Big East basketball preview: Top players, teams

By Tim Murray  ( 


Last year was a reminder of how challenging it is to navigate an 18-game Big East schedule. Seton Hall, Creighton and Villanova finished 13-5, and Providence was one game back at 12-6. This season the Big East adds another quality team, welcoming back Connecticut. Danny Hurley’s squad has some talent, but the top two teams this season are clearly Villanova and Creighton. Despite the loss of the Big East player of the year, Saddiq Bey, Villanova is primed to make another run at a national championship.

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