Big East Notebook

Six Big East games highlight Saturday's television schedule in men's basketball action

TV Bonanza On Saturday

BIG EAST fans coast-to-coast can be couch potatoes Saturday with six games on television throughout the day. At noon ET, fans can choose between Notre Dame at Syracuse on ESPN or USF at West Virginia on the Big East Network Game of the Week. At 1:30, the TV remote gets more use when Georgetown plays at Duke on CBS Sports. At 2 p.m., ESPNU carries Cincinnati at DePaul. Get the TV dinners out for No. 1 Pittsburgh at No. 20 Louisville at 6 p.m. on ESPN. The day ends with Marquette playing at Providence on ESPN2 at 9 p.m.


Hoyas Plowing Through Tough Stretch

It seems that every Big East team has one particularly difficult stretch on its schedule. The Georgetown Hoyas might be in the middle of theirs, right now. Wednesday's 88-74 win over Syracuse was the fourth time in the last five games that the Hoyas played a ranked opponent. This season, Georgetown has played six games against ranked foes, the most of any school in the country. On the horizon, four of the Hoyas' next five games are on the road, starting with Saturday's game at No. 2 Duke. Three other future GU opponents are currently ranked. Georgetown is 12-3 overall and ranked No. 12 by ESPN/USA Today.


Ranked Vs. Ranked

Already this season, the Big East has had nine conference games in which both teams were nationally ranked. The most recent was Wednesday night when Georgetown, ranked 13th by Associated Press and 12th by ESPN/USA Today, beat Syracuse, ranked eighth in both polls, 88-74. In the nine games between ranked Big East teams, the lower ranked team has won six times.


The Big East Has The Most Players On The Naismith Trophy List

Eleven Big East standouts are among the 50 candidates on the Naismith Trophy watch list. The Naismith Trophy Presented by AT&T is one of the top national player of the year awards. It is presented at the NCAA Final Four. Among the Big East's group of 11, Connecticut has three players on the list, Jeff Adrien, A.J. Price and Hasheem Thabeet. Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and Marquette have two each on the list. Pitt has DeJuan Blair and Sam Young. Notre Dame is represented by Luke Harangody and Kyle McAlarney. Marquette has Dominic James and Jerel McNeal. Louisville's Earl Clark and Villanova's Scottie Reynolds also are on the list.


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