NEWARK, N.J. — Getting embarrassed by Syracuse last week angered Seton Hall seniors Jordan Theodore and Herb Pope so much they vowed to make future opponents pay.
West Virginia was the first to feel the wrath, and the Pirates followed Tuesday night with their biggest win under second-year coach Kevin Willard, a stunningly one-sided 75-63 upset of No. 8 Connecticut that ended nearly 11 years of frustration against the Huskies.
"After last week, ever since we got blown out by Syracuse, they punched us square in the mouth and we didn't like it," said Pope, who had 15 points and eight rebounds. "I watched what they did to us over and over for like 48 hours straight and it left a bad taste in my mouth. So I think we all decided that we had to be tough at home."
Theodore scored all 19 of his points in the second half, and the Pirates held Connecticut (12-2, 2-1 Big East) to a season-low 35.1 percent from the field.
Seton Hall beat the Huskies for the first time since March 3, 2001, a span of 11 games.
NO. 2 KENTUCKY 73, ARK.-LITTLE ROCK 51: Freshman Anthony Davis had 22 points and 16 rebounds, and the Wildcats (14-1) overcame a slow start with a 23-1 run at Freedom Hall.
NO. 6 OHIO ST. 71, NEBRASKA 40: Jared Sullinger had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the host Buckeyes (14-2, 2-1 Big Ten), who had little trouble shaking off Saturday's loss at Indiana.
NO. 7 MISSOURI 87, OKLAHOMA 49: Kim English had 23 points and nine rebounds and the host Tigers (14-0) hit 12 of 21 3-pointers in their Big 12 opener.
NO. 10 MICH. ST. 63, NO. 18 WISCONSIN 60, OT: Ryan Evans' apparent tying 3-pointer for the Badgers (12-4, 1-2 Big Ten) was overturned on an officials' replay review, allowing the visiting Spartans (14-2, 3-0) to win their 14th straight game.
NO. 11 LOUISVILLE 73, ST. JOHN'S 58: Russ Smith scored 17, and the visiting Cardinals (13-2, 1-1 Big East) snapped a two-game losing streak in their visit to Madison Square Garden.
FORDHAM 60, NO. 22 HARVARD 54: The host Rams held the Crimson (12-2) to 37 percent shooting in their first win over a ranked team since 1978.
USF 58, CINCINNATI 55: Jasmine Wynne had 16 points, Kaneisha Saunders added 13 and visiting Bulls (9-6) rallied in their Big East opener. USF trailed 36-29 early in the second half before going on a 12-0 run. The Bulls led the rest of the way.
NO. 6 TENN. 90, CHATTANOOGA 47: Ariel Massengale scored a season-high 19 and made all six of her shots to lead the host Volunteers (10-3).
NO. 10 RUTGERS 55, SYRACUSE 44: April Sykes had 14 points and Khadijah Rushdan 13 to lead the host Scarlet Knights (12-2) in their Big East opener.
NO. 14 LOUISVILLE 70, MARQUETTE 53: Shoni Schimmel scored 17 for the host Cardinals (13-2, 2-0 Big East), who finished on a 16-6 run.
NO. 20 DEPAUL 59, NO. 15 G'TOWN 50: The visiting Blue Demons (14-2, 2-0 Big East) won their sixth straight game and snapped an 11-game run by the Hoyas (12-3, 1-1).