Big East/SEC Challenge isn’t even close — Weekend Review

The Big East, shocker, dominated the SEC, shocker!

Kentucky blows out St. John’s – The Red Storm got blocked 18 times and the Wildcats look like a team that could win a national title, while St. John’s is a young team with a lot of potential. God’sgift Achiuwa had a strong performance with 18 points and 10 boards.

Georgetown upsets No. 12 Alabama – Jason Clark is doing exactly what he has to do and that is dominate for the Hoyas. The senior guard had 22 points, while big man Henry Sims has provided a nice contribution this year. The Hoyas weren’t projected for their typical high seed, but this could be a season changer for G’Town.

Syracuse tops the SEC’s best, Florida – The two top teams in each conference hit the court at the Carrier Dome and better team prevailed. Fab Melo has really impressed me this season and I believe Cuse is a team that can be a Final Four contender. With another tough season of Big East basketball ahead, this win against at top-10 team will go a long way.

Louisville downs No. 19 Vanderbilt – Peyton Siva is clutch, plain and simple. Louisville has impressed me early and I think Siva has the chance to have a special year. He’s proven that he is capable of big-game moments and this Cardinal squad has a backcourt that can compete with the Big East’s best.

Marquette picks up big road win over Wisconsin – No one wins at the Kohl Center, I mean nobody. That is unless you play in the Big East. Even without starting point guard Junior Cadougan, who was suspended for team violations, the Golden Eagles still were able to knock off the No. 7 Badgers. Marquette could be another team that joins the ranks of – Cuse, UConn, and L’Ville as the tops of the Big East in 2011-2012.

Providence 76, South Carolina 67

Ole Miss 70, DePaul 68

Seton Hall 81, Auburn 59

Cincinnati 57, Georgia 51

24 Mississippi State 75, West Virginia 62

10 Connecticut 75, Arkansas 62

17 Pittsburgh 61, Tennessee 16

LSU 55, Rutgers 50

Cuse, UConn tie at top of preseason rankings

2011-12 Preseason Coaches’ Poll

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1. Connecticut (7) 209
Syracuse (5) 209
3. Louisville (3) 201
4. Pittsburgh (1) 188
5. Cincinnati 169
6. Marquette 155
7. West Virginia 132
8. Villanova 127
9. Notre Dame 114
10. Georgetown 104
11. Rutgers 75

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12. St. John’s 71
13. Seton Hall 56
14. USF 43
15. Providence 40
16. DePaul 27

courtesy of BigEast.org

Tuesday Top 5: Places to Play/Watch

*Did not include Madison Square Garden because it is not St. John’s official home and every team plays there each year. 

KFC Yum! Center, Louisville

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Awesome new building that opened last year for Louisville. Of course nothing could fully replace Freedom Hall, but this is a nice substitute.

Bradley Center, Marquette

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Been a great home for the Golden Eagles. Fans are more excited there than the Bucks fans are.

Harry A. Gampel Paviilion, Connecticut

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Not a bad seat in the house. Also never a bad game either, both UConn men and women play there.

Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh

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The Zoo makes this arena, one of the most underrated fans sections in college sports. I love watching games when Pitt plays at home.

Carrier Dome, Syracuse

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Playing in front of a maximum crowd of 34,616 people is enough for anyone to want to play there.

Honorable mention: Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence; WVU Coliseum, West Virginai; Edmond P. Joyce Center, Notre Dame; Verizon Center, Georgetown; Carnesecca Arena, St. John’s

Georgetown Season Preview

2011-2012 Projected Starting Lineup 

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PG Markel Sparks, sophomore
SG Jason Clark, senior
SF Hollis Thompson, junior
PF Nate Lubick, sophomore
C Henry Sims, senior

Key reserves: Otto Porter, freshman; Mikael Hopkins, freshman; Jabril Trawick, freshman

Georgetown has been disappointing the last few seasons. The Hoyas haven’t finished higher than eighth in the Big East the last three seasons. Also the Hoyas have been ousted early in the NCAA Tournament the last two seasons by 14th seeded Ohio and 11th-seed Virginia Commonwealth.

This year will only be more difficult for the now younger Georgetown squad. Head coach John Thompson III lost Austin Freeman, Chris Wright, and Julian Vaughn to graduation.

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His top returner is senior Jason Clark. Clark should be a good three-point shooter, but his three-point percentage dropped by seven percent from sophomore to junior seasons.

Clark, along with returners Hollis Thompson and Nate Lubick , will need to up the production tremendously.

Henry Sims, who played limited in his first three seasons, will more than likely become the starting center. With the starting backcourt leaving there are huge question marks at point guard.

Sophomore Markel Starks played in 30 games as a freshman.

On a positive note Georgetown have six incoming freshman, so coach Thompson can build a strong program in the upcoming years.

The last few season have not been good down in D.C. and this year doesn’t look very promising. The Hoyas may as well look forward to the future and build the program with the six first-year players.

Big East News: Tranghese retire; Dave Gavitt honored; Basketball schools unite

Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese retires– SportingNews.com

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Late Big East Commissioner David Gavitt honored BigEast.org

Non-FBS schools should unite ESPN.Go.Com

Thursday Throwback: Remember how funny this commercial was?

I hate Snickers, I’m allergic to peanuts, but this made me want to down a whole box. I know it’s not really a throwback because this commercial is like 2-3 years old, but it’s way to funny.

By the way Patrick Ewing hasn’t dunked since the turn of the millennium.