Big East Basketball: High-Low Preview

    
October 9th, 2009

Everybody loves a prediction. People that claim to hate sports predictions are just jealous that no one cares what they have to say or that their predictions are never right. But sometimes when making predictions, certain teams or groups of teams are truly to close to call. On CHN or in preview mags, we do our best to slot teams into specific spots, but sometimes you just want to say honestly, teams A, B, and C are virtually the same and luck will determine how they finish. You can't say that in a Top 144 ranking, but I'm saying it here in a series of High-Low predictions. Instead of plugging teams into specific spots, I'll give a range for each team's finish and a few reasons why.

 

(How about the high production values with that picture?..)

 

BIG EAST HIGH-LOW

The amount of big-name players who left in the off-season is pretty astonishing, but don't expect the usual elites to simply fall off the table.

* my projected finish in yellow

 

 

 

 

 

CINCINNATI

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The Bearcats should return to the tourney for the first time since 2005 thanks to a young roster that is extremely deep & versatile.

 

UCONN

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The Huskies losses are impressive, but a core of Dyson, Robinson, and Walker isn't half-bad. UCONN's freshman class is solid, but there are some hit/miss players in there.

 

DEPAUL

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DePaul can't be worse then last year and has a chance of escaping the cellar if a little luck goes their way.

 

GEORGETOWN

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Departures at UCONN, Louisville, Pitt and Syracuse should allow the Hoyas to bounce back after underachieving in a big way last year.

 

LOUISVILLE

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Lose their big two, but Rick Pitino doesn't coach bad teams. Samuels needs to bring is A game every night.

 

MARQUETTE

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Decimated by graduation, Marquette got more bad news when Junior Cadougan got injured. Still, there's enough pieces to at least win 6 or so league games.

 

NOTRE DAME

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Harangody & Jackson are good, transfer Hansbrough is solid, and then you have?.. Expect the Irish to hover around .500 in league play.

 

PITTSBURGH

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Another team decimated by player departures, Pitt will be able to piece together a solid starting 5 and hope that defense and tempo keep them competitive against the top teams.

 

PROVIDENCE

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The Friars turn over an entire roster, but at least the ball is in solid hands with Sharaud Curry back. If the new bigs don't pan out, things could get ugly however.

 

RUTGERS

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Perpetually on the verge of being good, Rutgers will be hard-pressed to win even 6 league games. 4 is a good +/- number.

 

SETON HALL

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Seton Hall returns 3 players who averaged 12+ ppg, and welcome two more transfers who could do the same.

 

SOUTH FLORIDA

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The Bulls should have their best team since joining the Big East (which admittedly isn't saying much).

 

ST. JOHN'S

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St. John's returns everybody from a squad that was at least half-decent last year. Finishing in the upper-half of the league will be too much to ask however.

 

SYRACUSE

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The Cuse have a good front-court and a capable SG in Andy Rautins, but the PG position is the most important position in college basketball and the team's weakest link.

 

VILLANOVA

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Villanova is loaded in the backcourt and on the wings, but the loss of Dante Cunningham should not be underestimated up front.

 

WEST VIRGINIA

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Bob Huggins has a potential Big East title winner at his hands despite the graduation of sharp-shooting Alex Ruoff.

 

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