Big East Basketball Update

Notes and items of interest from the Big East basketball confernce

BIG EAST Has Three In The Top Four

Connecticut, Villanova and Louisville all moved up one spot in the Associated Press Poll this week to the second, third and fourth positions. It is only the second time in the history of the AP poll that one conference has had three teams among the top four.

Beating A Ranked Foe On The Road Again

For the second straight week, an unranked BIG EAST team won on the road against a ranked opponent. On Tuesday, DePaul won at Wake Forest, 84-81. The Blue Demons ended Wake Forest's 21-game homecourt winning streak. Wake Forest is ranked 16th this week by AP. Last week, it was Notre Dame winning at No. 22 Alabama, 78-71. Last Saturday, Cincinnati won at Vanderbilt, 92-83. Vanderbilt was not ranked, but it did have its 28-game home winning streak against non-league foes broken by the Bearcats.

Big East's CBS Exposure Starts Saturday

Saturday's Louisville at Kentucky game is the first of 11 games on CBS involving BIG EAST teams. CBS will carry six non-league games followed by five conference contests. The schedule (all times are EST):

Dec. 17 Louisville at Kentucky 2:00
Jan. 7 LSU at Connecticut 4:00
Jan. 14 Villanova at Texas 1:00
Jan. 21 Duke at Georgetown 1:30
Jan. 21 West Virginia at UCLA 3:45
Feb. 4 Connecticut at Indiana 1:00
Feb. 18 Connecticut at West Virginia 3:45
Feb. 25 Louisville at West Virginia 1:30
Feb. 26 Villanova at Connecticut 2:00
Mar. 4 Louisville at Connecticut 2:00
Mar. 5 Villanova at Syracuse Noon

Ex-BIG EAST Stars Shine In Community Service

Dikembe Mutombo and Alonzo Mourning, two of the greatest centers in the history of Georgetown University, were featured recently in a story on which focused on community service. Mutombo and Mourning were recognized among the top 10 "most generous athletes." Mutombo was tabbed No. 1 while Mourning was eighth. Mutombo has donated an astounding $15 million to build a hospital in his native Congo. Alonzo Mourning Charities helps finance 100 Black Men of South Florida, which provides educational and economic assistance for all minorities. Mutombo graduated in 1991, one year ahead of Mourning.

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