Big East Tournament 2012: Team-By-Team Previews

The Big East Tournament begins Tuesday, and SB Nation New York is prepping you with a preview of all the 16 teams.

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Big East Tournament 2012: Syracuse Basketball Preview

The Big East Conference Tournament 2012 tips off Tuesday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, and this SB Nation New York StoryStream is the place to come for every tidbit of information. For a full schedule with results and updates of the bracket, click here.

The Syracuse Orange men's basketball program enter the Big East Tournament as the No. 1-overall seed and the favorite to earn their first title at Madison Square Garden since 2006.

Led by a strong core of hungry veterans -- senior forward Kris Joseph, a Big East First-Team selection, and senior guard Scoop Jardine, a second-team selection -- and possibly the deepest and talented bench in the country, the Orange (30-1, 17-1) will want to showcase its ability at the "World Most Famous Arena".

Head Coach: Jim Boeheim, 36th season

You will never get Boeheim to admit this, but this has been the most successful, yet, stressful and emotionally-draining regular season ever.

Dealing with a early-season scandal surrounding his program, Boeheim somehow manged to block it all out and focus on basketball. Now, with the postseason here, Boeheim is focused on his second National Championship.

Team MVP: Fab Melo, sophomore center

Despite not being named to any of the All-Big East Conference teams, the Big East's Defensive Player of the Year is easily the most important part of this national-title contending team. This opinion is easily supported by his brief absence in late January when the Orange lost its only game of the season to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and looked average in victories over the Cincinnati Bearcats and West Virginia Mountaineers.

Now, Melo is back and the Syracuse defensive, which features the patented Boeheim 2-3 zone, is maybe the best in the nation.

Playing For: NCAA Tournament's No. 1-overall seed

After finishing the regular season with almost a flawless record, Syracuse is a lock for the No. 2-overall seed not matter what happens in the Big East Tournament. However, when it comes to March a program will take whatever help it can get, and if the Orange can earn the tournament crown and a No. 1-overall seed it wouldn't be a bad thing.

Breakdown: All eyes are going to be on Jardine (will he make a critical mistake?), Joseph (will he fold under pressure?), Melo (will he get in foul trouble?) and sophomore guard Dion Waiters (is he ready to perform under one of the worlds brightest spotlights?), but it will be the play of junior guard Brandon Triche, sophomore forward C.J. Fair and junior forward James Southerland that will be the key factors for SU.

Yes, the Orange basically have their eyes on the Final Four, so there could be a let down. Add that only two No. 1 seeds have won the tournament championship since '05, and Syracuse doesn't have this thing locked up.

However, they've proved that they match up well with basically every team in the 16-team field. Syracuse is a solid bet to win it all.

Big East Tournament Seed: No. 1, will play Thursday (noon ET) against either: No. 8 West Virginia Mountaineers, No. 9 Connecticut Huskies and No. 16 DePaul Blue Demons.

Rosters and stats:


