Wednesday Night Hoopla: Biggest Big East Rivals Clash

Jameson FlemingSenior Writer IJanuary 15, 2009

Big East Battle

Georgetown 88, Syracuse 74

The Big East's best, oldest, and most storied rivalry, between Syracuse and Georgetown, resumed Wednesday night in the nation's capital. John McCain was in attendance to see the Hoyas win a bizarre game by 14 points.

Wednesday's contest reached a level of absurdity when Georgetown went bonkers from three, 12-21 for the game, when the Hoyas are normally 33 percent from beyond the arc. Georgetown also got incredible production out of its normally unproductive bench, as the team's subs totaled 29 points, seven assists, seven rebounds, and five three-pointers.

On the other side, Rick Jackson, a normally good free throw shooter (71 percent coming in), missed seven of eight free throws.

Setting aside all the anomalies in this game, Syracuse played just awful defense, probably the team's worst defensive half since UMass torched this team for 50+ points in the second half of the NIT Quarterfinals last year. Jim Boeheim abandoned man-to-man very early for a zone defense that was completely flat.

Georgetown shot over the zone at the aforementioned absurd clip of 57 percent.

What was normal and has happened all year for John Thompson III was the studly production from freshman center Greg Monroe. The superfrosh couldn't buy a bucket in the first half but still managed to impact the game, finishing with 10 points, seven rebounds, and six usually eye-popping assists.


Trap Games aren't in Wake Forest's Vocabulary

Wake Forest 83, Boston College 63

Wake Forest just beat North Carolina and have fellow undefeated ACC foe Clemson lurking around the corner. So a game against Boston College in between seemed like a perfect opportunity for the Demon Deacons to lose an easy one.

But Dino Gaudio showed how good of a coach he is and had his third-ranked team prepared and ready to beat down Boston College.

Sophomore guard Jeff Teague once again led the Demon Deacons with 29 points. He consistently got to the basket with ease and continued to earn trip after trip to the line.

When Boston College was busy not guarding Teague, the Eagles were very adept at not guarding anyone else as well. Three other Demon Deacons finished in double-digits, led by Al-Farouq Aminu's 15 points.


College Station Clash

Texas A&M 83, Baylor 74

It looks like the Aggies will be taking the Bears' place in the top 25 after Texas A&M knocked off Baylor at home in a game that was never really that close. The Aggies controlled the game from almost the opening tip and dominated the first half behind the stellar play of center Chinemelu Elonu, who flirted with a double-double in the first half.

All five of the Aggies' starters finished in double-digits, while Baylor's top five couldn't get anything going for most of the game. Sharpshooter Curtis Jerrells finished just 4-17 from the field, and the Bears shot just 5-16 from three.

A&M showed off a very strong frontline, but also has just enough guard play to look like a serious contender for the Big 12 title.



Illinois 66, Michigan 51

Manny Harris had 20 points for Michigan, no one else had more than seven...that's a major problem.


Duke 70, Georgia Tech 56

The Yellow Jackets gave the Blue Devils a tough first half, but Duke's defense was too good for G-Tech to find open looks at the basket.


Pitt 75, South Florida 62

Like Georgia Tech, South Florida gave top-ranked Pitt a first half fight but folded down the stretch.


Michigan State 78, Penn State 73

The Spartans avoided being upset in Happy Valley for the second straight season by holding off a furious Nittany Lion comeback.


Davidson 83, Elon 68

Between Stephen Curry's 39 points and four assists, this game is really Elon 68, Curry 50, and the rest of Davidson 33.


Loyola-Maryland 70, NJIT 62

The winless Highlanders made a serious run at their first victory, drawing to within a few points several times, but in the end NJIT's losing streak stands at 50.


Vanderbilt 50, Georgia 40

Ninety combined points—what is this, Big Ten basketball?


Creighton 73, Southern Illinois 72 (OT)

Booker Woodfox for the Blue Jays is the epitome of clutch, as the senior nailed a three with 21 seconds left to put Creighton ahead for good.


Colorado State 71, UNLV 69

The trendy pick of UNLV as a sleeper is not looking so good right now, as the Rebels stand just 1-2 in the Mountain West Conference.


Miami (FL) 62, Maryland 60

Jack McClinton nailed a buzzer beater to send the free-falling Terrapins to another loss.