The same prevailing thought resonated throughout college basketball circles all summer. The addition of highly touted freshman Rysheed Jordan would finally give St. John's the electric point guard it needed to be a major factor in the Big East and compete for an NCAA Tournament bid for the first time since 2011.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim won for the 903rd time in his career to pass Bob Knight for second all-time in Division I in career wins. Louisville overcame a slow start to defeat Providence for its eighth straight win. South Florida defeated in-state rival Central Florida to win its fourth consecutive game.
Louisville overcame a slow start to outlast Memphis in a physical contest Saturday. Georgetown continued to break out of a mini-offensive slump after cracking 80 for the second straight game, while Pitt, Marquette, and Syracuse defended their respective home courts against inferior opponents. Cincinnati improved to 10-0 for the second time in three seasons with a win over Marshall.