Thursday, December 21, 2006

Some Big East notes

With the Big East schedule beginning next week, the conference has begun throwing out some interesting tidbits. Here are a few.

From the Big East

No Losing Records
No team has a losing record. Only five conferences can make that claim. Connecticut (9-0) is one of only five undefeated teams in the nation.
(Note: Rutgers is 5-5 with an RPI of 227)

Early Surprises?
Notre Dame was picked 11th in the Big East coaches’ preseason poll, and are 9-1 and ranked 20th in this week’s Associated Press poll. Also, West Virginia is 8-1. The Mountaineers lead the nation in scoring defense, yielding just 49.4 points per game.

Newcomers
Four teams – Cincinnati, Connecticut, St. John’s and Seton Hall – have a newcomer as their leading scorer. Here are the new faces who have cracked the starting lineup and average at least 10 points per game:

John Williamson, Cincinnati , Jr., F
Leads UC with a 16.1 scoring mark and is fifth in the Big East at 8.9 rebounds.
Deonta Vaughn, Cincinnati , Fr., F
Averaging 15.4 points and a team-leading 4.0 assists.
A.J. Price, Connecticut, So., G
In his first collegiate season, he is tied for the team scoring lead with a 13.7 average and is dealing 5.4 assists.
Jerome Dyson, Connecticut, Fr., G
The reigning Big East Rookie of the Week, he is tied with Price for the team scoring lead.
Edgar Sosa, Louisville , Fr., G
Is averaging 11.5 points, while shooting 47.4 percent from 3-point range.
Mike Cook, Pittsburgh, Jr., F
The only new Panther starter, this transfer is second in scoring with an 11.8 average.
Avery Patterson, St. John’s, Jr., G
A top-flite shooter with a team-best 14.6 scoring mark, he is first in the Big East with 3.4 3-pointers per game and has not missed a free throw all season.
Eugene Harvey, Seton Hall, Fr., G
Already a two-time Big East Rookie of the Week pick, he is the Pirates’ top scorer at 15.7.
Solomon Bozeman, USF, Fr., G
While directing the Bulls’ offense, he is averaging 14.2 points and 4.2 assists.
Kentrell Gransberry, USF, Jr., F
A transfer who just became eligible, he is already averaging 13.0 points and 12.7 boards.
Jesus Verdejo, USF, So., F
Like Gransberry, he just became eligible and has averaged 14.7 points while shooting 46.2 percent from 3-point range.

Other notes ...

A great tool for number-happy people out there. The Mid-Majority has another link to break down records and history against opponents, regular season and NCAA Tournament history. It's info you'll find in most media guides but accessible through this site.
Here's an example with UConn.

Reminder: Pretty good television doubleheader tonight.

Pitt and Oklahoma State

Duke and Gonzaga at MSG.

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