Road Numbers

Notre Dame's loss to South Florida this past Saturday moved the Irish's record in true road games to 1-4 on the season. There's a saying that it's hard to win anywhere on the road in college basketball. No. 19 Notre Dame is living by the motto this year. But how are the other Big East teams doing on the road in league play? Here are the top-12 teams' records in the conference away from home.

*Pittsburgh (8-1): 4-0 in Big East road games (beat Syracuse, DePaul, Cincinnati and Villanova).

*Marquette (7-2): 4-1 in conference road games (beat Connecticut, Louisville, Pittsburgh and South Florida).

*Georgetown (6-2): 3-1 in Big East road games (beat Rutgers, Seton Hall and St. John's).

*West Virginia (7-3): 2-3 in league conference road games (beat Rutgers and Seton Hall).

*Louisville (6-3): 3-2 in Big East road games (beat South Florida, DePaul and Cincinnati).

*Notre Dame (6-4): 1-4 in conference road games (beat Syracuse).

*Syracuse (5-5): 2-3 in league road games (beat Marquette and Rutgers).

*Providence (4-4): 1-3 in Big East road games (beat Connecticut).

*Villanova (4-5): 2-3 in conference road games (beat Georgetown and Providence).

*Connecticut (4-6): 1-4 in league road games (beat St. John's).

*St. John's (4-6): 1-4 in Big East road games (beat Cincinnati).

*DePaul (4-6): 2-4 in conference road games (beat Villanova and Rutgers).

To sum up these stats, Notre Dame is tied for the worst road record in the Big East among the top-12 teams. It's easy to see why Pittsburgh, Marquette and Georgetown are the top teams in the conference. Combined, they have a 11-2 record away from home.

What is the difference in the Irish's performances at the Joyce Center and away from home in Big East play? There are a few differences. In five games in South Bend, Notre Dame is allowing 63 points per game and have a rebounding margin of +21 in those contests. In the five conference road games, the Irish allow 79 PPG and the rebounding margin is -28.

The Irish have three road games remaining. They travel to DePaul on Thursday night, go to Cincinnati on February 18th and then make a journey to New Jersey on March 3rd to Rutgers to end the conference regular season. The positive: these three teams have a combined mark of 7-21 in Big East play. A 3-0 swing is a possibility and anything less than 2-1 would be a disappointment. The negative: they've already lost to St. John's and South Florida on the road, who are a combined 7-12 in league action.


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