The headliner’s gotta be Syracuse’s shocking loss last night to Cleveland State. The Vikings’ Cedric Jackson got nuts at the buzzer and buried a 60-footer to upset the No. 11 ranked Orange (9-1) at home, 72-69. The ‘Cuse has Canisius tomorrow before traveling down to Memphis to take on the 21st ranked Tigers. In other news, Coach Jim Boeheim and guard Eric Devendorf are seeking to appeal Devendorf’s suspension for allegedly striking a female student.
Speaking of Memphis, Georgetown needed OT Saturday to put down John Calipari’s squad, 79-70. The Hoyas outscored the Tigers 13-4 in the extra period. DeJuan Summers had 21 and Austin Freeman added 18 and were two of four to go for double digits for John Thompson, III. No. 19 Georgetown (7-1) has a couple of yawners before traveling up to Connecticut on December 29.
And speaking of UConn, the Huskies (9-0) and Pitt (10-0) remain the only undefeateds in the Big East. But Connecticut will get a test this Saturday vs. No. 7 Gonzaga. They also welcome back sophomore forward Stanley Robinson from his suspension.
Keep your eye on Villanova. The Wildcats are ranked No. 15 after quietly starting 10-1 on the season. They dropped a big one on national TV to Texas last week, but rebounded nicely to beat Saint Joseph’s.
The Big East/SEC Invitational tips off tonight. The first game features South Florida against Vanderbilt at 7:00 on ESPN2.
The second game features Marquette (8-1), which has won three straight after suffering its only loss of the season to Dayton on November 29. The 23rd ranked Golden Eagles take on Tennessee tonight at 9:30 on ESPN. You should watch it. For sure.
Oh yeah, and the Steelers aren't 11-3 with the most difficult schedule in the NFL because they get calls. They're 11-3 with the most difficult schedule in the NFL because they got the best defense in the league, and because they make plays when it counts. But that's a debate for another blog...