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CincinnatiBearcats Blog@bearcatsblogPittsburgh at SyracuseLouisville at PittsburghConnecticut at SyracuseWhen the elite of the conference face off, those are the games that your eyes are glued to. Ashton GibbsI really want to vote for DJO, but I think that Pittsburgh is going to win the league. Winning the league typically means that your star player is the POY. See Ben HansbroughDarius Johnson-OdomJeremy LambAshton GibbsKyle KuricKris JosephLike many, I expect Lamb to have a breakout season for UConn. I would have had Kevin Jones on the list, but since there was only 1 team, I wanted to give love to the player I have as the dark horse player of the year, Kyle Kuric. Sorry, Kevin. Cool headbands though. Andre DrummondAndre DrummondChane BehananWayne BlackshearOtto PorterSomeone on DePaul. Just because. I picked the people that are highly talked about, because let's face it, those people normally end up on the list at the end of the season. And DePaul will have a freshman who will make the list because he has to be better than some of their players now. Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Louisville, SyracuseCincinnati, Marquette, Villanova, GeorgetownNotre Dame, West Virginia, St John's, RutgersSeton Hall, Providence, DePaul, South FloridaYeah, I didn't pick DePaul last. There seem to be a solid top 4, and a deep middle. I think Rutgers could end up being a surprise team.

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DePaulBlue Demons Nation@bluedemonnationDePaul vs. Minnesota (Old Spice ClassicDePaul vs. MarquetteVillanova @ DePaulMinnesota will be DePaul's first test against a HM program, Marquette is Marquette thus a Rival and Villanova as it is DePaul's first conference home game and the matchup's have been actually competitive over DePaul struggles of recentAshton GibbsExtremely talented and will have the opportunity to shine.Jeremy LambDarius Johnson-OdomTim AbromatitisKris JosephPeyton SivaSeemingly is the standard and safe choices, but would not be surprised if 3 of these guys do not make first time at the end of the yearAndre DrummondWayne BlackshearKhem BirchCharles McKinney (provided he is healthy - otherwise Myles Mack)Chane BehanonMo HarklessMay be a homer pick, but reviews on McKinney was he is going to be one heck of an impact player. However, he has been dealing with some knee issues, which could sideline him.Uconn, Pitt, Cuse, West VirginiaLouisville, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, MarquetteGeorgetown, Villanova, Rutgers, St John'sDePaul, Seton Hall, USF, ProvidenceDePaul will finally get out of the basement.

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GeorgetownHoya Prospectusn/aGeorgetown at SyracuseGeorgetown vs. TBD (Maui, game #3)Pittsburgh at Louisville / Syracuse at ConnecticutThe potential final game of the most celebrated rivalry in the Big East is a lock; how the Hoyas end the Maui Invitational is probably more important than the first game vs. Kansas; Panthers at Cards and Orange at Huskies on the penultimate weekend of the conference schedule feels like it will shake out the conference champ.Jeremy LambI don't think Lamb is going to be the best player in the conference, but I think he's going to put up the best traditional numbers and win the award.Tim AbromaitisDarius Johson-OdomPeyton SivaGus GilchristAndre DrummondOnly actual Big East Players were eligible. There's not a lot of topline returning talent, is there? Yancey Gates, I really wanted to put you here, but you'd have to deliver at some point.Andre DrummondOtto PorterJabarie HindsWhichever of the 9 SJU freshman wings is both eligible and wins the starting spotWayne BlackshearJabril TrawickThis isn't pettiness here; I don't see Christmas nor Birch making much of an immediate impact.
UConn, Louisville, Pitt, Cuse
Cinci, Marquette, Nova, WVUGeorgetown, Notre Dame, Seton Hall, ProvidenceDePaul, Rutgers, So. Florida, St. John's(Each group of four is in no particular order.) The Big East is no place to depend upon freshmen; SHU and Provy get a boost from new, capable coaches.

