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If you are a Georgetown fan and still have any nails left after this week, give yourself a pat on the back. The Hoyas survived double overtime against Connecticut and then staved off a tricky Rutgers team to stretch their impressive winning streak to 11 and maintain a one-game lead in the Big East.
Louisville, after knocking off Syracuse and DePaul, and Marquette, after beating the Orange and Notre Dame, are right on Georgetown’s tail. Both will likely finish the season strong, so the Hoyas would be wise to push that streak to 13.
Pittsburgh took care of business against South Florida and Villanova, while the Irish lost their only contest of the week to the Golden Eagles. With so many quality teams continuously beating each other, the Big East tournament will be appointment viewing for college basketball followers.
One team that keeps getting beaten is Syracuse, which has now dropped three in a row after falling to Louisville and Marquette. The Orange are running out of time to turn things around.
As for life on the Big East bubble, Villanova took two crippling losses to Seton Hall and Pitt, Cincinnati survived against Shabazz Napier-less Connecticut and St. John’s took an ill-advised loss to Providence.