The battle to get onto the Big East’s top player list is about as fierce as the battle for this year's conference title. The Big East is truly a beast this season, and it has the players to prove it.
BIG EAST FIVE-YEAR STANDINGS
This ranking tries to answer a simple question: Who has been the best team in the Big East over the last five years?
Unlike the NBA, where most starting lineups are set in stone weeks before the season, NCAA starting fives are highly unsettled and constantly in flux.
In this the tenth year of the Bowl Championship Series, you have to think back to where the Big East was five years ago to appreciate its growth. The spring of 2003 should have been a happy time for the conference due to its success on the basketball court, but the departure of Miami and Virginia Tech (with Boston College to follow a year later) was thought to be the kiss of death. After some growing pains, a funny thing happened: the Big East could play some football.
In recent weeks, the Rise & Fall series has chronicled the progress (or regress) of college basketball's major conference teams. But if I equated each team to a civilization, I was mistaken. It is really the NCAA conference that equates to a burgeoning civilization or nation, each with its sometimes stable and sometimes rotating member states. Like civilizations, the prestige and power of conferences wax and wane..
Like civilizations, all great basketball programs eventually fall.. replaced by an upstart newcomer. In this week's Rise & Fall series, we'll take a look at which BCS programs are rising, falling, or merely treading water. Up today, the: