Quick Previews: Big East Conference

Our conference quick previews are just quick predictions for the all-conference teams and the conference standings. If you came here looking for a deep analysis on each team, you’ve came to the wrong place. We’re too lazy to do that 🙂

A national championship in the conference’s third season? That’s pretty dang good. Yes, the Big East has been around way longer than three seasons, but winning a national championship just three season after a huge realignment is ginormous for the conference. Since the Catholic Seven broke off to form the new Big East, they’ve established themselves as one of the best leagues in the nation. This year should be no different. Villanova, the defending national champs, return their best player in Josh Hart and March Madness hero Kris Jenkins. They return some key role players as well from last year and are ranked #4 in our Preseason Top 25. The Wildcats are serious contenders to win back to back title. But they aren’t a lock to win the Big East, not if Xavier has any say. Xavier returns a dynamic backcourt in Edmond Sumner, Trevon Bluiett, and Myles Davis, which led them to 28 wins a year ago. Two key big man transfers in Rashid Gaston and Malcolm Bernard are another reason we have the Musketeers at #7 in the nation. While Villanova and Xavier are the favorites, Creighton could contend for the league title as well. The Bluejays return 4 starters, bring in a solid recruiting class and K-State transfer Marcus Foster, who was second team All-Big in 2014-2015. If things go their way, Creighton could shock people and make a push for the league title.

Outside of the three teams we see as real contenders for the conference title, the Big East has some tough teams that will be tough outs in the regular season and in March. We have Seton Hall ranked #23, which is higher than most people have them. But we think with the returns of Khadeen Carrington, Angel Delgado and Desi Rodriguez, the Pirates will surprise people and get a high seed come March. We also really like their recruiting class. Butler is another Big East team that should be dancing. They lost Roosevelt Jones and Kellen Dunham, which is huge, but do return 3 starters, including Kellan Martin. Look for the Bulldogs to be dancing 3 years in a row. Georgetown is a team that could go either way. The Hoyas return 4 starters and should be a bubble team. We have them just missing the tournament. Marquette and Providence both suffered huge losses, but don’t sleep on either of them, as well.

Big East Projected Standings

(Records from 2015-2016 season)

1. Villanova: 35-5 (16-2)

2. Xavier: 28-6 (14-4)

3. Creighton: 20-15 (9-9)

4. Seton Hall: 25-9 (12-6)

5. Butler: 22-11 (10-8)

6. Georgetown: 15-18 (7-11)

7. Providence: 24-11 (10-8)

8. Marquette: 20-13 (8-10)

9. St. John’s: 8-24 (1-17)

10. DePaul: 9-22 (3-15)

First Team All-Big East

(Stats from 2015-2016 season)

Josh Hart, Villanova (15.5 PPG, 6.8 RPG) PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Trevon Bluiett, Xavier (15.1 PPG, 6.1 RPG)

Khadeen Carrington, Seton Hall (14.1 PPG, 3.1 RPG)

Maurice Watson Jr, Creighton (14.1 PPG, 6.5 APG)

Kelan Martin, Butler (15.7 PPG, 6.8 RPG)

NCAA Tournament Bids: Villanova, Xavier, Creighton, Seton Hall, Butler

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