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(Anthony Gruppuso)

NEW YORK - With the lights shining on D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, the Hoyas senior went off for a career-high 33 points as Georgetown dominated a young St. John's team, 93-73.

The hope for the future at St. John's is that Chris Mullin and his staff can recruit the kind of star that Smith-Rivera has been at Georgetown.

The 33 points was the most by a player in a Big East game this season as he powered John Thompson III's team to its fifth win in its last six games. The Hoyas host No. 6 Villanova on Saturday.

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Xavier Musketeers guard Edmond Sumner (4) goes up to dunk the ball during the second half against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Xavier defeated Wake Forest 78-70. (Jeremy Brevard)
Xavier Musketeers guard Edmond Sumner (4) goes up to dunk the ball during the second half against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Xavier defeated Wake Forest 78-70. (Jeremy Brevard)

In its third year since renovation, the Big East has been the beast of the college basketball world throughout non-conference play.

While last year saw members of the conference make some strong statements, this season, the league is getting respect from the AP voters, with four teams ranked in the top-16 of both the AP Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches Poll.

And while your first guess may be that Jay Wright's Villanova Wildcats are once again leading the pack and are the clear favorite in the league, well, you would be wrong.

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Nov 22, 2015; Charleston, SC, USA; Seton Hall Pirates forward Desi Rodriguez (20) looks to pass the ball during the first half against the Mississippi Rebels at TD Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports (Joshua S. Kelly)
Nov 22, 2015; Charleston, SC, USA; Seton Hall Pirates forward Desi Rodriguez (20) looks to pass the ball during the first half against the Mississippi Rebels at TD Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports (Joshua S. Kelly)

NEWARK, N.J. -- The rims are still shaking at the Prudential Center following Seton Hall's 78-69 win over Troy on Thursday.

Why, you ask?

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Seton Hall Pirates guard Khadeen Carrington (0) shoots against the George Washington Colonials during the second half at Charles E. Smith Center. (Brad Mills)
Seton Hall Pirates guard Khadeen Carrington (0) shoots against the George Washington Colonials during the second half at Charles E. Smith Center. (Brad Mills)

When Seton Hall sophomore guard Khadeen Carrington steps on the floor on Saturday at the RAC, the Pirates' Garden State Hardwood Classic match-up with Rutgers will mean a lot in more ways than one. 

The rivalry speaks for itself, but Carrington will see someone familiar on the other side in Rutgers red, his high school teammate and friend Mike Williams. The two played together at Bishop Loughlin High School, and made for quite a duo. 

Carrington is Loughlin's all-time leading scorer with 2,196 career points and capped his career with the 2014 New York Daily News Brooklyn Player of the Year Award in 2014, while Williams was a two-time NYDN First Team All-City honoree during his career. 

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