensive rankings).  This Georgetown team is built for success.

Louisville 61 - Seton Hall 55

It took a while for both of these teams to get it going offensively (23-22 Louisville at the half) but the Cardinals eventually found their rhythm.  Louisville opened up the second half on a 16-4 run and didn't really look back.  A strong performance from Peyton Siva (14 points, 5 rebounds, 6 steals) propelled Louisville into the quarterfinals.  Herb Pope and Jordan Theodore will have to see if their resume is strong enough for an at-large bid.  This win would have helped a lot, and as of right now ESPN's Joe Lunardi has Seton Hall as one of his first four teams out of the final field. 

South Florida 56 - Villanova 47

Not the prettiest way to cap off the day of hoops in New York City.  Villanova's young squad put up just 17 points against South Florida, and USF only scored 27 themselves.  Neither team shot particularly well overall (34% for Villanova, 42% for USF) but the Bulls got to the free throw line 29 times, making 22.  If you're not hitting from the field, get to the line.  That's what USF did, and their win keeps their NCAA hopes alive.

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