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GeorgetownCasual Hoya@casualhoyaGeorgetown v. Kansas (Maui)Memphis at GeorgetownGeorgetown at SyracuseHoyas take on Kansas in the Maui Invitational and finishes its OOC with Memphis at home in a game they will probably have to win to impress the Committee come March. Syracuse is the most horrible place on Earth, but if the lawyers have their way it could be the final game in the best rivalry in the Big EastLambda Lambda LambdaTri-Lamb will be the leading scorer on a UConn team that will contend for best in show.Jeremy LambAshton GibbsKris JosephThe kid who flashes the "3-goggles" on MarquetteYancy GatesNot voting for Abromaitis since he's a 6th year senior and that's ridiculous. Hollis Thompson is going to surprise people, but he won't garner 1st team honors since Georgetown will be a bubble team.Otto PorterAndre DrummondKhem BirchRakeem ChristmasBarack ObamaWayne BlackshearDrummond will be the most talked about rookie in the Big East, but Porter may wind up being the most important to his team. UConn, Syracuse, Pitt, and LouisvilleCincy, Marquette, WVU, GeorgetownNotre Dame, Nova, Providence, RutgersSt. John's Seton Hall, USF, DePaul

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MarquetteCracked Sidewalks@crackedsidewlksVanderbilt @ Marquette, Dec. 29: Lost amongst the Big East-SEC Challenge games is the home-and-home MU and Vandy scheduled. It's entirely possible that this could be a top-ten matchup when these teams meet just before the New Year. Last year, Vandy broke Marquette hearts with a late bucket in a 77-76 win, and the rematch may not be getting much press, but should be a great game.Louisville @ Marquette, Jan. 16: The best C-USA transplant rivalry is renewed for a MLK Jr. Day matinee. These teams have a terrific history of unbelievable games, and MU will be looking for revenge for Louisville's stunning 71-70 win after MU had a 17-point lead with 5:44 to play at the Yum! Center.Louisville @ Syracuse, Mar. 3: Tough call between this season-ender and the Pittsburgh trip to Connecticut, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if this decides the regular season title on the final day. Both teams are very deep, talented, and experienced. While UNC and Kentucky should both get #1 seeds, it's not unthinkable that the other two could go to Louisville and Syracuse. A potential season ending top-five matchup.Darius Johnson-OdomPeyton SivaAshton GibbsJeremy LambTim AbromaitisKevin JonesLouisville, Syracuse, Marquette, ConnecticutPittsburgh, Cincinnati, Notre Dame, VillanovaWest Virginia, Georgetown, Rutgers, St. John'sDePaul, Seton Hall, South Florida, ProvidenceI truly think Louisville and Syracuse are the class of the league this year, with Louisville my pick to win the league, but Marquette, Connecticut, and Pittsburgh all have enough to challenge for the league title. Cincinnati could be a dark horse as well. I'm expecting 9-10 NCAA bids, with Georgetown being squarely on the bubble. It's not impossible to think that Rutgers could get in the mix by the end of the year, if they can get a winning record in their mirror games (ND, WVU, SHU). St. John's is too inexperienced and DePaul just not quite good enough yet, but either could earn a trip to the NIT.

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PittsburghCardiac Hill@PittPantherBlogPitt at UConnSyracuse at UConnLouisville at PittPitt/UConn isn't North Carolina/Duke largely because Pitt hasn't had much postseason success, but it's the best rivalry game in the Big East. Syracuse/UConn is a College Gameday contest and may feature the league's top two teams in the conference this season.Ashton GibbsGibbs was lights out in 2010-11, hitting 49% of his three-pointers and averaging just under 17 ppg. He'll also get even more touches this season with the trio of Brad Wanamaker, Gary McGhee, and Gilbert Brown all graduated. Jeremy Lamb is the trendy pick, but Gibbs may be more of a sure thing.Darius Johnson-OdomJeremy LambKevin JonesTim AbromaitisKris JosephI tried to stick to somewhat of a true starting lineup, but also tried to go with my five best players after Gibbs. Chose Kevin Jones just ahead of Maalik Wayns.Andre DrummondOtto PorterDeAndre DanielsChane BehananRakeem ChristmasKhem BirchFreshman lists are always crap shoots...this one ain't any different.UConn, Pitt, Syracuse, LouisvilleMarquette, Villanova, Cincinnati, West VirginiaNotre Dame, Georgetown, St. John's, RutgersSeton Hall, DePaul, Providence, South FloridaAgain...more crap shoot stuff.