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Kris Joseph 31 31.4 4.8 11.0 43.8 1.5 4.2 36.6 2.9 3.9 75.2 1.6 3.4 5.0 1.7 1.3 1.4 0.6 1.6 14.1
Dion Waiters 31 23.7 4.5 9.5 47.1 1.0 2.9 33.0 2.0 3.0 68.5 0.5 1.8 2.4 2.6 1.4 1.9 0.4 1.7 11.9
Brandon Triche 31 22.2 3.2 7.7 42.0 1.2 3.4 36.5 1.7 2.0 84.1 0.9 1.5 2.4 2.7 1.3 1.1 0.1 1.3 9.4
C.J. Fair 31 27.2 3.4 7.1 47.7 0.2 0.7 28.6 2.1 2.8 74.7 2.0 3.5 5.5 1.0 0.8 1.1 0.6 1.4 9.1
Scoop Jardine 31 24.4 3.4 7.1 47.7 0.9 2.6 34.1 0.9 1.8 49.1 0.5 1.8 2.3 4.9 2.2 1.5 0.1 0.8 8.6
Fabricio Melo 28 24.9 3.2 5.6 57.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.3 1.9 66.7 2.5 3.2 5.8 0.6 1.5 0.5 3.1 2.9 7.7
James Southerland 31 15.2 2.5 5.6 45.7 0.9 2.9 31.1 0.6 0.8 69.2 0.9 1.9 2.9 0.4 0.4 0.9 0.8 1.2 6.6
Michael Carter-Williams 24 10.9 1.0 2.4 43.9 0.3 0.7 41.2 0.5 1.0 56.5 0.4 1.2 1.5 2.1 0.7 0.8 0.3 0.9 2.9
Mookie Jones 7 5.4 0.9 3.1 27.3 0.7 2.4 29.4 0.4 0.7 60.0 0.1 0.4 0.6 0.4 0.1 0.7 0.0 0.1 2.9
Rakeem Christmas 31 10.6 1.0 1.9 55.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.8 61.5 1.0 1.6 2.6 0.2 0.6 0.3 0.7 1.6 2.6
Baye Moussa Keita 30 12.0 0.9 1.2 75.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.7 68.2 1.0 1.4 2.3 0.1 0.3 0.2 0.9 1.8 2.3
Matt Tomaszewski 10 1.9 0.5 0.9 55.6 0.4 0.7 57.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.3 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.3 1.4
Albert Nassar 2 1.0 0.5 0.5 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
Brandon Reese 13 1.5 0.1 0.6 12.5 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.4 0.5 71.4 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.5
Griffin Hoffmann 9 0.9 0.1 0.3 33.3 0.1 0.3 33.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.3
Matt Lyde-Cajuste 9 1.1 0.1 0.1 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.4 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2
Nick Resavy 11 1.4 0.1 0.4 25.0 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.4 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.2
Russ DeRemer 3 1.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0
Nolan Hart 2 1.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

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Big East Tournament 2012: Marquette Basketball Preview

The Big East Conference Tournament 2012 tips off Tuesday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, and this SB Nation New York StoryStream is the place to come for every tidbit of information. For a full schedule with results and updates of the bracket, click here.

The men's basketball program playing the best basketball heading into the Big East Tournament is probably the Marquette Golden Eagles, who polished of their regular season by winning 13 of their last 15 games.

Marquette (25-6, 14-4 Big East) earned the No. 2 seed and with just two victories could avenge a loss to the No. 1-seeded Syracuse Orange in the championship game, March 10.

Head Coach: Buzz Williams, fourth season

Ever since Williams was named the head coach after Tom Crean left for Indiana, Marquette has been a staple of excellence in the Big East and the NCAA Tournament. For the fourth straight season, the Golden Eagles will make March's big dance, however, this time with probably its best team since Dwyane Wade was still balling in 2003.

Team MVP: Jae Crowder, senior forward

The former JUCO transfer showed potential from the time he arrived at Marquette, and now its seems his skill-set is reaching its peak at the right time. For the past month, Crowder, named a All-Big East First Team selection Sunday, has been outstanding for the Golden Eagles and the results may lead to a Big East Player of the Year honor.

Playing For: NCAA Tournament seeding

The Golden Eagles will more than likely end up being a No. 3 seed come March Madness, however, a Big East Tournament crown could move them up a notch.

Breakdown: By now, almost everyone knows about the dynamic duo of seniors Crowder and guard Darius Johnson-Odom, who can basically do anything they want on the hardwood.

However, what makes this team really good is the sneaky play of sophomore forward Davante Gardner, the leadership of junior guard Junior Cadougan and flashiness of freshman guard Todd Mayo.

This squad is good and ready to rock-and-roll for a big run in March.

Big East Tournament Seed: No. 2, will played Thursday (7 p.m. ET) against either: No. 7 Louisville Cardinals, No. 10 Seton Hall Pirates or No. 15 Providence Friars.

Roster and stats:


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Darius Johnson-Odom 30 32.3 6.1 13.6 45.1 2.3 5.7 40.1 3.7 4.9 76.7 0.7 2.7 3.4 2.8 2.3 1.0 0.1 2.0 18.3
Jae Crowder 31 32.8 6.2 12.1 51.2 1.8 5.0 36.1 3.5 4.6 74.3 1.8 6.2 7.9 2.1 1.3 2.4 1.0 2.6 17.6
Davante Gardner 23 19.6 3.4 5.9 57.8 0.0 0.1 0.0 3.0 4.0 74.7 2.7 2.9 5.5 0.7 1.3 0.8 0.2 2.6 9.7
Vander Blue 31 25.9 2.9 6.9 42.5 0.3 1.0 26.7 2.5 3.7 69.3 1.7 2.7 4.4 2.9 2.1 1.2 0.2 1.6 8.7
Todd Mayo 31 20.6 2.5 6.2 41.4 0.8 2.7 30.1 1.9 2.4 78.7 0.9 1.7 2.5 1.2 1.5 0.5 0.1 2.1 7.8
Jamil Wilson 30 23.7 2.8 6.2 45.2 0.3 0.9 34.6 1.2 1.7 74.0 1.6 2.3 3.9 1.2 1.0 0.8 1.2 2.8 7.1
Junior Cadougan 30 28.5 2.1 5.4 39.5 0.3 1.1 24.2 1.9 2.7 70.0 0.4 1.7 2.1 5.5 2.5 1.1 0.2 2.0 6.4
Chris Otule 8 17.8 1.9 3.1 60.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.3 2.4 52.6 1.6 2.8 4.4 0.1 1.6 0.9 1.6 2.4 5.0
Jamail Jones 26 8.9 0.8 2.2 35.7 0.2 0.9 20.8 0.0 0.2 20.0 0.2 1.2 1.4 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.0 0.6 1.8
Juan Anderson 21 4.9 0.2 0.6 41.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.4 66.7 0.3 0.6 1.0 0.2 0.4 0.2 0.0 0.3 0.8
Derrick Wilson 29 9.8 0.2 0.5 40.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.3 0.6 47.1 0.4 0.8 1.2 0.8 0.3 0.7 0.0 1.7 0.7

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Big East Conference 2012: Notre Dame Basketball Preview

The Big East Conference Tournament 2012 tips off Tuesday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, and this SB Nation New York StoryStream is the place to come for every tidbit of information. For a full schedule with results and updates of the bracket, click here.

Not much, if anything, was expected from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish entering the 2011-12 men's basketball season. The exceptions fell even further when the Irish lost senior forward Tim Abromaitis for the season.

However, just like in years past Notre Dame and its head coach Mike Brey found a way to make it work and somehow finished the regular season with the third-best record in the conference.

Head Coach: Mike Brey, 12th season

Many say Brey should easily win his second straight Big East's Coach of the Year award, and the opinion is extremely valid. What Brey has done with a team of "no-name players" is very impressive, however, now its time for him to do something he's never done. Win a Big East Tournament championship.

Team MVP: Jerani Grant, freshman guard

When Abromaitis went down with a season-ending injury it was Grant who stepped up his game and became the clear-cut go-to guy for Notre Dame. Grant finished the regular season as the Irish's second-best scorer (12.4 points per game) and best passer (4.9 assists per game), which was good enough to earn him a spot on the All-Big East Rookie Team.

Playing For: NCAA Tournament seeding

The spectacular regular season has allowed the Irish to not worry about their NCAA Tournament at-large berth because its going to come. But, Notre Dame could go from a possible No. 3-4 seed to possibly a No. 2 with a Big East Tournament crown.

Breakdown: Notre Dame proved that it can beat anybody, even the NCAA's elite, when it downed the (then) No. 1-ranked Syracuse Orange, 67-58, on Jan. 21.

In the contest, the Irish out hustled, shot and played the Orange, who's only regular-season blemish came at South Bend.

Notre Dame may not be the most athletic or talented squad at Madison Square Garden, but there's no doubting Grant, sophomore guard Eric Atkins and junior forward Jack Cooley will give their best effort anytime they take center stage on the "World's Most Famous Arena".

