Notre Dame Blows Out Villanova on Senior Night 93-72

#9 Notre Dame came out of the gates shooting red hot from behind the arc, and the initial surge set the evening’s tone. #14 Villanova was never able to catch their breath and catch up, as they spent pretty much the entire first twenty minutes with half as many points on the scoreboard as the Irish.

ND was especially fired up for their Senior night as they happen to start all seniors (Ben Hansbrough, Tim Abromaitis, Tyrone Nash, Carleton Scott, Scott Martin). Hansbrough got the biggest ovation of all, as the Purcell Pavilion crowd was extremely fired up all night. Interestingly, Scott, Martin and Abro all return a fifth and final year of eligibility next season.

And the Irish gave the Joyce Center crowd plenty of reason to ignite, as they hit their first five treys and shot 58% (11-19) from three in the first half. Nova, by contrast was just 2-10 from behind the arc, and therefore found themselves trailing 47-27 at halftime.

By Paul M. Banks

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Big East Basketball Power Rankings (12/26/10)

Kemba Walker UConn
Big East hoops action tips off with a behemoth battle on Big Monday when pre-season conference favorite Pitt hosts one of the surprise teams in the country and their Player of the Year breakout star, Kemba Walker of UConn.  Oh, and so much for this being a down year in the conference as five of the top nine ranked teams in the country call the Big East home.  Here are my Big East college basketball power rankings heading into the start of the season.  Be sure to check back every week for an update.

By: David Kay
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