Big East Tournament 2013 Scores: Updates and Analysis for All Games

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2013

Big East Tournament 2013 Scores: Updates and Analysis for All Games

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    The 2013 Big East tournament could be the last of its kind, so make sure you do not miss a second of the action.

    Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame will all leave to join the ACC next season, according to Matt Norlander of CBS Sports. In addition, the seven catholic schools will form a new conference after the year, leaving only a few current members.

    This provides this year's event with a little extra excitement, as teams want to leave one last impression at Madison Square Garden.

    While Connecticut is ineligible, the other 14 schools all have something to bring to the table and could bring surprises in each round.

    Here are the full results for the entire five-day tournament with analysis of each game. 

Remaining Schedule

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    View Bracket at BigEast.org (all times ET)

    Second Round - Wednesday, March 13

    Game 3: Cincinnati vs. Providence; noon.; ESPN

    Game 4: Seton Hall vs. Syracuse; 2 p.m.; ESPN

    Game 5: St. John's vs. Villanova; 7 p.m.; ESPN2

    Game 6: Rutgers vs. Notre Dame; 9 p.m.; ESPN2

    Quarterfinals - Thursday, March 14

    Game 7: Cincinnati vs. Georgetown; noon.; ESPN

    Game 8: Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh; 2 p.m.; ESPN

    Game 9: Villanova vs. Louisville; 7 p.m.; ESPN

    Game 10: Notre Dame vs. Marquette; 9 p.m. ESPN

    Semifinals - Friday, March 15

    Game 11: Georgetown vs. Syracuse; 7 p.m.; ESPN

    Game 12: Louisville vs. Notre Dame; 9 p.m.; ESPN

    Championship - Saturday, March 16

    Game 13: Semifinal winners; 8:30 p.m.; ESPN

Semifinals, Game 12: Notre Dame vs. Louisville

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    Louisville 69, Notre Dame 57

    The Louisville Cardinals will advance to the Big East Tournament finals to face the Syracuse Orange after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Friday night.

    Louisville gained an early advantage after a solid first half and took a seven-point lead over Notre Dame into the second frame of action.

    The Irish did pull to within three points a few times in the second half, but that seemed to be the magic number they couldn't get past. Instead, the Cardinals maintained a lead throughout the second half and never allowed the Irish to even the score.

    After a stellar performance in an exciting win over Marquette on Thursday night, the Irish didn't get much of a contribution from Pat Connaughton who finished with just nine points on three of six shooting from downtown.

    Russ Smith led the way for the Cardinals with 20 points and he added six assists. Peyton Siva added 12 points, six assists and an astounding seven steals in what was a great all-around game for the backcourt of Louisville.

    Syracuse and Louisville met twice during the season and split the series.

Semifinals, Game 11: Syracuse vs. Georgetown

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    Syracuse 58, Georgetown 55

    The final Big East clash between Syracuse and Georgetown needed overtime to decide a winner.

    Highlighted by excellent team defense and some poor offensive possessions down the stretch, the two Top-20 teams barely broke 100 points. Syracuse's 58 points was good enough to send them into the finals in a 58-55 win.

    C.J. Fair threw down a ferocious slam in the overtime period that gave 'Cuse the momentum to close it out. Fair went an atrocious 3-for-16 from the field, but his final bucket proved to be the difference.

    The Hoyas had multiple opportunities to tie the game with under ten seconds left, but Syracuse's zone defense trapped Porter into a turnover and Jabril Trawick missed a half-court heave at the buzzer.

Quarterfinals, Game 10; Notre Dame vs. Marquette

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    Notre Dame 73, Marquette 65

    The first relatively major upset of the Big East tournament occurred in the last game of the quarterfinals. 

    Marquette earned a share of the regular season title, but the Golden Eagles could not keep up with Notre Dame on the scoreboard and the No. 3 seed was officially eliminated. Then again, it might have just been the uniforms.

    The Fighting Irish played a fundamentally sound game from start to finish and only had seven turnovers in the win. They also got a huge boost from sophomore Pat Connaughton, who made six of his 10 shots from deep to score a game-high 18 points.

    Things only get tougher for Notre Dame, however, as the Irish will have to face Louisville in the semifinals. 

Quarterfinals, Game 9: Villanova vs. Louisville

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    Louisville 74, Villanova 55

    Louisville showed its outstanding defense in this game from beginning to end and defeated Villanova in a rout.

    The Wildcats were held to only 38.9 percent from the floor, including only 2-of-12 from deep, and turned the ball over 24 times. Mouphtaou Yarou had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, but that was not enough for Villanova. 

    Meanwhile, Russ Smith had one of his best games of the year, leading the Cardinals with 28 points. Peyton Siva also added 10 points to go with four assists and three steals.

    Although the blowout will not look good on Villanova's profile for an at-large bid, the team has likely done enough to make the tournament.

    Louisville will move to the semifinal in its quest to win back-to-back Big East championships.

Quarterfinals, Game 8: Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh

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    Syracuse 62, Pittsburgh 59

    This was a physical, typical Big East battle. 

    Fueled by James Southerland's hot outside shooting, Syracuse looked in control early, leading 40-27 at the half.

    But Jamie Dixon's squad fought back. 

    The Panthers slowly clawed away at the lead, moving to within seven with 12 minutes left, four with four minutes left and then just three with a minute left. 

    After a bucket and a foul, Talib Zanna had a chance to complete the comeback and tie the game with 32 seconds remaining, but he missed the free throw, and behind Michael Carter-Williams' freebies, Syracuse held on for the win. 

    Southerland set a Big East tourney record with six made threes without a miss en route to a game-high 20 points for 'Cuse to help set up a historic semifinal with Georgetown.

