It couldn't have been scripted more perfectly for Georgetown. The Hoyas routing rival Syracuse in the final regular-season contest between the two schools and then cutting down nets to celebrate a share of the Big East regular-season title.
Syracuse G Michael Carter-Williams and Louisville G Russ Smith have been among the most pleasant surprises in the Big East during the first month of the season. Carter-Williams has been one of the nation's top distributors, while Smith has blossomed into a dangerous scorer. Cincinnati, Georgetown and Providence also have been better than expected.