Since this was the first full week of college basketball, this is the first recap post, but it also includes the tip-off weekend. Below are the good wins and bad losses from the last week plus of Big East action.
That Was a Good Win:
Providence (82) over Boston College (78)
The short-handed Friars found themselves involved in the most exciting game of college basketball’s opening night. Behind 28 points from Bryce Cotton and a double double from LaDontae Henton (15 points and 13 rebounds), PC notched a solid non-conference victory to start the season.
Xavier (67) over Tennessee (63)
This sneaky good game went unnoticed due to the Champions Classic taking place on the same night, but this was a good game and a good win for the Musketeers. Matt Stainbrook was a force all night finishing with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks.
Creighton (83) at Saint Joseph’s (79)
This was the fourth straight year these two teams have scheduled each other, with the home team winning the three previous games (Creighton 2-1). However, behind the usual 20 point performance from Doug McDermott and 21 points off the bench from Ethan Wragge, the Bluejays ended that streak and earned a solid road non-conference victory in mid-November.
That Was a Bad Loss:
Marquette (35) falls to Ohio St. (52)
Losing to the No. 10 team in the country isn’t necessarily a bad loss, but when you only score 35 total points in the game and shoot 19% from the field, there’s no other way to describe it. Ugly scoring draughts were a problem for the Golden Eagles a year ago, but hopefully this is just an early season fluke. Otherwise, Marquette as the preseason Big East favorite isn’t looking so good right now.
Seton Hall (74) falls at Mercer (77) in Double OT
This wasn’t a terrible loss as Mercer nearly beat Texas on the road just a week ago and Seton Hall needed overtime to beat the Bears two years ago, but the Pirates got 35 points from Fuquan Edwin and pretty much nothing else from the rest of the team. And this was coming off of a game in which Seton Hall barely got by Kent St. at home earlier in the week. It’s early, but it’s tough to imagine a bounce back year for the Pirates after their last two performances.