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The 2009 Big East Tournament Report - Round 2

Day two and we saw some very good and very bad hoops.
There were some entertaining contests on the second day in New York City, and the first day in which a few of the conference heavy hitters appeared. It was an entertaining day in the Mecca of basketball. Since you can see my complete postgame reactions on the Syracuse game, here are the other three games.

#16 DePaul v. #8 Providence
The first game of the day proved to be the obviously more entertaining match of the early session. It is very rare when two teammates have 30 point games and their team does not end up winning, but that is what happened with DePaul. Will Walker and Dar Tucker had 31 and 30 points respectively. Providence, who trailed for about 80% of the game, would not go away and kept scoring, until they put together a big run down the stretch. DePaul also helped by having over eight minutes without a field goal in the middle of the second half and the rest of their team only combining for 13 points. Final Score: DePaul 74 – Providence 83

#13 St. John’s v. #5 Marquette
This was all Marquette from the jump. This game was never in doubt and at times Len Elmore and Dan Schulman had nothing to talk about because of how much St. John’s was trailing. St. John’s only managed ten points in the first half, the lowest in any Big East Tournament game. Paris Horne took a while to get going, but he did finish with 15. Either way, it was not enough as four Marquette players had double figures in scoring, led by Wesley Matthews with 20. St. John’s takes the not trip home. Final Score: St. John’s 45 – Marquette 74.

#10 Notre Dame v. #7 West Virginia
Notre Dame gave it a good effort, closing the gap to seven early in the second half. But Alex Ruoff had a great game, scoring 25 points, bouncing back from a zero point performance at their Senior Day. Luke Harangody had 27 points, but it was not enough as West Virginia never trailed in this game and the Mountaineers advance to play against their rival Pittsburgh in a Backyard Brawl in MSG. Final Score: Notre Dame 62 – West Virginia 74.

So there you have it. No surprises on Day 2 of the Big East Tournament. It shook out exactly as I predicted it here earlier. We’ll see if the big boys of the conference show up to play, or we see some upsets in Round 3. We’ll see you back here later.

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