Big East Men’s Basketball Preview

big east basketball logoBy Richard Kent

1. Villanova: They are so deep at guard that it is scary.  A Final Four team last year.Corey Fisher leads.

2. WVU: Da’Sean Butler may be the best player in the Big East.

3. UConn: Also a Final Four team last year.  They boast the best coach in Jim Calhoun.  Stanley Robinson should have a big year.

4. Louisville: Jerry Smith and Edgar Sosa are great guards.

5. Notre Dame: Luke Harangody is back.  Enough said.

6. Pittsburgh: Dante Taylor is a great frosh.

7. Syracuse: Andy Rautins anchors a great backcourt.

big-east-basketball8. Cincinnati: They return the most of anyone in Conference.

9. Rutgers: Our surprise pick.  Mike Rosario can play.  They have depth for the first time in years.

10. Georgetown: Big man Greg Monroe will be the difference maker.

11. SJU: It all depends on the health of Anthony Mason Jr.

12. Seton Hall: They have so many talented transfers.  Keon Lawrence is the key.  Chemistry will be the problem.

13. Marquette: They lost a lot but return many key reserves from last year.

14. Providence: Keno Davis will have some problems this year with a young team.

15. South Florida: Jarrid Famous is a key transfer.

16. DePaul: Jerry Wainwright will have an entirely new staff in maybe his last season.

KentVeteran sports writer Richard Kent has authored a number of sports books, including Lady Vols and UConn: The Greatest Rivalry, Inside Women’s College Basketball: Anatomy of a Season, and Inside the US Open.  Most recently, Kent released a novel entitled The Racket, which tells the story of a African-American tennis player in Hartford, Connecticut.  In addition to his prodigious writing, Kent is a matrimonial lawyer in Fairfield, Connecticut.


  1. What an awful prognostication. If you’re as bad an attorney as you are basketball analyst, you should be disbarred.

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