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2007-2008 Big East Preview

by Andrew Force | November 14th, 2007

Back to business across the nation’s first quadrant…

The burly men of the Big East clambered onto the court before any snow hit the ground to do what they do best.

The question that always leaps to the fore this time of year is…who will do what they do better than the rest?

The success of this conference has been hard to match over the last few years. In the 21st century, four of the winniningest programs are from the new Big East.

Domination is not an exclusive trait to any single team, though. None fewer than eleven different conference teams have held a Top 10 ranking in the AP Poll since 2000. Eleven. Since 2002, only once has the Big East missed the Final Four.

The conference has an excellent batch of newcomers. Every off-season the dramatically vacated talent is replenished with young blood. This season is no exception. Syracuse has a small army of newcomers. Georgetown can form a fine backcourt with simply freshmen. As expected, Cincinnati is retooling fast under its second-year coach.

New Year’s Day drops the ball on the Big East campaign with Cincinnati crossing the Ohio River to challenge the conference favorite Cardinals. In the next two months, lively, spirited basketball games will sort out a regular season champion. The best results will accompany the coach that merges youth with experience.

Should be a fun ride.

Predicted order of finish:

Louisville
Georgetown
Marquette
Villanova
Syracuse
Connecticut
Notre Dame
Pittsburgh
West Virginia
Providence
Rutgers
DePaul
Seton Hall
Cincinnati
St. John’s
South Florida

–Andrew Force

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  1. Pitt is 8th? Says:

    Are you kidding me? Notre Dame and UConn ahead of Pitt?

    Nice job!

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  2. David Mihm Says:

    Marc,

    Pitt lost Aaron Gray, Antonio Graves, and Levon Kendall; almost 40% of their scoring from last year. I’m not sure they’re going to be able to make that up all in one year, though I did project them ahead of UConn, and the last team to make the NCAA Tournament from the Big East, in my own projections last week.

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