...i.e., win a Big East tournament game. The Red Storm, seeded 13th, upset 12th-seed Georgetown, 64-59, in the second game of the first round of the BET at MSG 2day. As you'll recall, Mike Jarvis' Traveling Scandal Wagon left the Johnnies in a bit of a mire.
I believe (correct me if I'm wrong) they were banned from playing in the conference tournament for two years, and they missed the tournament due to more conventional reasons (sucking) two of the last three years.
So let me be the only UConn fan anywhere to offer congrats to the Johnnies.
They'll play 5th-seeded Marquette in the second round. The winner will then be just 13 rounds short of a spot in the Big East championship. (That 9th-round game is always a tricky one.)
As for the Hoyas, their inexplicable defeat of UConn back on Dec. 29 is now completely meaningless, as G-town finishes 16-14 and will be lucky to get picked up by the CBI or that fourth-rate tournament that no one knows is actually happening. After being ranked No. 8 in the country and starting off 11-1, I have no idea what happened.
- In other upsetting action, DePaul increased its conference win total by infinity percent when it beat Conference USA
-caliberrival Cincinnati, 67-57 today. The 16th-seeded Blue Demons had never won a BET game before today. Cincinnati's short tournament history is, well, rather ...rather checkered.
- Tomorrow, DePaul will take on Providence, who is probably thrilled at the chance to win yet another negative-RPI game against a Big East bottom-feeder.
- In the nightcap, Notre Dame takes on Rutgers, and in a game that has only a little UConn relevancy, Seton Hall takes on USF, with the winner taking on Syracuse, with the winner taking on the Mr. Garrison, with the winner taking on 1990 Denver Broncos, with the winner taking on UConn in the quaterfinals Thursday.
- Also, in news that will come as shocking to all: the UConn women lead No. 5 Louisville 50-24 at half in the championship game of the Big East tournament in neutral Hartford.
- This video is a metaphor for women's basketball this season. Maya represents UConn, and a basketball represents every other person who plays women's college basketball: