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Georgetown ready to leave the Big East next season

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The No. 7 Georgetown Hoyas have won 10 straight en route to the top spot in the Big East standings. Despite all the conference success this season, John Thompson III and his Hoyas are in favor of cutting conference ties and are ready to make the jump with the Catholic 7 for the 2013-2014 season.

“I’ve said from the beginning: the sooner the better,” Thompson said Friday according to the Associated Press. “That’s best for every and all parties in our situation. In other conferences, if you know there’s going to be a change, the sooner the better.”

The Catholic 7 — Georgetown, St. John’s, Seton Hall, DePaul, Villanova, Marquette and Providence — announced its departure in Dec. But on Thursday, the seven expedited the process, stating along with Butler and Xavier would form a new league starting next fall, holding on to the Big East name.

However as the AP reports, next season, may not be the new league’s inaugural season.

But there are logistics to work out in a hurry if that is to happen, many of them having to do with money. The splinter schools want to retain the Big East name and play the conference tournament at Madison Square Garden. Also, seven schools aren’t enough to sustain a major conference, so Butler and Xavier are among the prime candidates to join in.

At this point in the season, there isn’t a much better way Georgetown could exit the original Big East. The Hoyas, in a span of five days, topped a pair of long-standing Big East rivals — Syracuse and UConn — on the road. Georgetown is playing its best basketball at the moment, behind the play of sophomore forward Otto Porter. With Indiana, Duke and Michigan all losing this week, the Hoyas may be looking at a potential one seed in the NCAA tournament.

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

BUBBLE BANTER: Today’s key bubble games

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HERE IS THE FULL SCHEDULE OF BUBBLE GAMES TODAY. THIS POST WILL BE UPDATED THROUGHOUT THE AFTERNOON AND NIGHT.

Florida State at Wake Forest, 12:00 p.m.
George Washington at VCU, 12:00 p.m.
Cincinnati at Memphis, 12:00 p.m.
Temple at UCF, 12:00 p.m.
Saint Joseph’s at Fordhan, 2:00 p.m.
New Mexico at San Diego State, 4:00 p.m.
Pacific at BYU, 4:00 p.m.
No. 25 South Carolina at No. 8 Texas A&M 4:00 p.m.
Clemson at Virginia Tech, 4:00 p.m.
Cal at Stanford, 4:00 p.m.
Valparaiso at UIC, 4:00 p.m.
Butler at St. John’s, 4:30 p.m.
No. 23 Arizona at Washington, 4:30 p.m.
Auburn at Georgia, 5:30 p.m.
Mississippi State at LSU, 6:00 p.m.
Vanderbilt at Ole Miss, 8:00 p.m.
Colorado at Oregon State, 8:30 p.m.
Georgetown at Seton Hall, 9:00 p.m.
Saint Mary’s at San Diego, 9:00 p.m.
Gonzaga at Pepperdine, 12:00 a.m.

Sherrod sets consecutive field goals record as Yale beats Columbia 86-72

Yale forward Brandon Sherrod (35) comes down with an offensive rebound between SMU's Markus Kennedy (5), Nic Moore (11) and Shake Milton (1) diuring the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Brandon Sherrod scored 25 points — and set the Division I single-season record for consecutive field goals made — to help Yale beat Columbia 86-72 Friday and take over sole possession of first place in the Ivy League standings.

Justin Sears added 27 points for the Bulldogs (14-5, 5-0), who have won nine in a row, their longest win streak since closing the 1961-62 regular season with nine-straight wins.

Sherrod made his first five field-goal attempts, extending his streak of consecutive field goals made to 30 and breaking the Division I single-season record of 26 straight previously held by Eastern Michigan’s James Thompson and Bowling Green’s Torian Oglesby.

He hadn’t missed a field goal since January 16th.

Two foul shots by Sherrod sparked a 12-0 run by Yale that made it 72-58 with 3:40 left.

The Bulldogs made 14 of 16 free throws in the final three minutes to seal it.

Maodo Lo had 21 points and a career-high seven steals for Columbia (15-7, 4-1), which had its six-game win streak snapped.