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2012-13 BIG EAST MEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Interim Commissioner ............................................................................................ Joseph E. Bailey III Senior Associate Commissioner (Football & Marketing) .......................................Nick Carparelli, Jr. Senior Associate Commissioner (Compliance & Governance) ...........................Joseph D’Antonio, Jr. Senior Associate Commissioner (Administration) ..................................................... Donna DeMarco Associate Commissioner (Men’s Basketball) ..................................................................To be named Associate Commissioner (Women’s Basketball) .................................................... Danielle Donehew Associate Commissioner (Compliance) ..................................................................Jennifer Condaras Associate Commissioner (Television & Men’s Basketball Scheduling) ........................ Tom Odjakjian Associate Commissioner (Communications) ............................................................... John Paquette Associate Commissioner (Olympic Sports)................................................................... James Siedliski Assistant Commissioner (Women’s Basketball Officiating) ........................................ Barbara Jacobs Senior Director of External Affairs ...............................................................................Ben Fairclough Director of Business Affairs ................................................................................................. Sue Eaton Director of Communications ............................................................................................ Sara Naggar Director of Communications ........................................................................................ Chuck Sullivan Director of Compliance ................................................................................................. Kenny Schank Director of Digital Media ..............................................................................................Mark Hodgkin Director of Men’s Basketball Operations .................................................................... Shawn Murphy Director of Sport Administration ..................................................................................Kristen Brown Director of Sport Administration .............................................................................. Bobby Weygand Assistant Director of Communications.........................................................................Michael Coyne Assistant Director of Football & Video Administration .................................................Michael Costa Assistant Director of Sport Administration .....................................................................To be named Coordinator of Football Officiating .............................................................................. Terry McAulay Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officiating ...................................................................... Art Hyland Assistant to the Commissioner .................................................................................... Lisa Zanecchia Senior Administrative Assistant for Basketball & Administration ................................... Lois DeBlois Administrative Assistant ...............................................................................................Wanda Factor Administrative Assistant ................................................................................................... Linda Yates Receptionist.............................................................................................................. Kathy Kirkpatrick Administrative Fellow ...................................................................................................Roberto Sasso Communications Assistant .........................................................................................Michael O’Brien Communications Assistant ........................................................................................... Brooke Rayder Sport Administration Assistant ..........................................................................Catherine Carmignani Digital Media Assistant .....................................................................................................Jamie Corun BIG EAST ............................. John Paquette ...........................................................cell (401) 265-2244 Chuck Sullivan ...........................................................cell (401) 641-8760 Cincinnati............................ Doug Mosely ................................................................... (513) 556-0667 Connecticut ........................ Phil Chardis ..................................................................... (860) 486-3531 DePaul ................................ Greg Greenwell ............................................................... (773) 325-7546 Georgetown........................ Bill Shapland ................................................................... (202) 687-2492 Louisville ............................. Kenny Klein ..................................................................... (502) 852-6581 Marquette .......................... Scott Kuykendall ............................................................. (414) 288-4794 Notre Dame ........................ Bernie Cafarelli ............................................................... (574) 631-7516 Pittsburgh ........................... Greg Hotchkiss ................................................................ (412) 648-8240 Providence.......................... Arthur Parks .................................................................... (401) 865-2272 Rutgers ............................... Kevin Lorincz ................................................................... (732) 445-4200 St. John’s ............................. Mark Fratto ..................................................................... (718) 990-6367 Seton Hall ........................... Matt Sweeney ................................................................. (973) 761-9493 USF ..................................... Ashley Walker ................................................................. (813) 974-4087 Syracuse.............................. Pete Moore ..................................................................... (315) 443-2608 Villanova ............................. Mike Sheridan ................................................................. (610) 519-4120 For information on BIG EAST Conference Men’s Basketball, please contact: John Paquette, Associate Commissioner E-mail: jpaquette@bigeast.org Chuck Sullivan, Director of Communications E-mail: csullivan@bigeast.org Big East Phone: (401) 453-0660 Big East Fax: (401) 751-8540 2012-13 BIG EAST MEN’S BASKETBALL MEDIA DAY oCT. 17 • nEw york ATHLETIC CLUB BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Media Day will kick off the 2012-13 season at the New York Athletic Club in New York City. All 15 BIG EAST head coaches will be present, along with selected players from each team. Please contact John Paquette or Chuck Sullivan at the BIG EAST office for more information. BIG EAST CONFERENCE MEn’S BASkETBALL CoACHES TELECONFERENCE The BIG EAST will once again hold weekly teleconferences with its men’s basketball coaches, beginning in January and continuing each Thursday until the BIG EAST Championship. 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TABLE OF CONTENTS
2........... Table of Contents/General Information 3-5 .............................................. News & Notes 6-7 ..................................................... Cincinnati 8-9 ..................................................Connecticut 10-11 ......................................................DePaul 12-13 ............................................. Georgetown 14-15 .................................................. Louisville 16-17 ................................................ Marquette 18-19 ............................................. Notre Dame 20-21 .................................................Pittsburgh 22-23 ............................................... Providence 24-25 .....................................................Rutgers 26-27 .................................................. St. John’s 28-29 .................................................Seton Hall 30-31 ........................................................... USF 32-33 ................................................... Syracuse 34-35 .................................................. Villanova 36-37 ................................... 2011-12 In Review 38.........................................Postseason Honors 39-44 .....................................2011-12 Statistics

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The 2012-13 BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Preview is published by The BIG EAST Conference. It was written and edited by John Paquette and Chuck Sullivan. Photos by Mitchell Layton, Thomas Maguire, Bruce Schwartzman and BIG EAST member schools.

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BIG EAST AnD THE fInAL foUr Including Louisville in 2012, a BIG EAST team has made the Final Four 18 times in 33 years of competition. A BIG EAST squad has played in the national title game 10 times. The conference’s NCAA champions are: Georgetown (1984), Villanova (1985), Connecticut (1999, 2004 and 2011) and Syracuse (2003). Recent additional appearances were made by Louisville and Marquette just before both schools began competing in the BIG EAST in 2005-06. Louisville made it in 2005 and Marquette in 2003. Fourteen of the 15 league schools have played in the Final Four. LoUISVILLE kEPT BIG EAST In fInAL foUr nEwS Louisville’s trip to the 2012 Final Four gives the BIG EAST six Final Four appearances in the last seven seasons with five different teams. 2012 Louisville 2011 Connecticut 2010 West Virginia 2009 Connecticut, Villanova 2007 Georgetown ALL-TIME NCAA RECORDS BIG EAST teams finished 14-9 in the 2012 NCAA Championship. BIG EAST teams compiled a 13-10 record in the 2011 NCAA Championship. Since the league began play in 1979-80, BIG EAST teams own a 290-179 (.618) record in NCAA play. The BIG EAST has had only one season when its teams had a combined losing record in the NCAAs. In 1992-93, the league was 2-3. fInAL foUr CoACHES CLUB InCLUDES fIVE Five BIG EAST head coaches have reached the Final Four at least once. In 2009, Villanova’s Jay Wright joined the elite group. Connecticut’s Jim Calhoun made his fourth trip (2011, 2009, 2004, 1999). Louisville’s Rick Pitino is one of only two coaches in NCAA history to lead three different teams to the Final Four: Providence (1987), Kentucky (1997, 1996, 1993) and Louisville (2012, 2005). Jim Boeheim has been to the Final Four three times with Syracuse (2003, 1996, 1987). Georgetown’s John Thompson III led the Hoyas to the Final Four in 2007. LoUISVILLE wInS THE wEST Louisville won the NCAA West Regional with a come-from-behind 72-68 victory against Florida in Phoenix, Ariz. The Cardinals, who were seeded fourth, overcame an 11-point deficit in the final 8:16. In the regional semifinals, UofL eliminated No. 1 seed Michigan State 57-44. Freshman forward Chane Behanan was the West Regional MVP. BIG EAST LoVES THE wEST rEGIonAL Louisville’s road to the Final Four through the West Regional has been a common path for BIG EAST Final Four teams. Eighteen BIG EAST teams have reached the Final Four and 10 have been West Regional champions. Additionally, when the Cardinals reached the Final Four in 2005, though a not a BIG EAST member yet, they also advanced through the West. nBA TAkES EIGHT froM BIG EAST Eight BIG EAST players were chosen in the 2012 NBA Draft, including five first-round selections. Dion Waiters of Syracuse was taken fourth overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers, while Connecticut had a pair of lottery picks — Andre Drummond, who went ninth to the Detroit Pistons, and Jeremy Lamb, who was the No. 12 selection by the Houston Rockets. Maurice Harkless of St. John’s was the No. 15 pick, going to the

Louisville became the sixth BIG EAST team to play in the Final Four in the last seven years Philadelphia 76ers, while the Boston Celtics tabbed Syracuse’s Fab Melo with the No. 22 selection. For the past 12 years, at least one BIG EAST player has been a top-10 pick. THrEE BIG EAST nEwCoMErS wIn GoLD wITH USA BASkETBALL U18 nATIonAL TEAM Three freshmen on BIG EAST rosters were part of the 12-man USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team, which won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championship in June. Forward Montrezl Harrell of Louisville, forward Jerami Grant from Syracuse and guard James Robinson of Pittsburgh were all part of the U.S. team, which won its five games by an average of 38.6 points, including an 81-56 win against Brazil in the final. BIG EAST MAInTAInED ITS ELITE EIGHT STrEAk The BIG EAST is the only conference to place at least one team in every NCAA Elite Eight since 2002. Seven different squads — Louisville (2012, 2009, 2008), Syracuse (2012, 2003), Connecticut (2011, 2009, 2004, 2002), West Virginia (2010, 2005), Georgetown (2007, 2006), Villanova (2009, 2006), and Pittsburgh (2009) have reached the final eight over the last 10 seasons. BIG EAST LEADS IN SWEET 16 APPEARANCES With four NCAA Sweet 16 teams last season (Syracuse, Marquette, Louisville and Cincinnati) the BIG EAST has had the most teams reach the regional semifinal round over the last 10 seasons. regional Semifinalists (2003-12) BIG EAST Big 12 ACC Big Ten 31 21 20 20 BIG EAST GRABBED NINE NCAA BIDS The BIG EAST received nine NCAA tournament invitations, the second highest total in NCAA Championship history, eclipsed only by last year’s BIG EAST total of 11. The BIG EAST earned eight NCAA bids in 2006, 2008 and 2010. Most nCAA Tournament Bids, Season 11 BIG EAST ................................................ 2011 9 BIG EAST ................................................ 2012 8 BIG EAST ............................ 2006, 2008, 2010 7 BIG EAST ...................................... 1991, 2009 ACC .............................................. 2007, 2009 Big Ten ..1990, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2009, 2011 Big 12 ..................................................... 2010 SEC/BIG EAST CHALLEnGE rESUMES In noVEMBEr The SEC/BIG EAST Challenge returns for the 2012-13 season after a successful debut in 2011. ESPN will provide exclusive coverage across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. All 12 games will be played at home sites with each conference hosting six games per year. The BIG EAST took the first edition of the Challenge, winning eight of the 12 games in 2011. Nov. 29 Kentucky at Notre Dame Marquette at Florida South Carolina at St. John’s Seton Hall at LSU Syracuse at Arkansas Tennessee at Georgetown DePaul at Auburn Georgia at USF Alabama at Connecticut Villanova at Vanderbilt Mississippi State at Providence Rutgers at Mississippi

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PITT, SETon HALL ALSo rEACHED PoSTSEASon Pittsburgh captured the title of the College Basketball Invitational. The Panthers defeated Washington State, two games to one, in a best-of-three format. Seton Hall was one of four No. 1 seeds in the National Invitation Tournament. The Pirates defeated Stony Brook in the first round before losing to Massachusetts. For the second consecutive season, 11 BIG EAST teams participated in the postseason. LoUISVILLE won BIG EAST ToUrnAMEnT They entered The BIG EAST Championship as the No. 7 seed, but the Louisville Cardinals left Madison Square Garden in New York with the championship trophy. Louisville started with a 61-55 second-round win against Seton Hall. In the quarterfinals, the Cardinals stopped second-seeded Marquette 84-71. In the semifinals, UofL knocked off No. 3 seed Notre Dame 64-50. In the championship game, the Cardinals held Cincinnati to only 14 points in the first half and prevailed 50-44. Junior guard Peyton Siva won the Dave Gavitt Trophy as the Most Outstanding Player. NATIONAL SEMIFINALS ARE STILL SPECIAL After Louisville’s loss to Kentucky in the 2012 national semifinals, the BIG EAST has an 8-5 record in the Final Four semifinals against non-conference opposition. BIG EAST teams have played each other in the Final Four semifinals on two occasions — Syracuse beat Providence in 1987 (77-63) and Georgetown topped St. John’s in 1985 (77-59). SyrACUSE won THE rEGULAr SEASon The Syracuse Orange won the BIG EAST regular season with a 17-1 conference record. They are only the second team to post a 17-1 mark. Connecticut did it 1995-96. No BIG EAST team has gone undefeated in league play. At 31-2 entering the NCAA tournament, the Orange became the third team in BIG EAST to enter NCAA play with only two losses, joining Georgetown’s 1985 team and Connecticut’s 1996 squad. SUrPrISES froM THE PrESEASon PoLL Syracuse was picked as a co-favorite in the BIG EAST Coaches’ Preseason Poll and the Orange lived up to expectations by capturing the regular-season crown. Not every team finish followed the poll closely, however. USF was picked 14th and finished tied for fourth place with a 12-6 record. Georgetown was tabbed for 10th and the Hoyas ended up in a fourth-place tie with USF and Cincinnati. Notre Dame made it to third place at 13-5 after being placed ninth in the poll. 20 WINS REMAINS A GOOD YARDSTICK When a BIG EAST team reaches 20 wins by the end of conference tournament play, it has an excellent chance of receiving an NCAA invitation. Since the BIG EAST began in 1979-80, 155 of 161 teams with 20 wins received NCAA bids (96.3 percent). This year, eight of the nine 20-win teams made the NCAA Championship. Seton Hall, which played in the NIT, was the exception. MArQUETTE, CInCInnATI ALSo MADE SwEET 16 Marquette and Cincinnati joined Louisville and Syracuse as NCAA Sweet 16 teams. The Golden Eagles made their second straight appearance in the regional semifinals while the Bearcats were making their first trip since 2001. USf wAS BACk In THE nCAAS The USF Bulls made their first NCAA appearance as a BIG EAST member in 2012. Their last NCAA trip came in 1992 when they lost a first-round game against Georgetown. This year, the Bulls, as a No. 12 seed, beat California in a first-round game before eliminating No. 5 seed Temple in the second round. The Bulls finished 22-14 overall and 12-6 in BIG EAST play. Stan Heath was named BIG EAST Coach of the Year. CrowDEr wAS PLAyEr of THE yEAr Marquette forward Jae Crowder was named BIG EAST Player of the Year. The 6-foot-6 senior was one of the league’s most productive and versatile players. He finished the season fifth in the BIG EAST in scoring at 17.5 ppg, eighth in rebounding at 8.4 and second in steals at 2.5. Crowder helped lead Marquette to a second-place finish in the BIG EAST with a 14-4 record. SyrACUSE, LoUISVILLE wErE SEConD, THIrD In NCAA ATTENDANCE Syracuse and Louisville ranked second and third, respectively, in national attendance last season. Syracuse averaged 23,618 fans in 19 home dates. Louisville averaged 21,503 in 20 dates at the KFC Yum! Center. Three other BIG EAST teams ranked in the top 40: Marquette was 13th (15,138), Connecticut was 26th (12,640), Georgetown was 35th (11,283). Additionally, the BIG EAST Championship at Madison Square Garden led all conference tournaments in both total (160,456) and average attendance (20,057). All eight sessions of the championship were advance sellouts.

Mick Cronin took Cincinnati to the nCAA Sweet 16 last season non-LEAGUE rECorD STronG onCE AGAIn BIG EAST teams amassed a 175-58 (.751) record against non-conference competition in the 2011-12 season. It was the fourth consecutive season in which BIG EAST teams won more than 75 percent of their nonconference games and the 20th straight year with at least a .700 winning percentage. Annual Nonconference Records Year W L 2008-09 175 53 2009-10 168 51 2010-11 170 49 2011-12 175 58 Pct. .768 .750 .776 .751

BIG EAST PREVALENT IN NATIONAL POLLS BIG EAST teams once again were prevalent in the national top 25 polls last season. The conference had at least five teams ranked in each week of the season and saw 13 of its 16 teams receive votes in at least one of the two major polls during the course of the year. Syracuse was ranked no lower than No. 5 through the entire season and spent six weeks as the nation’s top-ranked team. Marquette was ranked in the top 25 all year, while Louisville had a top-25 ranking in all but one week of the season. Six BIG EAST teams (Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Syracuse) spent time in the top 10 during the season.

USf reached the nCAA Championship for the first time since 1992

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BIG EAST Returning Career Leaders
Entering the 2012-13 season, the following players have the highest career totals in their respective categories (conference games only): Points ........................................................598 ....................................Vincent Council, Providence Scoring Average ....................................... 12.5 ....................................Vincent Council, Providence Rebounds ..................................................295 ................................................ Dane Miller, Rutgers Rebounding Average ................................. 6.2 ................................................. Dane Miller, Rutgers 3-Point Field Goals .....................................58 ................................. Hollis Thompson, Georgetown 3-Point Field Goal Percentage .................. .423 ................................ Hollis Thompson, Georgetown Field Goal Percentage .............................. .487 ........................................Cleveland Melvin, DePaul Free Throw Percentage ............................ .807 ........................................ Brandon Triche, Syracuse Assists .......................................................283 ....................................Vincent Council, Providence Assists Average.......................................... 5.9 .....................................Vincent Council, Providence Blocks .........................................................73 ................................................. Dane Miller, Rutgers Blocks Average .......................................... 1.5 ................................................. Dane Miller, Rutgers Steals..........................................................77 .....................................Vincent Council, Providence Steals Average ........................................... 1.6 .....................................Vincent Council, Providence

2013 nCAA CHAMPIonSHIP SCHEDULE & SITES
First Round Tuesday and wednesday, March 19 and 20 UD Arena Dayton, Ohio Host: University of Dayton

Second and Third Rounds Thursday and Saturday, March 21 and 23 Palace of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills, Mich. Host: Oakland University Rupp Arena Lexington, Ky. Host: University of Kentucky Energy Solutions Arena Salt Lake City, Utah Host: University of Utah HP Pavilion San Jose, Calif. Host: West Coast Conference friday and Sunday, March 22 and 24 Frank Erwin Center Austin, Texas Host: University of Texas UD Arena Dayton, Ohio Host: University of Dayton Sprint Center Kansas City, Mo. Host: Missouri Valley Conference Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, Pa. Host: Temple University

2012-13 In-Season Tournaments

Many BIG EAST schools will participate in at least one in-season tournament this year. Here is a look at the schedule: Team Event First Game Other Teams Cincinnati Global Sports Invitational Nov. 18 North Carolina A&T, Campbell, Iowa State, Oregon, UNLV Connecticut DePaul Paradise Jam Cancun Challenge Nov. 16 George Mason, Iona, Mercer, New Mexico, Quinnipiac, Illinois-Chicago, Wake Forest

Nov. 20 Austin Peay, Gardner-Webb, Howard, Iowa, Western Carolina, Western Kentucky, Wichita State Nov. 19 Indiana, UCLA, Georgia, Duquesne, North Dakota State, James Madison, Liberty, UC Irvine, Sam Houston State Northern Iowa, Missouri, Stanford, Memphis, Virginia Commonwealth, Duke, Minnesota Butler, Chaminade, Illinois, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Texas, USC Brigham Young, Florida State, Saint Joseph’s Michigan, Kansas State, Virginia, Fordham, Bowling Green, Delaware, Fairfield, Lamar, Cleveland State, Robert Morris, North Texas Akron, Massachusetts, UNC-Asheville, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Tennessee Auburn, Baylor, Boston College, Charleston Colorado, Dayton, Murray State Norfolk State, Loyola (Md.), UMKC, Albany, Ohio State, Rhode Island, Washington Temple Purdue, Alabama, Oregon State, Hofstra, Niagara, Bucknell, South Dakota State

Georgetown Legends Classic

Louisville Marquette Notre Dame Pittsburgh

Battle 4 Atlantis EA Sports Maui Invitational Coaches vs. Cancer Classic NIT Season Tip-Off

Nov. 22 Nov. 19 No. 16 Nov. 21

Providence

Puerto Rico Tip-Off

Nov. 15

Regionals Thursday and Saturday, March 28 and 30 Staples Center Los Angeles, Calif. Host: Pepperdine University Verizon Center Washington, D.C. Host: Georgetown University friday and Sunday, March 29 and 31 Cowboys Stadium Arlington, Texas Host: Big 12 Conference Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis, Ind. Hosts: IUPUI, Horizon League

St. John’s Seton Hall Syracuse Villanova

Charleston Classic Hall of Fame Tipoff Gotham Classic 2K Sports Classic Benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project

Nov. 15 Nov. 17 Dec. 22 Nov. 15

Final Four April 6 and 8 Georgia Dome Atlanta, Ga. Host: Georgia Institute of Technology

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Cincinnati Bearcats
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no. 0 1 2 5 10 11 13 14 15 23 24 44 name Jeremiah Davis Cashmere Wright Titus Rubles Justin Jackson Alex Eppensteiner Shaquille Thomas Cheikh Mbodj Ge’Lawn Guyn Jermaine Sanders Sean Kilpatrick Kelvin Gaines JaQuon Parker Class G G F F G F C G F G C G Pos. So. Sr. Jr. Jr. Sr. RFr. Sr. So. So. Jr. So. Sr. Ht. 6-3 6-0 6-7 6-8 6-4 6-7 6-10 6-2 6-5 6-4 6-10 6-3 wt. 204 178 207 213 190 177 236 174 226 221 227 210 Hometown/High School Muncie, Ind./Huntington Prep (W.Va.) Savannah, Ga./Urban Christian Academy Dallas, Texas/Blinn College Jacksonville, Fla./Arlington Country Day Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder Paterson, N.J./NIA Prep Dakar, Senegal/Grayson County JC (Texas) Georgetown, Ky./South Kent Prep (Conn.) Far Rockaway, N.Y./Rice White Plains, N.Y./Notre Dame Prep (Mass.) Ocala, Fla./Arlington Country Day Suffolk, Va./King’s Fork

2011-12 rECorD 26-11 overall 12-6 BIG EAST (t4th) FINAL RANKING AP/ESPN rv/18 POSTSEASON NCAA Sweet 16

Head Coach: Mick Cronin (Cincinnati ’97) Associate Head Coach: Larry Davis (Asbury ’78) Assistant Coaches: Darren Savino (Jersey City State ’94), Antwon Jackson (Pikeville ’93) HEAD CoACH Mick Cronin (Cincinnati ’97) Career Record (nine years) ............................................. 182-112 (.619) Cincinnati Record (six years) ............................................. 113-88 (.562) Murray State Record (three years) .................................... 69-23 (.750) BIG EAST Regular Season Record (six years) ....................... 48-58 (.453) BIG EAST Tournament Record (five years) .............................. 5-5 (.500) BIG EAST Overall Record (six years) .................................... 53-63 (.457) NCAA Record (four appearances) .......................................... 3-4 (.429) NIT Record (one appearance) ................................................. 1-1 (.500) CBI Record (one appearance) ................................................. 0-1 (.000)

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The Big Picture Coach Mick Cronin has elevated the Bearcat program back into the national picture. UC has won 26 games in each of the last two seasons with last year’s club finishing 26-11 overall and 12-6 in the BIG EAST, including an appearance in The BIG EAST Championship title game. The season did not end until the Bearcats reached the NCAA Sweet 16 round. Cronin has to find a way to replace forward Yancy Gates and guard Dion Dixon, but he has three returning starters, including a pair of double-figure scorers and some other experienced players who appear ready to accept larger roles. Who’s Back Sean Kilpatrick, one of the BIG EAST’s top perimeter shooters and an All-BIG EAST Second Team pick, averaged 14.3 ppg while connecting on a league-high 92 3-pointers. The 6-foot-4 junior is the top returning scorer. Point guard Cashmere Wright returns for his senior season after averaging 10.9 points and 4.6 assists. Guard JaQuon Parker averaged 9.4 ppg and 5.6 rpg. The backcourt has depth with sophomores Jeremiah Davis, Ge’Lawn Guyn and Jermaine Sanders. Up front, forward Justin Jackson averaged 5.1 points and 4.2 boards while starting 20 games. The 6-foot-8 athletic junior runs the floor well and is a shot-blocking threat. Six-foot-10 senior Cheikh Mbodj averaged 1.7 points and 2.1 rebounds while playing just under 10 minutes per game. Six-foot-10 sophomore Kelvin Gaines saw limited duty. Who’s Missing Gates was third on the team in scoring with a 12.2 average and first in rebounding at 8.9, which was fifth in the BIG EAST. Guard Dion Dixon averaged 13.0 points and was a prime contributor to the Bearcats’ gritty defensive play. Forward Octavius Ellis (2.3, 1.7) saw limited action. Storylines The Bearcats have a solid core of players who also have winning experience, led by Kilpatrick and Wright. The team may try to get up and down the floor a little more this season. A pair of 6-foot7 newcomers, junior Titus Robles and freshman Shaquille Thomas, may help with that plan. Both could see plenty of immediate playing time. Cronin wants his team to continue to play strong defense and take care of the ball. The Bearcats held 29 of 37 opponents last season to less than 70 points. Last year, UC was third in the BIG EAST in turnover margin (+3.11).

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NEWCOMERS
Titus rubles, f, Jr., 6-7, 207 Dallas, Texas/Blinn College (Texas) • Named NJCAA All-America Honorable Mention after averaging 14.5 points and 9.8 rebounds in 2011-12. • Played the 2010-11 season at Independence Community College in Independence, Kan., where he was an All-Jayhawk Conference First Team choice. Averaged 20.3 ppg and 12.3 rpg at Independence. • Career rebounding leader at God’s Academy in Grand Prairie, Texas. Averaged 16.8 points, 13.6 rebounds and 4.7 blocks in 2009-10.