Big East Tournament Seed: No. 3, will play Thursday against either: No. 6 South Florida Bulls, No. 14 Villanova Wildcats or No. 11 Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

Roster and stats:


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Tim Abromaitis 2 38.0 5.0 15.0 33.3 0.0 5.5 0.0 4.0 4.5 88.9 1.0 6.0 7.0 2.5 3.0 0.5 0.0 3.5 14.0
Jack Cooley 30 28.4 4.7 7.6 62.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.1 4.4 70.7 4.0 5.2 9.2 0.7 1.4 0.6 1.6 2.7 12.5
Jerian Grant 31 35.7 3.7 9.5 39.0 1.6 4.6 35.4 3.4 4.2 81.5 0.5 2.3 2.9 4.9 1.7 1.2 0.2 1.7 12.5
Eric Atkins 29 38.1 4.0 9.9 40.1 1.4 3.8 36.9 3.1 4.3 72.6 0.7 2.5 3.2 4.1 2.1 1.3 0.0 1.7 12.4
Scott Martin 30 34.2 3.6 9.0 40.1 0.9 3.5 25.0 1.4 2.0 71.2 0.8 4.7 5.5 1.7 1.5 0.9 0.4 2.6 9.5
Alex Dragicevich 31 21.4 2.3 5.7 39.3 1.2 3.6 33.9 1.2 1.7 73.1 0.3 1.6 1.9 1.2 0.9 0.2 0.3 1.1 7.0
Pat Connaughton 31 23.3 2.5 5.9 41.8 1.2 3.5 34.9 0.7 1.0 74.2 0.9 3.6 4.5 0.9 0.7 0.5 0.2 1.4 6.9
Joey Brooks 29 11.7 1.1 2.7 40.5 0.2 0.6 43.8 1.0 1.7 58.0 0.6 1.5 2.0 0.7 0.7 0.1 0.1 1.2 3.4
Tom Knight 27 8.8 1.1 2.4 48.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.9 60.9 0.7 0.8 1.5 0.4 0.6 0.3 0.6 1.2 2.8
Mike Broghammer 23 5.5 0.8 1.3 63.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.7 20.0 0.7 0.8 1.5 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.4 1.0 1.8
Patrick Crowley 13 1.3 0.2 0.8 18.2 0.1 0.3 25.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.4

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Big East Tournament 2012: Cincinnati Basketball Preview

The Big East Conference Tournament 2012 tips off Tuesday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, and this SB Nation New York StoryStream is the place to come for every tidbit of information. For a full schedule with results and updates of the bracket, click here.

The Cincinnati Bearcats began their season with hopes of back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, as they had three solid players -- senior forward Yancy Gates, senior guard Dion Dixon and junior guard Cashmere Wright -- returning to their roster.

The Bearcats completed their non-conference schedule 10-3, including a well publicized loss to the Xavier Musketeers, Dec. 10. Cincinnati started league play with victories over the Pittsburgh Panthers and Notre Dame Fighting Irish and before one knew it, the Bearcats were 5-1 in Big East play.

However, a three-game skid from Jan. 21-28 put a NCAA at-large berth in jeopardy, but late-season victories over the Louisville Cardinals, 60-56, Feb. 23, and Marquette Golden Eagles, 72-61, Feb. 29, about cemented a trip into the madness that is March and helped them earn a double-bye in the Big East Tournament.

Head Coach: Mike Cronin, sixth year

Six seasons ago, Cronin left Murray State for Cincinnati and his time as the Bearcats' headman has been an up-and-down one.

Last season, Cronin earned his first trip to the NCAAs as Cincy's head coach and it seems that he's getting back there again this season. Critics said he handled the brawl with Xavier, Dec. 10, well and because of that the Bearcats are a possible threat come March.

Team MVP: Dion Dixon, senior guard

Gates is easily the team's most talented player, however, there's no debating how much Dixon's leadership means to this squad. Only five times this season Dixon has been held to a single-digit point total, and in those games the Bearcats are 1-4.

Playing For: Securing NCAA Tournament at-large bid.

