HARTFORD, CT - JANUARY 29: Eric Atkins #0 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish reacts after he made a three point shot in the second half against the Connecticut Huskies on January 29, 2012 at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the Connecticut Huskies 50-48. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
There were only two Big East basketball games on Sunday: the Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. the No. 19 Connecticut Huskies and the Providence Friars vs. the South Florida Bulls. Notre Dame upset UConn and South Florida held serve at home against the Friars.
Notre Dame 50, No. 19 UConn 48: Notre Dame improved to 6-3 in league play with the win over UConn. The Huskies have now dropped their third straight game and are 4-4 in the Big East. Connecticut shot 50% from the field in the first half and held Notre Dame to 36.4%. Yet, Notre Dame was only down 24-21 at the half because they made 4-9 from behind the arc. Despite dominating the points in the paint 26-10 for the game, UConn was unable to hang onto the lead. Notre Dame stormed out of the gates in the second half on a 13-0 run while UConn shot a barrage of missed three-pointers in the second half. The Huskies finished just 3-13 from behind the arc (2-10 in the second half). Notre Dame was only 3-13 from three-point range in the second half but was 8-10 from the free throw line. Ultimately, the run to start the second half was too much for UConn to overcome. The Irish were led by 13 points from Eric Atkins, 11 points from Jerian Grant and 10 points from Jack Cooley. Andre Drummond had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Huskies and Jeremy Lamb chipped in 16 points. For more postgame Notre Dame coverage, visit One Foot Down or the SB Nation Indiana storystream. For more postgame UConn coverage, visit The UConn Blog or the SB Nation Boston storystream.
South Florida 81, Providence 78: South Florida improved to 6-3 in the Big East this season when they held off Providence. The game was played fairly close until the last five minutes when it appeared USF was going to pull away. They didn't. Bryce Cotton and LaDontae Henton led a 9-3 Providence run in just 23 seconds of gametime to cut the lead to 80-78 with nine seconds to play. South Florida was able to keep the Friars at bay by hitting 6-8 free throws in the final 36 seconds. South Florida was led by double digit scoring from Hugh Robertson, Anthony Collins, Toarlyn Fitzpatrick, Ron Anderson Jr. and Augustus Gilchrist. Providence got a career-high 33 points from LaDontae Henton. Bryce Cotton chipped in 16 points for the Friars. For more postgame South Florida coverage, visit Voodoo Five (side note: today is their second anniversary).
The only Big East game tonight is Pitt at West Virginia (7 p.m., TV: ESPN).