2011-12 rESULTS (26-11, 12-6 BIG EAST)
High Scorer/rebounder NOVEMBER Global Sports Challenge 13 Alabama State - BEN W, 65-40 4,624 Gates 15/Gates 11 15 Jacksonville State - BEN W, 73-59 4,542 Wright 23/Three with 9 19 Presbyterian L, 54-56 4,906 Kilpatrick 19/Dixon 10 Global Sports Challenge 21 Northwestern State - BEN W, 71-43 4,505 Gates 18/Gates 11 25 Marshall - ESPN3 L, 69-73 7,021 Kilpatrick 19/Gates 7 29 Miami (Ohio) - BEN W, 56-47 6,457 Mbodj 12/Gates 10 DECEMBER BIG EAST-SEC Challenge 2 at Georgia - ESPNU W, 57-51 6,796 Kilpatrick 22/Gates 8 Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout 10 at Xavier - ESPN2 L, 53-76 10,250 Gates 18/Gates 12 14 at Wright State - ESPN2 W, 78-58 5,977 Kilpatrick 20/Jackson 8 17 Radford - ESPN3 W, 101-70 4,771 Wright 25/Parker 9 21 Arkansas-Pine Bluff - BEN W, 101-53 4,874 Wright 20/Jackson 8 23 Chicago State - BEN W, 95-60 5,321 Wright 14/Gaines, Parker 7 29 Oklahoma USB - ESPNU W, 56-55 4,439 Dixon 18/Kilpatrick 10 JAnUAry 1 at PITTSBURGH - BEN W, 66-63 12,508 Parker 21/Jackson, Parker 7 4 NOTRE DAME - BEN W, 71-55 10,142 Dixon 18/Jackson 7 7 ST. JOHN’S - BEN L, 55-57 8,820 Kilpatrick 21/Mbodj, Gates 7 9 at GEORGETOWN - ESPNU W, 68-64 7,877 Kilpatrick 27/Gates 7 14 VILLANOVA - BEN W, 82-78 10,255 Dixon 22/Gates 9 18 at CONNECTICUT - ESPN2 W, 70-67 10,167 Kilpatrick 16/Gates 12 21 at WEST VIRGINIA - ESPNU ot L, 74-77 14,070 Wright 17/Gates 13 23 SYRACUSE - ESPN L, 53-60 13,176 Wright 17/Gates 10 28 at RUTGERS - BEN L, 54-61 7,693 Dixon 17/Gates 8 fEBrUAry 4 DE PAUL - BEN W, 74-66 10,450 Dixon, Kilpatrick 16/Gates 6 8 at ST. JOHN’S - ESPNU W, 76-54 7,618 Gates, Kilpatrick 14/Wright 10 11 at MARQUETTE - ESPNU L, 95-78 18,815 Dixon, Parker 15/Gates 12 15 PROVIDENCE - ESPNU W, 81-66 7,822 Kilpatrick 22/Gates 9 18 SETON HALL - BEN W, 62-57 13,003 Dixon 20/Gates 8 23 LOUISVILLE - ESPN W, 60-56 13,176 Wright 22/Gates 10 26 at USF TBF - BEN L, 45-46 6,784 Kilpatrick 13/Gates 10 29 MARQUETTE - ESPN2 W, 72-61 11,316 Parker 28/Gates 13 MArCH 3 at VILLANOVA - ESPN W, 72-68 6,500 Gates 16/Gates 9 BIG EAST Championship presented by American Eagle Outfitters, New York, N.Y. 8 vs. Georgetown - ESPN W, 72-70 20,057 Gates 23/Parker 10 9 vs. Syracuse - ESPN W, 71-68 20,057 Kilpatrick, Gates 18/Parker 8 10 vs. Louisville - ESPN L, 44-50 20,057 Wright 16/Parker 7 NCAA Championship 16 vs. Texas BA - CBS W, 65-59 11,751 Gates 15/Gates 10 18 vs. Florida State BA - TBS W, 62-56 11,033 Kilpatrick 18/Parker 11 L, 66-81 18,796 Wright 18/Parker, Jackson 6 22 vs. Ohio State TD - CBS U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Fla. BA Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn. TD TD Garden, Boston, Mass.
USB TBF

(Home: 14-4/Away: 7-5/neutral: 5-2)

Sean Kilpatrick
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Connecticut Huskies
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no. 1 2 3 4 5 10 11 12 13 21 22 name Enosch Wolf DeAndre Daniels Phillip Nolan Brendan Allen Niels Giffey Tyler Olander Ryan Boatright R.J. Evans Shabazz Napier Omar Calhoun Leon Tolksdorf Pos. C F F G G/F F G G G G F Class Jr. So. Fr. So. Jr. Jr. So. Gr. Jr. Fr. Fr. Ht. 7-1 6-8 6-9 6-3 6-7 6-9 6-0 6-3 6-1 6-5 6-8 wt. 240 195 210 187 205 225 160 210 171 195 220 Hometown/High School Goettingen, Germany/Wilbraham & Monson Los Angeles, Calif./William Howard Taft Milwaukee, Wis./Riverside University HS Windsor, Conn./Bridgeton Academy Berlin, Germany/Heinrich-Schliemann Mansfield, Conn./E.O. Smith Aurora, Ill./East Aurora Salem, Conn./Holy Cross Roxbury, Mass./Charlestown Brooklyn, N.Y./Christ The King Berlin, Germany/ALBA Berlin

2011-12 rECorD 20-14 overall 8-10 BIG EAST (t9th) FINAL RANKING AP/ESPN -/POSTSEASON NCAA Second Round

Head Coach: Jim Calhoun (American International ’68) Associate Head Coach: George Blaney (Holy Cross ’61) Assistant Coaches: Kevin Ollie (Connecticut ’95), Glen Miller (Connecticut ’88) HEAD CoACH Jim Calhoun (American International ’68) Career Record (40 years) ................................................ 873-380 (.697) Connecticut Record (26 years)........................................ 625-243 (.720) Northeastern Record (14 years) ..................................... 248-137 (.644) BIG EAST Regular Season Record (26 years) .................. 276-164 (.627) BIG EAST Tournament Record (25 years) ............................ 35-19 (.648) BIG EAST Overall Record (26 years) ................................ 311-183 (.630) NCAA Record (23 appearances).......................................... 49-19 (.721) NIT Record (six appearances) ............................................... 13-5 (.722)

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The Big Picture Last year’s young team had to find a way to succeed without Kemba Walker, who helped carry the Huskies to the 2011 national championship. The 2011-12 squad did taste success, finishing 20-14 and earning an NCAA berth, its 22nd under coach Jim Calhoun. The challenge for the upcoming season is that UConn will be young again, but it will have to cope with the departure of two players who were NBA lottery picks and two other regulars who transferred. Who’s Back The talented backcourt includes junior Shabazz Napier and sophomore Ryan Boatright. Napier was second on the team in scoring last year, averaging 13.0 ppg. Boatright was third at 10.4. Boatright usually came off the bench, but both players saw over 30 minutes of action per game. Napier was third in the BIG EAST in assists with a 5.8 mark and was eighth in steals at 1.7. Junior forward Tyler Olander started nine games and averaged 4.2 points and 3.9 rebounds. DeAndre Daniels and Niels Giffey both averaged double figures in minutes played, mostly at small forward. Daniels made 12 starts and averaged 3.0 points and 2.1 rebounds and showed some promise offensively. Giffey contributed more on the defensive end, while averaging 2.6 points. Enosch Wolf, a 7-1 junior, saw only limited playing time last year, but he will be counted on to help Olander close to the basket. Who’s Missing Jeremy Lamb and Andre Drummond went in the first 12 picks of the NBA draft. The 6-foot-5 Lamb was the Huskies’ leading scorer with a 17.7 average that also ranked third in the BIG EAST. He also averaged 4.9 rebounds. Drummond, a 6-foot-11 center, averaged 10.0 points and a team-leading 7.6 rebounds. Another frontcourt starter, Alex Oriakhi, transferred. He averaged 6.7 points and 4.8 rebounds while starting 28 games. Forward Roscoe Smith also went the transfer route. He played 18.2 minutes per game and averaged 4.4 points and 3.4 boards. Storylines Last year, the Huskies had to replace guard Kemba Walker, their scoring and emotional leader. This season, they can rely on a talented backcourt, but need frontcourt players to step up and hope that the injury bug does not bite. With the departure of four players from last year’s regular rotation, newcomers may get a longer look than usual to contribute. Up front, 6-foot-10 freshman forward Philip Nolan will push Olander and Wolf for immediate playing time along with 6-foot-8 forward Leon Tolksdorf who has followed Giffey and Wolf to Storrs from Germany. R.J. Evans, a senior transfer from Holy Cross, will contribute. Even with Napier and Boatright, rookie guard Omar Calhoun (no relation to the head coach) brings highly regarded shooting skills and a 6-foot-4 frame. He figures to help right away.

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NEWCOMERS
omar Calhoun, G, fr., 6-5, 195 Brooklyn, n.y./Christ The king • Ranked No. 39 among all incoming players and No. 10 among shooting guards by Rivals. com. • Named the top player in New York by the New York State Sportswriters Association and was the New York Gatorade Player of the Year. r.J. Evans, G, Gr., 6-3, 210 Salem, Conn./Holy Cross • Graduate student who is eligible for the 2012-13 season after completing undergraduate studies at Holy Cross. • Scored 15 points against Connecticut in a December 2011 meeting with the Huskies. • Averaged 11.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists for Holy Cross as a senior. Averaged 12.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg in his career with the Crusaders. • 2008-09 Patriot League Rookie of the Year. Phillip nolan, f, fr., 6-9, 210 Milwaukee, wis./riverside University HS • Ranked No. 21 among incoming centers by Rivals.com. • Averaged 16.7 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.1 blocks and 2.3 assists while shooting 63 percent from the field at Riverside. Leon Tolksdorf, f, fr., 6-8, 220 Berlin, Germany/ALBA Berlin • Averaged 17 points and 12.4 rebounds for ALBA Berlin last season. • Played for the same youth team as current Connecticut teammate Niels Giffey.

2011-12 rESULTS (20-14, 8-10 BIG EAST)
High Scorer/rebounder NOVEMBER 11 Columbia - ESPNU W, 70-57 10,167 Lamb 30/Olander 8 14 Wagner - BEN W, 78-66 9,217 Lamb 20/Oriakhi 9 W, 80-60 10,726 Oriakhi, Lamb 16/Drummond 14 17 Maine XL - BEN W, 87-70 11,397 Lamb 25/Napier 12 20 Coppin State XL - BEN Battle 4 Atlantis, Paradise Islands, Bahamas 24 vs. UNC-Asheville - HDNet W, 73-63 Lamb, Napier 23/Lamb, Smith 6 25 vs. UCF - Versus L, 63-68 2,394 Lamb 15/Oriakhi 10 26 vs. Florida State ot W, 78-76 2,752 Napier 26/Drummond 10 DECEMBER BIG EAST-SEC Challenge W, 75-62 14,333 Boatright 23/Oriakhi 8 3 Arkansas XL - ESPN 8 Harvard - ESPN2 W, 67-53 10,167 Lamb 18/Lamb 7 18 Holy Cross XL - BEN W, 77-40 13,396 Drummond 24/Drummond 8 W, 79-71 13,821 Napier 24/Drummond 9 22 Fairfield XL - BEN 28 at USF SPF - BEN W, 60-57 5,705 Lamb 23/Drummond 7 31 ST. JOHN’S XL - BEN W, 83-69 16,294 Napier 17/Drummond 11 JAnUAry 3 at SETON HALL - BEN L, 63-75 8,089 Lamb 19/Drummond, Olander 5 7 at RUTGERS - BEN L, 60-67 7,011 Napier 23/Drummond 12 9 WEST VIRGINIA XL - ESPN2 W, 64-57 15,805 Lamb 25/Drummond 11 14 at NOTRE DAME - ESPN2 W, 67-53 9,149 Napier 16/Drummond 13 18 CINCINNATI - ESPN2 L, 67-70 10,167 Napier 27/Lamb 8 21 at Tennessee - CBS L, 57-60 21,114 Lamb 23/Drummond 9 29 NOTRE DAME XL - BEN L, 48-50 16,294 Lamb 16/Drummond 11 fEBrUAry 1 at GEORGETOWN - ESPN2 L, 44-58 15,174 Drummond 18/Drummond 7 4 SETON HALL XL - BEN W, 69-46 16,294 Boatright 19/Lamb, Napier, Oriakhi 8 6 at LOUISVILLE - ESPN L, 59-80 21,804 Boatright 18/Oriakhi 7 11 at SYRACUSE - CBS L, 67-85 33,430 Lamb 18/Drummond 7 15 DE PAUL - BEN W, 80-54 10,167 Lamb 18/Oriakhi 10 18 MARQUETTE - ESPN L, 64-79 16,294 Lamb 19/Lamb 7 20 at VILLANOVA WFC - ESPN ot W, 73-70 13,832 Lamb 32/Drummond 11 25 SYRACUSE - ESPN L, 69-71 10,167 Lamb 19/Drummond 14 28 at PROVIDENCE - BEN L, 70-72 11,031 Drummond 14/Drummond 12 MArCH 3 PITTSBURGH - ESPN W, 74-65 10,167 Napier 23/Smith 7 BIG EAST Championship presented by American Eagle Outfitters, New York, N.Y. 6 vs. DePaul - ESPNU W, 81-67 20,057 Lamb 25/Smith 8 7 vs. West Virginia - ESPN ot W, 71-67 20,057 Napier 26/Lamb 8 8 vs. Syracuse - ESPN L, 55-58 20,057 Napier 15/Drummond 10 NCAA Championship 15 vs. Iowa State CEC - TNT L, 64-77 22,131 Napier 22/Smith 5 XL Center, Hartford, Conn. St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Fla. WFC Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa. CEC Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.
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(Home: 13-4/Away: 3-7/neutral: 4-3)

Shabazz Napier
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DePaul Blue Demons
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no. 0 1 2 3 10 12 13 15 20 21 23 24 25 30 34 35 name Worrel Clahar DeJaun Marrero Edwind McGhee Jodan Price Derrell Robertson, Jr. Cleveland Melvin Cory Dolins Moses Morgan Brandon Young Jamee Crockett Donnavan Kirk Charles McKinney Durrell McDonald Peter Ryckbosch Stuart Pirri Montray Clemons Pos. G F G G/F C F G F G F F G G F F F Class Sr. Fr. Jr. Fr. So. Jr. Fr. Jr. Jr. So. Jr. So. Fr. Fr. Sr. RFr. Ht. 5-11 6-5 6-3 6-7 6-10 6-8 6-0 6-6 6-4 6-4 6-9 6-3 6-1 6-9 6-8 6-7 wt. 186 208 202 170 247 208 179 223 199 213 223 183 171 224 188 235 Hometown/High School Brooklyn, N.Y./Lawson State CC (Ala.) Gary, Ind./Bowman Academy Champaign, Ill./Central Beverly Hills, Mich./Detroit Country Day Pinola, Miss./Mendenhall Baltimore, Md./Lake Clifton Skokie, Ill./Niles West Las Vegas, Nev./Palo Verde Baltimore, Md./Friendship Collegiate School Chicago, Ill./Crete-Monee Pontiac, Mich./Miami (Fla.) Evanston, Ill./Quality Education Academy (N.C.) Henderson, Nev./Green Valley Chicago, Ill./St. Ignatius Metairie, La./Rice Baltimore, Md./Polytechnic Institute

2011-12 rECorD 12-19 overall 3-15 BIG EAST (16th) FINAL RANKING AP/ESPN -/POSTSEASON None

Head Coach: Oliver Purnell (Old Dominion ’75) Associate Head Coach: Ron Bradley (Eastern Nazarene ’74) Assistant Coaches: Brian Ellerbe (Rutgers ’85), Billy Garrett (Indianapolis ’91) HEAD CoACH Oliver Purnell (Old Dominion ’75) Career Record (24 years) ................................................ 413-322 (.562) DePaul Record (two years) ................................................. 19-43 (.306) Clemson Record (seven years).......................................... 138-88 (.611) Dayton Record (nine years) ............................................ 155-116 (.572) Old Dominion Record (three years) .................................... 57-33 (.633) Radford Record (three years) ............................................. 44-42 (.512) BIG EAST Regular Season Record (two years) ....................... 4-32 (.111) BIG EAST Tournament Record (two years).............................. 0-2 (.000) BIG EAST Overall Record (one year) ..................................... 4-34 (.105) NCAA Record (six appearances) ............................................. 0-6 (.000) NIT Record (eight appearances) ............................................. 9-8 (.529)

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The Big Picture The Blue Demons showed significant improvement last year in coach Oliver Purnell’s second season. The cornerstones have been forward Cleveland Melvin and guard Brandon Young. Both will be juniors this season. Now, the Blue Demons want their continued improvement to translate into a move up the in the standings. The team returns six of its top seven scorers from last year. Who’s Back Melvin, a 6-foot-8 forward, is the BIG EAST’s top returning scorer after averaging 17.5 points last season. He also averaged 7.4 rebounds while earning All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention recognition. Two seasons ago, he was the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year. Young, a 6-foot-4 guard, averaged 14.5 points and 4.7 assists. Melvin and Young were ranked among the top scoring sophomore duos in the country. Forward Jamee Crockett started 16 games as a freshman last year and averaged 8.6 points. Forward Moses Morgan was enjoying a fine sophomore season until he was slowed by a head injury in early February. He averaged 9.0 points in 26 games and made a team-high 54 3-pointers. Junior college transfer Worrel Clahar was an able reserve in the backcourt, averaging 6.0 points in 16.8 minutes of playing time. Guard Charles McKinney started 15 times as a freshman and averaged 4.2 points. Forward Donnavan Kirk helped in the frontcourt, averaging 3.5 points and 4.0 rebounds. Who’s Missing Krys Faber was a rugged center who averaged 4.0 points and 4.7 boards. Guard Jeremiah Kelly averaged 8.6 points and 3.9 assists while serving as a perimeter shooting threat with Crockett. Storylines Purnell wants to continue his running style and has more depth this season to execute that plan. The team returns 84 percent of its scoring, 79 percent of its rebounding and just over 77 percent of its minutes played from last season. Melvin and Young are veterans of the BIG EAST wars and now have more experienced comrades to help the Blue Demon cause. The newcomers, including 6-foot-8 freshman Montray Clemons who missed last season due to a knee injury, could play immediately close to the basket

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NEWCOMERS
DeJuan Marrero, f, fr., 6-5, 208 Gary, Ind./Bowman Academy • Averaged 22.1 points and 15.3 rebounds at Bowman Academy. • Helped Bowman to the 2009 Indiana Class A state championship. • Played for Puerto Rico’s U18 national team at the 2010 FIBA Americas tournament. Durrell McDonald, G, fr., 6-1, 171 Henderson, nev./Green Valley • Earned first team all-state honors from the Las Vegas Journal Review after averaging 21.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 201112. • State runner-up in the high jump in 2012 after winning the state title in 2010. Cleared 6 feet, 10 inches in the high jump. Jordan Price, G/f, fr., 6-7, 170 Beverly Hills, Mich./Detroit Country Day • Ranked No. 32 among incoming small forwards and No. 143 among all players by Rivals.com. • Attended the same high school as current teammate Donnavan Kirk. • Prolific 3-point shooter who made better than 41 percent of his attempts at Detroit Country Day.

2011-12 rESULTS (12-19, 3-15 BIG EAST)
High Scorer/rebounder NOVEMBER W, 91-72 4,001 Melvin 17/Faber 7 11 Texas-Pan American MA W, 80-70 3,286 Kelly 24/Melvin 8 14 Mississippi Valley State MA Old Spice Classic, Orlando, Fla. 24 vs. Minnesota - ESPN2 L, 85-86 3,170 Young 23/Faber 13 25 vs. Texas Tech - ESPNU W, 76-70 3,377 Melvin 25/Faber 9 27 vs. Arizona State - ESPNU W, 68-64 1,728 Melvin 18/Melvin 7 DECEMBER BIG EAST-SEC Challenge 1 Mississippi - ESPNU L, 68-70 7,129 Young 18/Melvin 10 5 Milwaukee - BEN L, 76-87 6,691 Melvin 27/Kelly 7 7 at Loyola (Ill.) W, 69-58 4,186 Morgan 13/Melvin 9 10 Chicago State W, 102-95 6,245 Melvin 30/Melvin 8 14 at Northern Illinois W, 75-52 811 Melvin 19/Young 5 W, 81-62 3,522 Young 19/Faber 7 17 Arkansas Pine-Bluff MA 21 Cal Poly W, 63-58 8,254 Melvin, Young 16/Faber 9 JAnUAry 1 SYRACUSE - BEN L, 68-87 12,102 Melvin 23/Melvin 8 5 PITTSBURGH - ESPN2 W, 84-81 8,110 Young 26/Kirk 8 8 at VILLANOVA - BEN L, 71-87 6,500 Young 22/Melvin 4 10 at SETON HALL - ESPN3 L, 73-94 6,840 Young 16/Faber 8 14 at LOUISVILLE - BEN L, 59-67 21,223 Young 14/Faber 8 17 GEORGETOWN - ESPN2 L, 75-83 8,322 Melvin 19/Melvin 6 22 USF - ESPN3 L, 59-75 8,002 Melvin 17/Melvin 7 25 at RUTGERS - BEN W, 69-64 4,662 Crockett 20/Crockett, Faber, Melvin 7 fEBrUAry 1 ST. JOHN’S - BEN L, 81-87 7,994 Melvin 22/Melvin 11 4 at CINCINNATI - BEN L, 66-74 10,450 Melvin 18/Melvin 13 6 MARQUETTE - ESPNU L, 76-89 9,276 Melvin 22/Kirk, Melvin 7 11 at NOTRE DAME - BEN L, 76-84 9,149 Kelly 17/Melvin 6 15 at CONNECTICUT - BEN L, 54-80 10,167 Kelly 16/Kirk 5 18 LOUISVILLE - BEN ot L, 80-92 13,674 Young 27/Melvin 10 20 at ST. JOHN’S - ESPNU L, 72-79 5,110 Melvin 18/Melvin 15 25 PROVIDENCE - ESPN3 L, 71-73 8,842 Morgan 13/Melvin 12 28 at WEST VIRGINIA - BEN L, 75-92 10,255 Melvin, Young 21/Melvin 8 MArCH 3 SETON HALL - BEN W, 86-58 8,412 Crockett 21/Melvin 9 BIG EAST Championship presented by American Eagle Outfitters, New York, N.Y. 6 vs. Connecticut - ESPN2 L, 67-81 20,057 Morgan, Melvin 19/Melvin 9
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(Home: 7-9/Away: 3-8/neutral: 2-2)

McGrath Arena, Chicago, Ill.

Cleveland Melvin
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Georgetown Hoyas
2012-13 roSTEr
no. 0 2 3 5 22 23 25 32 34 55 name Tyler Adams Greg Whittington Mikael Hopkins Markel Starks Otto Porter Aaron Bowen John Caprio Moses Ayegba Nate Lubick Jabril Trawick Brandon Bolden Bradley Hayes D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera Pos. C F F G F F G C F G F C G Class So. So. So. Jr. So. So. Jr. Jr. Jr. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. Ht. 6-9 6-8 6-9 6-2 6-8 6-6 6-6 6-9 6-8 6-5 6-10 6-11 6-3 wt. 275 212 223 175 205 205 220 250 235 208 200 250 210 Hometown/High School Brandon, Miss./Brandon Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep Sikeston, Mo./Scott County Central Jacksonville, Fla./Quality Education Academy North Caldwell, N.J./Seton Hall Prep Kano, Nigeria/Progressive Christian (Md.) Southborough, Mass./St. Mark’s Jenkintown, Pa./Abington Friends Sumter, S.C./Quality Education Academy Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood Mouth of Wilson, Va./Oak Hill Academy

2011-12 rECorD 24-9 overall 12-6 BIG EAST (t4th) FINAL RANKING AP/ESPN 15/17 POSTSEASON NCAA Third Round

Head Coach: John Thompson III (Princeton ’88) Assistant Coaches: Mike Brennan (Princeton ’94), Kenya Hunter (Duquesne ’96), Robert Kirby (Pan American ’83) HEAD CoACH John Thompson III (Princeton ’88) Career Record (12 years) ................................................ 252-124 (.670) Georgetown Record (eight years) ..................................... 184-82 (.692) Princeton Record (four years)............................................. 68-42 (.618) BIG EAST Regular Season Record (eight years) ................... 85-53 (.616) BIG EAST Tournament Record (eight years) .......................... 12-7 (.632) BIG EAST Overall Record (seven years) ............................... 97-60 (.592) NCAA Record (eight appearances).......................................... 8-8 (.500) NIT Record (three appearances) ............................................ 2-3 (.400)

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The Big Picture With 10 freshmen and sophomores on last year’s roster, the Hoyas nevertheless turned in what has been a typical season under coach John Thompson III. The Hoyas finished 24-9, 12-6 in the BIG EAST, and played two games in the NCAA Championship. The Hoyas lose their top three scorers from last year’s club, but most of Thompson’s younger players already have some solid experience and will try to maintain the Thompson level of consistency. A talented group of newcomers should have some opportunities to work their way into the rotation. Maybe more so than most programs, Georgetown has traditionally relied on seniors for production and leadership, but the 2012-13 roster contains no seniors. Who’s Back Sophomore Otto Porter averaged 9.7 points and a team-leading 6.8 rebounds as a freshman. His statistics did not reflect the true value of his contributions. A heady young player, Porter averaged nearly 30 minutes per game while making eight starts. Nate Lubick, a 6-foot-8 junior, averaged 3.5 points and 3.9 boards while playing 18.4 minutes per game and starting all 33 contests. In the backcourt, Markel Starks made 25 starts and averaged 7.1 points, mostly at point guard. Jabril Trawick came off the bench at point guard as a freshman. He provided some energy and a 4.3 scoring average. Forward Greg Whittington played 20.1 minutes per game as a freshman. He averaged 4.3 points and 2.9 rebounds. Six-fooot-nine forward Mikael Hopkins (2.4) saw limited action, also as a freshman. Who’s Missing The Hoyas will miss guard Jason Clark, forward Hollis Thompson and center Henry Sims. Clark was an All-BIG EAST First Team selection while averaging 14.0 points and serving as the team leader. Thompson put up a 12.8 scoring mark while leading the BIG EAST in 3-point shooting, making 43 percent. Sims averaged 11.6 points, 6.0 boards and led the team with 114 assists and 45 blocked shots. Storylines For the second straight season, Thompson has three starters to replace. Porter and Lubick probably will be on the floor together more this season at forward. Hopkins will have the opportunity to become a regular near the basket, though he will be challenged by 6-foot-10 freshman Brandon Bolden. In the backcourt, Starks should slide into a full-time starting role at the point with Trawick continuing to back him up. At shooting guard, freshman D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera may get a long look to become a starter.

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NEWCOMERS
Brandon Bolden, C, fr., 6-10, 200 Sumter, S.C./Quality Education Academy • Ranked No. 28 among power forwards by ESPN. Bradley Hayes, C, fr., 6-11, 250 Jacksonville, fla./Sandalwood • Averaged 13 points and 12.2 rebounds per game, earning All-First Coast honors at Sandalwood in 2011-12. D’Vauntes Smith-rivera, G, fr., 6-3, 210 Mouth of wilson, Va./oak Hill Academy • Ranked No. 8 among shooting guards and No. 32 among all incoming players by Rivals.com.

