This Week in Big East

After one week of conference play, the Big East has started quickly with five teams in the top 25 and a 150-36 overall combined record in non-conference play, but now its time for the deepest conference in college basketball to take on each other in conference play.

In the first week there has already been two big upsets as Cincinnati took out the tenth ranked Connecticut Huskies on Wednesday Night 71-69, led by Freshman guard Lance Stephenson who hit two free throws with .7 seconds remaining. Then on Saturday the Pittsburgh Panthers beat the fifth ranked Syracuse Orangemen 82-72 as guards Ashton Gibbs and Jermaine Dixon combined for 45 points for Pitt. Dixon who has only played in that last few games this season busted on to the scene to help Gibbs who is currently eleventh in the Big East in scoring averaging about 17 points per game.

On Monday the week started with a bang as the Rutgers Scarlet Knights took the North Carolina Tar Heels to the limits, but finally fell 81-67 in Chapel Hill. In the other big games, Marquette put a scare into West Virginia as West Virginia held on to win 63-63. Then on Friday, West Virginia got there first loss of the season to the Purdue Boilermakers 77-62.

Currently leading the conference is Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, West Virginia who are currently 2-0, sitting at 1-0 in the conference is Villanova, Georgetown, and Louisville. Cincinnati and Pittsburgh will meet Monday night at Fifth Third Arena, so one team will get a big head start in the conference going to 3-0, a huge advantage in the grueling 18 game conference schedule.

Conference Leaders


1. Luke Harangody, N. Dame 23.8 PPG

2. Jeremy Hazell, Seton Hall 23.3 PPG

3. Jerome Dyson, Connecticut 20.2 PPG

4. Lazar Hayward, Marquette 19.1 PPG

5. Jamine Peterson, Providence 18.3 PPG

26. Lance Stephenson, Cincinnati 13.3 PPG


1. Herb Pope, Seton Hall 12.3 RPG

2. Jamine Peterson, Providence 10.8 RPG

3. Greg Monroe, Georgetown 10.5 RPG

4. Luke Harangody, N. Dame 10.1 RPG

5. Wes Johnson, Syracuse 9.0 RPG

Yancy Gates 6.3 RPG


1. Kemba Walker, Connecticut 6.1 APG

2. Eugene Harvey, Seton Hall 5.7 APG

3. Scoop Jardine, Syracuse 5.5 APG

4. Ben Hansbrough, Notre Dame 5.3 APG

5. Andy Rautins, Syracuse 5.2 APG

15. Deonta Vaughn 4.1 APG

Big Games this Week


Pittsburgh at Cincinnati 7 PM


Memphis at # 5 Syracuse 7 PM


# 6 West Virginia at Notre Dame 8 PM

# 10 Connecticut at # 13 Notre Dame

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