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RutgersOn The Banks@Dave_WhiteSt. John's vs. RutgersPitt vs. UConnAfter the way last year's Big East Tournament game ended, I cannot wait for this match-up. Both teams will be young and it won't be the same as last year, but it will be tense. It's the game that will close out the regular season. Who knows? It might even mean something.Jeremy LambAshton GibbsDane MillerTim AbromatisHerb PopeDarius Johnson-OdomYes. I'm being a bit of a homer.Andre DrummondDon't know enough about all the freshman in the league and didn't want to pick all RU and STJ players.UConn, Pitt, Louisville, SyracuseMarquette, Villanova, Cincinnati, Notre DameRutgers, West Virginia, Georegtown, St. John'sProvidence, Seton Hall, South Florida, DePaul

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South FloridaVoodoo Five@SBNVoodooFiveUSF at KansasSyracuse vs. GeorgetownPitt vs. UConnIts not that often that we get to visit a place like the Phog, so I'm excited about the opportunity to play there. And you need to enjoy these two matchups while Pitt and Syracuse are still in the conference.Ashton GibbsAshton and Kemba were the two guys I feared going up against last year, and Walker is goin. So until Augustus Gilchrist averages 30 points per game this year, I'm going with Gibbs.DJOTim AbromaitisJeremy LambKris JosephAndre DrummondYou could put 10 other players in here and I couldn't argue with any of the selections. All of the guys are established players in the Big East except for Drummond, and he might just drop 20 a game this season before heading to the NBA.DrummondKhem BirchOtto PorterWayne BlackshearRakeem ChristmasBlake NashI don't know if JUCOs are allowed in the All-Rookie team but I don't care. Blake Nash is going to be good. Actually anything will be an improvement over Anthony Crater, and it'll be nice to actually have someone guard our point on offense instead of giving them the Rajon Rondo treatment.Pitt, Syracuse, UConn, LouisvilleMarquette, Notre Dame, Villanova, CincinnatiRutgers, West Virginia, Georgetown, St. JohnsUSF, Providence, DePaul, Seton Hall

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St. John'sRumble in the Garden@RumbleSBNDarius Johnson-OdomOh, I know he won't be. But I look at those other players and think, "that guy?" Maalik WaynsAshton GibbsTim AbromaitisDante TaylorDarius Johnson-OdomAndre DrummondOtto PorterD'Angelo HarrisonChane BehananJabarie HindsConnecticut, Syracuse, Louisville, PittsburghMarquette, Notre Dame, Villanova, CincinnatiGeorgetown, Rutgers, West Virginia, St. John'sDePaul, South Florida, Providence, Seton HallTotal guesswork.

