Entries in Big East (26)


(18) Creighton Squeaks Past Butler 

Eric Francis/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Doug McDermott scored a game-high 26 points including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 47.8 seconds left to help No. 18 Creighton avoid the upset and beat Butler 68-63, Thursday night.

Creighton and Bulter traded punch-for-punch in a second half that had six lead changes, but McDermott's three and Austin Chatman's four free throws in the final seconds pushed the Blue Jays to victory.

"It's really good for us because we had to grind one out," said coach Greg McDermott, Doug's father. "We had a chance at St. John's (Sunday) and we didn't get it done. Tonight, Doug hit the 3 that he missed the other night and we made the free throws that we missed the other night."

Creighton (20-4, 10-2 Big East) has now won 15 of 17 and is only a half game behind Villanova for first in the Big East.

Butler (12-13, 2-11 Big East) received 16 points from guard Kellen Dunham in the loss.

The win wasn't the only thing McDermott could enjoy: The senior passed Allan Houston and Kevin Bradshaw to take over 15th place on the NCAA's career scoring list with 2,824 points.

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Creighton Drains 21 3-Pointers, Blows Out (4) Villanova

Eric Francis/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Ethan Wragge tied a school record with nine made three-pointers while the Creighton Blue Jays set a new Big East record with 21 treys in their 96-68 dismantiling of No. 4 Villanova on Monday. It was the first win over a top-5 team for Creighton since 1970.

The barrage began early as the Blue Jays (16-3, 6-1 Big East) hit their first nine attempts from distance and led 30-12 before Doug McDermott sank the first basket from inside the arc with 11:52 to play in the first half. Villanova (16-2, 5-1 Big East) would made a run before the break, outscoring Creighton 20-7 over the final six minutes of the first and trailed 54-41 at halftime.

In the second half, Creighton's offense did not let up and the defense clamped down. The Wildcats had no answer as they watched the Blue Jays increase their lead to as many as 41 and empty out their own arena. Creighton was 21-for-35 (60%) from downtown and held Villanova to just 27 second half points.

With 13:59 to play in the second, Wragge hit his ninth three of the game tying Kyle Korver's school record. The senior finished with 27 points while McDermott added 23 in the win. Jahenns Manigat buried home the record-breaking three with 7:33 left, giving Creighton an 88-50 lead.

It was the worst loss in the 13 seasons of Villanova head coach Jay Wright. James Bell paced the squad with 19 points as the Wildcats were playing with their highest ranking since being No. 3 in 2010.

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Former Big East Becomes American Athletic Conference 

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  The conference formally known as the Big East has been renamed the American Athletic Conference

University presidents have approved the name change beginning this year and the conference announced the decision on Wednesday.

"Versions that included the word 'American' led every list," commissioner Mike Aresco said in a statement, explaining the change. "American Athletic Conference represents a strong, durable and aspirational name for our re-invented Conference."

The old Big East conference needed a new conference name because the Catholic 7 schools -- DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John's and Villanova -- kept the Big East name when they announced they were splitting and forming their new league.  They are being joined by Butler, Creighton, and Xavier beginning in July and will have a 10-team league moving forward.

In 2013, the members are: Louisville, Rutgers, Central Florida, Temple, Houston, Memphis, SMU, Cincinnati, UConn and South Florida. In 2015, what will then be a 12-team league will split into two six-team divisions, the makeup of which is still to be determined. It also will hold a conference football championship game, which will be nationally televised.

The American Athletic Conference will have Louisville and Rutgers for one full year before they depart for the ACC and Big Ten Conference respectively, beginning in 2014.

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Georgetown Routs Syracuse En Route To Big East Crown 

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --  No. 5 Georgetown wrapped up a share of the Big East regular-season title by routing No. 17 Syracuse 61-39, on Saturday afternoon.

It was a nostalgic day for both teams as it was the last regular-season meeting between the two teams as Big East rivals.

"It's special because the Big East, as we have known it, is ending," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "Georgetown won the first one, and now Georgetown's won the last. So that means a lot."

Markel Starks led the Hoyas (24-5, 14-4 Big East) with 19 points, while D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 15 points and five rebounds.  The Hoyas held Syracuse to its lowest scoring output ever as a member of the Big East.

National player of the year Otto Porter Jr. was held without a field-goal until the second half.  He finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists.

Georgetown will be the No. 1 seed at the Big East tournament next week at Madison Square Garden.

Syracuse (23-8, 11-7) was hoping for a double-bye in the tournament, but with the loss it will finish outside the top four in the conference.  The Orange were led by Michael Carter-Williams' 17 points.

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Catholic 7 Leaving Big East

Tom Maguire/BIG EAST Conference/Collegiate Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Catholic 7 departure is official.  DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John's and Villanova will form a 10-team league by adding Butler, Xavier and Creighton, sources told ESPN's Andy Katz.

"I am pleased that this agreement has been reached," Big East commissioner Mike Aresco said on Friday.