If everything goes right for Cincinnati, it could earn its first ever Big East Tournament crown. However, most Bearcat fans are hoping their team can just win their first game, so they don't need to worry come Selection Sunday.

Breakdown: This team is talented and physical enough to give favored opponents fits, however, sometimes inconsistent play gets in its way from being really successful.

If Dixon and Gates are on their games and Wright and sophomore guard Sean Kilpatrick are bombing from behind the 3-point arc, this is a very tough team to beat. However, when this squad goes cold its an easy opponents to beat.

Big East Tournament Seed: No. 4, will play Wednesday (2 p.m. ET) against either: No. 5 Georgetown Hoyas, No. 12 Rutgers Scarlet Knights or No. 13 Pittsburgh Panthers.

Roster and stats:


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Sean Kilpatrick 31 34.0 5.1 12.1 42.4 2.5 6.7 36.4 1.9 2.5 73.4 1.6 3.2 4.8 2.0 1.5 1.2 0.3 1.3 14.6
Dion Dixon 31 33.9 4.4 11.7 37.5 1.4 5.0 28.2 3.3 4.6 71.8 1.9 1.5 3.4 2.2 1.8 1.6 0.5 1.1 13.5
Yancy Gates 25 31.3 4.9 10.4 47.1 0.1 0.1 66.7 1.9 3.3 57.8 3.4 6.0 9.4 0.8 1.1 0.6 1.0 2.6 11.8
Cashmere Wright 31 30.8 3.9 9.7 40.3 1.7 4.5 37.9 1.2 1.8 66.1 0.8 2.9 3.7 4.5 2.1 2.0 0.1 2.0 10.7
JaQuon Parker 24 24.7 3.2 7.4 42.7 1.0 2.3 42.6 1.9 2.7 71.9 1.7 3.3 5.0 1.1 0.9 0.5 0.1 1.7 9.2
Justin Jackson 31 21.5 2.2 4.2 52.3 0.0 0.2 0.0 1.0 1.8 54.5 1.9 2.4 4.4 1.1 1.4 1.0 1.5 3.1 5.4
Ge`Lawn Guyn 27 10.8 1.0 2.4 40.9 0.3 1.1 29.0 0.3 0.5 64.3 0.1 0.7 0.9 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.0 1.2 2.7
Jeremiah Davis III 26 8.1 1.0 2.5 39.4 0.5 1.2 38.7 0.2 0.3 44.4 0.2 0.8 1.0 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.0 0.8 2.6
Octavius Ellis 3 8.3 0.7 1.7 40.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.3 75.0 0.3 1.3 1.7 0.3 1.0 0.7 0.7 0.3 2.3
Cheikh Mbodj 22 10.8 0.9 2.3 38.0 0.0 0.0 100.0 0.3 0.8 38.9 1.1 1.3 2.4 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.9 2.0 2.1
Jermaine Sanders 25 8.8 0.6 1.5 36.8 0.3 0.7 38.9 0.4 0.7 50.0 0.4 0.8 1.2 0.5 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.4 1.8
Kelvin Gaines 17 8.5 0.4 0.9 40.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.4 33.3 0.6 1.6 2.2 0.1 0.5 0.3 1.4 1.6 0.8
Alex Eppensteiner 8 2.1 0.3 0.5 50.0 0.1 0.3 50.0 0.1 0.3 50.0 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.8

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Big East Tournament 2012: Georgetown Basketball Preview

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Picked to finish in 10th place in the Big East Conference preseason polls, the Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball program has surpassed all expectations this season.

But if you look at their star players, senior guard Jason Clark and junior forward Hillis Thompson, and head coach, John Thompson III, it shouldn't be a huge surprise that the Hoyas (22-7, 12-6) are now one of the favorites to win the Big East Tournament crown.

Head Coach: John Thompson III, eighth season

Thompson will be at the helm in Georgetown for a long, long time. He led the Hoyas to the Final Four in 2007, but the team is only 1-3 in the NCAA Tournament since then.