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SyracuseOrange 44@BH_Orange44Syracuse at ConnecticutGeorgetown At SyracusePittsburgh at SyracuseCall me a homer, but these games are must see for all Big East Basketball fans. Regardless if this is Syracuse's last season in the league, all of these games will have an impact on the top of the standings. You also have added factors of two huge rivalry games with Syracuse at Connecticut, which is College Gameday, as well as G'town and Syracuse's only meeting this season. Pittsburgh is always a tough team, and that one meeting of these two teams will be in Syracuse.Ashton GibbsWhile Lamb will play well, I just think Gibbs has the edge.GibbsJeremy LambKris JosephKyle KuricKevin JonesI think it's a solid list. I picked Kuric just because I think he, like Lamb, will have a fairly big break out year. Of course I'm picking Kris Joseph. Everyone else will have a good year too.Andre DrummondMichael Carter-WilliamsRakeem ChristmasOtto PorterChane BehananAndre DrummondI'll admit I'm way underqualified to really speak on this list. I know the SU Freshman well, and obviously Drummond has a lot of hype coming in. The others could do well, or not. It's always just a tough league for freshmen.Connecticut, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, VillanovaLouisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, West VirginiaCincinnati, Georgetown, St. John's, Seton HallRutgers, South Florida, Providence, DePaulI can't wait for DePaul to only win one conference game again. Top and bottom 4's are pretty set. It's the middle 8 that will be tough to call this year. West Virginia could have swapped with Cincinnati. St. John's and Georgetown are probably going to be on the second page of the standings. Marquette will be the unexpected overachiever. I look forward to maybe the last ever year of a great Basketball league.

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VillanovaThe Nova Blog@SBNTheNovaBlogVillanova at PittSyracuse at UConnGeorgetown at SyracuseAll good rivalries, with a GameDay event ('Cuse-UConn) thrown into the mix. One of the last Syracuse-G'Town rivalry games we'll see as part of the Big East. I'm sure CS and Nunes will go all out.Jeremy LambAfter what he did last year as a freshman, the hype is going to be huge, but he's got the style of game to succeed at this level. He's always putting himself in good spots to be effective. Can he do it without Kemba, though?Maalik WaynsJeremy LambAshton GibbsKris JosephKevin JonesI'm not going with the traditional 2 guards, 2 forwards, 1 center look. The Big East typically goes with the 5-6 best players. That's what I think this will look like at the end of the year.Andre DrummondRyan BoatwrightWayne BlackshearJabarie HindsChane BehananAndre DrummondIf Drummond doesn't win ROY I just don't know what to think anymore.UConn, Syracuse, Louisville, PittsburghVillanova, Marquette, Cincinnati, Notre DameGeorgetown, West Virginia, St. John's, Seton HallRutgers, South Florida, Providence, DePaulWe're not throwing 11 teams in the dance again this year, but I wouldn't be shocked to see 9, depending on how the Big East Tournament shakes out.

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VillanovaVUhoops@Brian_EwartSyracuse at ConnecticutGeorgetown At SyracusePittsburgh at UConnYou really want me to make this call before the season? Sure thing. All-chalk then! Except for Georgetown at Syracuse, because I think the fan-reaction to their forced rivalry-divorce could be very interesting.Andre DrummondWhat? We weren't supposed to pick a freshman? Oops. Drummond is already getting buzz as a possible #1 overall NBA draft pick. There is no scenario where I don't envision that kind of talent being a factor in the Big East. If I had to pick an established guy, I'd take Jeremy Lamb or maybe DJO. Ashton GibbsDarius Johnson-OdomJeremy LambKris JosephMouph YarouI expect everyone to give me crap for picking Yarou, but I already chose Drummond as my POY, and I do think Mouph will take another step forward in his development this year. He looked like he figured a few things out in Europe.Andre DrummondDrummond is the only rookie I care to make a prediction for.Connecticut, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, LouisvilleVillanova, Marquette, Notre Dame, West VirginiaCincinnati, Georgetown, Rutgers, Seton HallSt. John's, Providence, DePaul, South FloridaI went a little optimistic on Villanova, because I do think they have the ability to put something together this season. I went a bit pessimistic on St. John's because they lost a LOT of players and they also had thome academic issues with getting three of the freshmen cleared. I also think DePaul could sneak out of the basement a bit this season. Maybe.

