#11 Providence Tops Xavier in Triple-OT Epic (99-92, 3OT) to Pull Within 1 Game of 1st Big East Crown
A stunner in Rhode Island! On a busy night of college hoops, one game stole the show. Providence and Xavier danced to the tune of a triple-overtime epic on Wednesday. After play was suspended for more than 20 minutes due to a leak in the roof of Alumni Hall, one of the most exciting games of the NCAA season took shape. The Friars forced overtime at 70-all in regulation. Al Durham’s game-winner attempt at the end of OT1 hit the top of the backboard. In OT2, Providence missed a free throw with six seconds left and a 3-point lead, and Xavier’s Paul Scruggs went the length of the court for a pull-up 3 to force triple overtime. Deep breaths…
Finally, after a near-four-hour marathon, Providence’s Jared Bynum hit a dagger from the logo to seal the win. Bynum had a game-high 27 points off the bench, and the Friars (23-3) walked away with their 13th win in Big East play — the most in program history. Providence is now 14-1 this season in games decided by single digits. They need to win one of their final two games for their first Big East regular-season title in school history, but those two games won’t be easy (Creighton & #8 Villanova).
The March to March…
We’re only a few days away from the greatest month in college basketball, and all of sports. Here’s a look at the league leaders for each of the notable conferences with just a few regular season games left. These are the teams likely to be hoisting regular-season conference titles in the coming days.
Conference Leaders (Men’s)
ACC: #7 Duke (14-3) / Notre Dame (13-4)
Big 12: #5 Kansas (12-2)
Big East: #11 Providence (13-2) / #8 Villanova (14-4)
Big Ten: #4 Purdue (13-4) / #13 Wisconsin (13-4) / #15 Illinois (12-4)
Pac-12: #2 Arizona (14-1)
SEC: #3 Auburn (13-2) / #6 Kentucky (12-3)
Conference Leaders (Women’s)
ACC: #3 NC State (16-1) / #4 Louisville (14-2)
Big 12: #5 Baylor (12-3) / #9 Iowa State (12-3)
Big East: #7 UConn (14-1)
Big Ten: #6 Michigan (12-3) / 4 Teams at 12-4
Pac-12: #2 Stanford (14-0)
SEC: #1 South Carolina (13-1)
NCAA Men’s Basketball Highlights
NCAA Women’s Basketball Highlights
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