    Lamar Patterson had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Quarterfinals, Game 7: Cincinnati vs. Georgetown

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    Cincinnati 43, Georgetown 62

    The Bearcats got hot from beyond the arc to make things interesting going into the break, but Georgetown absolutely throttled Cincinnati in the second half to stroll to a quarterfinal win. 

    Cincinnati actually took the 33-31 lead four minutes into the final half, only to see Georgetown score 22 of the next 28 points to put things away.

    After that, the lead was never less than 10 points. 

    Otto Porter led the Hoyas with a fairly quiet 18 points, while Markel Starks chipped in 14 and Jabril Trawick put together a complete line of nine points, two rebounds, three assists and three steals. 

    In the losing effort, Cashmere Wright had 14 points and JaQuon Parker had 12. Cincinnati, however, made as many baskets—14—as it had turnovers. It's tough to win when you do that. 

Second Round, Game 6: Rutgers vs. Notre Dame

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    Notre Dame 69, Rutgers 61

    By the time Rutgers found its shooting touch, it was too little too late.

    The Scarlet Knights scored only 19 points in the first half and trailed by 12 at halftime. They came back hard with 42 second-half points, but the game was never in doubt for Notre Dame.

    Thanks to 10 made threes in 17 attempts, the Fighting Irish earned their 12th conference victory of the year. They advance to the quarterfinals to face Marquette, a team that beat them earlier this month.

    Another win would look impressive as Notre Dame looks to get a good seed in the NCAA tournament. 

Second Round, Game 5: Villanova vs. St. John's

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    Villanova 66, St. John's 53

    Villanova has put together a resume of great regular-season wins, but also a bunch of poor losses. The Wildcats had to show that these defeats were a thing of the past.

    They did that on Wednesday with a much-needed win over St. John's.

    Mouphtaou Yarou led the way with 18 points on 9-of-10 shooting with seven rebounds and three steals. Since conference play started, the senior has been one of the best big men in the Big East and that showed in this second-round game.

    Defensive star Chris Obekpa tried to keep St. John's in the game with four blocks, four steals and six rebounds, but the Red Storm's offense never really got going.

    Villanova will move on and play No. 2 seed Louisville in the quarterfinal, while St. John's will hope for a bid to the NIT after a 16-15 season.

Second Round, Game 4: Syracuse vs. Seton Hall

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    Syracuse 75, Seton Hall 63

    Syracuse ended the season with four losses in the last five games, all of which to teams that tied for the conference title. In the second round of the Big East tournament, it appeared that this slide would continue.

    The Orange were down as many as nine in the first half and struggled to get into halftime with a 34-34 tie against the second-worst team in the conference.

    They were able to pull away in the second half thanks to a 19-2 run led by C.J. Fair and Brandon Triche. Along with James Southerland, the trio scored 53 points on 9-of-14 shooting from three-point range.

    Aaron Cosby scored a game-high 22 for Seton Hall, but the Pirates were unable to hold on. The loss ends their season with a 15-18 overall record.

    Syracuse will move on to the quarterfinals with a matchup against No. 4 seed Pittsburgh.

Second Round, Game 3: Cincinnati vs. Providence

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    Cincinnati 61, Providence 44

    This was one of the bigger bubble games of the tournament, with both teams trying to show the selection committee that they were worthy of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

    However, it appears that Providence's hopes have been dashed early with a loss to Cincinnati.

    The Bearcats got off to a great 26-8 start in the first half. While the lead narrowed to 31-23 at halftime, they continued to play strong defense before leaving with a much-needed victory.

    Sean Kilpatrick led the way with 17 points for Cincinnati, while 15 points and 10 rebounds from JaQuon Parker helped as well. In addition, the Bearcats held Big East leading scorer Bryce Cotton to only 12 points on 0-of-7 from three-point range.

    Cincinnati will move on to play No. 1 seed Georgetown in the next round. 

First Round, Game 2: Rutgers vs. DePaul

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    Rutgers 76, DePaul 57

    Both teams played a close first half, but it was Rutgers that ultimately emerged victorious after a dominant second half against DePaul on Tuesday night.

    The first half was tight as the Scarlet Knights held just a one-point lead going into the break.

    In the second frame, the Scarlet Knights shut down the Blue Demons with some great defense that slowed down their offense considerably. Wally Judge was incredible busy on both sides of the floor for Rutgers and he was a major difference in this game.

    Judge finished with a double-double after scoring 20 points on perfect 9-for-9 shooting and grabbing 10 boards. Myles Mack gave some needed support with 19 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Jerome Seagears added 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

    DePaul was led by Cleveland Melvin's 25 points. The biggest issues for the Blue Demons was their 3-for-18 shooting performance from beyond the arc, which was trumped by the Scarlet Knights 6-for-11 showing from deep.

First Round, Game 1: South Florida vs. Seton Hall

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    Seton Hall 46, South Florida 42 in OT 

    This is not the type of game that will go down as a Big East tournament classic. The play on the court was almost as ugly as South Florida's uniforms.

    After the Bulls took a 20-17 lead into halftime, the second half did not feature any more scoring.

    Little-used South Florida freshman Zach LeDay took over and had the best game of his young career. He finished with 13 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks to give him his first double-double after averaging only 4.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per game during the season.

    It appeared that South Florida would hold on, but Seton Hall finished regulation with an 8-0 run to tie it at 37 and send it to overtime. The Pirates rode the momentum into overtime to earn the low-scoring win.

    Fuquan Edwin scored 10 of his 17 points in the last three minutes of regulation and overtime and should be considered the most valuable player of this game. Still, it is unlikely that Seton Hall puts up a fight in the next game against Syracuse.