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VillanovaVBTN@vbtnBlogLouisville at Pittsburgh/Pittsburgh at Louisville; one at the beginning of the season, the return engagement at the end. Both should be good.Pittsburgh at SyracuseSyracuse at ConnecticutShould be a vintage year for the out of conference traditional rivalry games (Ville-UK, X-Nati, Nova-Temple Marquette-Wisci), as the competitors should be ranked or "mentioned" in the polls going into the games. Any of those 4 would make the list. So many good conference games...the three I picked are arbitrary.Ashton GibbsA solid talent who has improved each season. He will have the Panthers in the hunt for the Big East title, and set for a deep post season run.Peyton SivaDarius Johnson-OdomJeremy LambTim AbromaitisYancy GatesQuality players, all upper classmen whose teams will be in the hunt all season.Andre DrummondMiles MackMichael Carter-WilliamsOtto PorterChan BehananAndre DrummondLargely a preseason "name" list. Past experience tells me that rookies who fill specific voids on the squad get the numbers necessary to emerge as legitimate candidates for post season honors. A longer comment on this in email.Connecticut, Louisville, Pittsburgh, SyracuseCincinnati, Marquette, Notre Dame, West VirginiaGeorgetown, Seton Hall, Saint John's VillanovaDePaul, Providence, Rutgers, South FloridaNo matter how it goes, this will be a very sad season for Big East hoops. The end of an era. The end of a conference?

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West VirginiaThe Smoking Musket@CountryRoadsWVUConn at LouisvilleGeorgetown at SyracusePitt at WVUI went with all Big East conference games because conference games are the ones that really matter in basketball, especially in the Big East where teams don't need to beef up on nonconference opponents to earn a high ranking. The UConn-Louisville game should be a battle of top-10 teams and the Yum! Center is always a tough place to play, so I'm interested to see how the defending champs fare in that hostile environment. The other two games I picked in part because of the exit of Syracuse and Pitt to the ACC. The Big East's best basketball rivalry will be played perhaps for the last time as a conference game and in the Carrier Dome no less. I think most BE fans will be rooting for the Hoyas in that one. I followed similar logic in picking the Backyard Brawl, but at WVU where the home crowd will likely give the Panthers a fitting sendoff to the ACC.Jeremy LambLots of people are picking Ashton Gibbs, but I can't bring myself to pick a Pitt player, so I'm going with Jeremy Lamb, who should step into the spotlight with Kemba Walker gone.Jeremy LambAshton GibbsKris JosephDarius Johnson-OdomKevin JonesLamb and Gibbs are clearly the best guards going into the season, and will likely compete for POY honors. Joseph has killed WVU every time he's faced them, and Johnson-Odom has Marquette poised for a big year. I'm going with Kevin Jones partly as a homer pick but partly because I think he will earn his spot this year. He's not flashy, but he is a fantastic rebounder and a very good defender, and will have to step up his scoring with the heavy losses WVU faces this year as they break in a bevy of new freshmen. Jabarie HindsJabarie HindsAndre DrummondPick one (or maybe two) from St. John's ridiculous freshman class.Khem BirchWayne BlackshearThis was pretty hard for me, as I don't follow basketball recruiting nearly as closely as I follow football recruiting. Drummond and Blackshear are too talented not to make an impact. Hinds will have all kinds of opportunity and will simply have to play well if WVU is going to compete...I think he gets the job done. Birch will step right in and fill the defensive stopper role at Pitt...they just seem to keep rolling those guys out year after year. And at St. Johns it's just a matter of who adjusts quickest, so I can't pick just one.Pitt, Syracuse, Louisville, UConnMarquette, West Virginia, Georgetown, VillanovaCincinnati, Notre Dame, St. Johns, ProvidenceRutgers, South Florida, DePaul, Seton HallI probably have WVU too high and Cincinnati too low, but that's probably me being a homer. Trust me, I'm trying to be objective here. It's so hard to figure out how the league will shake out because it never happens like we think and there are just so many good teams and unbalanced schedules, it makes predictions really hard. But hey, that's why we're here, right? If it was easy everyone would make preseason picks. Oh wait...