Thursday, February 22, 2007

Some Big East notes

Here are some notes from the Big East office in Providence ...

Pittsburgh and Georgetown, both 11-2 in the conference, will play for first place on Saturday in Washington, D.C.

CBS will carry the game at 2 p.m. The Panthers won the first meeting, 74-69, in Pittsburgh on Jan. 13. Four of the last seven meetings between the two teams have been decided by three points or less.

Georgetown, which is on a 10-game winning streak, leads the Big East in field-goal shooting in league games at 53.5 percent. Pitt is second at 47.5 percent. Defensively, the Hoyas top the conference in scoring defense, giving up only 57.9 points per game. The Panthers are second, yielding 59.1 points per contest.

PEAKING

For the first time this season, the Big East has six teams ranked in the two national polls - Pittsburgh, Georgetown, Marquette, West Virginia, Louisville and Notre Dame – more than any other Division I conference.

Of the 30 starters on the six teams, only eight are seniors.

MILESTONES

- On Wednesday, Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun won his 750th career game when the Huskies defeated Rutgers.

- Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon is in only his fourth year as a head coach, but he earned his 100th victory with the Panthers at Seton Hall on Monday. He reached 100 wins faster than any coach in Pitt history.

- Last Thursday, Notre Dame became only the 11th Division I program to win 1,200 games when the Irish beat Providence, 81-78. Of the 11 programs, the Big East also has St. John’s (1,704 wins) and Syracuse (1,699).

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