After posting a perfect record through Week 1, the Big East struggled mightily in Week 2. Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Louisville had their hands full against FCS opponents, while Rutgers, Cincinnati and Connecticut all fell on the road. No. 19 West Virginia trailed Norfolk State at the half before finding their offense. Arguably, the lone bright spot was No. 22 South Florida, who riding high off their Week 1 win over Notre Dame, easily handled Ball State by 30.
Butch Jones inherited a Bearcats team last year that had won two straight Big East Conference Championships and had won a combined 23 games during that two year stretch. But with many of the playmakers that made that run possible gone, Jones’ team struggled to a 4-8 season and Cincinnati missed a bowl game for the first time since 2007.
It might not be how you start, but that can certainly help. The Orange jumped out to an 18-3 lead largely thanks to Rick Jackson’s dominance in the post. He had 6 of the first 11 points as Cincinnati made the curious decision not to double him. It’s amazing how far Jackson has come. Of course his scoring is up as his playing time has gone up and he’s developed quite a post game but what’s often overlooked is his ball handling skills and limiting mistakes. Last season he had an assist to turnover ratio of .88. This year he has nearly doubled that with a 1.64 A/T ratio. Those that play fantasy basketball are aware that that is quite a high number for a forward/center. He simply doesn’t make that many mistakes. Jackson finished 7 for 8 for 15 points and 11 rebounds. It was his 11th double-double of the season.
Triche went scoreless in the first half against Seton Hall on Saturday before exploding for 15 points in the second half in a 61-56 win. In Wednesday’s 76-59 win over St. John’s, the sophomore guard didn’t register his first points until 2:27 left in the first half but went on to score 15 points in the final 22 minutes.