WASHINGTON DC – (Staff Report from Official News Release) – In the only BIG EAST game Friday night, Creighton cruised to an 87-36 win over visiting Md.-Eastern Shore. The Bluejays (8-2) led 45-17 at halftime and held Maryland Eastern-Shore to 23.6 percent shooting from the field for the game. Marcus Foster led CU with 15 points. No Bluejay played more than 22 minutes.
The BIG EAST hot streak continues. League teams have won 41 of the last 46 games overall (.891). For the season, the BIG EAST non-conference record is 81-18 (.818), the best mark since 1988-89 (113-23, .831).
Four of the five games on Saturday’s slate are rivalry games. No. 15 Seton Hall drives down the N.J. Turnpike to take on Rutgers at noon ET on BTN. The Pirates (9-1) have won the last four games in the series, including a 72-61 triumph last year.
Also at noon, Butler meets No. 12 Purdue in the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis, Ind. FOX will televise. Five is the number for the Bulldogs going into the game. They have won five in a row overall, have taken the last five games against Purdue and have a 5-1 record in the Crossroads Classic.
At 12:30 p.m. on CBS, Georgetown and Syracuse, arguably the most storied BIG EAST rivalry when Syracuse was a league member, meet at Capital One Arena. The Hoyas (8-0) are one of six undefeated teams in the country. Georgetown has won the last two meetings against the Orange, including a 78-71 decision last year in the Carrier Dome.
At 2 p.m. on FS1, DePaul hosts local foe Northwestern at Wintrust Arena. The Blue Demons (6-4) have won five in a row. Also at 2 p.m., No. 10 Xavier (9-1) puts its four-game winning streak on the line against visiting East Tennessee State on FSN.