"With the long-term well-being of our outstanding institutions and their student-athletes of paramount importance, each group worked through a number of complex issues in an orderly, comprehensive and amicable manner marked by mutual respect.  We part ways as friends and colleagues and look forward to the success of both conferences," Aresco continued.

The Big East announced the move will come on June 30.

"We have not chosen a new conference name at this time and there are no favorites," Aresco said in a statement. "We are going through a thoughtful evaluation of potential names for our conference, and will select a name in a timely manner."

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No. 10 Louisville Takes Down Syracuse 58-53

Nate Shron/Getty Images(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) --  Russ Smith scored 18 points, Luke Hancock added 12 and No. 10 Louisville (24-5, 12-4 Big East), took down No. 12 Syracuse 58-53 on Saturday at the Carrier Dome.

Syracuse (22-7, 10-6), has now lost three-straight games, including two in a row at the Carrier Dome.

Hancock broke a 51-51 tie by hitting a huge three-pointer with 51 seconds left that proved to be the dagger.

"It's big," said Hancock, who hit four three-pointers for all of his points in the game. "This was like a tournament game. It was that kind of atmosphere. This prepares us well. It definitely gives us confidence going into the end of the season. We want to win out the rest of our games and this was another step."

It was a revenge game for Louisville. The Cardinals lost to Syracuse 70-68 back in January on a game-winning dunk by Michael Carter-Williams in the final seconds.

The Orange won the rebounding battle 41-36 but allowed the Cardinals to make eight three-pointers. Gorgui Dieng chipped in 11 points and 14 boards.

C.J. Fair led the Orange with 19 points, while James Southerland scored 13.

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(22) Marquette Tops (12) Syracuse

Tom Maguire/BIG EAST Conference/Collegiate Images/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) -- Davante Gardner sure picked a nice time to play well.

Gardner had a career-high 26 points to lead 22nd-ranked Marquette past 12th-ranked Syracuse, 74-71 on Monday at the Bradley Center.

"Against their zone he understands where their gap is," Marquette coach Buzz Williams said of his center. "He just understands space and obviously he did a really good job." Gardner also added eight rebounds.

In Marquette's last game against Villanova, Gardner was benched after playing just 11 minutes. He played 33 minutes in this one, pulling Marquette into second place in the Big East Conference. 

Syracuse (22-6) lost their second straight game and squandered an 11-point first half lead. "We scored enough points tonight, I just think our defense wasn't good enough, especially our rebounding," Orange coach Jim Boeheim said.

C.J. Fair had 20 points to lead Syracuse.

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Georgetown Knocks Off Syracuse 57-46 In Thriller 

Nate Shron/Getty Images(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- Otto Porter Jr. exploded for 33 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 11 Georgetown to a stunning victory over No. 8 Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon.

It was the final game between Georgetown (21-4, 11-3 Big East) and Syracuse in the Carrier Dome as members of the Big East.  The Orange will be joining the ACC in July.

The incredible performance by Porter snapped a 38-game winning streak in the Carrier Dome for the Orange (22-5, 10-4).   The Hoyas also ended Syracuse's 57-game home winning streak 33 years ago at Manley Field House.

C.J. Fair led the Orange with 13 points.  The 46 points scored by Syracuse was its fewest ever inside the Carrier Dome.

Porter was the only Georgetown player to score more than 7 points in the win.

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony was on hand to have his No. 15 jersey retired.  He led the Orange to the schools only national championship back in 2003.

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Notre Dame (25) Starts Slow, Outlasts Pitt (20)

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- The Fighting Irish found out how to turn a slow start into a win.

Notre Dame, ranked 25th, defeated 20th-ranked Pittsburgh, 51-42 on Monday night despite scoring just three points over the first 13:54 of the game.

Notre Dame (21-6) coach Mike Brey then got a technical foul for screaming at referee John Gaffney leading into a timeout. "I was just so frustrated," Brey said. "... He probably could have thrown me out because I stayed after him and he looked away, so I thank him for that."

That seemed to get the Irish going, as they finished the first half on a 16-3 run after missing 18 of their first 19 shots.

In the second half, Notre Dame got a big contribution from Jack Cooley, who scored 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds overall.

Tray Woodall had 11 points for Pittsburgh (20-7), who were held without a three-pointer for the second time this season.

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End of an Era: UConn Tops (6) Syracuse 66-58

Bob Stowell/Getty Images(HARTFORD, Conn.) -- Ryan Boatright scored 17 and Omar Calhoun chipped in 15 as UConn upset No. 6 Syracuse 66-58 Wednesday night, in the two teams final meeting in the Big East.

Syracuse is heading to the Atlantic Coast Conference next season while UConn will stay in the Big East. The teams met 70 times as members of the Big East with Syracuse holding a 37-33 advantage.

UConn is banned from the Big East and the NCAA Tournaments this season, eliminating any opportunities the teams would have to play in the postseason.

Syracuse (20-4, 8-3 Big East) hit a dismal four of its 23 shots from 3-point-land, while UConn (17-6, 7-4 Big East) shot eight for 14 from long range.

Michael Carter-Williams, who leads the nation in assists-per-game with 8.5, had only one assist in the loss.

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