2011-12 rESULTS (24-9, 12-6 BIG EAST)
High Scorer/rebounder NOVEMBER 12 Savannah State W, 83-54 9,876 Sims 19/Porter 8 EA Sports Maui Invitational 14 UNC-Greensboro - BEN W, 86-45 7,987 Thompson 19/Sims 7 L, 63-67 2,400 Clark 15/Sims 6 21 vs. Kansas LCC - ESPN2 22 vs. Chaminade LCC - ESPN2 W, 88-61 2,400 Clark 28/Porter 7 23 vs. Memphis LCC - ESPN2 ot W, 91-88 2,400 Clark 26/Sims, Porter 8 28 IUPUI - BEN W, 81-58 6,854 Thompson 21/Lubick 14 DECEMBER BIG EAST-SEC Challenge 1 at Alabama - ESPN2 W, 57-55 15,383 Clark 22/Thompson 8 3 NJIT - ESPN3 W, 84-44 8,742 Thompson 20/Adams, Porter 6 10 Howard - BEN W, 62-48 8,120 Porter 13/Lubick 8 17 American - BEN W, 81-55 9,964 Starks 18/Porter 10 22 Memphis - ESPN2 W, 70-59 12,045 Clark 18/Thompson, Sims 9 28 at LOUISVILLE - ESPN2 W, 71-68 22,517 Starks 20/Porter 14 31 PROVIDENCE - ESPN2 W, 49-40 11,834 Clark 16/Porter 12 JAnUAry 4 MARQUETTE - ESPNU W, 73-70 11,213 Clark 26/Clark, Porter, Sims 5 7 at WEST VIRGINIA - BEN L, 62-74 10,526 Thompson 20/Porter 6 9 CINCINNATI - ESPNU L, 64-68 7,877 Clark, Thompson 14/Lubick 8 15 at ST. JOHN’S - BEN W, 69-49 11,475 Thompson 20/Porter 10 17 at DE PAUL - ESPN2 W, 83-75 8,322 Clark 31/Porter 15 21 RUTGERS - BEN W, 52-50 12,852 Sims 12/Sims 10 28 at PITTSBURGH - ESPN L, 60-72 12,508 Porter 14/Porter 6 fEBrUAry 1 CONNECTICUT - ESPN2 W, 58-44 15,174 Thompson 18/Thompson 9 4 USF - ESPNU W, 75-45 11,916 Sims 13/Sims 9 8 at SYRACUSE - ESPN ot L, 61-64 27,820 Porter 14/Porter 13 12 ST. JOHN’S - ESPN W, 71-61 12,285 Whittington 12/Lubick, Porter 8 18 at PROVIDENCE - BEN W, 63-53 11,563 Clark, Thompson 13/Thompson 10 21 at SETON HALL - BEN L, 55-73 8,111 Whittington 9/Thompson, Porter 6 25 VILLANOVA - CBS W, 67-46 19,277 Clark, Porter 15/Five with 6 27 NOTRE DAME - ESPN W, 59-41 14,514 Whittington 15/Porter 10 MArCH 3 at MARQUETTE - BEN L, 69-83 19,087 Thompson, Porter 19/Sims 9 BIG EAST Championship presented by American Eagle Outfitters, New York, N.Y. 7 vs. Pittsburgh - ESPN W, 64-52 20,057 Sims, Porter 20/Sims 13 8 vs. Cincinnati - ESPN 2ot L, 70-72 20,057 Sims 22/Sims 15 NCAA Championship W, 74-59 17,030 Clark 21/Porter 8 16 vs. Belmont NA - TruTV L, 63-66 17,425 Thompson 23/Porter 8 18 vs. North Carolina State NA - CBS
LCC NA

(Home: 15-1/Away: 5-5/neutral: 4-3)

Lahaina Civic Center, Lahaina, Hawaii Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Markel Starks
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Louisville Cardinals
2012-13 roSTEr
no. 1 2 3 5 10 11 15 20 21 24 25 33 44 name Angel Nunez Russ Smith Peyton Siva Kevin Ware Gorgui Dieng Luke Hancock Tim Henderson Wayne Blackshear Chane Behanan Montrezl Harrell Zach Price Mike Marra Stephan Van Treese Pos. F G G G C G/F G G/F F F C G F Class So. Jr. Sr. So. Jr. Jr. Jr. So. So. Fr. So. Sr. Jr. Ht. 6-7 6-0 5-11 6-5 6-10 6-5 6-2 6-5 6-7 6-7 6-10 6-5 6-8 wt. 190 160 180 185 225 190 180 205 250 225 235 200 235 Hometown/Last School Washington Heights, N.Y./Notre Dame Prep (Mass.) Briarwood, N.Y./South Kent (Conn.) Seattle, Wash./Franklin Bronx, N.Y./Rockdale County Dakar, Senegal/Huntington Prep (W.Va.) Roanoke, Va./George Mason Louisville, Ky./Christian Academy Chicago, Ill./Morgan Park Cincinnati, Ohio./Bowling Green Tarboro, N.C./Hargrave Military Academy Cleveland, Ohio/Jeffersontown Smithfield, R.I./Northfield Mt. Hermon (Mass.) Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence-North

2011-12 rECorD 30-10 overall 10-8 BIG EAST (7th) FINAL RANKING AP/ESPN 17/4 POSTSEASON NCAA Final Four

Head Coach: Rick Pitino (Massachusetts ’74) Assistant Coaches: Wyking Jones (Loyola Marymount ’95), Kevin Keatts (Marshall ’11), Kareem Richardson (Evansville ’97) HEAD CoACH Rick Pitino (Massachusetts ’74) Career Record (26 years) ................................................ 627-230 (.732) Louisville Record (11 years) ............................................ 275-106 (.722) Kentucky Record (eight years) .......................................... 219-50 (.814) Providence Record (two years) ........................................... 42-23 (.646) Boston University Record (five years) ................................. 91-51 (.641) BIG EAST Regular Season Record (nine years) .................... 98-56 (.636) BIG EAST Tournament Record (nine years) ........................... 11-7 (.611) BIG EAST Overall Record (nine years) ............................... 109-63 (.634) NCAA Record (17 appearances).......................................... 42-16 (.724) NIT Record (four appearances) ............................................... 5-4 (.556)

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The Big Picture The Cardinals made it all the way to the Final Four last season and finished 31-6. It was the school’s ninth Final Four appearance and the second since 2005. The postseason run began in New York when Louisville, as the seventh seed, won The BIG EAST Championship by winning four games in four days. Then, the Cardinals headed to the West Regional where they knocked off, in order, Davidson, New Mexico, No. 1 seed Michigan State and Florida. The Cardinals have piled up nine straight 20-win seasons under coach Rick Pitino. They have advanced to at least the NCAA Elite Eight in three of the last five seasons. Since joining the BIG EAST in 2005-06, Louisville’s 81-41 conference record is the best in the league. Who’s Back Pitino welcomes back three starters and their effective sixth man. Guard Russ Smith filled the sixth man role, scored 11.5 ppg and was third in the BIG EAST with a 2.2 steals mark while playing just more than 21 minutes per game. Peyton Siva returns for his senior season at point guard. He averaged 9.1 points and was fourth in the league in assists at 5.6. Siva won the Dave Gavitt Trophy as the Most Outstanding Player at The BIG EAST Championship. Forward Chane Behanan made the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team after averaging 9.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. Center Gorgui Dieng averaged 9.1 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots. His blocked shot mark led the BIG EAST and he was third in rebounding. Mike Marra, a 6-foot-5 perimeter shooter, returns after missing last season with a knee injury. Also on the wing, Wayne Blackshear got his feet wet in 15 games, averaging 2.5 points. Guard Kevin Ware had a similar experience. Sophomore Angel Nunez saw limited duty on the wing. Closer to the basket, 6-foot-8 forward Stephan Van Treese missed most of the season with a knee injury. Forward Zach Price saw limited action, playing 19 games. Who’s Missing Forward Kyle Kuric was the team’s scoring leader, averaging 12.6 points. Dependable guard Chris Smith averaged 9.7 points. Both were veterans who supplied strong leadership. Reserve forwards Rakeem Buckles (4.0, 3.8) and Jared Swopshire (3.3, 2.8) transferred. Storylines The Cardinals have appeared close to the top of early preseason national polls. The 2012-13 team appears deeper and more experienced than last year’s Final Four squad. Pitino will be looking for another strong season defensively. Last year, his team limited its opponents to 60 or fewer points in 23 of its 40 games. The Cardinals allowed an average of 61.0 points per game. Dieng returns to anchor the defense in the paint. Siva and Russ Smith are ball hawks in the backcourt. Offensively, Pitino appears to have more options at guard and forward. Freshman Montrezi Harrell is the most heralded newcomer. He will push Behanan at power forward.

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NEWCOMERS
Montrezl Harrell, f, fr., 6-7, 225 Tarboro, n.C./Hargrave Military Academy • Averaged 25.2 points and 13.6 rebounds for Hargrave, helping the team to a 38-1 record and a national runner-up finish. • Rated No. 82 nationally among all incoming players by Rivals.com. • Member of the gold-medal-winning U.S. team at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Brazil.

2011-12 rESULTS (30-10, 10-8 BIG EAST)
High Scorer/rebounder NOVEMBER Global Sports Invitational 11 Tennessee-Martin - BEN W, 83-48 20,485 Kuric, Behanan 14/Behanan 14 13 Lamar - BEN W, 68-48 19,842 Swopshire 13/Behanan 13 19 at Butler - ESPN3 W, 69-53 9,071 Kuric 17/Behanan 7 Global Sports Invitational 22 Arkansas State - BEN W, 54-27 20,323 Kuric 12/Dieng 7 25 Ohio - BEN W, 59-54 21,334 Kuric 16/Dieng 16 28 Long Beach State - ESPNU W, 79-66 20,468 C. Smith 18/Dieng 8 DECEMBER BIG EAST-SEC Challenge 1 Vanderbilt - ESPN ot W, 62-60 22,728 Kuric 15/Behanan 10 7 IUPUI - BEN W, 90-60 20,604 C. Smith 19/Dieng 18 10 Fairleigh Dickinson - BEN W, 80-58 20,287 Kuric 18/Dieng 12 Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout 17 Memphis - CBS W, 95-87 22,733 R. Smith 24/Dieng 14 20 College of Charleston - ESPNU W, 69-62 20,752 Kuric 17/Dieng 12 Billy Minardi Classic 23 Western Kentucky - ESPN2 W, 70-60 22,150 R. Smith 23/Dieng 15 28 GEORGETOWN - ESPN2 L, 68-71 22,517 Kuric 17/Behanan, Dieng 8 31 at Kentucky - CBS L, 62-69 24,387 R. Smith 30/Three with 5 JAnUAry 3 at ST. JOHN’S - ESPNU W, 73-58 9,258 R. Smith 17/Dieng, Swopshire 9 7 NOTRE DAME - ESPNU 2ot L, 65-67 22,687 Kuric, Behanan 17/Kuric, Behanan 10 10 at PROVIDENCE - ESPN2 L, 59-90 8,163 C. Smith 16/Kuric 9 14 DE PAUL - ESPN2 W, 76-59 21,223 R. Smith 25/Dieng 14 16 at MARQUETTE - ESPN L, 63-74 16,688 R. Smith 20/Behanan 12 21 at PITTSBURGH - ESPN W, 73-62 12,508 Kuric 21/Dieng 14 25 VILLANOVA - ESPN W, 84-74 21,219 Siva 16/Dieng 13 28 at SETON HALL - BEN W, 60-51 9,573 R. Smith 14/Dieng 14 fEBrUAry 4 RUTGERS - BEN W, 78-66 21,298 Behanan 23/C. Smith 13 6 CONNECTICUT - ESPN W, 80-59 21,804 C. Smith 16/Behanan 12 11 at WEST VIRGINIA - ESPN W, 77-74 11,254 Kuric 17/Behanan, Dieng 6 13 SYRACUSE - ESPN L, 51-52 22,738 Behanan 16/Dieng 10 18 at DE PAUL - BEN ot W, 90-82 13,674 Kuric 25/Dieng 8 23 at CINCINNATI - ESPN2 L, 56-60 13,176 Siva 14/Dieng 13 26 PITTSBURGH - CBS W, 57-54 22,746 R. Smith 18/Dieng, Siva 5 29 USF - BEN L, 51-58 22,114 Kuric, C. Smith 14/Behanan 7 MArCH 3 at SYRACUSE - CBS L, 49-58 33,205 R. Smith, Behanan 10/Dieng 12 BIG EAST Championship presented by American Eagle Outfitters, New York, N.Y. 7 vs. Seton Hall - ESPN W, 61-55 20,057 Siva 14/Dieng 10 8 vs. Marquette - ESPN W, 84-71 20,057 Kuric 20/Swopshire 12 9 vs. Notre Dame - ESPN W, 64-50 20,057 Dieng 16/Siva 8 10 vs. Cincinnati - ESPN W, 50-44 20,057 C. Smith 15/Dieng 10 NCAA Championship W, 69-62 17,050 Siva 17/Behanan 11 15 vs. Davidson RG - TBS 17 vs. New Mexico RG - TBS W, 59-56 18,167 R. Smith 17/Dieng 10 22 vs. Michigan State US - TBS W, 57-44 14,913 Behanan 15/Dieng, Behanan 9 24 vs. Florida US - CBS W, 72-68 13,456 R. Smith 19/Behanan 7 31 vs. Kentucky MBS - CBS L, 61-69 73,361 Siva 11/Dieng 12 Rose Garden, Portland, Ore. US Airways Center, Phoenix, Ariz. MBS Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.
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Peyton Siva
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Marquette Golden Eagles
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no. 0 1 4 5 10 12 13 22 23 25 33 42 54 name Jamil Wilson Jamal Ferguson Todd Mayo Junior Cadougan Juan Anderson Derrick Wilson Vander Blue Trent Lockett Jake Thomas Steve Taylor Garrett Swanson Chris Otule Davante Gardner Pos. F F G G F G G G G F F C F Class Jr. Fr. So. Sr. So. So. Jr. Sr. Jr. Fr. So. Sr. Jr. Ht. 6-7 6-4 6-3 6-1 6-6 6-1 6-4 6-5 6-3 6-7 6-7 6-11 6-8 wt. 225 180 190 205 210 215 200 210 200 200 200 275 290 Hometown/Last School Racine, Wis./Horlick Norfolk, Va./Maury Huntington, W.Va./Notre Dame Prep (Mass.) Toronto, Ont./Christian Life Academy Oakland, Calif./Castro Valley Anchorage, Alaska/The Hotchkiss School Madison, Wis./Memorial Golden Valley, Minn./Arizona State Racine, Wis./St. Catherine’s Chicago, Ill./Simeon Spokane, Wash./Mead Richmond, Texas/Ft. Bend Bush Suffolk, Va./King’s Fork

2011-12 rECorD 27-8 overall 14-4 BIG EAST (2nd) FINAL RANKING AP/ESPN 11/10 POSTSEASON NCAA Sweet 16

Head Coach: Buzz Williams (Oklahoma City ’94) Assistant Coaches: Brad Autry (Northwest Oklahoma State ’91), Isaac Chew (Avila ’99), Scott Monarch (Missouri Valley State ’86) HEAD CoACH Buzz Williams (Oklahoma City ’94) Career Record (five years) ................................................ 110-62 (.640) Marquette Record (four years) ........................................... 96-45 (.681) New Orleans Record (one year).......................................... 14-17 (.452) BIG EAST Regular Season Record (four years) .................... 46-26 (.639) BIG EAST Tournament Record (four years) ............................. 5-4 (.556) BIG EAST Overall Record (three years) ............................... 51-30 (.630) NCAA Record (four years) ....................................................... 5-4 (.556) NIT Record .........................................................................................0-0

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The Big Picture Marquette advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the second consecutive season last March. The Golden Eagles finished 27-8 overall and second in the BIG EAST with a 14-4 mark, their best record since joining the league. The 2012-13 edition of coach Buzz Williams’ club will have to find a way to replace BIG EAST Player of the Year Jae Crowder and All-BIG EAST First Team pick Darius Johnson-Odom, though a veteran group returns. Offense may be a little more by committee this season. Marquette led the BIG EAST in scoring (75.4 ppg) with Johnson-Odom second individually at 18.3 ppg and the versatile Crowder fifth at 17.5. Both were NBA draft choices. Who’s Back Three starters return including backcourt starters Vander Blue and Junior Cadougan. Blue, a 6-foot-4 junior, averaged 8.4 points and 4.5 rebounds while also excelling on the defensive end. Cadougan, a 6-foot-1 senior, is the point guard. He averaged 6.3 points and 5.4 assists, which was fifth in the BIG EAST. Todd Mayo played 21.1 minutes per game as a freshman and was impressive offensively, averaging 7.9 points. Sophomore Derrick Wilson backed up at the point as a rookie. Near the basket, junior Davante Gardner averaged 9.5 points and 5.3 rebounds while starting 12 games. He took over for Chris Otule who played eight games before going down with a knee injury. A strong return by Otule would make MU deeper and more experienced. Junior Jamil Wilson made 15 starts at forward. He averaged 7.1 points and 4.1 boards. Forward Juan Anderson saw limited duty. Who’s Missing Crowder was one of the BIG EAST most versatile performers last year. He averaged 17.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.5 steals, which was second in the league. In addition to his 18.3 scoring mark that included plenty of clutch baskets, Johnson-Odom was a 3-point threat, making 38.5 percent. Reserve forward Jamail Jones played a supportive role. Storylines A key addition could be Trent Lockett, a senior transfer from Arizona State who will be eligible immediately. He averaged 13.0 points and 5.8 rebounds for the Sun Devils last season and may find an immediate home on the wing. He shot 41.2 percent from 3-point range. Another transfer, 6-3 Jake Thomas, is also expected to help with the perimeter shooting. Freshman guard Jamal Ferguson will try to find some playing time in a crowded backcourt. Heralded freshman forward Steve Taylor is expected to make a strong run to make the regular rotation right away. Again, the Golden Eagles have important pieces to replace, but seem to have enough able replacements to put an experienced and productive team on the floor.

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NEWCOMERS
Jamal ferguson, f, fr., 6-4, 180 norfolk, Va./Maury • Ranked No. 31 among shooting guards and No. 134 among all incoming players by Rivals. com. • Four-year letterwinner at Maury HS who earned first team all-district accolades. Trent Lockett, G, Sr., 6-5, 210 Golden Valley, Minn./Arizona State • Averaged 13.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, shooting 49.8 percent from the field for Arizona State last season. • Earned All-Pac-10 Second Team honors in 2010-11 and was an all-freshman choice in 2009-10. • Made 69 career starts and played in 87 games for the Sun Devils, averaging 10.8 ppg and 4.7 rpg for his career. • Two-time member of the Pac-12 AllAcademic squad. Earned a bachelor’s degree in business communications. Steve Taylor, f, fr., 6-7, 200 Chicago, Ill./Simeon • Rated No. 24 among power forwards and No. 109 among all incoming players by Rivals. com. • Helped Simeon to three consecutive state championships and earned first team all-state accolades from the Chicago Tribune.

2011-12 rESULTS (27-8, 14-4 BIG EAST)
High Scorer/rebounder NOVEMBER 11 Mount St. Mary’s - BEN W, 91-37 13,834 Johnson-Odom 16/Crowder 6 Paradise Jam 14 Norfolk State - BEN W, 99-68 12,765 Crowder 25/Crowder 10 W, 95-73 2,845 Blue 26/Otule 7 18 vs. Winthrop USVI 20 vs. Mississippi USVI - FSN W, 96-66 2,881 Crowder 25/Crowder 7 21 vs. Norfolk State USVI - FSN W, 59-57 3,109 Johnson-Odom 20/Crowder 11 28 Jacksonville - BEN W, 88-56 12,848 Crowder 27/Blue 9 DECEMBER 3 at Wisconsin - BTN W, 61-54 17,230 Johnson-Odom 17, Blue 8 Jimmy V Classic, New York, N.Y. 6 vs. Washington - ESPN W, 79-77 8,231 Johnson-Odom 23/Crowder 6 10 Green Bay - BEN W, 79-61 14,208 Crowder 21/Three with 7 17 Northern Coloardo - BEN W, 93-72 13,593 Mayo 22/Crowder 11 19 at LSU L, 59-67 8,360 Crowder 22, Crowder 9 22 Milwaukee - BEN W, 64-50 14,917 Cadougan 15/Johnson-Odom 8 29 Vanderbilt - ESPN2 L, 57-74 15,685 Crowder 16/Crowder 10 JAnUAry 1 VILLANOVA - ESPNU W, 81-77 14,550 Johnson-Odom 24/Gardner 10 4 at GEORGETOWN - ESPNU L, 70-73 11,213 Johnson-Odom 18/Crowder 8 7 at SYRACUSE - BEN L, 66-73 25,412 Johnson-Odom 19/Crowder, Blue 7 11 ST. JOHN’S - ESPNU W, 83-64 14,484 Gardner 22/Gardner 15 14 PITTSBURGH - ESPNU W, 62-57 18,404 Johnson-Odom 18/Mayo 7 16 LOUISVILLE - ESPN W, 74-63 16,688 Johnston-Odom 19/Crowder 11 21 at PROVIDENCE - BEN W, 79-72 9,469 Crowder, Johnson-Odom 18/Wilson 7 24 USF W, 67-47 13,693 Johnson-Odom 17/Gardner 7 28 at VILLANOVA - ESPN2 W, 82-78 15,878 Johnson-Odom 26, Crowder 11 31 SETON HALL - BEN W, 66-59 13,828 Crowder 20/Crowder 12 fEBrUAry 4 at NOTRE DAME - CBS L, 59-76 9,149 Blue, Johnson-Odom 12/Blue 7 6 at DE PAUL - ESPNU W, 89-76 9,276 Johnson-Odom 23/Crowder 11 11 CINCINNATI - ESPNU W, 95-78 18,815 Crowder, Johnson-Odom 23/Blue 7 18 at CONNECTICUT - ESPN W, 79-64 16,294 Crowder 29/Crowder 12 22 RUTGERS - BEN W, 82-65 14,807 Crowder 27/Crowder 7 24 at WEST VIRGINIA - ESPN W, 61-60 12,087 Crowder 26/Blue 6 29 at CINCINNATI - ESPN2 L, 61-72 11,316 Johnson-Odom 18/Crowder 12 MArCH 3 GEORGETOWN - BEN W, 83-69 19,087 Crowder 26/Crowder 14 BIG EAST Championship presented by American Eagle Outfitters, New York, N.Y. 8 vs. Louisville - ESPN L, 71-84 20,057 Johnson-Odom 23/Crowder 12 NCAA Championship W, 88-68 16,069 Crowder 25/Crowder 16 15 vs. Brigham Young KFC - CBS 17 vs. Murray State KFC - CBS W, 62-53 21,757 Johnson-Odom, Crowder 17/Crowder 13 22 vs. Florida US - TBS L,, 58-68 15,833 Crowder 15/Blue 8
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UVI Sports Center, St. Thomas, USVI KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky.

Vander Blue
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NotreIrish fighting Dame
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no. 0 1 2 4 11 14 15 20 22 24 25 32 33 45 name Eric Atkins Cameron Biedscheid Zach Auguste Partick Crowley Garrick Sherman Scott Martin Eric Katenda Austin Burgett Jerian Grant Pat Connaughton Tom Knight Joey Brooks Mike Broghammer Jack Cooley Pos. G F F G C G F F G G/F F G F F Class Jr. Fr Fr. Jr. Sr. Gr. Fr. Fr. Jr. So. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Ht. 6-1 6-7 6-10 6-3 6-10 6-8 6-8 6-9 6-5 6-5 6-9 6-6 6-9 6-9 wt. 173 174 220 190 240 219 220 220 185 205 253 215 243 244 Hometown/Previous School Columbia, Md./Mount Saint Joseph St. Louis, Mo./Cardinal Ritter College Prep Marlborough, Mass./New Hampton Prep Los Gatos, Calif./St. Francis Kenton, Ohio/Michigan State Valparaiso, Ind./Purdue Univ. Paris, France/Sunrise Christian Academy (Kan.) Avon, Ind./Avon Bowie, Md./DeMatha Arlington, Mass./St. John’s Prep Dixfield, Maine/Dirigo Houston, Texas/Strake Jesuit Prep Orono, Minn./Hopkins Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South

2011-12 rECorD 22-12 overall 13-5 BIG EAST (2nd) FINAL RANKING AP/ESPN rv/rv POSTSEASON NCAA Second Round

Head Coach: Mike Brey (George Washington ’82) Assistant Coaches: Anthony Solomon (Virginia ’87), Rod Balanis (Georgia Tech ’93), Martin Ingelsby (Notre Dame ’01) HEAD CoACH Mike Brey (George Washington ’82) Career Record (17 years) ................................................ 359-184 (.661) Notre Dame Record (12 years) ....................................... 260-132 (.663) Delaware Record (five years) .............................................. 99-52 (.656) BIG EAST Regular Season Record (12 years) ..................... 125-80 (.610) BIG EAST Tournament Record (12 years) .............................. 8-12 (.400) BIG EAST Overall Record (12 years) .................................. 133-92 (.591) NCAA Record (10 appearances).............................................. 5-9 (.357) NIT Record (five appearances)................................................ 6-5 (.545)

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The Big Picture For the second straight season, the Irish easily surpassed preseason expectations. Picked ninth in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll last year, the Irish finished third with a 13-5 mark. They were 21-12 overall after earning their fifth NCAA berth in the last six years. And last season’s success was achieved after All-BIG EAST forward Tim Abromaitis was lost for the season with a knee injury after playing just two games. Over the last two seasons, coach Mike Brey’s team is 27-9 in BIG EAST play. Who’s Back With Abromaitis’ absence, the Irish can welcome back all five starters and will be one of the most experienced teams in Brey’s 13 seasons. The backcourt of Jerian Grant and Eric Atkins is one of the best in the country. Both averaged more than 12.0 ppg while Grant averaged 5.0 assists and Atkins’ assists mark was 4.1. Grant, a 6-foot-5 sophomore, made the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team. Atkins has been a starter since his freshman season. Senior Joey Brooks (3.2) continues to back up both players. Jack Cooley anchors the frontcourt with his 6-foot9, 244-pound frame. The senior was voted BIG EAST Most Improved Player after posting averages of 12.3 points and 8.9 rebounds. Forward Scott Martin, who was awarded a sixth year of eligibility, averaged 9.5 points and played his usual strong defensive role. Pat Connaughton earned a starting position as a freshman by midseason. A capable outside shooter, he averaged 7.0 points. Senior forwards Tom Knight (1.7, 1.6) and Mike Broghammer (0.5, 0.4) will continue their reserve roles. Who’s Missing As mentioned, Abromaitis only played two games before suffering his senior season-ending injury. He was the named the BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year for a third straight year. Reserve guard Alex Dragicevich, who averaged 6.6 points, transferred. Storylines Notre Dame can boast an experienced lineup that is used to success. Brey’s team continues to be extremely formidable at home, recording a 16-1 mark last year at Purcell Pavilion. In addition to the returning starters, the Irish can look to senior forward Garrick Sherman, a 6-foot-10 transfer from Michigan State, to help around the basket. Six-foot-10 freshman Zach Auguste also will push to be noticed up front. Heralded freshman Cameron Beidscheid will back up Connaughton on the wing. Freshman guard Austin Burgett is considered a strong perimeter shooter

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NEWCOMERS
Zach Auguste, f, fr., 6-10, 220 Marlborough, Mass./new Hampton Prep • Ranked No. 23 among power fowards and No. 97 nationally among incoming players by Rivals.com. • Two-time all-state selection at New Hampton. Cameron Biedscheid, f, fr., 6-7, 174 St. Louis, Mo./Cardinal ritter Prep • Ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 8 small forward and the No. 28 incoming player in 2012. • Named to the St. Louis American Fab 5 and was selected to play in the Nike Global Challenge, earning all-tournament accolades. Austin Burgett, f, fr., 6-9, 220 Avon, Ind./Avon • All-state selection and a four-time allconference pick at Avon HS.

