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Notre Dame leaving Big East for ACC; Football stays an Independent

 

(courtesy Notre Dame athletics)

To no one’s surprise, Notre Dame will be leaving the Big East Conference for the Atlantic Coast Conference in all sports but football. The ACC announced on Wednesday that the catholic university will play five football games every year against the league’s programs but will be a full member in all other sports.

The league also said that it is increasing its exit fees for the conference’s schools to three times the annual operating budget, which would be more than $50 million.

With this development, the Big East seems to be in trouble as far as a basketball conference goes.

They’ve lost Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the ACC, and West Virginia to the Big 12, now a national brand in Notre Dame and the retirement of Jim Calhoun at Connecticut, basketball seems to have taken a hit. Only Louisville, Cincinnati, Villanova and Georgetown are left.

But the Big East has added Memphis, Temple, SMU, Houston and Central Florida. Of that group, only Memphis and Temple have strong basketball programs.

 

Info compiled from Notre Dame, Big East Conference & Atlantic Coast Conference

 

Seton Hall upsets #8 UConn, 75-63

 

Kevin Williard (courtesy of ICGaels.com)

Kevin Willard is slowly but surely getting the Seton Hall Pirates turned around as its basketball coach.

Jordan Theodore scored all 19 of his points in the second half as host Seton Hall ended almost 11 years of frustrating defeats at the hands of Jim Calhoun and the Connecticut Huskies, with a 75-63 win over the nation’s eighth-ranked team.

The win was the biggest in the tenure of coach Willard since taking over the Pirates’ program last year.

Seton Hall had not beaten the Huskies since March 3, 2001, a span of 11 games.

The Pirates improve to 13-2, 2-1 in the Big East.

UConn dropped to 12-2, 2-1 in the Big East.

 

Info compiled from Seton Hall University & University of Connecticut news

UConn beats Butler in NCAA Final with defensive effort, 53-41

 

(courtesy of UConn athletics)(courtesy of NCAA via wikipedia commons)

Neither UConn or Butler lit up the scoreboard, shot the ball well or played a perfect game, but the team that played the best defense, won the game.

The Huskies won 53-41 in Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, one of the worst national championship game’s of all-time.

Kemba Walker finished with 16 points for the Huskies (32-9), who won their 11th straight game since closing the regular season with a 9-9 Big East record that no one thought they’d even get past the first round of the tournament.

UConn head coach Jim Calhoun at 68-years-old, became the oldest coach to win the national championship and joined the likes of John Wooden, Adolph Rupp, Mike Krzyzewski and Bob Knight as only the fifth coach to win three NCAA titles.

(courtesy of NCAA via wikipedia commons)

Connecticut using their height and shot-blocking ability, intimidated Butler into missing several inside shots. They outscored the Bulldogs (28-10) 26-2 in the paint. Butler, from the mid-major conference, The Horizon League, were playing in their second straight title game, went a whopping 13 minutes, 26 seconds in the second half making just one field goal. Kind of mind-boggling for a good shooting, perimeter team.

Before their shooting went by the wayside, Butler was leading 25-19 and it became an insurmountable deficit of 41-28.

UConn beats Maryland-Baltimore County as Jim Calhoun gets 830th win

Jim Calhoun (photo by Grondemar via Wikipedia Commons)

The University of Connecticut men’s basketball program is 7-0, but critics would say that they haven’t beat anybody which seems to be true.

Four of the Huskies wins are against teams from the American East Conference: Stony Brook, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maryland-Baltimore County who is 0-7.

Connecticut beat UM-Baltimore County 94-61 as Kemba Walker scored 24 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double in a game played in Hartford, Connecticut.

With the lopsided win, Huskies coach Jim Calhoun tied former Mount St. Mary’s coach Jim Phelan for sixth place on the career wins list with 830.

Walker, who is the nation’s leading scorer with a 30-point scoring average, became the 45th UConn player to score 1,000 career points.

The Huskies are now 7-0.

Info courtesy of Connecticut athletics