The Big East only had a 3-2 day in Tuesday's basketball action. #5 Syracuse, #20 Cincinnati and Villanova continued on unbeaten this season while Rutgers and West Virginia suffered their first setbacks.
- Syracuse (3-0) beat a scrappy Albany team led by guard Gerardo Suero 98-74. Suero led the Great Danes in points (31), steals (2), assists (4) and rebounds (6). Kris Joseph and James Southerland tied for the Syracuse scoring lead with 19 points. The win advances the Orange to the semifinal round of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Syracuse, the 1 seed, will meet the 4 seed Virginia Tech on Nov. 23 at Madison Square Garden (click here to see the full bracket). The game will be played at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
- Cincinnati (2-0) defeated Jacksonville State 73-59. The Bearcats raced out to a 44-21 halftime lead and then packed it in with a 27-point lead in the second half. Jacksonville State fought back and outscored the Bearcats 38-29 in the second half. Cincinnati once again was sloppy with the ball and finished with 20 turnovers. Cashmere Wright and Dion Dixon combined to score 43 points for the Bearcats.
- Villanova (2-0) needed overtime to turn in a 76-69 win against La Salle. The Wildcats trailed by six with just 1:26 left in the second half. Tyreek Duren led the Explorers with 24 points on 8-17 shooting. Maalik Wayns was only 5-16 from the floor but led Villanova with 22 points because of a perfect 10-10 night at the free throw line. Dominic Cheek scored 8 of his 18 points in the overtime period. Mouphtaou Yarou had a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.