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Cards Show Promise, Hoyas Avoid Embarassment

Photo of Earl Clark by Kevin Coles.

Photo of Earl Clark by Kevin Coles.

The Louisville Cardinals, who began the year ranked number 3, have had a slow start to their season; but, after defeating Villanova, they are looking more like a contender to win the very talented Big East conferance. The Cardinals led 34 to 26 at the half against the 18th ranked Wildcats; but, that lead was gone midway through the second half. In fact, Villanova could have easily won the game had they made more free-throws in the clutch. 6-14 freethrows in the last 8 1/2 minutes of the game isn’t acceptable, especially when you are playing a physical team like Louisville. Cardinals coach Rick Pitino, who must be relieved that his team was able to pull-out the 61-60 victory, spoke about the game saying that it was “A typical Big East game. It would have been a shame for us to lose because we’ve worked so hard the last two weeks.” This was a crucial victory for the Cardinals, as every conferance win will be precious in the tough Big East, a conferance that Pitino described as “special.” Louisville is now 2-0 in conferance play, which is tied for 3rd in the conferance with number 1 ranked Pittsburgh. The Cardinals next 2 weeks will be a doozy, as they will face three ranked teams (13th ranked Notre Dame, number 1 ranked Pittsburgh, and 9th ranked Syracuse), as well as, conferance foe Rutgers.

Photo by Kevin Coles.

Photo by Kevin Coles.

After their win over UConn, the Georgetown Hoyas looked like they were the team to beat in the Big East. That is until they spiraled out of control. Following that very impressive win, the Hoyas lost two in a row against Pittsburgh and Notre Dame. Obviously, those are both very tough opponents; but, when Georgetown looked like they were going to lose to Providence, many were ready to write them off. The Big East is an extremely competitive conferance this season and wins against top teams are cherished; but, wins against unranked conferance teams, such as Providence, are necessary if your team wants to win the conferance title. At the half, the Hoyas were losing 36-32; but, it was George Monroe and Austin Freeman that helped to lead the Hoyas to a much-needed victory. Freeman scored 18  and Monroe had 13 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists, and 5 steals in the 82-75 victory over the Friars. Georgetown is now 2-2 in conferance play and they will next have three tough games, as they will face 9th ranked Syracuse, 2nd ranked Duke, and 22nd ranked West Virginia.

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