2011-12 rESULTS (22-12, 13-5 BIG EAST)
High Scorer/rebounder NOVEMBER 12 Mississippi Valley State W, 80-67 7,087 Atkins 27/Cooley 10 Progressive CBE Classic 14 Detroit - ESPNU W, 59-53 6,720 Atkins, Brooks 13/Brooks, Connaughton 9 16 Sam Houston State W, 74-41 6,614 Connaughton 24/Cooley, Grant 6 18 Delaware State W, 93-69 8,826 Martin 23/Cooley 17 Progressive CBE Classic, Kansas City, Mo. 21 vs. Missouri - ESPN L, 58-87 11,436 Abromaitis 22/Abromaitis 8 22 vs. Georgia - ESPNU L, 57-61 10,747 Grant 20/Abromaitis, Cooley 6 27 Bryant W, 84-59 7,138 Atkins 11/Grant 11 30 at Gonzaga - ESPN2 L, 53-73 6,000 Grant 16/Cooley 6 DECEMBER BB&T Classic, Washington, D.C. 4 vs. Maryland – Versus L, 71-78 10,714 Grant 20/Borghammer 7 8 Maine - ESPN3 W, 87-78 7,024 Atkins 26/Cooley 14 10 Dartmouth - ESPN3 W, 65-47 7,651 Cooley 22/Cooley 9 Close The Gap Crossroads Classic, Indianapolis, Ind. 17 vs. Indiana - ESPN2 L, 58-69 19,064 Atkins 15/Martin 7 19 Sacred Heart W, 106-65 7,042 Cooley 19/Cooley 8 27 PITTSBURGH - ESPN2 W, 72-59 8,231 Dragicevich 22/Cooley 14 JAnUAry 4 at CINCINNATI - BEN L, 55-71 10,142 Grant 17/ Cooley 11 7 at LOUISVILLE - ESPNU 2ot W, 67-65 22,687 Cooley 18/Martin 12 10 USF - BEN W, 60-49 8,075 Cooley 16/Martin 13 14 CONNECTICUT - ESPN2 L, 53-67 9,149 Atkins 20/Martin 9 16 at RUTGERS - ESPNU L, 58-65 6,334 Atkins 15/Cooley 9 21 SYRACUSE - ESPN W, 67-58 9,149 Cooley 17/Cooley 10 25 at SETON HALL - BEN W, 55-42 8,421 Grant 15/Cooley 11 29 at CONNECTICUT - BEN W, 50-48 16,294 Atkins 13/Cooley, Martin 7 fEBrUAry 4 MARQUETTE - CBS W, 76-59 9,149 Connaughton 23/Connaughton 11 8 at WEST VIRGINIA - ESPNU W, 55-51 9,258 Cooley 21/Cooley 12 11 DE PAUL - BEN W, 84-76 9,149 Cooley, Grant 22/Cooley 14 15 RUTGERS - ESPNU W, 71-53 7,557 Cooley 22/Cooley 18 18 at VILLANOVA - ESPNU ot W, 74-70 15,939 Connaughton 21/Cooley 13 22 WEST VIRGINIA - ESPN2 W, 71-44 8,265 Grant 20/Cooley, Martin 6 25 at ST. JOHN’S - ESPN2 L, 58-61 11,436 Martin, Cooley 18/Cooley 11 27 at GEORGETOWN - ESPN L, 41-59 14,514 Atkins, Martin 9/Connaughton 11 MArCH 2 PROVIDENCE - BEN W, 75-69 9,149 Cooley 27/Cooley 17 BIG EAST Championship presented by American Eagle Outfitters, New York, N.Y. 8 vs. USF - ESPN ot W, 57-53 20,057 Connaughton, Grant 12/Martin 12 9 vs. Louisville - ESPN L, 50-64 20,057 Atkins 12/Cooley 11 NCAA Championship L, 63-67 16,523 Cooley 18/Martin, Cooley 7 16 vs. Xavier GC - CBS
GC

(Home: 17-0/Away: 5-4/neutral: 5-3)

Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C.

Jerian Grant
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Pittsburgh Panthers
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no. 0 1 3 4 5 11 12 13 15 21 33 23 33 42 44 name James Robinson Tray Woodall Cameron Wright John Johnson Durand Johnson Dante Taylor Chris Jones Steven Adams Aron Nwankwo Lamar Patterson Malcolm Gilbert Trey Zeigler Malcolm Gilbert Talib Zanna J.J. Moore Pos. G G G G F F G/F C F F C G/F C F F Class Fr. Sr. So. So. RFr. Sr. Fr. Fr. Jr. Jr. So. Jr. So. Jr. Jr. Ht. 6-3 5-11 6-4 6-1 6-6 6-9 6-5 7-0 6-7 6-5 6-11 6-5 6-11 6-9 6-6 wt. 190 190 205 175 190 240 205 240 205 220 235 203 235 230 205 Hometown/Last School Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha Catholic Brooklyn, N.Y./St. Anthony’s (N.J.) Cleveland, Ohio/Benedictine Philadelphia, Pa./Life Center Academy (N.J.) Baltimore, Md./Brewster Academy (N.H.) Greenburgh, N.Y./National Christian Acad. (Md.) Teaneck, N.J./Teaneck Rotorua, New Zealand/Notre Dame Prep Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City Lancaster, Pa./St. Benedict’s (N.J.) Smyrna, Del./Academy of the New Church (Pa.) Detroit, Mich./Central Michigan Smyrna, Del./Academy of the New Church Kaduna, Nigeria/Bishop McNamara (Md.) Brentwood, N.Y./South Kent Prep (Conn.)

2011-12 rECorD 22-17 overall 5-13 BIG EAST (t13th) FINAL RANKING AP/ESPN -/rv POSTSEASON CBI Champion

Head Coach: Jamie Dixon (Texas Christian ’87) Assistant Coaches: Pat Sandle (San Francisco State ’87), Brandin Knight (Pittsburgh ’05), Bill Barton (Salem State ’89) HEAD CoACH Jamie Dixon (Texas Christian ’87) Career Record (nine years) ............................................... 238-77 (.756) Pittsburgh Record (eight years) ........................................ 238-77 (.756) BIG EAST Regular Season Record (nine years) .................. 103-51 (.669) BIG EAST Tournament Record (nine years) ........................... 12-8 (.600) BIG EAST Overall Record (nine years) ............................... 115-59 (.661) NCAA Record (eight appearances)........................................ 11-8 (.579) NIT Record .........................................................................................0-0 CBI Record (one appearance) ................................................. 5-1 (.833)

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The Big Picture The Panthers’ long streak of NCAA excellence finally ended last season. Pitt had earned 10 straight NCAA Championship invitations, which included five Sweet 16 appearances and one trip to the Elite Eight. The Panthers had won six BIG EAST titles. Their overall record last season was a respectable 22-17, but coach Jamie Dixon’s squad finished only 5-13 in league play. The season ended with a CBI title, but the Panthers are accustomed to NCAA trips. This year, the Panthers have to replace two veteran starters, but seem to be well equipped to bounce back into a contender’s role. Who’s Back Five of the top seven scorers return. Point guard Tray Woodall averaged 11.7 points and 6.1 assists, which would have ranked him third on the BIG EAST leaderboard if had he played enough games to qualify. Woodall missed 11 games with groin and abdominal injuries. The Panthers lost seven in a row during Woodall’s absence. Forward Lamar Patterson averaged 9.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists, but came on strong in the postseason. The 6-foot-5 junior averaged 13.3 points in his final six games and was named MVP of the CBI. Forward Talib Zanna also finished well, averaging 11.8 points and 7.0 rebounds in his final six contests. Dante Taylor averaged 5.8 points and 4.9 rebounds while seeing time at power forward and center. Junior forward J.J. Moore (7.5) figures to continue to provide some scoring punch off the bench. Backcourt reserves Cameron Wright (2.2) and John Johnson (4.2) are back. Who’s Missing Guard Ashton Gibbs was an excellent four-year performer who will be missed. One of the better outside shooters in the history of the BIG EAST, Gibbs averaged 14.6 points last year and made 42.5 percent from 3-point range in BIG EAST games during his career. Rugged forward Nasir Robinson averaged 10.6 points and a team-leading 6.5 rebounds while starting every game. Storylines T h e Pa n t h e rs u s u a l l y p u t a n experienced team on the floor, but they were younger than usual last year. The injury to Woodall seemed to derail the season for a while, though Dixon found a rotation that sparked success in the postseason. Two newcomers are expected to make strong pushes for starting roles this year. Six-foot-5 junior transfer Trey Ziegler is eligible immediately. Ziegler scored 1,011 career points and owned a 16.0 ppg scoring mark at Central Michigan. Steven Adams, a 7-foot freshman center from New Zealand, is considered one of the nation’s top high school recruits and is expected to make a strong bid to start. Pitt’s 129-57 BIG EAST mark over the last 11 seasons is still tops in the league. The Panthers want to return to that level of excellence.

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NEWCOMERS
Steven Adams, C, fr., 7-0, 240 rotorua, new Zealand/notre Dame Prep • Ranked No. 5 among all incoming players and No. 3 among centers by Rivals.com. • Led the adidas Nations Tournament in scoring (22.0 ppg) and rebounding (16.8 rpg) in 2011. • Averaged 12 points and 14 rebounds per game at Notre Dame Prep in 2011-12. Chris Jones, G/f, fr., 6-5, 205 Teaneck, n.J./Teaneck • Graduated as Teaneck’s career scoring leader (1,319 points) and helped the team to 59 wins in its last 63 games. • Bergen Record Player of the Year and a twotime All-Bergen County selection. • Averaged 21.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.3 steals as a senior. James robinson, G, fr., 6-3, 190 Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha Catholic • The No. 8-rated point guard and the No. 59-rated incoming player for 2012, according to Rivals.com. • Named to the 2012 USA Men’s Basketball U18 National Team, which competed in the FIBA Americas championship in Brazil. • Competed for Team USA at the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit game in April. Trey Zeigler, G/f, Jr., 6-5, 203 Detroit, Mich./Central Michigan • Scored 1,011 career points (16.0 ppg) at Central Michigan, ranking 26th on the school’s career scoring chart. • All-Mid-American Conference Third Team selection in 2011-12. • Father, Ernie, was an assistant at Pittsburgh from 2001-03.

2011-12 rESULTS (22-17, 5-13 BIG EAST)
High Scorer/rebounder NOVEMBER 11 Albany - BEN W, 89-56 10,125 Woodall 25/Taylor 8 Philly Hoop Group Classic 13 Rider - ESPN3 W, 86-78 8,712 Gibbs 24/Patterson 8 16 Long Beach State - ESPN3 L, 76-86 8,215 Gibbs 20/Zanna 6 Philly Hoop Group Classic 22 La Salle - BEN W, 69-73 8,375 Robinson 21/Four with 6 25 at Penn - BEN W, 78-58 6,843 Gibbs 16/Birch 10 27 Robert Morris - BEN W, 81-71 8,758 Gibbs 21/Zanna 15 30 vs. Duquesne CEC - CBS SN W, 80-69 15,880 Gibbs 18/Taylor 11 DECEMBER BIG EAST-SEC Challenge 3 at Tennessee - ESPN W, 61-56 17,249 Gibbs, Robinson 16/Robinson 12 6 VMI - BEN W, 97-70 8,923 Gibbs 20/Robinson 14 Carquest Auto Parts Classic, New York, N.Y. 10 vs. Oklahoma State - EPSN2 W, 74-68 17,046 Gibbs 17/Patterson 10 17 South Carolina State - BEN W, 69-55 9,521 Patterson 16/Zanna 14 20 Saint Francis (Pa.) - ESPN3 W, 71-47 8,325 Taylor 14/Taylor 8 23 Wagner - ESPN2 L, 54-59 9,315 Gibbs 14/Robinson 9 27 at NOTRE DAME - ESPN2 L, 59-72 8,231 Zanna 13/Zanna 12 JAnUAry 1 CINCINNATI - BEN L, 63-66 12,508 Robinson 19/Taylor 11 5 at DE PAUL - ESPN2 L, 81-84 8,110 Zanna 16/Patterson 9 11 RUTGERS - BEN L, 39-62 10,812 Moore 10/Robinson 9 14 at MARQUETTE - ESPNU L, 57-62 18,404 Gibbs 29/Patterson, Robinson 7 16 at SYRACUSE - ESPN L, 63-71 24,826 Gibbs, Patterson, Wright 10/ Taylor 11 21 LOUISVILLE - ESPN L, 62-73 12,508 Gibbs, Patterson 14/Robinson 7 25 PROVIDENCE - BEN W, 86-74 10,049 Gibbs 22/Patterson 11 28 GEORGETOWN - ESPN W, 72-60 12,508 Robinson 23/Zanna 10 30 at WEST VIRGINIA - ESPN W, 72-66 13,032 Woodall 24/ Taylor 7 fEBrUAry 5 VILLANOVA - ESPN W, 79-70 12,508 Woodall 29/Zanna 8 8 at USF - BEN L, 51-63 4,507 Woodall 11/Three with 5 12 at SETON HALL - BEN L, 66-73 8,666 Gibbs 26/Robinson 9 16 WEST VIRGINIA - ESPN L, 48-66 12,508 Woodall 12/Patterson, Robinson 5 19 USF - ESPN2 L, 47-56 9,849 Moore 21/Robinson 11 26 at LOUISVILLE - CBS L, 54-57 22,746 Taylor 11/Robinson 11 29 ST. JOHN’S - ESPNU W, 89-69 9,449 Gibbs 19/Taylor 8 MArCH 3 at CONNECTICUT - ESPN L, 65-74 10,167 Moore 16/Moore 6 BIG EAST Championship presented by American Eagle Outfitters, New York, N.Y. 6 vs. St. John’s - ESPN2 W, 73-59 20,057 Gibbs 20/Robinson 8 7 vs. Georgetown - ESPN L, 52-64 20,057 Gibbs 14/Patterson 8 College Basketball Invitational 14 Wofford W, 81-63 1,449 Woodall, Moore 16/Robinson 11 19 Princeton W, 82-61 2,001 Patterson 19/Robinson 10 21 at Butler - HDNet ot W, 68-62 3,754 Zanna 15/Patterson 10 26 at Washington State - HDNet L, 66-67 4,226 Woodall, Moore 16/Zanna 8 28 Washington State - HDNet W, 57-53 3,349 Zanna 14/Zanna 8 30 Washington State - HDNet W, 71-65 3,849 Woodall 17/Patterson 8 CEC Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Home: 15-7/Away: 4-9/neutral: 3-1)

Tray Woodall
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Providence Friars
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no. 3 4 5 10 11 13 21 22 23 25 32 33 name Kris Dunn Josh Fortune Sidiki Johnson Kadeem Batts Bryce Cotton Brice Kofane Lee Goldsbrough Ted Bancroft LaDontae Henton Tyler Harris Vincent Council Carson Desrosiers Pos. G G F F G F F G F F G F Class Fr. Fr. So. Jr. Jr. So. Jr. Jr. So. So. Sr. Jr. Ht. 6-3 6-5 6-10 6-9 6-1 6-8 6-9 6-4 6-6 6-9 6-2 7-0 wt. 180 195 240 245 165 205 225 187 215 215 180 250 Hometown/Last School New London, Conn./New London Hampton, Va./Kecoughtan Harlem, N.Y./Arizona Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern Tucson, Ariz./Palo Verde Yaounde, Cameroon/Miller School Newcastle, England/Loreto Sixth Form College Marion, Mass./Bishop Stang Lansing, Mich./Eastern Dix Hills, N.Y./NC State Brooklyn, N.Y./Patterson School Windham, N.Y./Wake Forest

2011-12 rECorD 15-17 overall 4-14 BIG EAST (15th) FINAL RANKING AP/ESPN -/POSTSEASON None

Head Coach: Ed Cooley (Stonehill ’94) Associate Head Coach: Andre LaFleur (Notheastern ’87) Assistant Coaches: Brian Blaney (Roanoke ’94), Bob Simon (Eastern Michigan ’89) HEAD CoACH Ed Cooley (Stonehill ’94) Career Record (six years) .................................................. 107-86 (.554) Providence Record (one year) ............................................ 15-17 (.469) Fairfield Record (five years) ................................................ 92-69 (.571) BIG EAST Regular Season Record (one year) ........................ 4-14 (.222) BIG EAST Tournament Record (one year) ............................... 0-1 (.000) BIG EAST Overall Record (one year) ..................................... 4-15 (.210) NCAA Record .....................................................................................0-0 NIT Record (one appearance) ................................................. 1-1 (.500)

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The Big Picture In his first season as the Friar head coach, Ed Cooley instilled his strong belief in discipline and pride. Providence was a more cohesive group last season and his players blossomed in that environment. Cooley will continue with his style, but he wants some more results in the win column this year. Last year’s squad finished 15-17 overall and 4-14 in the BIG EAST. Cooley has secured a strong recruiting class that will have ample opportunity to be noticed and help push the Friars up in the standings. Who’s Back Vincent Council has developed into an elite guard in the BIG EAST. Last season, he averaged a team-leading 15.9 scoring mark and was first in the league in assists (7.5). He was an All-BIG EAST Third Team selection. Forward LaDontae Henton and guard Bryce Cotton each averaged 14.3 ppg. Henton also grabbed 8.6 rebounds per contest which earned him a spot on the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team. Cotton tied for third in the league with 77 3-pointers and was second in free throw shooting, making 89.1 percent. Council and Cotton were first and second, respectively, in the BIG EAST in minutes played. Council played 38.7 minutes per game and Cotton was 38.6. Kadeem Batts, a 6-foot-9 junior, helped closer to the basket with averages of 6.2 points and 4.2 rebounds. Six-foot-9 Brice Kofane played in 29 games as a freshman and helped defensively while averaging 2.7 points and 4.1 boards. Reserve forward Lee Goldsbrough (0.8, 1.7) saw limited duty. Who’s Missing Guard Gerard Coleman, who averaged 13.2 ppg while starting 21 games, along with forwards Bilal Dixon, who averaged 4.3 points and 4.1 boards, while starting seven times, transferred. Reserve forward Ron Giplaye (1.3, 2.0) also left the program. Storylines Kris Dunn is a heralded freshman recruit who is talented enough of make an immediate impact, but a shoulder operation will leave him sidelined until December. The Friars led the BIG EAST in 3-point shooting and the team should be strong again from beyond the arc. With Council established as one of the nation’s top guards and Henton as an emerging star at forward, the Friars have some top-level talent that should make a difference. If some of the younger players can adjust quickly to the college game, then Providence could be poised for a big season.

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NEWCOMERS
Carson Desrosiers, f, Jr., 7-0, 250 windham, n.y./wake forest • Will not be eligible to play in 2012-13 after transferring from Wake Forest. • Averaged 4.4 points and 3.8 rebounds with 1.8 blocks per game in two seasons at Wake Forest. • Led Central Catholic (Mass.) to two state championships. kris Dunn, G, fr., 6-3, 180 new London, Conn./new London • The top-rated point guard and the No. 16-rated incoming player according to Rivals. com. • ESPN High School All-America selection, becoming the first player from the state of Connecticut to be so named since 1984. • Averaged 31.4 points per game to help New London to a 23-3 record. • McDonald’s All-American and the Gatorade Player of the Year from Connecticut. • Attended the 2012 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team training camp. Josh fortune, G, fr., 6-5, 195 Hampton, Va./kecoughtan • Averaged 14.5 points for Kecoughtan as a senior. • Scored 13.9 ppg in his junior year. • Rated as the No. 8 player from Virginia by ESPN.com. Sidiki Johnson, f, fr., 6-10, 240 Harlem, n.y./Arizona • Eligible to play in the second semester of the 2012-13 season. • Transferred from Arizona following the Fall 2011 semester. • MVP of the Nike Tournament of Champions Youth Showcase in 2009. • Graduated from Wadleigh High School. Earned All-City First Team honors at St. Benedict’s Prep as a junior.

2011-12 rESULTS (15-17, 4-14 BIG EAST)
High Scorer/rebounder NOVEMBER 12 Fairleigh Dickinson W, 72-61 6,586 Coleman 18/Coleman 7 14 at Fairfield W, 80-72 6,375 Council 26/Henton 9 South Padre Island Invitational 19 Florida A&M W, 87-65 6,052 Cotton 26/Henton 11 22 Southern W, 59-53 4,369 Coleman 21/Coleman 11 L, 54-64 675 Council 21/Coleman 8 25 vs. Iowa State SPI L, 62-79 700 Council 26/Henton 9 26 vs. Northern Iowa SPI - CBS SN 29 Holy Cross W, 82-77 5,201 Cotton 24/Kofane 12 DECEMBER BIG EAST-SEC Challenge 1 at South Carolina - ESPNU W, 76-67 7,476 Coleman, Henton 18/Henton 8 5 Brown W, 80-49 5,002 Council 21/Henton, Council 9 8 Boston College - ESPN3 W, 64-57 8,051 Henton 21/Dixon 10 10 Bryant W, 72-61 5,162 Cotton 34/Henton 12 20 New Hampshire W, 67-52 6,578 Coleman 20/Henton 12 23 at Rhode Island - Cox W, 80-61 7,657 Cotton 19/Kofane 10 27 at ST. JOHN’S CA - BEN L, 67-91 5,602 Coleman 20/Henton 9 31 at GEORGETOWN - ESPN2 L, 40-49 11,834 Henton 13/Henton 11 JAnUAry 4 SYRACUSE - BEN L, 73-87 12,252 Coleman, Council 17/Henton 13 7 SETON HALL - BEN L, 57-66 8,479 Council 23/Henton 9 10 LOUISVILLE - ESPN2 W, 90-59 8,163 Batts, Cotton 27/Batts 10 14 at SYRACUSE - BEN L, 55-78 23,311 Batts 13/Henton 10 21 MARQUETTE - BEN L, 72-79 9,469 Cotton 26/Batts 11 25 at PITTSBURGH - BEN L, 74-86 10,049 Council 26/Henton 11 L, 78-81 4,333 Henton 33/Dixon, Henton 7 29 at USF TBF - ESPN3 fEBrUAry 1 RUTGERS - ESPNU W, 78-67 7,103 Dixon 18/Dixon 10 5 WEST VIRGINIA - BEN ot L,84-87 8,122 Coleman 30/Dixon 10 7 at VILLANOVA - BEN L, 72-74 6,500 Cotton 20/Dixon 8 11 USF - ESPN3 L, 48-55 10,824 Council 16/Batts 8 15 at CINCINNATI - ESPNU L, 66-81 7,822 Council 29/Henton 9 18 GEORGETOWN - BEN L, 53-63 11,563 Council 13/Gilplaye, Dixon 7 25 at DE PAUL - ESPN3 W, 73-71 8,842 Henton 24/Henton 15 28 CONNECTICUT - BEN W, 72-70 11,031 Cotton 22/Batts 13 MArCH 2 at NOTRE DAME - BEN L, 69-75 9,149 Henton 18/Henton 12 BIG EAST Championship presented by American Eagle Outfitters, New York, N.Y. 6 vs. Seton Hall - ESPNU L, 47-79 20,057 Henton 14/Henton 7 SPI Convention Center, South Padre Island, Texas Carnesecca Arena, Queens, N.Y. TBF Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Fla.
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Rutgers Scarlet Knights
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no. 1 2 4 5 10 13 15 21 22 24 30 33 35 name Jerome Seagears Dane Miller Myles Mack Eli Carter Mike Poole Malick Kone Derrick Randall Austin Johnson Kadeem Jack Vincent Garrett Logan Kelly Wally Judge Greg Lewis Pos. G G/F G G G/F G/F F/C C F/C G/F G F F Class So. Sr. So. So. So. So. So. Sr. So. Jr. Fr. Jr. So. Ht. 6-1 6-6 5-9 6-2 6-5 6-5 6-8 6-8 6-9 6-5 6-2 6-9 6-9 wt. 175 215 170 195 195 200 240 250 225 210 200 250 240 Hometown/High School Silver Spring, Md./Flora MacDonald Academy Rochester, N.Y./Rush-Henrietta Paterson, N.J./St. Anthony Paterson, N.J./Brewster Academy (N.H.) Rosedale, N.Y./St. Benedict’s (N.J.) Conakry, Guinea/Blue Ridge School (Va.) Brooklyn, N.Y./South Kent (Conn.) Elkins Park, Pa./Blair Academy (N.J.) Queens, N.Y./Rice (N.Y.) Chicago, Ill./Lee College Mountainside, N.J./Governor Livingstone Washington, D.C./Kansas State Randallstown, Md./St. Frances Academy

2011-12 rECorD 14-18 overall 6-12 BIG EAST (t11th) FINAL RANKING AP/ESPN -/POSTSEASON None

Head Coach: Mike Rice (Fordham ’91) Assistant Coaches: David Cox (William & Mary ’95), Van Macon (Southampton ’94), Jimmy Martelli (Dickinson ’05) HEAD CoACH Mike Rice (Fordham ’91) Career Record (five years) ................................................ 102-66 (.607) Rutgers Record (two years) ................................................ 29-35 (.453) Robert Morris Record (three years).................................... 73-31 (.702) BIG EAST Regular Season Record (two years) ..................... 11-25 (.306) BIG EAST Tournament Record (two years).............................. 1-2 (.333) BIG EAST Overall Record (two years) .................................. 12-27 (.414) NCAA Record (two appearances) ........................................... 0-2 (.000) NIT Record (one appearance) ................................................. 0-1 (.000)

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The Big Picture Last year, coach Mike Rice had a roster that included seven freshmen and no seniors on scholarship. There were a couple of breakthroughs with top-10 wins against Florida and Connecticut, but there were also plenty of times when the inexperience hurt, especially in BIG EAST play. With that large group of freshmen becoming sophomores, the Scarlet Knights want the “breakthroughs” to increase in 2012-13. The core of the backcourt should be three secondyear players. The frontcourt has more experience, which should help Rice to keep the Scarlet Knights moving in the right direction in the league standings. Last year, RU was 6-12 in the BIG EAST and 14-18 overall. Who’s Back The guard trio of Eli Carter, Myles Mack and Jerome Seagears got their feet wet right away and showed plenty of promise. Carter and Mack were the team’s top two scorers, averaging 13.8 and 9.8 points, respectively. Carter played big in the big games. He averaged 16.8 ppg against nationally ranked teams. Carter ranked fourth in scoring among BIG EAST freshmen. Mack is more of a point guard. He started 14 games, but was third in minutes played (26.6). Seagears started 25 games and averaged 7.7 points. Dane Miller, a 6-foot-6 senior, has been a versatile performer on the wing. Last season, he averaged 7.9 points, a team-leading 6.6 rebounds and was a surprising fourth in the BIG EAST in blocked shots with a 1.6 average. Junior Mike Poole averaged 6.5 points coming off the bench mostly behind Miller. Six-foot-5 Malick Kone (3.3) was slowed by a knee injury. The Scarlet Knights have high hopes for Kadeem Jack (1.2, 1.6), a mobile 6-9 sophomore who missed the first 13 games of last season with an injury. As a freshman, 6-foot-8 Derrick Randall (2.5, 2.4) helped showed some promise around the basket. Six-foot-8 senior Austin Johnson (4.1, 2.1) has been a veteran role player in the frontcourt. Six-foot-9 sophomore Greg Lewis is also available. Who’s Missing Forward Gilvydas Biruta, who averaged 9.7 points and 5.3 rebounds, transferred. He was only RU player to start every game last season. Storylines Rice has high hopes for forward Wally Judge to offer immediate help. A transfer from Kansas State, the 6-9, 250-pound forward is a former McDonald’s All-America prep player. He averaged 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds while playing 15.2 minutes per game two seasons ago at Kansas State. Another newcomer, 6-5 wing Vincent Garrett, is a junior college transfer who is considered a strong rebounder and scorer. Despite its still-young roster, Rutgers returns 10 of its top 12 players from a year ago. The Scarlet Knights appear to have an improving team that wants to make headline-grabbing victories more than an occasional occurrence.

