Big East conference play began on Tuesday when the No. 22 Pittsburgh Panthers played the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Providence Friars played the St. John's Red Storm. The teams that had been tested by Top 25 competition (Notre Dame and St. John's) won handily on Tuesday.
Notre Dame 72, No. 22 Pittsburgh 59: The Irish have now made at least one three-pointer in 422 consecutive games. They used 7 threes to beat Pitt for the fourth time in a row on Tuesday. The Panthers were only 1-14 from behind the arc. Notre Dame trailed 26-25 after the first half. The Irish took the lead just 10 seconds into the second half. The teams traded the lead over the next five minutes. At the halfway mark of the second half, Notre Dame pushed the game out of reach with a 17-6 run. Alex Dragicevich led Notre Dame with 22 points (4-7 from behind the arc). Eric Atkins and Jerian Grant also reached double figures for the Irish. Talib Zanna led Pitt with 13 points and 12 rebounds. For more postgame coverage from the Notre Dame side, visit One Foot Down. For more postgame coverage from the Pitt side, visit Cardiac Hill.