Intentional Upset: The Big East Was Full of It Last Night
I’ll say this for the Big East: They certainly now how to entertain during their conference tournament… and they provide good upset fodder. Just ask Louisville and Notre Dame. Both teams were higher seeds than their opponents and both teams were unceremoniously bounced from the Big East tournament. Louisville was given their walking papers after an entertaining game that needed an overtime period to determine the outcome.
In the end, Pitt advanced, 76-69. Sam Young led the Panthers with 21 points and 12 rebounds. The win does wonders for Pitt’s NCAA Tournament chances, something that looked a little slim before the Big East tourney started. Next up for the Panthers: Marquette, the other big upset winner from last night.
Marquette was powered by an hot second half that saw the Golden Eagles score 57 points while shooting 52% for the game. Cracked Sidewalks has more:
Jerel McNeal went off for 28 points to defeat #14 Notre Dame in the 2nd round of the BET, in what is the biggest post-season victory for Marquette in the Post-Wade era. Marquette beat the hated Domers 89-79…
McNeal was beyond superlative, hitting 9 for 16, including 4 for 7 from long range. Lazar chipped in 16 and James 10. DJ had 10 points and you take a line score of 10/6/6 any day of the week.
In other conference upset news, Nebraska beat Missouri in the Big 12 tourney and Boston College smacked Maryland, pretty much securing the Terps an NIT bid.