The premiere of ESPN’s Big Monday brought us a Big East match up that was intense for all 40 minutes…of regulation. Someone forgot to tell Mike Brey’s Notre Dame team that an OT loss, still counts as a loss. Louisville defeated Notre Dame 87-73, Notre Dame only scored 2 points in 5 minutes of overtime.
Both teams did look sharp in regulation, combining for 19 three pointers. The game was a back and forth battle all throughout regulation, but with 3:23 to go both teams remained locked at 71. And then Louisville went off. Terrence Williams fell two assists shy of a triple-double, tallying 24 points, 16 rebounds and 8 dimes. Frosh, Samardo Samuels looked like he is starting to get the Big East style of play, being able to post 18 points, 6 boards and 4 “return to sender” blocks. Notre Dame did get 28 points and 13 rebounds out of Luke Harangody, however it all came in the first 34 minutes of play. Saturday Louisville will host #1 Pittsburgh and Notre Dame will travel to “The Dome” to take on #8 Syracuse.
The Red River Shootout was the nightcap from Norman, Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Sooners took control early in the Big 12 rivalry and never looked back at the Longhorns of Texas. The closest the game ever was, was during the first 19 seconds of the game before Oklahoma made it 2-0. There were no lead changes and no ties throughout the game. Oklahoma was led by none other than Blake Griffin, who got his 14th double-double, racking up 20 points and 10 rebounds. Frosh PG Willie Warren added 17 points. Had Texas standout AJ Abrams not gone 3-15 from beyond the arc, the story of the game could have drastically changed, but we will have to wait until February 21st when Oklahoma travels to Austin.