Team MVP: Hollis Thompson, junior forward

The Hoyas do-it-all man is Hollis Thompson, the 6-8 junior forward. He’s averaging career highs in points (13.0) and rebounds (5.6) per game, and is one of the league’s most consistent 3-point shooters.

Playing For: Seeding in the NCAA Tournament

If Georgetown were to run the table, they could perhaps move up to the 2-line. If they don’t they are likely to be anywhere in the 3-5 range.

Breakdown: As with most of John Thompson III’s teams, it’s a team-effort for the Hoyas. The scoring, rebounding and minutes are spread out, and there really isn’t a go-to guy (which can either be viewed as a good or bad thing). Senior Jason Clark has gotten better every year, and led the team with 14.3 ppg this season.

Not much was expected from the Hoyas this season, but a few big early season wins over the likes of Memphis, Alabama and Louisville got heads turning and upped the confidence in D.C. Georgetown finished 22-7 (12-6 in conference play) and notably gave rival Syracuse a real run for its money at the Carrier Dome back on Feb. 8 in an overtime loss. They’re won’t wow anyone, but can easily find themselves in the Big East Final if the matchups fall right.

Big East Tournament Seed:
No. 5, will play Tuesday's winner of No. 13 Pittsburgh Panthers and No. 12 St. John's Red Storm.

Rosters and stats:


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Jason Clark 29 32.2 4.9 10.3 47.8 1.5 4.6 32.8 3.0 4.0 73.5 0.9 3.2 4.2 1.8 2.3 1.7 0.3 2.0 14.3
Hollis Thompson 29 30.6 4.8 10.0 47.8 1.9 4.1 45.8 1.6 2.4 65.2 1.4 4.2 5.6 1.5 1.6 0.8 0.3 2.2 13.0
Henry Sims 29 26.8 3.7 8.3 44.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.7 5.1 72.1 1.8 3.8 5.6 3.4 2.8 0.7 1.4 2.7 11.1
Otto Porter 29 28.4 3.5 6.9 51.0 0.3 1.5 18.6 1.7 2.4 70.4 2.0 4.8 6.8 1.6 1.1 1.1 0.8 1.9 9.0
Markel Starks 27 24.7 2.7 6.0 45.1 1.3 3.4 37.0 0.8 1.1 75.9 0.3 1.3 1.6 1.6 1.5 0.5 0.1 1.9 7.5
Greg Whittington 29 19.2 1.4 3.8 36.7 0.6 1.7 33.3 0.7 1.1 60.6 1.1 1.7 2.8 0.9 1.1 0.6 0.4 2.3 4.0
Nate Lubick 29 19.1 1.5 2.9 52.4 0.1 0.3 33.3 0.7 1.5 44.2 1.4 2.7 4.0 2.1 0.9 0.3 0.5 2.0 3.8
Jabril Trawick 29 12.6 1.0 2.4 39.4 0.2 0.8 21.7 1.5 1.9 78.6 0.4 1.0 1.4 0.6 0.6 0.4 0.2 1.4 3.6
Mikael Hopkins 26 7.2 0.8 1.9 42.9 0.0 0.1 50.0 0.9 1.2 80.0 0.7 0.5 1.2 0.3 0.5 0.0 0.5 1.0 2.6
Tyler Adams 4 6.0 1.0 2.3 44.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 100.0 1.0 1.3 2.3 0.3 0.5 0.0 0.8 1.5 2.5
Aaron Bowen 12 4.3 0.7 1.7 40.0 0.2 0.5 33.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.4 0.5 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.0 0.8 1.5
John Caprio 9 2.4 0.1 0.8 14.3 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.7 0.3 0.7 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.2

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Big East Tournament 2012: USF Basketball Preview

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Ever since joining the Big East Conference during the 2005-06 season, the South Florida Bulls men's basketball program has been among one of the cellar dwellers in the standings.

This season, however, has been completely different, as the Bulls (19-12, 12-6 Big East) compiled a school record 12 Big East victories and with a victory over the Louisville Cardinals, 58-51, Wednesday night, and with a few more wins are more than likely on their way to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since '92.