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NEWCOMERS
Vincent Garrett, G/f, Jr., 6-5, 210 Chicago, Ill./Lee College • Averaged 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists to earn all-region accolades at Lee College last season. • Averaged 16.0 points and 11.0 rebounds as a senior at Marshall Metropolitan HS in 201011. wally Judge, f, Jr., 6-9, 250 washington, D.C./kansas State • Sat out last season after transferring from Kansas State. • Averaged 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in 17 games for Kansas State in 2010-11. • Played in 36 games at Kansas State as a freshman in 2009-10, averaging 3.3 ppg. Logan kelly, G, fr., 6-2, 200 Mountainside, n.J./Governor Livingston • Averaged 24 points per game as a senior at Governor Livingston HS. • Graduated as the school’s career scoring leader (1,324 points).

2011-12 rESULTS (14-18, 6-12 BIG EAST)
High Scorer/rebounder NOVEMBER 11 Dartmouth W, 62-56 5,279 Miller 12/Miller, Poole 6 15 at Miami (Fla.) - ESPN3 L, 57-72 3,180 Carroll 11/Biruta 11 Cancun Challenge 17 Sacred Heart W, 91-75 3,671 Seagears 17/Three with 4 20 Hampton W, 66-52 3,448 Biruta 17/Biruta 12 L, 70-76 Johnson, Biruta 12/Biruta 7 22 vs. Illinois State AP - CBS SN L, 53-58 862 Biruta 14/Kone 8 23 vs. Richmond AP - CBS SN 28 Maryland-Baltimore County W, 94-56 3,271 Mack 20/Seagears 10 DECEMBER BIG EAST-SEC Challenge 3 LSU - ESPNU L, 50-55 5,534 Carter 10/Johnson 6 7 Princeton L, 57-59 3,406 Carter 17/Miller 9 12 Monmouth W, 81-66 3,114 Carter 21/Miller 11 MSG Holiday Festival, New York, N.Y. 17 vs. Stony Brook - BEN W, 67-58 11,090 Mack 22/Carter 6 22 NJIT W, 77-53 2,877 Mack 16/Mack, Biruta 7 29 Florida - ESPN2 2ot W, 85-83 7,855 Carter 31/Randall 8 JAnUAry L, 65-67 2,486 Carter 23/Randall 5 1 at USF TBF - BEN 4 WEST VIRGINIA - BEN L, 64-85 4,815 Carter 19/Biruta, Carter, Seagears 4 7 CONNECTICUT - BEN W, 67-60 7,011 Carter 19/Randall, Miller 5 11 at PITTSBURGH - BEN W, 62-39 10,812 Carter 14/Miller 12 14 at WEST VIRGINIA - BEN L, 60-84 13,820 Mack 15/Miller 13 16 NOTRE DAME - ESPNU W, 65-58 6,334 Carter 13/Miller 8 21 at GEORGETOWN - BEN L, 50-52 12,852 Carter 14/Poole 5 25 DE PAUL - BEN L, 64-69 4,662 Mack 22/Biruta 7 28 CINCINNATI - BEN W, 61-54 7,693 Carter 17/Miller 12 fEBrUAry 1 at PROVIDENCE - ESPNU L, 67-78 7,103 Mack 16/Biruta 11 4 at LOUISVILLE - BEN L, 66-78 21,298 Carter 24/Carter 6 8 SETON HALL - ESPN2 L, 54-59 6,603 Poole 14/Biruta 6 15 at NOTRE DAME - ESPNU L, 53-71 7,557 Miller 11/Miller 12 19 SYRACUSE - ESPN L, 64-74 8,093 Biruta 21/Biruta 7 22 at MARQUETTE - BEN L, 65-82 14,807 Seagears 14/Miller 6 25 at SETON HALL - ESPNU ot W, 77-72 10,945 Miller 21/Miller 10 MArCH 1 VILLANOVA - ESPN2 L, 71-77 5,496 Miller 16/Miller 9 3 ST. JOHN’S - BEN W, 61-58 7,349 Carter 15/Miller 10 BIG EAST Championship presented by American Eagle Outfitters, New York, N.Y. 6 vs. Villanova - ESPNU L, 49-70 20,057 Carter 23/Poole, Miller 5
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Adventura Palace, Cancun, Mexico Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Fla.

Dane Miller
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St. John’s Red Storm
2012-13 roSTEr
no. 0 1 2 3 4 10 11 14 15 24 30 33 40 name Jamal Branch Phil Greene Marco Bourgault God’sgift Achiuwa Christian Jones Max Hooper D’Angelo Harrison JaKarr Sampson Sir’Dominic Pointer Felix Balamou Jamal White Orlando Sanchez Sam Sealy Pos. G G G/F F F G/F G F G/F G G F F Class Fr. So. So. Sr. Fr. So. So. Fr. So. Fr. Sr. Jr. So. Ht. 6-3 6-2 6-6 6-9 6-7 6-6 6-3 6-8 6-5 6-4 6-4 6-9 6-8 wt. 172 170 216 232 228 202 202 206 191 189 203 216 191 Hometown/Last School Kansas City, Mo./Texas A&M Chicago, Ill./IMG Academy (Fla.) Saint-Melo, France/Monroe College Port Harcourt, Nigeria/Erie CC (N.Y.) Arlington, Texas/IMG Academy (Fla.) Carmel Valley, Calif./Harvard Missouri City, Texas/Dulles Barberton, Ohio/Brewster Academy (N.H.) Fraser, Mich./Quality Education Academy (N.C.) Conakry, Guinea/Our Savior New American (N.Y.) Roosevelt, N.Y./Long Island U. Nagua, D.R./Monroe College Medford, N.Y./Longwood

2011-12 rECorD 13-19 overall 6-12 BIG EAST (t11th) FINAL RANKING AP/ESPN -/POSTSEASON None

Head Coach: Steve Lavin (Chapman ’88) Assistant Coaches: Tony Chiles (Columbia ’89), Rico Hines (UCLA ’02) HEAD CoACH Steve Lavin (Chapman ’88) Career Record (nine years) ............................................... 168-91 (.649) St. John’s Record (two years) .............................................. 23-14 (.622) UCLA Record (seven years) ............................................... 145-77 (.653) BIG EAST Regular Season Record (two years) ....................... 12-6 (.667) BIG EAST Tournament Record (one year) ............................... 1-1 (.500) BIG EAST Overall Record (two years) .................................... 13-7 (.650) NCAA Record (seven appearances) ...................................... 11-7 (.611) NIT Record (one appearance) ............................................................0-0

2012-13 PrEVIEw
The Big Picture Last season, the Red Storm had to replace virtually their entire team because of graduation. Then, coach Steve Lavin was not able to coach in most games during his recovery period from cancer surgery. Still, St. John’s managed to compile a 13-19 mark overall and a 6-12 record in the BIG EAST. Lavin has brought in another large recruiting class to help rebuild the roster. The backcourt is in some experienced hands. Some fresh faces in the frontcourt will be counted on to offer some immediate help. Who’s Back Guard D’Angelo Harrison was the BIG EAST’s top freshman scorer with a 17.0 average last year. He was named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team. Phil Greene was another freshman who was thrown into the BIG EAST fire. The 6-foot-2 point guard averaged 7.6 points and 3.0 assists. Sir’Dominic Pointer started 25 games and averaged 6.6 points and 4.6 boards, playing mostly at shooting guard and small forward. Rugged 6-8 forward God’sgift Achiuwa came in as a junior college transfer and posted averages of 9.4 points and 5.8 rebounds while starting 18 games. Who’s Missing Forward Moe Harkless won the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year award after averaging 15.5 points and 8.6 rebounds. He was the league’s secondhighest scoring freshman and the top rookie rebounder. He left for the NBA and was a first-round draft choice. Storylines The Red Storm are still young, but they should have more versatility this season. The backcourt appears stable with Harrison, Greene and Pointer. Six-foot-9 freshman Chris Obekpa is expected to make a strong run at a starting spot at center. Six-foot-8 freshman JaKarr Sampson could be a starter at power forward. He was a 2011-12 recruit, but took in another year of prep school. Six-foot-9 junior college transfer Orlando Sanchez can play either forward position. Some backcourt depth will come from 6-foot-6 Marco Bourgault, 6-foot-4 Felix Balamou and 6-foot-3 point guard Jamal Branch, a transfer from Texas A&M. Six-foot-7 freshman Christian Jones will compete for playing time at either forward position

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NEWCOMERS
felix Balamou, G, fr., 6-4, 185 Conakry, Guinea/our Savior new American (n.y.) • Played two seasons at Our Savior New American School in Centereach, N.Y. Averaged a team-high 16.0 ppg as a senior. • Helped his team to a 25-5 record. • Named a top-20 all-star at Hoop Group Elite Camp. Marco Bourgault, G/f, So., 6-6, 210 Saint-Maio, france/Monroe College • Averaged 10.8 ppg for Monroe College in 2011-12, helping the team to a 33-4 record. • Averaged 18.0 ppg for Notre Dame Prep in 2009-10. • Attended Cholet Bookir in France from 200509. Jamal Branch, G, fr., 6-3, 172 kansas City, Mo./Texas A&M • Eligible for the second semester in the 201213 season after transferring from Texas A&M. • Averaged 4.2 points, 2.5 assists and 2.2 rebounds for Texas A&M in 11 games in the 2011-12 season. • Scored seven points with five rebounds and two assists, playing against St. John’s Nov. 17, 2011, in the 2K Sports Classic Benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer. Max Hooper, G/f, So., 6-6, 210 Carmel Valley, Calif./Harvard • Will become eligible for the 2013-14 season after transferring from Harvard. • Played in two games for Harvard’s 201112 team, which won the Ivy League championship and reached the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1946. • Averaged 10.0 ppg for Brewster Academy in 2010-11. Christian Jones, f, fr., 6-7, 228 Arlington, Texas/IMG Academy • Averaged 12.0 points and 5.0 rebounds for IMG Academy last year, helping the team to a 28-2 record. • Averaged 15.0 points and 6.0 rebounds as a senior at James Bowie HS in Arlington, Texas. Jakarr Sampson, f, fr., 6-8, 209 Barberton, ohio/Brewster Academy • Named NEPSAC AAA Player of the Year and MVP of the National Prep Championship at Brewster Academy in 2012. • Helped Brewster to a 33-1 record and the 2012 national championship. • Averaged 14.0 points and 8.0 rebounds at St. Vincent-St. Mary in 2009-10. orlando Sanchez, f, Jr., 6-9, 205 nagua, D.r./Monroe College • Helped Monroe College to a fifth-place national finish in 2011-12, averaging 10.2 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.2 apg and 1.9 bpg. • Earned honorable mention junior college all-America status in 2010-11 after helping Monroe to a 31-5 record and regional and district titles. • Played on the Dominican Republic national team, coached by Kentucky’s John Calipari, in 2011.

2011-12 rESULTS (13-19, 6-12 BIG EAST)
High Scorer/rebounder NOVEMBER 2K Sports Classic Benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer 7 William & Mary CA - ESPNU W, 74-59 4,142 Lindsey 19/Achiuwa 9 W, 78-73 4,409 Achiuwa 21/Achiuwa 8 9 Lehigh CA - ESPN2 13 Maryland-Baltimore County CA - ESPN3W, 82-59 4,424 Harkless 18/Lindsey 10 2K Sports Classic Benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer, New York, N.Y. 17 vs. Arizona - ESPN2 L, 72-81 9,036 Lindsey 18/Harkless 9 18 vs. Texas A&M - ESPN2 L, 57-58 Lindsey, Harrison 12/Harkless 7 W, 63-48 3,922 Harrison 21/Achiuwa, Lindsey 7 22 Saint Francis (N.Y.) CA - BEN L, 64-78 5,207 Achiuwa 17/Achiuwa 9 26 Northeastern CA - ESPN3 DECEMBER BIG EAST-SEC Challenge 1 at Kentucky - ESPN2 L, 59-81 24,119 Achiuwa 18/Achiuwa, Harkless 10 5 at Detroit - ESPN2 L, 63-69 5,377 Harkless 19/Harkless 11 17 Fordham - BEN W, 56-50 11,090 Harrison 15/Harkless 16 W, 66-61 3,821 Achiuwa 22/Achiuwa 9 21 Texas-Pan American CA - BEN 27 PROVIDENCE CA - BEN W, 91-67 5,602 Harkless 32/Harkless 13 31 at CONNECTICUT XL - BEN L, 69-83 16,294 Harrison 17/Pointer 8 JAnUAry 3 LOUISVILLE - ESPNU L, 58-73 9,258 Harrison 24/ Harrison 8 7 at CINCINNATI - BEN W, 57-55 8,820 Harrison 18/Harkless 14 11 at MARQUETTE - ESPNU L, 64-83 14,484 Achiuwa 20/Achiuwa 20 15 GEORGETOWN - BEN L, 49-69 11,475 Harkless 21/Harkless 10 L, 49-64 3,145 Harkless 12/Harkless 7 18 at USF TBF - BEN 21 VILLANOVA - ESPNU ot L, 76-79 11,430 Harrison 28/Pointer 9 25 WEST VIRGINIA - ESPNU W, 78-62 6,901 Harkless 23/Harkless 13 28 at Duke - ESPN L, 76-83 9,314 Harkless 30/Harkless 13 fEBrUAry 1 at DE PAUL - BEN W, 87-81 7,994 Harrison 29/Harkless 8 4 SYRACUSE - ESPN L, 70-95 19,979 Harrison 23/Harkless 8 8 CINCINNATI - ESPNU L, 54-76 7,618 Harrison 15/Pointer 7 12 at GEORGETOWN - ESPN L, 61-71 12,285 Harrison 24/Harkless 6 14 at SETON HALL - BEN L, 64-94 7,083 Harkless 15/Harkless 11 18 UCLA - CBS W, 66-63 7,305 Harrison 22/Harkless 12 20 DE PAUL CA - ESPNU W, 79-72 5,110 Harrison 23/Harkless 10 25 NOTRE DAME - ESPN2 W, 61-58 11,436 Harkless 22/Harkless 9 29 at PITTSBURGH - ESPNU L, 69-89 9,449 Harrison 21/Garrett 6 MArCH 3 at RUTGERS - BEN L, 58-61 7,349 Harrison 17/Harkless 11 BIG EAST Championship presented by American Eagle Outfitters, New York, N.Y. 6 vs. Pittsburgh - ESPNU L, 59-73 20,057 Harkless 25/Achiuwa 12 Carnesecca Arena, Queens, N.Y. XL Center, Hartford, Conn. TBF Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Fla.
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Seton Hall Pirates
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no. 2 4 13 14 21 22 23 32 33 42 name Brandon Mobley Aaron Cosby Haralds Karlis Freddie Wilson Gene Teague Brian Oliver Fuquan Edwin Kevin Johnson Patrik Auda Aaron Geramipoor Sterling Gibbs Tom Maayan Kyle Smith Class F G G G F G/F G/F C F C G G G Pos. So. So. So. So. Jr. Jr. Jr. So. Jr. Jr. So. Fr. Gr. Ht. 6-9 6-2 6-5 6-2 6-9 6-6 6-6 6-9 6-9 6-11 6-1 6-1 6-4 wt. 210 190 185 175 290 226 205 240 225 225 185 180 185 Hometown/Last School Savannah, Ga./St. John’s Academy (Wisc.) Louisville, Ky./Northfield-Mt. Hermon Riga, Latvia/Canarias Academy New Haven, Conn./Hillhouse Vineland, N.J./Southern Illinois Glassboro, N.J./Georgia Tech Paterson, N.J./Paterson Catholic Compton, Calif./William Howard Taft Brno, Czech Republic/Canarias Academy Manchester, England/Canarias Academy Scotch Plains, N.J./Texas Galil, Israel/Canarias Basketball Academy River Edge, N.J./Iona

2011-12 rECorD 21-13 overall 8-10 BIG EAST (t9th) FINAL RANKING AP/ESPN -/POSTSEASON NIT Second Round

Head Coach: Kevin Willard (Pittsburgh ’97) Associate Head Coach: Shaheen Holloway (Seton Hall ’00) Assistant Coaches: Chris Pompey (Pittsburgh ’84), Dan McHale (Kentucky ’01) HEAD CoACH Kevin Willard (Pittsburgh ’87) Career Record (five years) .................................................. 79-80 (.497) Seton Hall Record (two years) ............................................ 34-31 (.523) Iona Record (three years) ................................................... 45-49 (.479) BIG EAST Regular Season Record (two years) ..................... 15-21 (.417) BIG EAST Tournament Record (two years).............................. 1-2 (.333) BIG EAST Overall Record (one year) ................................... 16-23 (.410) NCAA Record .....................................................................................0-0 NIT Record (one appearance) ................................................. 1-1 (.500)

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The Big Picture Coach Kevin Willard guided the Pirates into the NIT last season, his second year at the Seton Hall helm. The team’s top scorers, seniors Jordan Theodore and Herb Pope, have departed, but Willard believes two quality transfers will help his young nucleus and push the Pirates higher in the league standings. After a 15-2 start, the 2011-12 squad finished 21-8 overall and 8-10 in the BIG EAST. The Pirates made it into the national polls for the first time in 11 years. Who’s Back Fuquan Edwin, a 6-foot-6 wing, emerged as one of the BIG EAST’s most versatile players as a sophomore last season. He averaged 12.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and led the league with a 3.0 steals mark. Edwin also earned a reputation as one the BIG EAST’s top defenders. Aaron Cosby won a starting guard spot as a freshman and averaged 7.9 points. He was the top 3-point shooting threat, making 37.7 percent. Patrick Auda, a 6-foot-9 junior, averaged 6.8 points and 4.0 rebounds as a starting forward. The Pirates got reserve help from rookies Brandon Mobley (5.6, 4.4) at forward and Haralds Karlis (3.2) and Freddie Wilson (1.8) at guard. Backup center Aaron Geramipoor (1.4, 2.2), a 6-foot11 junior, also returns. Who’s Missing Theodore put together an excellent senior season. He averaged 16.1 points and was second in the BIG EAST with a 6.6 assist average. Theodore was an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection. Pope finished second in the conference in rebounding with a 10.4 average. He also averaged 15.1 points. Storylines The Pirates are anxious to get 6-foot-6 Brian Oliver and 6-foot-9 Gene Teague, a pair of junior transfers who sat out last season, on the floor. Oliver is a dynamic scorer who is expected to be one of the top offensive threats. Teague is a bruising forward who will contribute immediately in the paint. Also, 6-foot-4 guard Kyle Smith has transferred from Iona as a graduate student and will have one season of eligibility. He is an able 3-point threat. If Edwin continues to improve, he should be one of the top players in the conference. Continued progress by Cosby, Auda and Mobley could help give Seton Hall its first winning season in league play since 2005-06.

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Sterling Gibbs, G, So., 6-1, 185 Scotch Plains, n.J./Texas • Averaged 2.6 points and 0.7 assists, playing in 30 games at Texas in 2011-12. • Averaged 20.8 points, 4.2 assists and 1.8 steals as a senior at Seton Hall Prep. • Newark Star Ledger All-State First Team selection as a senior. • Older brother, Ashton, was an All-BIG EAST First Team performer at Pittsburgh. Tom Maayan, G, fr., 6-1, 180 Galil, Israel/Canarias Basketball Academy • Attended Canarias Acadmey, the same school that current Seton Hall teammates Patrik Auda, Aaron Germaipoor and Haralds Karlis attended. • Also attended Emek Ha-Hula High School in the Upper Galilee region of Israel. Led that program to back-to-back national championships. • Represented Israel at the 2011 FIBA U18 European Championships. Brian oliver, G/f, Jr., 6-6, 226 Glassboro, n.J./Georgia Tech • Did not play last year after transferring from Georgia Tech. • Played 22 games with 12 starts for Georgia Tech in 2010-11. Averaged 10.5 ppg and 4.5 rpg. • Made five starts as a freshman and appeared in all 36 games for Georgia Tech in 200910. Made at least one 3-point shot in 28 consecutive games. kyle Smith, G, Gr., 6-4, 185 river Edge, n.J./Iona • Played four years at Iona after being recruited by current Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard. • Made 17 starts and played in all 31 games in 2011-12, averaging 5.5 points and 2.0 rebounds. • Averaged 10.1 ppg for Iona in 2010-11. • A MAAC All-Rookie selection in 2009-10. Appeared in one game in 2008-09 before suffering a season-ending ankle injury. Gene Teague, f, Jr., 6-9, 290 Vineland, n.J./Southern Illinois • Did not play last year after transferring from Southern Illinois. • Appeared in 19 games at Southern Illinois in 2010-11, making 14 starts. Averaged 8.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg. • Named to the Missouri Valley Conference AllFreshman Team after averaging 6.1 ppg and 4.6 rpg for Southern Illioins in 2009-10.

2011-12 rESULTS (21-13, 8-10 BIG EAST)
High Scorer/rebounder NOVEMBER 12 Saint Francis (N.Y.) ot W, 75-71 6,988 Theodore 25/Pope 14 Charleston Classic, Charleston, S.C. 17 vs. Virginia Commonwealth - ESPNU W, 69-54 2,941 Pope, Theodore 20/Pope 13 18 vs. Saint Joseph’s - ESPN3 W, 78-70 2,941 Theodore 18/Pope 10 20 vs. Northwestern - ESPNU L, 73-80 3,563 Pope 32/Pope 9 22 Yale W, 73-62 6,287 Edwin 20/Pope 10 26 Saint Peter’s W, 63-54 6,573 Pope 16/Pope 14 DECEMBER BIG EAST-SEC Challenge 2 Auburn - ESPNU W, 81-59 6,591 Pope 23/Pope 12 6 NJIT W, 78-48 6,404 Pope 25/Auda 7 10 Wake Forest - ESPN3 W, 68-54 6,981 Pope 26/Pope 14 18 Mercer ot W, 80-77 6,502 Pope 24/Pope 17 21 at Dayton W, 69-64 12,018 Auda 18/Pope 9 23 at Longwood - BEN W, 87-67 773 Theodore 23/Pope 10 28 at SYRACUSE - BEN L, 49-75 25,081 Theodore 14/Pope 9 30 WEST VIRGINIA - ESPN2 W, 67-48 7,533 Edwin 19/Cosby 8 JAnUAry 3 CONNECTICUT - BEN W, 75-63 8,089 Theodore 19/Edwin 11 7 at PROVIDENCE - BEN W, 66-57 8,479 Edwin 24/Pope 10 10 DE PAUL - ESPN3 W, 94-73 6,840 Edwin 28/Pope 13 L, 55-56 3,805 Theodore 16/Pope 7 13 at USF TBF - ESPN3 18 at VILLANOVA - ESPNU L, 76-84 6,500 Edwin 14/Edwin 9 25 NOTRE DAME - BEN L, 42-55 8,421 Theodore 11/Edwin 12 28 LOUISVILLE - BEN L, 51-60 9,573 Theodore 18/Pope 12 31 at MARQUETTE - BEN L, 59-66 13,828 Pope 16/Pope 7 fEBrUAry L, 46-69 16,294 Cosby, Theodore 10/Edwin 10 4 at CONNECTICUT XL - BEN 8 at RUTGERS - ESPN2 W, 59-54 6,603 Theodore 24/Pope 12 12 PITTSBURGH - BEN W, 73-66 8,666 Cosby, Pope 19/Pope 14 14 ST. JOHN’S - BEN W, 94-64 7,083 Theodore 16/Pope, Auda 10 18 at CINCINNATI - BEN L, 57-62 13,003 Theodore, Edwin 15/Pope 14 21 GEORGETOWN - BEN W, 73-55 8,111 Theodore 29/Pope 6 25 RUTGERS - ESPNU ot L, 72-77 10,945 Theodore 17/Pope 12 MArCH 3 at DE PAUL - BEN L, 58-86 8,412 Pope 16/Edwin 8 BIG EAST Championship presented by American Eagle Outfitters, New York, N.Y. 6 vs. Providence - ESPNU W, 79-47 20,057 Mobley, Pope 16/Mobley 9 7 vs Louisville - ESPN L, 55-61 20,057 Theodore 17/Pope 15 National Invitation Tournament 13 Stony Brook WG - ESPN3 W, 63-61 1,674 Theodore 21/Pope 9 17 Massachusetts WG - ESPN L, 67-77 1,674 Edwin 21/Pope 15 Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Fla. XL Center, Hartford, Conn. WG Walsh Gymnasium, South Orange, N.J.
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(Home: 14-4/Away: 4-7/neutral: 3-2)

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USf Bulls
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no. 0 1 2 3 5 10 11 21 22 23 32 33 35 name Martino Brock Musa Abdul-Aleem Victor Rudd Zach LeDay Jawanza Poland Mike McCloskey Anthony Collins Waverly Austin Shaun Noriega JaVontae Hawkins Toarlyn Fitzpatrick Kore White Jordan Omogbehin Pos. G G F F G G G C G G F F C Class Jr. So. Jr. Fr. Sr. Sr. So. Jr. Sr. Fr. Jr. Sr. RFr. Ht. 6-5 6-5 6-9 6-7 6-4 6-0 6-1 6-11 6-4 6-5 6-8 6-8 7-3 wt. 205 221 229 223 204 164 175 275 207 202 245 241 334 Hometown/Last School Memphis, Tenn./South Alabama Atlanta, Ga./Georgia Perimeter College Los Angeles, Calif./Arizona State The Colony, Texas/The Colony Wichita, Kan./Hutchinson CC (Kan.) Orlando, Fla./Lake Brantley Houston, Texas/Westbury Christian Fredricksburg, Va./Palm Beach State North Port, Fla./North Port Flint, Mich./Huntington Prep Tampa, Fla./King Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Florida Atlantic Lagos, Nigeria/Atlantic Shores Christian (Va.)

