The Friars (17-13, 9-9) closed out their Big East regular season schedule with a 63-59 overtime loss at Connecticut (20-10, 10-8) Saturday afternoon. After trailing by six at halftime, the Friars came roaring back, holding UConn to just 23 points in the second half to force overtime. However, PC just couldn’t pull it out, losing to UConn in overtime for the second time this season. PC was led by Kadeem Batts, who scored 14 points and added 12 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season. Kris Dunn also added 11 points and four assists, while LaDontae Henton added nine points and 11 rebounds. Ryan Boatright led the Huskies with a game-high 23 points, while Deandre Daniels added 19 points and eight rebounds in a winning effort for the Huskies. Due to UConn’s two-year academic performance rate, they’ll be ineligible for not only the Big East Tournament, but the NCAA Tournament as well. PC is looking to be in good shape for the NIT. Their performance in the BIG East Tourney should determine what seed they’ll be given.
PC opens up Big East Tournament play on ESPN against Cincinnati (21-10, 9-9) at 12pm on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. The Friars already beat the Bearcats this season at the Dunk by a score of 54-50. The Georgetown Hoyas await the winner of PC vs. Cincinnati. That game would be played on Thursday at 12pm on ESPN.
It was announced yesterday that Bryce Cotton was named to the All-Big East First Team. Other members included:
Otto Porter Jr.-Georgetown, Jack Cooley-Notre Dame, Russ Smith and Gorgui Dieng-Louisville, and Shabazz Napier-UConn.
Kadeem Batts also received a Big East Honorable Mention, while also earning co-winner of Big East Most Improved Player, alongside Michael Carter-Williams of Syracuse.