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NBE BIG EAST REPORT (11/14/2012): BIG EAST OFF TO STRONG EARLY START

November 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

BIG EAST teams went 5-0 Tuesday, giving the league a combined 23-2 record in the 2012-13 season. The .920 winning percentage is the best of any Division I conference thus far.

—Pittsburgh’s win Tuesaday night against 2012 NCAA Tournament participant Lehigh sends the Panthers to the championship round of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden next week. The Panthers will face Michigan November 21st and will meet either Delaware or Kansas State November 23rd in New York.

Guard Tray Woodall became the third Pittsburgh player to lead the team in scoring in as many games with 23 points against Lehigh. Junior Talib Zanna added 20 points and freshman James Robinson was the defensive star as he limited Lehigh pre-season All-American guard C.J. McCollom to 17 points.

The Panthers face Oakland Saturday before heading to Madison Square Garden for the championship rounds of the NIT Season Tip-Off.

In other Pitt news, Pitt Guard John Johnson Will Transfer (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). The Philadelphia native averaged 4.2 points a game last season but the additions in the backcourt of freshman James Robinson and Central Michigan transfer Trey Zeigler pushed Johnson down the depth chart.

—Another freshman who made his mark in the BIG EAST on the defensive side of the ball on Tuesday was St. John’s freshman center Chris Obekpa who had a school-record eight blocks. Obekpa also added seven points and 11 rebounds in his collegiate debut in the Red Storm’s comeback 77-74 win against Detroit as part of ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-off Marathon. Guard D’Angelo Harrison came off the bench to score a game-high 22 points in the win with guard Phil Greene IV adding 20 points against the Titans.

St. John’s faces College of Charleston Thursday in the first day of the Charleston Classic. The Red Storm will play either Auburn or Murray State Friday.

—Marquette had 18 assists on 22 field goals in its 64-53 win against Southeastern Louisiana last night. Coach Buzz Williams’ frontcourt tandem of forward
Davante Gardner (18 points) and center Chris Otule (10 points) proved too much for Southeastern Louisiana.

“They have been outstanding,” Williams said following the game of his inside tandem. “Tonight, we were really relying upon them. I think that was a positive.”

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Marquette-defeats-Southeastern-Louisiana-64-53-4035328.php#ixzz2CEMj29jP

The Golden Eagles shot 58 percent from the field in the second half to pull away from the Lions.

Marquette meets Butler Monday in the EA Sports Maui Invitational. The Golden Eagles will face either Mississippi State or North Carolina Tuesday.

—Cincinnati’s scoring total in its 102-60 win against Mississippi Valley State was the highest in a game by the Bearcats under sixth-year coach Mick Cronin. Sean Kilpatrick scored 13 of his game-high 20 points in the second half and Cashmere Wright scored all 11 of his points in the first half against the Delta Devils.

The Bearcats begin play in the Global Sports Classic against North Carolina A&T Sunday at Fifth Third Arena.

—Connecticut moved to 2-0 in the Kevin Ollie ara as the Huskies held Vermont to 30-percent shooting and did not allow a Catamount player to reach double figures in scoring in the Huskies’ 67-49 win. Shabazz Napier led the Huskies in scoring for the second straight game with a game-high 13 points.

UConn, who has already played once in Germany, meets Wake Forest Friday in the first of three games at the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas.

—The only game on Wednesday’s BIG EAST schedule has Georgetown hosting Liberty at 7 p.m. ET on the BIG EAST Network. It will be the first meeting between the schools and is a 2nd round contest of the 2012 Legends Classic.

Freshman guard D’Vanutes Smith-Rivera scored a game-high 19 points and made 6-of-7 shots from the field in the win against Duquesne Sunday night to open the Legends Classic. Forward Otto Porter — a preseason All-BIG EAST selection — was limited to just six minutes against Duquesne after suffering a head injury in the first half and his status for tonight’s game remains uncertain.

Georgetown’s scheduled season-opener against Florida aboard the USS Bataan was canceled at halftime due to condensation on the court.

The schedule picks up again Thursday, with five unbeaten BIG EAST teams in action.

Monday, November 12
Pittsburgh 86, Fordham 51
Providence 81, Bryant 49
Notre Dame 84, Monmouth 57
Seton Hall 78, Norfolk State 65
Rutgers 88, Sacred Heart 62

Tuesday, November 13
St. John’s 77, Detroit 74
Cincinnati 102, Mississippi Valley State 60
Connecticut 67, Vermont 49
Marquette 64, Southeastern Louisiana 53
Pittsburgh 78, Lehigh 53 1

Wednesday, November 14
Liberty at Georgetown – BEN…………………………………………. 7:00
Thursday, November 15
St. John’s at College of Charleston – ESPNU……………………… 5:00
Samford at Louisville – BEN……………………………………………. 7:00
Providence vs. Massachusetts 2 – ESPNU…………………………. 7:30
Gardner-Webb at DePaul……………………………………………… 8:30
Villanova vs. Purdue 3 – ESPN2……………………………………….. 9:00

Friday, November 16
Connecticut vs. Wake Forest 4……………………………………….. 6:30
Rutgers at Princeton…………………………………………………….. 7:00
Maryland-Eastern Shore at USF……………………………………… 7:30
Notre Dame vs. Saint Joseph’s 5 – TruTV…………………………… 9:30
Providence vs. North Carolina State/Penn State 2………………TBD
Alabama/Oregon State vs. Villanova 3 – ESPN2/ESPNU……….TBD
St. John’s vs. Auburn/Murray State 6 – ESPN3…………………….TBD

Saturday, November 17
Austin Peay at DePaul…………………………………………………… 2:00
Oakland at Pittsburgh – BEN………………………………………….. 7:00
Seton Hall vs. Washington 7 – ESPN3……………………………….. 7:30
Loyola (Chicago) at USF………………………………………………… 7:30
Connecticut vs. Iona/Quinnipiac 4…………………………………… TBD
Notre Dame vs. Florida State/Brigham Young 5 – TruTV……….TBD

Sunday, November 18
Wagner at Syracuse – BEN…………………………………………….. 1:00
North Carolina A&T at Cincinnati – BEN…………………………… 2:00
Western Michigan at USF – BEN…………………………………….. 3:00
Miami (Ohio) at Louisville – BEN…………………………………….. 4:00
Seton Hall vs. Ohio State/Rhode Island 7 – ESPN2/ESPN3…….TBD
Providence vs. TBD 2……………………………………………………… TBD
St. John’s vs. TBD 6………………………………………………………… TBD

-All times Eastern
-BEN – BIG EAST Network (check BigEast.org for local listings)

Gane Key:
1 NIT Season Tip-Off
2 Puerto Rico Tip-Off, Bayamon, P.R.
3 2K Sports Classic, New York, N.Y.
4 Paradise Jam, St. Thomas, USVI
5 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, Brooklyn, N.Y.
6 Charleston Classic, Charleston, S.C.
7 Hall of Fame Tipoff, Uncasville, Conn.

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