2011-12 rECorD 22-14 overall 12-6 BIG EAST (t4th) FINAL RANKING AP/ESPN -/rv POSTSEASON NCAA Third Round

Head Coach: Stan Heath (Eastern Michigan ’88) Assistant Coaches: Andy Hipsher (Akron ’03), Eric Skeeters (Coppin State ’97), Steve Roccaforte (Lamar ’89) HEAD CoACH Stan Heath (Eastern Michigan ’88) Career Record (11 years) ................................................ 185-168 (.524) USF Record (five years) ....................................................... 73-91 (.445) Arkansas Record (five years)............................................... 82-71 (.536) Kent State Record (one year) ................................................ 30-6 (.833) BIG EAST Regular Season Record (five years) .................... 41-67 (.380) BIG EAST Tournament Record (four years) ............................. 3-4 (.429) BIG EAST Overall Record (five years) .................................. 44-71 (.383) NCAA Record (four appearances) ........................................... 5-4 (.556) NIT Record (one appearance) ................................................. 0-1 (.000)

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The Big Picture Last season, the Bulls were arguably the biggest surprise in the league. Coach Stan Heath discovered a formula how to win close games with strong defense and a steely freshman point guard. Some of the results were program firsts. The Bulls set a conference record in scoring defense, allowing only 56.9 ppg in league games. No player averaged in double figures. USF finished 22-14 overall – a school record for wins -- and a bestever 12-6 BIG EAST mark. Heath was the BIG EAST Coach of the Year. The Bulls made the NCAA tournament for first time since 1993 and won two games. USF had never won an NCAA tourney game. Who’s Back Anthony Collins was the rookie point guard who emerged as one of the league’s top young players. He averaged 9.0 points and 3.4 assists. Six-foot-4 senior Jawanza Poland averaged 8.0 points while showing tremendous athletic ability. Victor Rudd, Jr., is a 6-foot-9 junior forward who averaged 9.3 points and 4.8 rebounds. He came on strong for the Bulls late in the season. Sixfoot-eight senior forward Toarlyn Fitzpatrick is a veteran with some starting experienced and a surprisingly good 3-point shooter. He made 41.2 percent from beyond the arc. Shaun Noriega, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, can be a dangerous 3-point threat. Guard LaVonte Dority (3.0) played 15.1 minutes per game as a reserve. Who’s Missing Forward Augustus Gilchrist was the team’s leader scorer, though only with a 9.5 average. He pulled down 5.0 boards. Ron Anderson, Jr. was a dependable forward who averaged 6.9 points and 5.5 rebounds. Guard Hugh Robertson (6.5, 4.3) was a strong helper on defense. Backup point guard Blake Nash (3.4) transferred. Storylines Heath has three starters to replace, but still has four other players who averaged at least 22 minutes per game of playing time. Only three opponents reached 70 points last season against the Bulls and Heath wants to maintain the strong defensive look, though he won’t mind some improvement on the offensive end. Six-foot-11 Waverly Austin comes in as a first team junior college all-America pick. Freshman Javontae Hawkins can help with the perimeter shooting. Junior college transfer Musa Abdul-Aleem, who will be a sophomore, is a shooting guard candidate who may press for a starting position. Zach LeDay, a 6-foot7 freshman, will compete at forward. At center, 7-foot-3 Jordan Omogbehin was redshirted for medical reasons as a freshman last season. Six-foot-5 freshman Martino Brock is a point guard candidate.

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Musa Abdul-Aleem, G, So., 6-5, 221 Atlanta, Ga./Georgia Perimeter College • Freshman Player of the Year in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association after averaging 14.7 points per game. • Has been MVP of his team every year since the ninth grade. waverly Austin, C, Jr., 6-11, 275 fredricksburg, Va./Palm Beach State • Junior college All-America First Team selection at Palm Beach State after averaging 14.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.9 blocks in 2011-12. • Spent the 2009-10 season at God’s Academy in Texas, where he helped the team to a 35-9 record and averaged 16.2 points and 7.9 rebounds. Martino Brock, G, Jr., 6-5, 205 Memphis, Tenn./South Alabama • Averaged 4.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.7 steals at South Alabama in 2010-11. • Sat out last season per NCAA transfer rules. • Averaged 18.7 points at Maine Central Institute in 2008-09. Zach LeDay, f, fr., 6-7, 223 The Colony, Texas/The Colony • Averaged 20.6 points and 8.4 rebounds last season at The Colony HS. • Helped The Colony to a 30-6 record and the second round of the Texas state championship. JaVontae Hawkins, G, fr., 6-5, 202 flint, Mich./Huntington Prep • Battled through injuries to average 13.5 points and 5.0 rebounds for Huntington Prep, helping the team to a 28-2 record and a No. 6 national ranking. • Rated No. 25 among small forwards and No. 117 among al incoming players by Rivals.com. • Participated in the nationally televised American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk Championship in New Orleans during the 2012 Final Four. kore white, f, Sr., 6-8, 241 fort Lauderdale, fla./florida Atlantic • Eligible to play immediately after graduating from Florida Atlantic. • Played in 61 career games at Florida Atlantic, averaging 8.0 points and 4.8 rebounds. • Played two games against USF, averaging 9.0 points and 5.0 rebounds. • Played one season at Marshall (2008-09) before transferring to Florida Atlantic.

2011-12 rESULTS (22-14, 12-6 BIG EAST)
High Scorer/rebounder NOVEMBER Naismith Hall of Fame Tipoff 12 Vermont UT W, 61-59 2,318 Anderson Jr. 16/Anderson Jr. 9 14 Marist SPTF - BEN W, 81-67 2,465 Rudd Jr. 30, Gilchrist 12 16 Florida Southern LKC W, 73-43 1,987 Gilchrist 15/Anderson Jr. 11 Naismith Hall of Fame Tipoff, Uncasville, Conn. 19 vs. Old Dominion - ESPN3 ot L, 66-68 4,755 Gilchrist 18/Rudd Jr. 7 20 vs. Penn State - ESPN3 L, 49-53 4,128 Nash 14/Fitzpatrick 10 23 Georgia Southern SPTF - BEN W, 66-46 2,361 Anderson Jr. 17/Fitzpatrick 7 26 Florida Atlantic UT W, 68-55 2,109 Fitzpatrick 17/Fitzpatrick 14 30 at Virginia Commonwealth L, 46-69 7,617 Anderson Jr. 15/Anderson Jr. 9 DECEMBER 3 at Kansas - ESPN2 L, 42-70 16,300 Gilchrist 11/Fitzpatrick 6 11 Florida A&M UT - BEN W, 83-59 2,270 Fitzpatrick 25/Robertson 21 14 at Auburn - CSS L, 40-52 4,436 Gilchrist 10/Robertson 7 19 Cleveland State SPTF - BEN W, 70-55 2,942 Poland 13/Gilchrist 8 22 at Southern Mississippi L, 51-53 3,037 Anderson Jr. 12/Gilchrist 7 L, 57-60 5,705 Fitzpatrick 14/ Fitzpatrick 12 28 CONNECTICUT SPTF - BEN JAnUAry 1 RUTGERS TBF - BEN W, 67-65 2,486 Anderson Jr. 15/Gilchrist 9 5 at VILLANOVA - BEN W, 74-57 6,500 Poland 20/Rudd Jr. 10 10 at NOTRE DAME - BEN L, 49-60 8,075 Gilchrist 13/Anderson, Fitzpatrick 10 13 SETON HALL TBF - ESPN3 W, 56-55 3,805 Anderson Jr. 14/Gilchrist 7 W, 64-49 3,145 Rudd Jr. 24/Anderson Jr. 8 18 ST. JOHN’S TBF - BEN 22 at DE PAUL - ESPN3 W, 75-59 8,002 Gilchrist 22/Robertson 9 24 at MARQUETTE - BEN L, 47-67 13,693 Fitzpatrick 19/Fitzpatrick 10 29 PROVIDENCE TBF - ESPN3 W, 81-78 4,333 Collins, Robertson 15/Fitzpatrick, Rudd 7 fEBrUAry 4 at GEORGETOWN - ESPNU L, 45-75 11,916 Gilchrist 15/Anderson Jr. 6 8 PITTSBURGH TBF - ESPN3 W, 63-51 4,507 Robertson 18/Anderson Jr. 6 11 at PROVIDENCE - BEN W, 55-48 10,824 Rudd Jr. 11/Rudd Jr. 10 15 VILLANOVA TBF - ESPN2 W, 65-51 4,636 Rudd Jr., Robertson 14/Anderson Jr. 10 19 at PITTSBURGH - ESPN2 W, 56-47 9,849 Collins 22/Anderson Jr. 9 22 at SYRACUSE - BEN L, 48-56 25,316 Collins 12/Gilchrist 8 26 CINCINNATI TBF - BEN W, 46-45 6,784 Collins 14/Fitzpatrick 10 29 at LOUISVILLE - BEN W, 58-51 22,114 Poland 16/Anderson Jr. 8 MArCH L, 44-50 9,737 Collins 11/Four with 5 3 WEST VIRGINIA TBF - BEN BIG EAST Championship presented by American Eagle Outfitters, New York, N.Y. 7 vs. Villanova - ESPN W, 56-47 20,057 Collins 17/Gilchrist, Rudd Jr. 6 8 vs. Notre Dame - ESPN ot L, 53-57 20,057 Rudd Jr. 16/Three with 7 NCAA Championship 14 vs. California UDA - TruTV W, 65-54 7,218 Rudd Jr. 15/Fitzpatrick 7 16 vs. Temple BA - TNT W, 58-44 11,625 Rudd Jr., Collins 17/Gilchrist 8 18 vs. Ohio BA - TBS L, 56-62 11,033 Collins, Rudd Jr. 13/Rudd Jr. 10 Martinez Sports Center, University of Tampa, Tampa, Fla. St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Fla. LKC Lakeland Center, Lakeland, Fla. TBF Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Fla. UDA University of Daton Arena, Dayton, Ohio BA Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.
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Syracuse Orange
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no. 0 1 3 4 5 10 12 13 14 20 23 25 32 43 name Michael Gbinije Michael Carter-Williams Jerami Grant Nolan Hart C.J. Fair Trevor Cooney Baye Keita Griffin Hoffmann Matt Lyde-Cajuste Brandon Triche Russ DeRemer Rakeem Christmas DaJuan Coleman James Southerland Noel Jones Pos. F G F G F G F G F G G F F F F Class So. So. Fr. Jr. Jr. RFr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Jr. So. Fr. Sr. Jr. Ht. 6-7 6-5 6-7 5-10 6-8 6-4 6-10 6-0 6-4 6-4 6-5 6-9 6-9 6-8 wt. 205 184 190 155 212 188 215 180 210 205 208 228 275 215 Hometown/High School Richmond, Va./Benedictine College Hamilton, Mass./St. Andrew’s (R.I.) Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha Catholic Albany, N.Y./Albany Academy Baltimore, Md./Brewster Academy Wilmington, Del./Sanford School Saint Louis, Senegal/Oak Hill Academy New York, N.Y./York Prep Mt. Vernon, N.Y./Iona Prep Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt Wrentham, Mass./Worcester Academy Bryn Athyn, Pa./Academy of the New Church Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt Bayside, N.Y./Notre Dame Prep (Mass.) Halifax, Nova Scotia

2011-12 rECorD 34-3 overall 17-1 BIG EAST (1st) FINAL RANKING AP/ESPN 2/5 POSTSEASON NCAA Elite Eight

Head Coach: Jim Boeheim (Syracuse ’66) Assistant Coaches: Mike Hopkins (Syracuse ’93), Adrian Autry (Syracuse ’94), Gerry McNamara (Syracuse ’06) HEAD CoACH Jim Boeheim (Syracuse ’66) Career Record (36 years) ................................................ 890-304 (.745) Syracuse Record (36 years) ............................................. 890-304 (.745) BIG EAST Regular Season Record (33 years) ................... 355-185 (.657) BIG EAST Tournament Record (33 years) ............................ 47-28 (.627) BIG EAST Overall Record (33 years) ................................ 402-213 (.654) NCAA Record (29 appearances).......................................... 48-28 (.632) NIT Record (six appearances) ............................................... 12-7 (.632)

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The Big Picture Last season, the Orange rolled up a 34-3 mark, the best record and most wins in school history. They won the BIG EAST regular-season crown with a 17-1 record and stayed in the top five in the national polls every week of the season. The season ended with a loss to Ohio State in the East Region final. Coach Jim Boeheim recorded his 32nd 20-win season, the most in college basketball history under one coach. For 2012-13, SU will have to find replacements for four outstanding players, forward Kris Joseph, guards Dion Waiters and Scoop Jardine and center Fab Melo. Still, most college basketball observers see another outstanding season ahead. Who’s Back Dependable guard Brandon Triche returns for his senior year. A starter throughout his career, he averaged 9.4 points last season. Forward C.J. Fair started only nine games last year as a sophomore, but figures to earn starting duty this season. He played starter’s minutes last season, averaging 26.4 minutes and emerged as an athletic forward who averaged 8.5 points and 5.4 boards. James Southerland came on strong late in the season. The forward averaged 6.8 points and became a formidable 3-point threat. He should see more playing time as a senior. Rakeem Christmas was a starter as a freshman last season, though he averaged only 11.5 minutes. He averaged 2.8 points and 2.9 rebounds while showing to be a very strong athletic presence near the basket. Baye Keita (2.3, 2.5) played similar minutes to Christmas and showed similar athletic duty, excelling on the defensive end. Guard Michael Carter-Williams (2.7) had trouble wedging himself into the guard rotation as a freshman, but showed exciting promise. Trevor Cooney, a promising shooting guard, was redshirted. Who’s Missing Joseph was an All-BIG EAST Second Team pick after averaging a team-high 13.4 points. Waiters scored at a 12.6 clip, made All-BIG EAST Third Team and was chosen BIG EAST Sixth Man of the Year. Melo was selected BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year. He blocked 2.9 shots per game. Jardine averaged 8.9 points and a teamleading 4.9 assists. Storylines With four quality players lost from last year’s squad, prognosticators will not predict another 34-3 season, but the Orange will still be counted on for another stellar run. Some top reserves appear ready to accept larger roles this season. Triche will be the steadying influence in the backcourt. Two freshman forwards, DaJuan Coleman and Jerami Grant will press for immediate playing time near the basket. Grant, the brother of Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant, might be another athletic wing in a long line of Syracuse players at the small forward spot. He played this summer on the USA Basketball U18 Team. The Orange won with balance last year. Joseph’s team-high scoring average was only 20th in the BIG EAST.

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NEWCOMERS
Jerami Grant, f, fr., 6-7, 190 Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha Catholic • Rated as the No. 15 power forward and the No. 64 incoming player in 2012 by Rivals.com. • Member of the gold-medal-winning U.S. team at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Brazil. • Averaged 12.6 points at DeMatha during the 2011-12 regular-season. • Played in the 2012 All-American Championship in New Orleans, alongside fellow Syracuse freshman Dajuan Coleman. Also played in the Jordan Brand Classic. DaJuan Coleman, f, fr., 6-9, 275 Jamesville, n.y./Jamesville-Dewitt • Ranked No. 5 among centers and No. 26 among all incoming players by Rivals.com. • McDonald’s All-American selection who also played in the 2012 All-American Championship in New Orleans.

2011-12 rESULTS (34-3, 17-1 BIG EAST)
High Scorer/rebounder NOVEMBER 12 Fordham - BEN W, 78-53 22,906 Joseph 16/Triche 7 Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off 14 Manhattan - ESPNU W, 92-56 17,284 Waiters 17/Melo 9 15 Albany - ESPN3 W, 98-74 17,189 Joseph, Southerland 19/Melo 7 19 Colgate - BEN W, 92-47 21,084 Waiters 16/Christmas 8 Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off, New York, N.Y. 23 vs. Virginia Tech - ESPN2 W, 69-58 8,293 Joseph 20/Joseph 10 25 vs. Stanford - ESPN W, 69-63 8,477 Joseph 18/Joseph, Melo 9 29 Eastern Michigan - BEN W, 84-48 19,649 Southerland 19/Christmas 6 DECEMBER BIG EAST-SEC Challenge 2 Florida - ESPN W, 72-68 24,459 Triche 20/Fair 11 6 Marshall - BEN W, 62-56 19,817 Waiters 15/Joseph 8 10 George Washington - BEN W, 85-50 23,226 Waiters 19/Joseph 8 17 at North Carolina State - ESPN2 W, 88-72 19,400 Waiters 22/Melo, Joseph 5 20 Bucknell - ESPNU W, 80-61 17,302 Joseph 17/Melo 9 22 Tulane - BEN W, 80-61 18,679 Waiters 15/Three with 5 28 SETON HALL - BEN W, 75-49 25,081 Waiters 15/Fair 8 JAnUAry 1 at DE PAUL - BEN W, 87-68 12,102 Joseph 22/Joseph 7 4 at PROVIDENCE - BEN W, 87-73 12,252 Triche 16/Christmas 5 7 MARQUETTE - BEN W, 73-66 25,412 Joseph 17/Melo, Fair 8 11 at VILLANOVA WFC - ESPN2 W, 79-66 14,877 Waiters 20/Keita 7 14 PROVIDENCE - BEN W, 78-55 23,311 Joseph 13/Fair 6 16 PITTSBURGH - ESPN W, 71-63 24,826 Waiters 16/Melo 10 21 at NOTRE DAME - ESPN L, 58-67 9,149 Southerland 15/Joseph 5 23 at CINCINNATI - ESPN W, 60-53 13,176 Joseph 17/Christmas 9 28 WEST VIRGINIA - ESPNU W, 63-61 28,740 Triche 18/Joseph 7 fEBrUAry 4 at ST. JOHN’S - ESPN W, 95-70 19,979 Fair, Melo, Waiters 14/Joseph 8 8 GEORGETOWN - ESPN ot W, 64-61 27,820 Joseph 29/Fair 5 11 CONNECTICUT - CBS W, 85-67 33,430 Jardine 21/Fair 12 13 at LOUISVILLE - ESPN W, 52-51 22,738 Fair 13/Joseph, Melo 6 19 at RUTGERS - ESPN W, 74-64 8,093 Fair 21/Fair 8 22 USF - BEN W, 56-48 25,316 Jardine 15/Joseph 9 25 at CONNECTICUT - ESPN W, 71-69 10,167 Joseph 21/Melo 9 MArCH 3 LOUISVILLE - CBS W, 58-49 33,205 Triche 18/Melo 8 BIG EAST Championship presented by American Eagle Outfitters, New York, N.Y. 8 vs. Connecticut - ESPN W, 58-55 20,057 Waiters 18/Triche 7 9 vs. Cincinnati - ESPN L, 68-71 20,057 Waiters 28/Fair 11 NCAA Championship 15 vs. UNC-Asheville CEC - TruTV W, 72-65 18,927 Southerland 15/Joseph, Southerland 8 17 vs. Kansas State CEC - CBS W, 75-59 18,588 Waiters 18/Christmas 11 19 vs. Wisconsin TD - CBS W, 64-63 18,796 Fair 15/Fair 7 24 vs. Ohio State TD - CBS L, 70-77 19,026 Triche 15/Keita 10 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa. Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pa. TD TD Garden, Boston, Mass.
WFC CEC

(Home: 19-0/Away: 9-1/neutral: 6-2)

Brandon Triche
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Villanova Wildcats
2012-13 roSTEr
no. 2 3 4 5 12 13 15 20 22 23 24 25 31 32 name Henry Lowe Ty Johnson Darrun Hilliard Tony Chennault Nick McMahon Mouphtaou Yarou Ryan Arcidiacono Patrick Farrell JayVaughn Pinkston Daniel Ochefu Achraf Yacoubou Maurice Sutton Dylan Ennis James Bell Pos. G G G G G F G F F F G F/C G G Class Fr. So. So. Jr. Jr. Sr. Fr. Fr. So. Fr. So. Sr. So. Jr. Ht. 5-11 6-3 6-6 6-2 6-0 6-10 6-3 6-5 6-7 6-10 6-4 6-11 6-2 6-6 wt. 185 185 205 195 165 255 180 200 260 230 210 220 182 225 Hometown/Last School New York, N.Y./The Dalton School Plainfield, N.J./Montrose Christian Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty Philadelphia, Pa./Wake Forest Colts Neck, N.J./Christian Brothers Hatitingou, Benin/Montrose Christian Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy Rockville Center, N.Y./Chaminade Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Loughlin Lagos, Nigeria/Downingtown East Bronx, N.Y./Long Island Lutheran Largo, Md./Largo Brampton, Ont./Lake Forest Academy Orlando, Fla./Montverde Academy

2011-12 rECorD 13-19 overall 5-13 BIG EAST (t13th) FINAL RANKING AP/ESPN -/POSTSEASON None

Head Coach: Jay Wright (Bucknell ’83) Associate Head Coach: Billy Lange (Rowan ’94) Assistant Coaches: Jason Donnelly (Muhlenberg ’99), Doug Martin (Wisconsin-Green Bay ’95) HEAD CoACH Jay Wright (Bucknell ’83) Career Record (18 years) ................................................ 359-215 (.625) Villanova Record (11 years) ............................................ 237-130 (.646) Hofstra Record (seven years) .......................................... 122-85 (.589) BIG EAST Regular Season Record (11 years) ..................... 104-82 (.559) BIG EAST Tournament Record (11 years) .............................. 9-11 (.450) BIG EAST Overall Record (11 years) .................................. 113-93 (.549) NCAA Record (nine appearances)......................................... 11-9 (.550) NIT Record (four appearances) ............................................... 4-4 (.500)

2012-13 PrEVIEw
The Big Picture After seven straight 20-win seasons and seven straight NCAA invitations, the Wildcats hit a bump in the road last year. Villanova stumbled to a 13-19 overall record and a 5-13 BIG EAST mark. Coach Jay Wright wants his 2012-13 squad to regain its stellar reputation in the grit and tenacity department. An improvement in defense is definitely needed. Last season, the Wildcats were 15th in scoring defense in league games, allowing 75.6 ppg. Despite losing their top two scorers, Villanova expects to be better because of new blood in the backcourt and more experience and depth in the frontcourt. Who’s Back Center Mouphtaou Yarou returns for his senior season. He is the team’s top returning scorer, averaging 11.3 points. The 6-foot-10 center led VU with an 8.2 rebounding mark. Yarou often teamed with 6-foot-11 Maurice Sutton at power forward to form a strong rebounding and shot-blocking duo. On the wing, JayVaughn Pinkston averaged 9.6 points and 5.2 boards as a freshman and appears ready to emerge as one of the BIG EAST’s top players. Junior James Bell will be angling for time at both forward spots. The team captain started 18 games last year and averaged 7.0 points and 3.8 rebounds, though his career has been slowed by injuries. Both starting guard positions are open with sophomores Ty Johnson, Darrun Hilliard and Achraf Yacoubou vieing for more playing time. All three earned some starting duty as freshmen. Who’s Missing The guard tandem of Maalik Wayns and Dominic Cheek left after their junior seasons. Wayns was fourth in the BIG EAST in scoring with a 17.6 average. He led the league in free throw shooting, making 89.2 percent. An All-BIG EAST Second Team selection, Wayns also averaged 4.6 assists. Cheek averaged 12.5 points and led the squad with 57 3-pointers. Storylines The Wildcat backcourt will have a new look in 2012-13. Junior Tony Chennault, a transfer from Wake Forest who will be eligible immediately, could grab one of the starting spots. He averaged 9.2 points last season and was a strong defender. Freshman Ryan Arcidiacono may be starting alongside Chennault. He is a point guard with long-range shooting skills. Johnson, Hilliard and Yacoubou will make it a strong competition at guard. Pinkston should continue to progress on the wing. If Bell can stay healthy, the frontcourt will be deeper and will help Villanova return to postseason play.

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NEWCOMERS
ryan Arcidiacono, G, fr., 6-3, 180 Langhorne, Pa./neshaminy • Ranked No. 7 among point guards and No. 57 among all incoming players by Rivals.com. • Scored 1,498 points with 449 rebounds, 378 assists, 178 steals and 160 3-pointers in his career at Neshaminy HS. • Averaged 20.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists to help Neshaminy to a 22-7 record as a junior in 2010-11. • Sat out the 2011-12 season after undergoing surgery on his back. Tony Chennault, G, Jr., 6-2, 195 Philadelphia, Pa./neumann-Goretti • Eligible to play this season after transferring from Wake Forest. • Averaged 9.0 ppg and 2.8 apg for Wake Forest last season. • Was the 2009-10 Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year at Neumann Goretti HS. Dylan Ennis, G, So., 6-2, 182 Brampton, ont./rice • Averaged 8.5 points and 4.3 rebounds for Rice in 2011-12, earning a spot on the Conference USA All-Rookie Team. • Set a freshman record at Rice with 144 assists. Daniel ochefu, f, fr., 6-10, 230 Lagos, nigeria/Downingtown East • The No. 10-rated center and the No. 42 overall player according to Rivals.com. • Averaged 16.0 points and 12.0 rebounds as a junior at Westtown HS. • Completed his senior year at Downingtown East HS.

