Well, yesterday sucked.
But the sun rose today, and the Big East can certainly do better today, right/
Let’s recap the crappy night that was and get you primed for a better today, shall we?
The dirty and dirty on Michigan (Anonymous Eagle)
After two games where Marquette was lackluster in the first half and amazing in the second half, Marquette was bad in the first half and the second half didn't matter on Thursday night. Michigan outscored Marquette 35-11 to close the first half up 50-26 and was never really threatened after the break before winning, 79-61, in the semifinals of the 2K Classic.
What’s an ugly win mean? (Banners on the Parkway)
Two of Xavier’s wins have come by a grand total of four points. The other was marred by 59 fouls in 40 minutes. These have not been the kind of wins that have brought Xavier fans leaping to the fore on national forums or celebrating in the streets. Winning ugly counts, though, and the Musketeers are 3-0 and still ranked in the top 15. That’s really all that matters, right?
Everything sucks. (Casual Hoya)
Those words do not apply to games where one team is coached by John Thompson III. Since 2008, JT3's teams have lost time and again to inferior teams that played with superior heart, training, and strategy. The opponent's guards have always been quicker, its ball movement always crisper, and its focus greater as Georgetown has routinely surrendered 20-point deficits, never to fully recover. This happens year after year after year, until the years turn into a decade.
What’re we thinkin’ about in Friartown? (Friar Basketball)
Many Providence fans were familiar with Ohio State guard JaQuan Lyle well before he took to the floor against the Friars on Thursday night. At one point Lyle was a Louisville commit and top 30 player nationally who re-opened his recruitment in February 2014. The first team to call Lyle when his recruitment started anew? Providence.
A hard-fought effort goes down in Columbus (PCBB 1917)
Rodney Bullock did his best to carry the Providence Friars to a road victory at Ohio State in Providence’s second appearance in the Gavitt Tipoff Games. Bullock’s 27 points on 8/20 shooting and 8 rebounds weren’t good enough.
Powell powers The Hall to victory (SHU Hoops)
A trio of 20-point games from Khadeen Carrington (20 pts, 3 asts), Desi Rodriguez (25 pts, 9 rebs) and freshman Myles Powell (26 pts, 2 stls) saw Seton Hall past Iowa 91-83 on the road in a respect-earning Gavitt Games victory. You can say you’re surprised, but you really shouldn’t be. If you watched Seton Hall’s first two games, Myles Powell’s coming out party on Thursday night in Iowa City isn’t shocking.
‘Nova gets it done ugly (VU Hoops)
An early tip-off meant a slow start for the Villanova Wildcats, but they eventually put the Western Michigan Broncos away 76-65 in the opening round of the Gildan Charleston Classic. The Broncos’ Thomas Wilder led all scorers with 19 points, while Eric Paschall led the ‘Cats with 17 points. Josh Hart and Jalen Brunson both recorded 14 points of their own.