Going into the Big East Tournament, there were two historical themes. Georgetown has never lost a single game -- ever -- in the Big East Tournament as the #1 seed. The other being that only once in the 27 years of the Big East Tournament has a team won the BET playing 4 games in 4 days.
After Thursday's action, Georgetown looks like it is in great shape based on those two trends. The Hoyas are the #1 seed in the BET. They are also the only team that didn't play on Wednesday that will play on Friday. The 2, 3 and 4 seeds all lost on Thursday.
Georgetown actually blew an 11 point halftime lead against Villanova, before exploding late to crush Villanova 82-63. Villanova falls back on the bubble with a bad, ugly loss. Georgetown won going away despite Roy Hibbert finishing with 0 points and only 4 rebounds. Hibbert was saddled with foul troubles the whole game, and only played 14 minutes. Georgetown won big because they were unstoppable on the perimeter. They shot 17-28 on 3 point shots. Mind-boggling to watch.
West Virginia got control of the game and never let go on their way to a 78-72 win over #2 seed UConn. Joe Alexander had 34 points, a career best, as he continues a torrid offensive streak. He's averaged just under 30 points in his past 5 games. Alexander was dominant against UConn's defense. He attacked, dunked posted up, hit fade-aways. Everything. He singlehandedly demoralized UConn. The Huskies haven't won a game in the Big East Tournament since 2005.
Pitt and Louisville played a fantastic game that wasn't settled until overtime. There were 19 lead changes and 12 ties in the game. Pitt ultimately prevailed 76-69 to knock out Louisville from the Big East Tournament for the 3d straight year. Oddly enough, Pitt is 4-2 against Louisville since the Cardinals joined the Big East. Pitt has beaten them 3 times in the BET at Madison Square Garden and once at Freedom Hall in Louisville. The two losses both took place in Pittsburgh. Go figure.
Marquette and Notre Dame played an entertaining game. Notre Dame led at the half despite limited minutes from Luke Harangody due to foul trouble. The second half, though, was all Marquette. The Golden Eagles were led by Jerel McNeal and Maurice Acker to dominate in the second half, as Marquette won 89-79.