2011-12 rESULTS (13-19, 5-13 BIG EAST)
High Scorer/rebounder NOVEMBER 11 Monmouth W, 106-70 6,500 Cheek 27/Yarou 10 15 La Salle - ESPN3 W, 76-69 6,500 Wayns 22/Yarou 14 18 Delaware - ESPN3 W, 79-69 6,500 Wayns, Cheek 21/Hilliard 76 Classic, Anaheim, Calif. 24 vs. UC Riverside - ESPN2 W, 71-46 1,427 Wayns 23/Yarou 10 25 vs. Saint Louis - ESPN L, 68-80 1,777 Wayns 29/Wayns 6 27 vs. Santa Clara - ESPNU L, 64-65 Yarou 19/Yarou 7 DECEMBER 3 Penn - ESPN3 W, 73-65 6,500 Yarou 21/Yarou 11 Jimmy V Classic, New York, N.Y. 6 vs. Missouri - ESPN L, 71-81 8,231 Wayns 14/Yarou 8 10 at Temple - ESPN2 L, 67-78 10,206 Wayns 23/ Yarou 8 W, 68-43 8,313 Cheek 14/Yarou 14 13 Boston University WFC - ESPN2 17 at Saint Joseph’s - CBS SN L, 58-74 4,200 Wayns 19/Kennedy 7 22 American W, 73-52 6,500 Pinkson, Wayns 12/Yarou 10 28 at WEST VIRGINIA - BEN L, 69-83 11,262 Cheek, Wayns 20/ Yarou 8 JAnUAry 1 at MARQUETTE - ESPNU L, 77-81 14,550 Yarou 14/Kennedy 12 5 USF - BEN L, 57-74 6,500 Wayns 17/Wayns 5 8 DE PAUL - BEN W, 87-71 6,500 Wayns 21/Wayns 8 11 SYRACUSE WFC - ESPN2 L, 66-79 14,877 Cheek, Pinkston, Yarou 12/Yarou 12 14 at CINCINNATI - BEN L, 78-82 10,255 Wayns 39/Wayns 13 18 SETON HALL - ESPNU W, 84-76 6,500 Wayns 25/Pinkston 11 21 at ST. JOHN’S - ESPNU ot W, 79-76 11,430 Wayns 28/Yarou 13 25 at LOUISVILLE - ESPN L, 74-84 21,219 Wayns 19/Bell 13 28 MARQUETTE WFC - ESPN2 L, 78-82 15,878 Pinkston 17/Sutton 10 fEBrUAry 5 at PITTSBURGH - ESPN L, 70-79 12,508 Wayns 18/Yarou 14 7 PROVIDENCE - BEN W, 74-72 6,500 Pinkston 28/Pinkston 14 15 at USF - TBF ESPN/ESPN2 L, 51-65 4,636 Sutton 10/Yarou 6 18 NOTRE DAME - ESPNU ot L, 74-70 15,939 Pinkston 24/Yarou 11 20 CONNECTICUT WFC - ESPN ot L, 70-73 13,832 Cheek 23/Pinkston 10 25 at GEORGETOWN - CBS L, 46-67 19,277 Cheek 19/Yarou 7 MArCH 1 at RUTGERS - ESPN2 W, 77-71 5,496 Pinkston, Wayns 18/Yarou 11 3 CINCINNATI - ESPN L, 68-72 6,500 Wayns 26/Yarou 7 BIG EAST Championship presented by American Eagle Outfitters, New York, N.Y. 6 vs. Rutgers - ESPNU W, 70-49 20,057 Wayns 28/Yarou 12 7 vs. USF - ESPN L, 47-56 20,057 Yarou 20/Sutton 5
WFC TBF

(Home: 9-6/Away: 2-9/neutral: 2-4)

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa. Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Fla.

Mouphtaou Yarou
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2011-12 In review
Syracuse (2/5) Marquette (11/10) Notre Dame (rv/rv) Cincinnati (rv/18) Georgetown (15/17) USF (-/rv) Louisville (17/4) West Virginia Connecticut Seton Hall Rutgers St. John’s Pittsburgh (-/rv) Villanova Providence DePaul w-L 17-1 14-4 13-5 12-6 12-6 12-6 10-8 9-9 8-10 8-10 6-12 6-12 5-13 5-13 4-14 3-15 BIG EAST Pct. H .944 9-0 .778 9-0 .722 8-1 .647 7-2 .667 8-1 .667 7-2 .556 5-4 .500 5-4 .444 5-4 .444 6-3 .333 4-5 .333 4-5 .278 4-5 .278 3-6 .222 3-6 .167 2-7 A 8-1 5-4 5-4 4-4 4-5 5-4 5-4 4-5 3-6 2-7 2-7 2-7 1-8 2-7 1-8 1-8 w-L 34-3 27-8 22-12 26-11 24-9 22-14 30-10 19-14 20-14 21-13 14-18 13-19 22-17 13-19 15-17 12-19 Pct. .919 .771 .647 .703 .727 .611 .750 .576 .588 .618 .438 .406 .564 .406 .469 .387 OVERALL H A 19-0 9-1 15-1 6-5 16-1 5-5 14-4 7-5 15-1 5-5 14-2 5-8 16-4 6-5 11-6 4-6 13-4 3-7 14-4 4-7 11-7 2-8 11-6 2-10 15-7 4-9 9-6 2-9 11-6 4-8 7-9 3-8 n 6-2 6-2 1-6 5-2 4-3 3-4 8-1 4-3 4-3 3-2 1-3 0-3 3-1 2-4 0-3 2-2

Standings
Streak Lost 1 Lost 1 Lost 2 Lost 1 Lost 1 Lost 1 Lost 1 Lost 2 Lost 2 Lost 1 Lost 1 Lost 3 Won 2 Lost 1 Lost 2 Lost 1

(Rank in final Associated Press Poll followed by rank in final USA Today/ESPN Poll)

PoSTSEASon SCHEDULE
nCAA CHAMPIonSHIP First Four • March 14 Midwest region; Dayton, ohio No. 12 USF 65, No. 12 California 54 Second Round • March 15 west region; Portland, ore. No. 4 Louisville 69, No. 13 Davidson 62 west region; Louisville, ky. No. 3 Marquette 88, No. 12 Brigham Young 68 East region; Pittsburgh, Pa. No. 1 Syracuse 72, No. 16 UNC-Asheville 65 No. 7 Gonzaga 77, No. 10 West Virginia 54 South region; Louisville, ky. No. 8 Iowa State 77, No. 9 Connecticut 64 Second Round • March 16 East region; nashville, Tenn. No. 6 Cincinnati 69, No. 11 Texas 55 Midwest region; Columbus, ohio No. 3 Georgetown 74, No. 14 Belmont 59 South region; Greensboro, n.C. No. 10 Xavier 67, No. 7 Notre Dame 63 South region; nashville, Tenn. No. 12 USF 58, No. 5 Temple 44 Third Round • March 17 East region; Pittsburgh, Pa. No. 1 Syracuse 75, No. 8 Kansas State 59 west region; Louisville, ky. No. 3 Marquette 62, No. 6 Murray State 53 west region; Portland, ore. No. 4 Louisville 59, No. 5 New Mexico 56 Third Round • March 18 East region; nashville, Tenn. No. 6 Cincinnati 62, No. 3 Florida State 56 Midwest region; Columbus, ohio No. 11 North Carolina State 66, No. 3 Georgetown 63 South region; nashville, Tenn. No. 13 Ohio 62, No. 12 USF 56 regional Semifinals • March 22 East region; Boston, Mass. No. 1 Syracuse 64, No. 4 Wisconsin 63 No. 2 Ohio State 81, No. 6 Cincinnati 66 west region; Phoenix, Ariz. No. 4 Louisville 57, No. 1 Michigan State 44 No. 7 Florida 68, No. 3 Marquette 58 regional Semifinals • March 24 East region; Boston, Mass. No. 2 Ohio State 77, No. 1 Syracuse 70 west region; Phoenix, Ariz. No. 4 Louisville 72, No. 7 Florida 68 Final Four • March 31 new orleans, La. Kentucky 69, Louisville 61 COLLEGE BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL First Round • March 14 Pittsburgh 81, Wofford 63 Second Round • March 19 Pittsburgh 82, Princeton 61 Third Round • March 21 Pittsburgh 68, Butler 62 (ot) Championship Round • March 26 Washington State 67, Pittsburgh 66 Championship Round • March 28 Pittsburgh 57, Washington State 53 Championship Round • March 30 Pittsburgh 71, Washington State 65 nATIonAL InVITATIon ToUrnAMEnT First Round • March 13 No. 1 Seton Hall 63, No. 8 Stony Brook 61 Second Round • March 17 No. 5 Massachusetts 77, No. 1 Seton Hall 67

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Rank in Associated Press Poll followed by rank in USA Today/ESPN Poll

THE BIG EAST AGAInST THE ConfErEnCES
Conference America East Atlantic Coast Atlantic Sun Atlantic 10 Big Sky Big South Big Ten Big 12 Big West Colonial Conference USA Great West Horizon Ivy Metro Atlantic Athletic Mid-American Mid-Eastern Athletic Missouri Valley Mountain West Northeast Ohio Valley Pacific-12 Patriot Southeastern Southern Southland Southwestern Athletic Summit Sun Belt West Coast Western Athletic Independents Division I Provisional Non-Division I Total: Home: Away: Neutral: Record 11-0 7-4 3-0 10-7 1-0 5-1 3-6 6-8 3-1 3-3 6-3 7-0 7-2 9-1 6-0 5-2 10-0 1-2 1-0 14-1 5-0 7-2 7-0 11-12 5-0 4-0 7-0 3-0 3-0 1-3 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 175-58 122-12 17-17 36-29 Pct 1.000 .636 1.000 .588 1.000 .833 .333 .429 .750 .500 .667 1.000 .778 .900 1.000 .714 1.000 .333 1.000 .938 1.000 .778 1.000 .478 1.000 1.000 1.000 1.000 1.000 .250 — 1.000 — 1.000 .751 .910 .500 .554

THE BIG EAST In THE PoLLS
Associated Press Poll
Record 32-2 31-2 30-4 29-5 27-7 27-6 27-7 27-6 27-7 24-9 25-7 30-1 24-9 24-9 23-8 25-8 26-9 27-5 28-5 24-10 27-6 26-7 26-8 27-5 23-10 Pts 1,621 1,545 1,459 1,403 1,386 1,330 1,229 1,158 1,064 972 912 871 808 766 726 576 558 517 373 334 318 223 201 187 146

March 12 - Final Poll School 1. Kentucky (61) 2. Syracuse (1) 3. Missouri (2) 4. North Carolina (1) 5. Michigan State 6. Kansas 7. Ohio State 8. Duke 9. Baylor 10. Florida State 11. Marquette 12. Murray State 13. Michigan 14. Wisconsin 15. Georgetown 16. Indiana 17. Louisville 18. Wichita State 19. Creighton 20. Vanderbilt 21. New Mexico 22. San Diego State 23. UNLV 24. Saint Mary’s 25. Florida

April 2 - Final Poll School 1. Kentucky (31) 2. Kansas 3. Ohio State 4. Louisville 5. Syracuse 6. North Carolina 7. Michigan State 8. Baylor 9. Florida 10. Marquette 11. Missouri 12. Wisconsin 13. Indiana 14. Duke 15. Florida State 16. Murray State 17. Georgetown 18. Cincinnati 19. Vanderbilt 20. North Carolina State 21. Creighton 22. Michigan 23. New Mexico 24. Xavier 25. Ohio

ESPN/USA Today Poll
Record 37-2 32-6 31-8 30-10 34-3 32-6 29-8 30-8 26-11 27-8 30-5 26-10 27-9 27-7 25-10 31-2 24-9 26-11 25-11 24-13 29-6 24-10 28-7 23-13 29-8 Pts 775 744 705 661 641 624 566 564 506 464 425 424 382 336 325 283 242 216 161 146 129 119 107 92 91

Receiving Votes: Temple 103, Cincinnati 89, Notre Dame 85, Memphis 59, Gonzaga 47, Iowa State 13, Virginia Commonwealth 12, Drexel 11, Virginia 9, Long Beach State 5, Harvard 4, Kansas State 3, Saint Bonaventure 1

Receiving Votes: Gonzaga 67, Wichita State 56, Saint Mary’s 54, Virginia Commonwealth 51, San Diego State 23, Kansas State 22, Purdue 17, Stanford 17, Notre Dame 16, UNLV 12, Temple 4, Saint Louis 4, Pittsburgh 2, Iowa State 1, USf 1

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BIG EAST Player of the Year Jae Crowder Marquette, Sr., F Oppenheimer Funds/BIG EAST Coach of the Year Stan Heath USF BIG EAST Rookie of the Year Moe Harkless St. John’s, G/F, Fr. BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year Fab Melo Syracuse, So., C BIG EAST Most Improved Player Jack Cooley Notre Dame, Jr., F BIG EAST Sixth Man Award Dion Waiters Syracuse, So., G/F BIG EAST Sportsmanship Award Jason Clark Georgetown, Sr., G BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year Tim Abromaitis Notre Dame, Gr., F ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM Jeremy Lamb, Connecticut, G, So., 6-5, 185, Norcross, Ga. Jason Clark, Georgetown, G, Sr., 6-2, 170, Arlington, Va. Jae Crowder, Marquette, F, Sr., 6-6, 235, Villa Rica, Ga. * Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette, G, Sr., 6-2, 215, Raleigh, N.C. Kris Joseph, Syracuse, F, Sr., 6-7, 210, Montreal, Quebec Kevin Jones, West Virginia, F, Sr., 6-8, 260, Mount Vernon, N.Y. ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati, G, So., 6-4, 215, White Plains, N.Y. Jack Cooley, Notre Dame, F, Jr., 6-9, 244, Glenview, Ill. Jordan Theodore, Seton Hall, G, Sr., 6-0, 174, Englewood, N.J. Scoop Jardine, Syracuse, G, Sr., 6-2, 190, Philadelphia, Pa. Maalik Wayns, Villanova, G, Jr., 6-2, 200, Philadelphia, Pa. ALL-BIG EAST THIrD TEAM Henry Sims, Georgetown, C, Jr., 6-10, 232, Baltimore, Md. Vincent Council, Providence, G, Jr., 6-2, 180, Brooklyn, N.Y. Herb Pope, Seton Hall, F, Sr., 6-8, 236, Aliquippa, Pa. Dion Waiters, Syracuse, G, So., 6-4, 215, Philadelphia, Pa. Darryl Bryant, West Virginia, G, Sr., 6-2, 195, Brooklyn, N.Y. BIG EAST HonorABLE MEnTIon Cleveland Melvin, DePaul, F, So., 6-8, 205, Baltimore, Md. Hollis Thompson, Georgetown, F, Sr., 6-7, 205, Los Angeles, Calif. Kyle Kuric, Louisville, G-F, Sr., 6-4, 185, Evansville, Ind. Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh, G, Sr., 6-2, 190, Scotch Plains, N.J. Moe Harkless, St. John’s, F, Fr., 6-8, 190, Queens, N.Y. BIG EAST ALL-ROOKIE TEAM Andre Drummond, Connecticut, C, Fr., 6-11, 275, Middletown, Conn. Chane Behanan, Louisville, F, Fr., 6-7, 250, Bowling Green, Ky. Jerian Grant, Notre Dame, G, So., 6-5, 185, Bowie, Md. LaDontae Henton, Providence, F, Fr., 6-6, 220 Lansing, Mich. Moe Harkless, St. John’s, F, Fr., 6-8, 190, Queens, N.Y. D’Angelo Harrison, St. John’s, G, Fr., 6-3, 186, Missouri City, Texas Anthony Collins, USF, G, Fr., G, 6-1, 175, Houston, Texas * unanimous selection

Jae Crowder

Sean Kilpatrick

Jack Cooley
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Individual Statistics
SCORING Player-Team Cl 1. JONES, Kevin-WVU SR 2. JOHNSON-ODOM, Darius-MU SR 3. LAMB, Jeremy-UCONN SO 4. WAYNS, Maalik-VU JR 5. CROWDER, Jae-MU SR 6. MELVIN, Cleveland-DPU SO 7. HARRISON, D’Angelo-STJ FR 8. BRYANT, Darryl-WVU SR 9. THEODORE, Jordan-SHU SR 10. COUNCIL, Vincent-PC JR 11. HARKLESS, Moe-STJ FR 12. POPE, Herb-SHU SR 13. GIBBS, Ashton-PITT SR 14. YOUNG, Brandon-DPU SO 15. COTTON, Bryce-PC SO HENTON, LaDontae-PC FR rEBoUnDInG Player-Team 1. JONES, Kevin-WVU 2. POPE, Herb-SHU 3. DIENG, Gorgui-LOU 4. COOLEY, Jack-ND 5. GATES, Yancy-CIN 6. HARKLESS, Moe-STJ 7. HENTON, LaDontae-PC 8. CROWDER, Jae-MU 9. YAROU, Mouphtaou-VU 10. DRUMMOND, Andre-UCONN 11. BEHANAN, Chane-LOU 12. MELVIN, Cleveland-DPU 13. PORTER, Otto-GU 14. MILLER, Dane-RU 15. ROBINSON, Nasir-PITT G 33 34 34 29 35 31 32 33 34 31 32 33 37 31 32 32 FG 260 210 217 162 217 219 158 157 176 184 193 193 183 162 145 168 3FG 34 77 71 45 61 16 76 71 44 29 17 17 81 36 77 44 FT 103 126 98 141 119 87 152 174 150 95 94 96 94 91 90 77 Pts 657 623 603 510 614 541 544 559 546 492 497 499 541 451 457 457 Avg 19.9 18.3 17.7 17.6 17.5 17.5 17.0 16.9 16.1 15.9 15.5 15.1 14.6 14.5 14.3 14.3 frEE THrow PCT (Min. 2.0 made per game) Player-Team Cl G 1. WAYNS, Maalik-VU JR 29 2. COTTON, Bryce-PC SO 32 3. GIBBS, Ashton-PITT SR 37 4. COLLINS, Anthony-USF FR 31 5. THEODORE, Jordan-SHU SR 34 6. GRANT, Jerian-ND FR 34 7. LAMB, Jeremy-UCONN SO 34 8. HARRISON, D’Angelo-STJ FR 32 9. CHEEK, Dominic-VU JR 32 10. BRYANT, Darryl-WVU SR 33 ASSISTS Player-Team 1. COUNCIL, Vincent-PC 2. THEODORE, Jordan-SHU 3. NAPIER, Shabazz-UCONN 4. SIVA, Peyton-LOU 5. CADOUGAN, Junior-MU 6. COLLINS, Anthony-USF 7. GRANT, Jerian-ND 8. JARDINE, Scoop-SYR 9. YOUNG, Brandon-DPU 10. WAYNS, Maalik-VU STEALS Player-Team 1. EDWIN, Fuquan-SHU 2. CROWDER, Jae-MU 3. SMITH, Russ-LOU 4. WRIGHT, Cashmere-CIN 5. WAITERS, Dion-SYR 6. THEODORE, Jordan-SHU 7. SIVA, Peyton-LOU 8. NAPIER, Shabazz-UCONN 9. COLLINS, Anthony-USF 10. CLARK, Jason-GU BLoCkED SHoTS Player-Team 1. DIENG, Gorgui-LOU 2. MELO, Fab-SYR 3. DRUMMOND, Andre-UCONN 4. POPE, Herb-SHU 5. JACKSON, Justin-CIN 6. MILLER, Dane-RU 7. COOLEY, Jack-ND 8. KOFANE, Brice-PC 9. HARKLESS, Moe-STJ 10. WILSON, Jamil-MU FTM 141 90 94 72 150 113 98 152 90 174

All Games
FTA 158 101 110 85 182 138 121 189 112 222 Pct .892 .891 .855 .847 .824 .819 .810 .804 .804 .784

Cl SR SR SO JR SR FR FR SR JR FR FR SO FR JR SR

G 33 33 40 33 31 32 32 35 32 34 40 31 33 32 39

OFF 141 113 138 130 98 88 88 70 94 114 117 76 66 69 109

DEF 219 230 225 165 179 188 186 224 167 143 181 153 159 143 146

TOT Avg 360 10.9 343 10.4 363 9.1 295 8.9 277 8.9 276 8.6 274 8.6 294 8.4 261 8.2 257 7.6 298 7.5 229 7.4 225 6.8 212 6.6 255 6.5

Cl JR SR SO JR JR FR FR SR SO JR

G 31 34 34 38 34 31 34 37 31 29

Asst 231 226 198 211 183 161 169 181 147 133

Avg 7.45 6.65 5.82 5.55 5.38 5.19 4.97 4.89 4.74 4.59

fIELD GoAL PCT (Min. 3.0 made per game) Player-Team Cl G 1. COOLEY, Jack-ND JR 33 2. MELO, Fab-SYR SO 30 3. GARDNER, Davante-MU SO 27 4. ROBINSON, Nasir-PITT SR 39 5. DRUMMOND, Andre-UCONN FR 34 6. ACHIUWA, God’sgift-STJ JR 32 7. DIENG, Gorgui-LOU SO 40 8. PORTER, Otto-GU FR 33 9. BEHANAN, Chane-LOU FR 40 10. JONES, Kevin-WVU SR 33 3-PoInT fG PCT (Min. 1.0 made per game) Player-Team Cl G 1. THOMPSON, Hollis-GU JR 33 2. FITZPATRICK, Toarlyn-USF JR 35 3. PATTERSON, Lamar-PITT SO 37 4. SMITH, Chris-LOU SR 40 5. HENTON, LaDontae-PC FR 32 6. MORGAN, Moses-DPU SO 26 7. JOHNSON-ODOM, Darius-MU SR 34 8. COTTON, Bryce-PC SO 32 9. JARDINE, Scoop-SYR SR 37 10. COSBY, Aaron-SHU FR 34

FG 158 98 88 180 157 110 145 125 146 260

FGA 253 173 157 327 292 206 276 238 286 511

Pct .625 .566 .561 .550 .538 .534 .525 .525 .510 .509

Cl SO SR SO JR SO SR JR SO FR SR

G Steals Avg 34 102 3.00 35 88 2.51 39 87 2.23 37 74 2.00 37 67 1.81 34 61 1.79 38 64 1.68 34 56 1.65 31 51 1.65 33 54 1.64

3FG FGA Pct 58 135 .430 42 102 .412 41 100 .410 67 168 .399 44 112 .393 54 139 .388 77 200 .385 77 203 .379 39 103 .379 66 175 .377

Cl SO SO FR SR SO JR JR FR FR SO

G Blocks Avg 40 128 3.20 30 88 2.93 34 92 2.71 33 56 1.70 37 61 1.65 32 51 1.59 33 52 1.58 29 41 1.41 32 45 1.41 34 47 1.38

ASSIST/TUrnoVEr rATIo (Min. 3.0 assists/game) Player-Team Cl G Asst Avg Turn Avg ratio 1. KELLY, Jeremiah-DPU SR 29 114 3.9 39 1.3 2.92 2. GRANT, Jerian-ND FR 34 169 5.0 63 1.9 2.68 3. THEODORE, Jordan-SHU SR 34 226 6.6 99 2.9 2.28 4. JARDINE, Scoop-SYR SR 37 181 4.9 85 2.3 2.13 5. COUNCIL, Vincent-PC JR 31 231 7.5 109 3.5 2.12 6. PATTERSON, Lamar-PITT SO 37 133 3.6 63 1.7 2.11 7. NAPIER, Shabazz-UCONN SO 34 198 5.8 94 2.8 2.11 8. WRIGHT, Cashmere-CIN JR 37 169 4.6 83 2.2 2.04 9. CADOUGAN, Junior-MU JR 34 183 5.4 90 2.6 2.03 10. YOUNG, Brandon-DPU SO 31 147 4.7 75 2.4 1.96

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Team Statistics
SCORING OFFENSE Team 1. Marquette 2. DePaul 3. Syracuse 4. West Virginia 5. Villanova 6. Georgetown 7. Pittsburgh 8. Providence 9. Connecticut 10. Seton Hall 11. Louisville 12. Cincinnati 13. St. John’s 14. Notre Dame 15. Rutgers 16. USF SCORING DEFENSE Team 1. USF 2. Georgetown 3. Syracuse Louisville 5. Cincinnati 6. Notre Dame 7. Seton Hall 8. Connecticut 9. Pittsburgh 10. Rutgers 11. Marquette 12. West Virginia 13. Providence 14. Villanova 15. St. John’s 16. DePaul SCORING MARGIN Team 1. Syracuse 2. Georgetown 3. Marquette 4. Louisville 5. Cincinnati 6. Notre Dame 7. West Virginia 8. Seton Hall 9. Connecticut 10. Pittsburgh 11. USF 12. Villanova 13. Rutgers 14. Providence 15. DePaul 16. St. John’s G 35 31 37 33 32 33 39 32 34 34 40 37 32 34 32 36 W-L 27-8 12-19 34-3 19-14 13-19 24-9 22-17 15-17 20-14 21-13 30-10 26-11 13-19 22-12 14-18 22-14 Pts 2638 2298 2742 2346 2266 2278 2692 2203 2336 2324 2727 2522 2129 2257 2095 2134 Avg/G 75.4 74.1 74.1 71.1 70.8 69.0 69.0 68.8 68.7 68.4 68.2 68.2 66.5 66.4 65.5 59.3 FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGES Team 1. Syracuse 2. Georgetown 3. Pittsburgh 4. Marquette 5. Connecticut 6. DePaul 7. West Virginia 8. USF 9. Seton Hall 10. Notre Dame 11. Providence 12. Rutgers 13. Louisville 14. Cincinnati 15. St. John’s 16. Villanova FIELD GOAL PCT DEFENSE Team 1. Louisville 2. Syracuse 3. Connecticut 4. USF 5. Georgetown 6. Marquette 7. Cincinnati 8. Seton Hall 9. Notre Dame 10. Villanova 11. Rutgers 12. Providence 13. St. John’s 14. Pittsburgh 15. West Virginia 16. DePaul G 37 33 39 35 34 31 33 36 34 34 32 32 40 37 32 32 FG 1006 811 981 919 858 857 838 772 833 781 772 764 963 924 757 762 FGA 2156 1743 2164 2033 1900 1956 1914 1765 1913 1800 1807 1802 2281 2194 1803 1848

All Games
Pct .467 .465 .453 .452 .452 .438 .438 .437 .435 .434 .427 .424 .422 .421 .420 .412

G 36 33 37 40 37 34 34 34 39 32 35 33 32 32 32 31

Pts 2037 1959 2257 2440 2276 2097 2170 2193 2554 2106 2308 2194 2216 2258 2268 2378

Avg/G 56.6 59.4 61.0 61.0 61.5 61.7 63.8 64.5 65.5 65.8 65.9 66.5 69.2 70.6 70.9 76.7

G 40 37 34 36 33 35 37 34 34 32 32 32 32 39 33 31

FG 857 795 785 721 683 831 849 757 791 781 689 808 830 915 815 868

FGA 2233 2064 2034 1866 1766 2065 2063 1836 1912 1886 1640 1908 1885 2077 1816 1802

Pct .384 .385 .386 .386 .387 .402 .412 .412 .414 .414 .420 .423 .440 .441 .449 .482

G 37 33 35 40 37 34 33 34 34 39 36 32 32 32 31 32

OFF 74.1 69.0 75.4 68.2 68.2 66.4 71.1 68.4 68.7 69.0 59.3 70.8 65.5 68.8 74.1 66.5

DEF 61.0 59.4 65.9 61.0 61.5 61.7 66.5 63.8 64.5 65.5 56.6 70.6 65.8 69.2 76.7 70.9

Margin +13.1 +9.7 +9.4 +7.2 +6.6 +4.7 +4.6 +4.5 +4.2 +3.5 +2.7 +0.2 -0.3 -0.4 -2.6 -4.3

3-POINT FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGES Team G 1. Providence 32 2. Seton Hall 34 3. Pittsburgh 39 4. Syracuse 37 5. Georgetown 33 6. Cincinnati 37 7. Marquette 35 8. Rutgers 32 9. DePaul 31 10. Notre Dame 34 11. Connecticut 34 12. Louisville 40 13. USF 36 14. Villanova 32 15. West Virginia 33 16. St. John’s 32 3-POINT FIELD GOAL PCT DEFENSE Team G 1. Georgetown 33 2. USF 36 3. Louisville 40 4. Seton Hall 34 5. Notre Dame 34 6. Syracuse 37 7. Marquette 35 8. Cincinnati 37 9. West Virginia 33 10. Pittsburgh 39 11. Rutgers 32 12. Providence 32 13. St. John’s 32 14. Villanova 32 15. Connecticut 34 16. DePaul 31

