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Big East Tournament Day 2 Recap: Cincy, 'Cuse, 'Nova, Notre Dame Advance

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 13:  Shaquille Thomas #3 of the Cincinnati Bearcats goes up for the basket as Kadeem Batts #10 of the Providence Friars defends during the second round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 13, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2013

The second round of the Big East Tournament got underway on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden  in New York City. 

After a dubious first round that saw Seton Hall and Rutgers advance on Tuesday, the product on the court was upgraded in the second round. 

 

No. 9 Cincinnati 61, No. 8 Providence 44

The first game of the day featured the Cincinnati Bearcats and the Providence Friars. 

While most of the pregame hype surrounding this game was about the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament possibilities of both teams, the talk after the game was all about the hideous uniforms worn by the Bearcats. 

Cincinnati's new Adidas uniforms looked more like a pair of Zubaz than anything else and they gained plenty of discussion on Twitter. 

As for the game itself, Sean Kilpatrick led all scorers with 17 points in a game where the Bearcats were dominant throughout.

 

No. 5 Syracuse 75, No. 12 Seton Hall 63

The second game on Wednesday provided a bit more excitement than the preceding game. 

Underdogs Seton Hall kept the game close for the entire first half and for the start of the second half.

The Orange began to pull away after the under-12 minute media timeout with point guard Michael Carter-Williams leading the way. 

The sophomore guard fell two assists short of his season-high by dishing out 14 assists. 

In the losing effort, Seton Hall's Aaron Cosby led all scorers with 22 points. 

 

No. 7 Villanova 66, No. 10 St. John's 53

In a rematch of one of the best Big East regular-season games played this season, the Villanova Wildcats secured their spot in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament by beating St. John's.

After being tied at halftime, Jay Wright's Wildcats stormed away from the host team in the second half.

Senior center Mouphtaou Yarou scored a game-high 18 points to go along with his seven rebounds. Ryan Arcidiacono (15 points) and JayVaughn Pinkston (12 points) also scored over double digits in the victory. 

 

No. 6 Notre Dame 69, No. 11 Rutgers 61

For the second time on Wednesday, the attention was shifted towards the horrendous Adidas uniformsthis time sported by Notre Dame.

When the game finally started, all of the attention shifted to the hot shooting of Fighting Irish sophomore guard Pat Connaughton, who drained six three-pointers on the way to a game-high 21 points. 

Senior forward Tom Knight also had a big night for the Irish by scoring a career-high 18 points. He also recorded a career high in the rebounding department with nine. 

Austin Johnson and Myles Mack both scored 18 points for Rutgers in the loss. 

 

What's On Tap for Thursday

The top four seeds in the Big East Tournament will finally take the court after double-byes to start the week. 

All four games will be televised on ESPN.

No. 9 Cincinnati vs. No. 1 Georgetown, 12 p.m. ET

No. 5 Syracuse vs. No. 4 Pittsburgh, 2:30 p.m. ET

No. 7 Villanova vs. No. 2 Louisville, 7 p.m. ET

No. 6 Notre Dame/ No. 11 Rutgers vs. No. 3 Marquette, 9:30 p.m. ET 

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