Big East Basketball: Notre Dame & South Florida Move to 3-0, Pitt Drops First Game

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Ron Anderson Jr. #1 and Augustus Gilchrist #24 of the South Florida Bulls celebrate after a play in the second half against the Villanova Wildcats during the first round of the 2011 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament presented by American Eagle Outfitters at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Two out of three ain't bad? After Wednesday, Notre Dame and South Florida (yes, the Bulls!) are 3-0 on the season. Pittsburgh was in late season form yesterday losing to Long Beach State.

  • Let's start with the bad. Pitt was ranked #9 and lost their first game of the season at home to Long Beach State 86-76. The Panthers allowed the 49ers to shoot 59.3% from the field for the game. Pittsburgh trailed 45-36 at the break. Long Beach State's Casper Ware led all scorers with 28 points. Ashton Gibbs had 20 points to lead Pitt but was only 8-21 from the field. The 49ers had three guys dish out at least six assists and beat the Panthers on the glass 26-25.
  • Notre Dame pounded Sam Houston State 74-41. After scoring only 12 total points in Notre Dame's first two games, freshman guard/forward Pat Connaughton scored 24 against the Bearkats. Connaughton was 6-10 from the three-point line vs. Sam Houston State's team total 3-15. Jerian Grant had 17 points, 7 assists and 6 boards for the Irish. Notre Dame has one more game to play without Tim Abromaitiswho was suspended for four games by the NCAA playing in exhibition games during a redshirt sophomore season.
  • South Florida beat Florida Southern (that's a DII school) 73-43. The Bulls were 7-14 from the three-point line and 8-15 from the free throw line. The Moccasins were held to just 25.7% from the field which allowed South Florida to haul down FIFTY rebounds (only 13 were offensive). Augustus Gilchrist led South Florida in scoring with 15 points.
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