FG 158 236 247 233 186 260 201 169 224 221 185 233 169 196 174 130

FGA 447 668 707 668 536 763 596 504 669 665 557 733 534 622 583 461

Pct .353 .353 .349 .349 .347 .341 .337 .335 .335 .332 .332 .318 .316 .315 .298 .282

frEE THrow PErCEnTAGES Team G 1. Villanova 32 2. Marquette 35 3. USF 36 4. Providence 32 5. Notre Dame 34 6. Pittsburgh 39 7. Georgetown 33 8. Syracuse 37 9. Rutgers 32 10. DePaul 31 11. Louisville 40 12. St. John’s 32 13. Seton Hall 34 14. West Virginia 33 15. Connecticut 34 16. Cincinnati 37

FTM 546 599 421 501 474 483 470 495 398 360 568 485 422 496 435 414

FTA 724 831 597 711 673 691 673 709 571 517 826 713 625 739 657 643

Pct .754 .721 .705 .705 .704 .699 .698 .698 .697 .696 .688 .680 .675 .671 .662 .644

FG 164 179 218 193 168 235 213 207 179 229 202 212 234 230 245 155

FGA 587 600 720 636 535 747 674 641 554 686 599 628 691 676 713 438

Pct .279 .298 .303 .303 .314 .315 .316 .323 .323 .334 .337 .338 .339 .340 .344 .354

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rEBoUnDInG offEnSE Team 1. Villanova 2. West Virginia 3. Louisville 4. Connecticut 5. Providence 6. Marquette 7. Georgetown 8. Pittsburgh 9. Cincinnati 10. Seton Hall 11. Syracuse 12. Rutgers 13. St. John’s 14. USF 15. Notre Dame 16. DePaul BLoCkED SHoTS Team 1. Syracuse 2. Connecticut 3. Providence 4. Louisville 5. Georgetown 6. Cincinnati 7. DePaul 8. Rutgers 9. USF 10. St. John’s 11. Marquette 12. Notre Dame 13. Villanova 14. Seton Hall 15. Pittsburgh 16. West Virginia ASSISTS Team 1. Marquette 2. DePaul 3. Syracuse 4. Pittsburgh 5. Notre Dame 6. West Virginia 7. Seton Hall 8. Georgetown 9. Providence 10. Connecticut 11. Louisville 12. Cincinnati 13. Rutgers 14. Villanova 15. USF 16. St. John’s STEALS Team 1. Syracuse 2. Louisville 3. Marquette 4. Seton Hall 5. Rutgers 6. Cincinnati 7. St. John’s 8. DePaul 9. West Virginia 10. Georgetown 11. Connecticut 12. Villanova 13. USF 14. Providence 15. Notre Dame 16. Pittsburgh G 32 33 40 34 32 35 33 39 37 34 37 32 32 36 34 31 Reb 1252 1259 1512 1273 1181 1271 1193 1407 1333 1194 1283 1103 1097 1233 1144 1025 Avg/G 39.1 38.2 37.8 37.4 36.9 36.3 36.2 36.1 36.0 35.1 34.7 34.5 34.3 34.2 33.6 33.1 rEBoUnDInG MArGIn Team 1. West Virginia 2. Pittsburgh 3. Georgetown 4. Villanova 5. USF 6. Connecticut 7. Louisville 8. Seton Hall 9. Providence 10. Rutgers 11. Cincinnati 12. Marquette 13. Notre Dame 14. Syracuse 15. St. John’s 16. DePaul TUrnoVEr MArGIn Team 1. Syracuse 2. Marquette 3. Cincinnati 4. DePaul 5. Seton Hall 6. Louisville 7. St. John’s 8. Rutgers 9. Notre Dame 10. West Virginia 11. Georgetown 12. Providence 13. Connecticut 14. Pittsburgh 15. Villanova 16. USF G 33 39 33 32 36 34 40 34 32 32 37 35 34 37 32 31 TM 1259 1407 1193 1252 1233 1273 1512 1194 1181 1103 1333 1271 1144 1283 1097 1025 Avg 38.2 36.1 36.2 39.1 34.2 37.4 37.8 35.1 36.9 34.5 36.0 36.3 33.6 34.7 34.3 33.1 OPP 1043 1158 1017 1113 1093 1185 1444 1159 1152 1088 1324 1275 1167 1347 1215 1229 Avg 31.6 29.7 30.8 34.8 30.4 34.9 36.1 34.1 36.0 34.0 35.8 36.4 34.3 36.4 38.0 39.6 Margin +6.5 +6.4 +5.3 +4.3 +3.9 +2.6 +1.7 +1.0 +0.9 +0.5 +0.2 -0.1 -0.7 -1.7 -3.7 -6.6

G 37 34 32 40 33 37 31 32 36 32 35 34 32 34 39 33

Blocks 255 233 166 193 156 170 126 122 137 119 122 114 101 107 103 85

Avg/G 6.89 6.85 5.19 4.83 4.73 4.59 4.06 3.81 3.81 3.72 3.49 3.35 3.16 3.15 2.64 2.58

G 37 35 37 31 34 40 32 32 34 33 33 32 34 39 32 36

TEAM 389 461 403 414 431 562 423 475 342 422 417 391 418 495 447 485

Avg 10.5 13.2 10.9 13.4 12.7 14.1 13.2 14.8 10.1 12.8 12.6 12.2 12.3 12.7 14.0 13.5

OPP 591 577 518 485 493 621 464 502 367 444 424 352 372 431 377 397

Avg 16.0 16.5 14.0 15.6 14.5 15.5 14.5 15.7 10.8 13.5 12.8 11.0 10.9 11.1 11.8 11.0

Margin +5.46 +3.31 +3.11 +2.29 +1.82 +1.47 +1.28 +0.84 +0.74 +0.67 +0.21 -1.22 -1.35 -1.64 -2.19 -2.44

G 35 31 37 39 34 33 34 33 32 34 40 37 32 32 36 32

Assists 580 474 565 593 497 477 476 451 435 457 532 479 407 394 423 345

Avg/G 16.57 15.29 15.27 15.21 14.62 14.45 14.00 13.67 13.59 13.44 13.30 12.95 12.72 12.31 11.75 10.78

ASSIST/TUrnoVEr rATIo Team G 1. Notre Dame 34 2. Syracuse 37 3. Marquette 35 4. Pittsburgh 39 5. Cincinnati 37 6. DePaul 31 7. West Virginia 33 8. Providence 32 9. Seton Hall 34 10. Connecticut 34 11. Georgetown 33 12. Louisville 40 13. Villanova 32 14. USF 36 15. Rutgers 32 16. St. John’s 32

Asst 497 565 580 593 479 474 477 435 476 457 451 532 394 423 407 345

Avg 14.6 15.3 16.6 15.2 12.9 15.3 14.5 13.6 14.0 13.4 13.7 13.3 12.3 11.8 12.7 10.8

Turn 342 389 461 495 403 414 422 391 431 418 417 562 447 485 475 423

Avg 10.1 10.5 13.2 12.7 10.9 13.4 12.8 12.2 12.7 12.3 12.6 14.1 14.0 13.5 14.8 13.2

ratio 1.45 1.45 1.26 1.20 1.19 1.14 1.13 1.11 1.10 1.09 1.08 0.95 0.88 0.87 0.86 0.82

G 37 40 35 34 32 37 32 31 33 33 34 32 36 32 34 39

Steals 338 353 304 284 261 298 255 245 210 200 199 178 200 170 177 183

Avg/G 9.14 8.83 8.69 8.35 8.16 8.05 7.97 7.90 6.36 6.06 5.85 5.56 5.56 5.31 5.21 4.69

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Individual Statistics
SCORING Player-Team Cl 1. JONES, Kevin-WVU SR 2. JOHNSON-ODOM, Darius-MU SR 3. HARRISON, D’Angelo-STJ FR 4. CROWDER, Jae-MU SR 5. WAYNS, Maalik-VU JR 6. BRYANT, Darryl-WVU SR 7. MELVIN, Cleveland-DPU SO 8. LAMB, Jeremy-UCONN SO 9. THEODORE, Jordan-SHU SR 10. COUNCIL, Vincent-PC JR 11. HARKLESS, Moe-STJ FR 12. HENTON, LaDontae-PC FR 13. COOLEY, Jack-ND JR 14. CHEEK, Dominic-VU JR 15. GIBBS, Ashton-PITT SR rEBoUnDInG Player-Team 1. JONES, Kevin-WVU 2. COOLEY, Jack-ND 3. POPE, Herb-SHU 4. GATES, Yancy-CIN 5. DIENG, Gorgui-LOU 6. DRUMMOND, Andre-UCONN 7. HENTON, LaDontae-PC HARKLESS, Moe-STJ 9. CROWDER, Jae-MU 10. YAROU, Mouphtaou-VU 11. MELVIN, Cleveland-DPU 12. BEHANAN, Chane-LOU 13. MILLER, Dane-RU 14. PORTER, Otto-GU 15. ROBINSON, Nasir-PITT G 18 18 18 18 15 18 18 18 18 17 18 18 18 18 18 FG 129 117 96 113 85 86 128 105 93 95 107 97 101 83 87 3FG 20 48 49 30 28 38 5 32 29 18 8 31 0 38 30 FT 64 58 92 68 66 102 39 54 77 57 54 48 60 53 50 Pts 342 340 333 324 264 312 300 296 292 265 276 273 262 257 254 Avg 19.0 18.9 18.5 18.0 17.6 17.3 16.7 16.4 16.2 15.6 15.3 15.2 14.6 14.3 14.1

Conference Games
frEE THrow PCT (Min. 2.5 made per game) Player-Team Cl G 1. WAYNS, Maalik-VU JR 15 2. COLLINS, Anthony-USF FR 18 3. COTTON, Bryce-PC SO 18 4. GIBBS, Ashton-PITT SR 18 5. KURIC, Kyle-LOU SR 16 6. THEODORE, Jordan-SHU SR 18 7. GRANT, Jerian-ND FR 18 8. BRYANT, Darryl-WVU SR 18 9. LAMB, Jeremy-UCONN SO 18 10. BATTS, Kadeem-PC 18 ASSISTS Player-Team 1. COUNCIL, Vincent-PC 2. THEODORE, Jordan-SHU 3. CADOUGAN, Junior-MU JARDINE, Scoop-SYR 5. NAPIER, Shabazz-UCONN COLLINS, Anthony-USF 7. GRANT, Jerian-ND 8. YOUNG, Brandon-DPU SIVA, Peyton-LOU 10. WRIGHT, Cashmere-CIN STEALS Player-Team 1. CROWDER, Jae-MU EDWIN, Fuquan-SHU 3. WRIGHT, Cashmere-CIN 4. SMITH, Russ-LOU 5. THEODORE, Jordan-SHU 6. POINTER, Sir’Dominic-STJ 7. WAITERS, Dion-SYR 8. DIXON, Dion-CIN 9. SIVA, Peyton-LOU HARRISON, D’Angelo-STJ BRYANT, Darryl-WVU BLoCkED SHoTS Player-Team 1. MELO, Fab-SYR 2. DIENG, Gorgui-LOU 3. DRUMMOND, Andre-UCONN 4. COOLEY, Jack-ND 5. POPE, Herb-SHU 6. KIRK, Donnavan-DPU 7. MILLER, Dane-RU 8. HARKLESS, Moe-STJ WILSON, Jamil-MU 10. DIXON, Bilal-PC FTM FTA Pct 66 72 .917 37 42 .881 36 41 .878 50 58 .862 40 47 .851 77 92 .837 59 71 .831 102 123 .829 54 66 .818 38 48 .792

Cl SR JR SR SR SO FR FR FR SR JR SO FR JR FR SR

G 18 18 17 17 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18

OFF 75 82 60 63 52 64 48 46 30 56 44 58 41 42 53

DEF 121 102 101 97 104 91 105 107 119 89 98 77 93 89 68

TOT Avg 196 10.9 184 10.2 161 9.5 160 9.4 156 8.7 155 8.6 153 8.5 153 8.5 149 8.3 145 8.1 142 7.9 135 7.5 134 7.4 131 7.3 121 6.7

Cl JR SR JR SR SO FR FR SO JR JR

G 17 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18

Asst 136 112 102 102 99 99 96 89 89 75

Avg 8.00 6.22 5.67 5.67 5.50 5.50 5.33 4.94 4.94 4.17

fIELD GoAL PCT (Min. 3.0 made per game) Player-Team Cl G 1. COOLEY, Jack-ND JR 18 2. MELO, Fab-SYR SO 15 3. ACHIUWA, God’sgift-STJ JR 18 4. BEHANAN, Chane-LOU FR 18 5. ROBERTSON, Hugh-USF SR 18 6. CROWDER, Jae-MU SR 18 7. PORTER, Otto-GU FR 18 8. KILICLI, Deniz-WVU JR 18 9. DIENG, Gorgui-LOU SO 18 10. DRUMMOND, Andre-UCONN FR 18 3-PoInT fG PCT (Min. 2.0 made per game) Player-Team Cl G 1. THOMPSON, Hollis-GU JR 18 2. FITZPATRICK, Toarlyn-USF JR 18 3. HENTON, LaDontae-PC FR 18 4. JOHNSON-ODOM, Darius-MU SR 18 5. HARRISON, D’Angelo-STJ FR 18 6. SMITH, Chris-LOU SR 18 7. SEAGEARS, Jerome-RU FR 18 8. COSBY, Aaron-SHU FR 18 9. WRIGHT, Cashmere-CIN JR 18 10. BOATRIGHT, Ryan-UCONN FR 16

FG 101 55 61 69 56 113 67 80 64 88

FGA 163 90 110 125 108 219 130 157 127 175

Pct .620 .611 .555 .552 .519 .516 .515 .510 .504 .503

Cl SR SO JR SO SR FR SO SR JR FR SR

G Steals Avg 18 53 2.94 18 53 2.94 18 43 2.39 18 39 2.17 18 35 1.94 18 33 1.83 18 32 1.78 18 31 1.72 18 30 1.67 18 30 1.67 18 30 1.67

Cl SO SO FR JR SR JR FR SO JR

3FG FGA Pct 32 72 .444 25 58 .431 31 72 .431 48 115 .417 49 122 .402 33 84 .393 19 49 .388 38 99 .384 30 81 .370 18 49 .367

G Blocks Avg 15 56 3.73 18 57 3.17 18 46 2.56 18 31 1.72 17 28 1.65 15 24 1.60 18 26 1.44 18 25 1.39 18 25 1.39 17 23 1.35

ASSIST/TUrnoVEr rATIo (Min. 3.0 assists/game) Player-Team Cl G Asst Avg Turn Avg ratio 1. KELLY, Jeremiah-DPU SR 16 63 3.9 16 1.0 3.94 2. GRANT, Jerian-ND FR 18 96 5.3 37 2.1 2.59 3. JARDINE, Scoop-SYR SR 18 102 5.7 42 2.3 2.43 4. COUNCIL, Vincent-PC JR 17 136 8.0 61 3.6 2.23 5. CADOUGAN, Junior-MU JR 18 102 5.7 46 2.6 2.22 6. NAPIER, Shabazz-UCONN SO 18 99 5.5 46 2.6 2.15 7. ATKINS, Eric-ND SO 18 74 4.1 35 1.9 2.11 8. WRIGHT, Cashmere-CIN JR 18 75 4.2 36 2.0 2.08 9. YOUNG, Brandon-DPU SO 18 89 4.9 43 2.4 2.07 10. THEODORE, Jordan-SHU SR 18 112 6.2 55 3.1 2.04

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Team Statistics
SCORING OFFENSE Team 1. Marquette 2. DePaul 3. Syracuse 4. Villanova 5. Providence West Virginia 7. Cincinnati 8. Louisville 9. St. John’s 10. Connecticut 11. Seton Hall 12. Georgetown 13. Pittsburgh 14. Notre Dame 15. Rutgers 16. USF SCORING DEFENSE Team 1. USF 2. Notre Dame 3. Georgetown 4. Syracuse 5. Cincinnati 6. Louisville 7. Seton Hall 8. Connecticut 9. West Virginia 10. Rutgers 11. Pittsburgh 12. Marquette 13. Providence 14. St. John’s 15. Villanova 16. DePaul SCORING MARGIN Team 1. Syracuse 2. Marquette 3. Georgetown 4. Notre Dame 5. Cincinnati 6. Louisville 7. West Virginia 8. USF 9. Connecticut 10. Seton Hall 11. Pittsburgh 12. Rutgers 13. Villanova 14. Providence 15. St. John’s 16. DePaul G 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 W-L 14-4 3-15 17-1 5-13 4-14 9-9 12-6 10-8 6-12 8-10 8-10 12-6 5-13 13-5 6-12 12-6 Pts 1339 1297 1286 1275 1221 1221 1213 1210 1194 1181 1166 1161 1153 1142 1136 1050 Avg/G 74.4 72.1 71.4 70.8 67.8 67.8 67.4 67.2 66.3 65.6 64.8 64.5 64.1 63.4 63.1 58.3 FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGES Team 1. Marquette 2. Syracuse 3. Georgetown 4. USF 5. Connecticut 6. DePaul 7. Notre Dame 8. Pittsburgh 9. Louisville 10. St. John’s 11. West Virginia 12. Rutgers 13. Seton Hall 14. Providence 15. Villanova 16. Cincinnati FIELD GOAL PCT DEFENSE Team 1. USF 2. Syracuse 3. Georgetown 4. Louisville 5. Connecticut 6. Notre Dame 7. Seton Hall 8. Cincinnati 9. Villanova 10. Marquette 11. Rutgers 12. Pittsburgh 13. Providence 14. West Virginia 15. St. John’s 16. DePaul G 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18

Conference Games
FG 464 474 409 387 437 488 404 416 428 427 431 418 423 422 428 442 FGA 1018 1041 922 874 1002 1132 954 986 1015 1017 1034 1009 1028 1026 1050 1097 Pct .456 .455 .444 .443 .436 .431 .423 .422 .422 .420 .417 .414 .411 .411 .408 .403

G 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18

Pts 1024 1066 1076 1100 1151 1169 1170 1178 1188 1217 1218 1223 1319 1332 1361 1453

Avg/G 56.9 59.2 59.8 61.1 63.9 64.9 65.0 65.4 66.0 67.6 67.7 67.9 73.3 74.0 75.6 80.7

G 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18

FG 360 393 368 409 421 408 396 433 461 450 406 437 486 447 496 527

FGA 942 1019 949 1041 1048 1011 961 1020 1083 1055 929 965 1072 980 1072 1058

Pct .382 .386 .388 .393 .402 .404 .412 .425 .426 .427 .437 .453 .453 .456 .463 .498

G 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18

OFF 71.4 74.4 64.5 63.4 67.4 67.2 67.8 58.3 65.6 64.8 64.1 63.1 70.8 67.8 66.3 72.1

DEF 61.1 67.9 59.8 59.2 63.9 64.9 66.0 56.9 65.4 65.0 67.7 67.6 75.6 73.3 74.0 80.7

Margin +10.3 +6.4 +4.7 +4.2 +3.4 +2.3 +1.8 +1.4 +0.2 -0.2 -3.6 -4.5 -4.8 -5.4 -7.7 -8.7

3-POINT FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGES Team G 1. Seton Hall 18 2. Providence 18 3. Marquette 18 4. Georgetown 18 5. DePaul 18 6. Rutgers 18 7. Cincinnati 18 8. Villanova 18 9. Syracuse 18 10. Notre Dame 18 11. Louisville 18 12. USF 18 13. Pittsburgh 18 14. St. John’s 18 15. Connecticut 18 16. West Virginia 18 3-POINT FIELD GOAL PCT DEFENSE Team G 1. Notre Dame 18 2. USF 18 3. Georgetown 18 4. Syracuse 18 5. West Virginia 18 6. Cincinnati 18 7. Marquette 18 8. Louisville 18 9. Seton Hall 18 10. St. John’s 18 11. Pittsburgh 18 12. Connecticut 18 13. Villanova 18 14. Rutgers 18 15. Providence 18 16. DePaul 18

FG 133 100 107 92 125 102 123 104 99 117 110 76 92 78 83 91

FGA 363 273 309 273 379 311 380 322 311 371 357 247 302 264 286 317

Pct .366 .366 .346 .337 .330 .328 .324 .323 .318 .315 .308 .308 .305 .295 .290 .287

frEE THrow PErCEnTAGES Team G 1. Villanova 18 2. Marquette 18 3. Pittsburgh 18 4. USF 18 5. Providence 18 6. Notre Dame 18 7. DePaul 18 8. West Virginia 18 9. Syracuse 18 10. Rutgers 18 11. St. John’s 18 12. Connecticut 18 13. Louisville 18 14. Georgetown 18 15. Seton Hall 18 16. Cincinnati 18

FTM 315 304 229 200 277 217 196 268 237 198 262 224 244 251 187 206

FTA 419 415 314 275 382 307 278 383 339 287 380 328 359 371 278 311

Pct .752 .733 .729 .727 .725 .707 .705 .700 .699 .690 .689 .683 .680 .677 .673 .662

FG 70 74 85 100 86 103 101 107 100 128 103 128 126 109 113 99

FGA 275 265 302 346 287 329 317 334 310 383 308 372 362 304 310 261

Pct .255 .279 .281 .289 .300 .313 .319 .320 .323 .334 .334 .344 .348 .359 .365 .379

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rEBoUnDInG offEnSE Team 1. Villanova 2. West Virginia 3. Louisville 4. Cincinnati 5. Connecticut 6. Georgetown 7. Providence 8. Pittsburgh 9. Seton Hall 10. Syracuse 11. Marquette 12. USF 13. Notre Dame 14. Rutgers 15. St. John’s 16. DePaul BLoCkED SHoTS Team 1. Syracuse 2. Connecticut 3. Providence 4. Georgetown 5. Louisville 6. Cincinnati 7. DePaul 8. USF St. John’s 10. Rutgers 11. Villanova 12. Marquette 13. Notre Dame 14. Seton Hall 15. West Virginia 16. Pittsburgh ASSISTS Team 1. Marquette 2. DePaul 3. Syracuse 4. Notre Dame 5. West Virginia Providence 7. Louisville 8. Seton Hall 9. Connecticut 10. Pittsburgh 11. Georgetown 12. Cincinnati 13. Rutgers 14. USF 15. Villanova 16. St. John’s STEALS Team 1. Louisville 2. Marquette Syracuse 4. Seton Hall 5. Cincinnati St. John’s 7. Rutgers 8. DePaul 9. West Virginia 10. Georgetown 11. Pittsburgh 12. Villanova 13. Connecticut 14. USF 15. Notre Dame 16. Providence G 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 Reb 704 673 668 653 649 640 636 628 627 617 616 614 612 595 585 572 Avg/G 39.1 37.4 37.1 36.3 36.1 35.6 35.3 34.9 34.8 34.3 34.2 34.1 34.0 33.1 32.5 31.8 rEBoUnDInG MArGIn Team 1. West Virginia 2. Georgetown 3. USF 4. Pittsburgh 5. Villanova 6. Connecticut 7. Louisville 8. Seton Hall 9. Cincinnati 10. Notre Dame 11. Providence 12. Marquette 13. Rutgers 14. Syracuse 15. St. John’s 16. DePaul TUrnoVEr MArGIn Team 1. Syracuse 2. Cincinnati 3. Marquette 4. St. John’s 5. DePaul 6. Seton Hall 7. West Virginia 8. Rutgers Notre Dame 10. Louisville 11. Georgetown Connecticut 13. Providence 14. Pittsburgh 15. Villanova 16. USF G 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 TM 673 640 614 628 704 649 668 627 653 612 636 616 595 617 585 572 Avg 37.4 35.6 34.1 34.9 39.1 36.1 37.1 34.8 36.3 34.0 35.3 34.2 33.1 34.3 32.5 31.8 OPP 569 555 539 560 641 625 655 630 666 627 653 639 633 685 698 714 Avg 31.6 30.8 29.9 31.1 35.6 34.7 36.4 35.0 37.0 34.8 36.3 35.5 35.2 38.1 38.8 39.7 Margin +5.8 +4.7 +4.2 +3.8 +3.5 +1.3 +0.7 -0.2 -0.7 -0.8 -0.9 -1.3 -2.1 -3.8 -6.3 -7.9

G 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18

Blocks 134 109 91 86 81 71 69 68 68 64 60 59 58 52 46 40

Avg/G 7.44 6.06 5.06 4.78 4.50 3.94 3.83 3.78 3.78 3.56 3.33 3.28 3.22 2.89 2.56 2.22

G 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18

TEAM 183 167 230 236 246 239 210 261 181 269 237 219 209 259 274 254

Avg 10.2 9.3 12.8 13.1 13.7 13.3 11.7 14.5 10.1 14.9 13.2 12.2 11.6 14.4 15.2 14.1

OPP 275 229 283 262 263 256 213 264 184 258 215 197 172 216 204 183

Avg 15.3 12.7 15.7 14.6 14.6 14.2 11.8 14.7 10.2 14.3 11.9 10.9 9.6 12.0 11.3 10.2

Margin +5.11 +3.44 +2.94 +1.44 +0.94 +0.94 +0.17 +0.17 +0.17 -0.61 -1.22 -1.22 -2.06 -2.39 -3.89 -3.94

G 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18

Assists 302 284 279 258 254 254 248 247 240 239 236 231 226 221 219 208

Avg/G 16.78 15.78 15.50 14.33 14.11 14.11 13.78 13.72 13.33 13.28 13.11 12.83 12.56 12.28 12.17 11.56

ASSIST/TUrnoVEr rATIo Team G 1. Syracuse 18 2. Notre Dame 18 3. Cincinnati 18 4. Marquette 18 5. Providence 18 6. West Virginia 18 7. DePaul 18 8. Connecticut 18 9. Seton Hall 18 10. Georgetown 18 11. Pittsburgh 18 12. Louisville 18 13. St. John’s 18 14. USF 18 15. Rutgers 18 16. Villanova 18

Asst 279 258 231 302 254 254 284 240 247 236 239 248 208 221 226 219

Avg 15.5 14.3 12.8 16.8 14.1 14.1 15.8 13.3 13.7 13.1 13.3 13.8 11.6 12.3 12.6 12.2

Turn 183 181 167 230 209 210 246 219 239 237 259 269 236 254 261 274

Avg 10.2 10.1 9.3 12.8 11.6 11.7 13.7 12.2 13.3 13.2 14.4 14.9 13.1 14.1 14.5 15.2

ratio 1.52 1.43 1.38 1.31 1.22 1.21 1.15 1.10 1.03 1.00 0.92 0.92 0.88 0.87 0.87 0.80

G 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18

Steals 162 157 157 154 144 144 136 124 110 106 100 98 95 91 88 85

Avg/G 9.00 8.72 8.72 8.56 8.00 8.00 7.56 6.89 6.11 5.89 5.56 5.44 5.28 5.06 4.89 4.72

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