Big East Notes

Notes of interest from the Big East basketball conference

With BIG EAST Play, Parity Arrives Early

Only one of the 16 BIG EAST teams has played more than three conference games, yet there are only two squads that have not lost a game already and only two teams that have not won a game. Pittsburgh is 3-0 and Providence is 2-0. Every other league team has tasted a defeat.

With BIG EAST Play, Many Streaks End

Some proof of the unpredictability of BIG EAST play can be found in the fact that many schools saw long winning streaks end in the first week of conference play. Here is a sampling:

Jan. 6 Notre Dame's 12-game winning streak ended at Georgetown
Jan. 8 West Virginia's eight-game winning streak ended at Notre Dame
Jan. 10 Georgetown's seven-game winning streak ended against Villanova
Jan. 12 Connecticut's 31-game home winning streak ended against Marquette

With BIG EAST Play, Can Some Streaks Continue?

How long can Pittsburgh and Providence continue to stay unbeaten in league play? The Panthers' next two games are at home, but they are against two opponents who have been ranked most of the season -- Georgetown on Saturday and Connecticut on Tuesday. If the Panthers can beat Georgetown to be 4-0 in the BIG EAST, it will be their third 4-0 start in the last four years. If Providence can prevail at Louisville on Saturday, it will be the Friars' first 3-0 start in conference play since 1988-89.

With BIG EAST Play, Couch Potatoes Are In Heaven

This week has been a television delight for BIG EAST fans. It started with Villanova and Georgetown kicking off ESPN's Big Monday package. Tuesday on ESPN2, Notre Dame edged West Virginia 61-58. On Wednesday, it was Pittsburgh winning at DePaul 59-49 on ESPN2. Tonight, it is St. John's battling Seton Hall on ESPN. Saturday's schedule shows a few choices. West Virginia travels to Marquette for a noon ET tipoff on ESPN. Also at noon, Providence plays at Louisville on the ESPN Regional/BIG EAST Game of the Week which reaches almost one-third of the country. At 1 p.m., Villanova meets Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on CBS. At 9 p.m. Georgetown plays at Pittsburgh on ESPN. ESPN Gameday will be live from the Petersen Events Center throughout the day.

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