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Can Villanova get back to .500 in the Big East?

Posted on: January 10, 2009 8:45 pm

Terrence Williams got into the lane, put the ball on the rim, watched it fall through and gave the Louisville Cardinals a huge road win, you know, the kind that are hard to come by in the Big East. So then Rick Pitino held a press conference and talked about it all, and my favorite quote was the following quote:

"I've looked forward to this year more than any other," Pitino told reporters after the 61-60 victory at Villanova. "You'll never see 12, 13 teams as tough as this. It's special, I'll tell you that. I'm getting the hell out of here after this year, I'm telling you that."

I'm sure Conference USA would welcome him back.

(Start the Pitino-to-Houston rumors now!)

But in all seriousness, what we learned Saturday -- in addition to that the Cards might be getting on track after a dismal start to the season -- is that the Big East is going to continue to be just as tough as everybody has long believed, if not tougher, and can you imagine how Villanova's Jay Wright must feel? He was that close to moving to 2-1 in the league; all he needed was a couple of free throws or a tip-in at the buzzer. But he got neither. So now he's 1-2 in the league with two of his next four against Connecticut and Pittsburgh, which is why you can't give away home victories in this conference, because before you blink you'll be chasing .500 with no good places to catch-up.

As proof, consider: Villanova (13-3 overall, 1-2 in the Big East) must beat either No. 5 Connecticut on Jan. 21 or No. 1 Pitt on Jan. 28, or else it is guaranteed to be below .500 in the league heading into February. There's no away around that fact. The Wildcats can't get back to .500 in the Big East before February without beating a top five team. So you can understand why Wright said "this game kills you" when he was asked to reflect on the defeat, because now he's chasing .500, and it's going to be hard as hell to get there.

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Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2009 7:10 am

Can Villanova get back to .500 in the Big East?

gary , the cards are getting it togather at the right time, the big east is not any easy place to play!!!!!! WOW wake forest look out everyone!


Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2009 12:03 pm

Can Villanova get back to .500 in the Big East?

If the Big East wants those 9 bids it's talking about, Villanova needs to win one of those games.  They have an impressive record that features zero signature wins, so if they land in that dicey 9th-place spot, below .500 in league play, they probably won't help the league set the new mark.  They certainly have enough talent to go dancing, but close losses to Texas and Louisville seem to have them on the outside looking in so far.  Of course, if they do finish ninth they'd still have a shot to make their case in MSG, but they might knock whoever finishes eigth off the bubble in the process (sound familiar?)

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2009 12:26 am

Can Villanova get back to .500 in the Big East?

Louisville almost blew it, but in the Big East, I'll take a road win anyhow I can get it.

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