For the second time in the history of the Big East, the league can boast three teams in the top five of the Associated Press poll. This week, Connecticut (6-0) is third, Villanova (5-0) is fourth and Louisville (5-0) is fifth. UConn received nine first-place votes and Villanova had one. The other time the Big East had three in the top five was Jan. 1, 1985 when Georgetown was No. 1, St. John's was No. 4 and Syracuse was No. 5.
Big East teams had a number of impressive home wins against major conference foes over the past week. Last Wednesday versus Temple, Rutgers guard Quincy Douby scored 27 points to propel the Scarlet Knights to a 67-53 victory. Douby, who averaged 31.5 points in a 2-0 week for Rutgers, was named the ESPN.com National Player of the Week. In a match-up against then-No. 5 Oklahoma of the Big 12 Conference on Saturday, No. 4 Villanova rode the play of standout guard Randy Foye to an 85-74 victory at a sold-out Pavilion in front of a national ESPN television audience. On Sunday, Pittsburgh remained undefeated by posting its largest victory in three years over SEC foe Auburn, 78-41, in front of a sellout crowd at the Petersen Events Center.
Big East teams also had impressive roads wins against major conference competition. Georgetown defeated Pac-10 foe Oregon on Saturday, ending the Ducks' 35-game home non-conference win streak at McArthur Court. Notre Dame spoiled the rededication of Coleman Coliseum at Alabama, defeating the 22nd ranked Crimson Tide, 78-71. The win over the SEC opponent was seen on ESPN and in front of a sell-out of 12,414.
Big East on Television
In addition to expanding to 16 teams making it the nation's largest Division I conference, the Big East has also expanded its already dominant presence on national television this season. The Big East will have 202 games on television during the 2005-06 season, including 43 on national television. This week is no different, as the Big East boasts five games on ESPN networks, including two on ESPN, two on ESPN2 and one on ESPNU.
December 8 Georgetown at Illinois (ESPN)
December 8 UMass at Connecticut (ESPN2)
December 10 Michigan at USF (ESPN2)
December 10 Marquette at Wisconsin (ESPNU)
December 13 DePaul at Wake Forest (ESPN)
West Virginia University Ticket Manager Debby Travinski announced today that the men's basketball game between West Virginia and Marquette on Saturday, January 14, is a sell out.
The game will tip-off at 2:00 p.m., and can be heard on MSN Radio. The game will also be televised by ESPN Plus.
Tickets for all other remaining games are on sale at the Mountaineer Ticket Office in the WVU Coliseum or by calling 1-800-WVU GAME.