Big East preview: Conference comes back to pack

Big East preview: Conference comes back to pack

Published Oct. 8, 2009 2:05 a.m. ET

The Big East will take a hit this year.

Then again, how could it not?

2009-10 preview

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After the league was as dominant as ever a year ago, the Big East lost plenty of its star power and should take a significant step down this season.

Gone are guys like Hasheem Thabeet, Jeff Adrien and A.J. Price from UConn. Jonny Flynn, Paul Harris and Eric Devendorf have left Syracuse and so has the Pittsburgh trio of DeJuan Blair, Sam Young and Levance Fields. Providence has completely turned over, and Marquette graduated its guard trio of Jerel McNeal, Wesley Matthews and Dominic James. Louisville's best player, Terrence Williams, is also history.

There are still quality teams. Villanova, West Virginia, UConn, Louisville and Georgetown are legitimate Sweet 16 contenders, but it'll be interesting to see what other programs step up.


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    Predicted finish

    1. West Virginia

    2. Villanova

    3. UConn

    4. Georgetown

    5. Louisville

    6. Syracuse

    7. Cincinnati

    8. Notre Dame

    9. Pittsburgh

    10. Seton Hall

    11. St. John's

    12. Marquette

    13. Rutgers

    14. South Florida

    15. Providence

    16. DePaul

    All-Conference team

    Small forward: Devin Ebanks, 6-7, 210, Soph., West Virginia

    2008-09 Stats: 10.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg

    Power forward: Greg Monroe, 6-11, 245, Soph., Georgetown

    2008-09 Stats: 12.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.8 spg, 1.5 bpg

    Center: Luke Harangody, 6-8, 240, Sr., Notre Dame

    2008-09 Stats: 23.3 ppg, 11.8 rpg

    Point guard: Kemba Walker, 6-1, 175, Soph., UConn

    2008-09 Stats: 8.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.9 apg

    Shooting guard: Scottie Reynolds, 6-2, 190, Sr., Villanova

    2008-09 Stats: 15.2 ppg, 3.4 apg