Head Coach: Stan Heath, fifth year

After leading Arkansas Razorbacks to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances from '05-07, Heath took the job in Tampa Bay. It has been a long, unsuccessful four seasons at USF, but finally Heath has a team that contends nightly in one of the best college hoops conference in the nation.

Team MVP: Anthony Collins, freshman guard

Senior forward Augustus Gilchrist entered the season as the Bulls' go-to guy, and, though, he's still USF's No. 1 option it's Collins, who was named to the All-Big East Rookie Team, that turned this squad from a bottom feeder to a postseason threat.

The Bulls' floor general's numbers (7.8 points per game) might not be impressive, but his ability to distribute (5.4 assists per game) is what has made USF so successful this year.

Playing For: NCAA Tournament at-large berth

Though, the Bulls are almost a lock to make the 68-team, NCAA Tournament field its no guarantee. However, it will be if USF can just sneak out a victory or two, which might help them avoid a first-round contest in Dayton, OH.

Breakdown: Its impressive what USF has accomplished this season, and it will not be a surprise if the Bulls earn a victory or possible two. However, this team just doesn't have the overall talent to contend for a Big East Tournament crown.

Big East Tournament Seed: No. 6, will played Tuesday's winner of No. 14 Villanova Wildcats and No. 11 Rutgers Scalret Knights.

Rosters and stats:


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Augustus Gilchrist 28 27.9 3.6 9.0 39.7 0.2 0.8 27.3 2.5 3.5 70.7 1.9 2.9 4.8 0.5 1.7 0.5 1.3 2.4 9.9
Jawanza Poland 20 23.4 3.3 7.6 43.7 0.9 3.2 27.0 1.4 1.9 75.7 0.8 2.9 3.6 0.9 1.9 0.8 0.6 2.0 8.9
Victor Rudd 31 26.8 2.8 7.9 35.4 1.1 3.8 27.7 1.7 2.3 73.2 0.9 3.6 4.5 1.4 1.8 0.6 0.2 1.5 8.4
Toarlyn Fitzpatrick 30 25.5 3.1 6.9 44.7 1.2 2.9 41.4 0.9 1.3 65.0 1.5 5.1 6.6 0.9 1.4 0.7 1.0 2.1 8.3
Anthony Collins 26 32.1 2.8 5.8 49.3 0.2 0.7 27.8 2.1 2.4 85.7 0.2 1.8 1.9 5.3 3.4 1.6 0.2 2.3 8.0
Ron Anderson Jr. 31 26.2 2.9 5.2 55.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.7 3.4 49.5 2.4 3.2 5.6 1.2 1.6 0.5 0.6 2.9 7.5
Hugh Robertson 31 28.4 2.9 5.5 52.3 0.2 0.9 21.4 0.7 1.0 70.0 1.4 3.1 4.5 1.3 1.1 0.7 0.4 1.3 6.7
Blake Nash 29 13.4 1.2 3.1 39.3 0.6 2.0 27.6 1.0 1.2 82.4 0.1 0.8 0.9 1.1 1.0 0.6 0.0 1.3 3.9
Shaun Noriega 25 12.4 0.9 2.7 34.3 0.8 2.2 37.0 1.0 1.1 85.7 0.0 0.5 0.6 0.3 0.4 0.2 0.0 0.8 3.6
LaVonte Dority 9 15.1 0.9 2.8 32.0 0.6 1.2 45.5 0.7 0.7 100.0 0.4 0.7 1.1 1.8 0.8 0.2 0.0 1.1 3.0
Alberto Damour 6 2.2 0.5 0.8 60.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.3 50.0 0.3 0.2 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 1.2
Mike McCloskey 4 1.0 0.3 0.3 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.5

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Big East Tournament 2012: Louisville Basketball Preview

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The Louisville Cardinals may not enter the Big East Tournament as one of the favorites to win the crown, but there's no doubt that nobody wants to face them. The Cardinals (22-9, 10-8 Big East) shoot a lot of 3s and play extremely good defense. When the long-range shots are falling and the D is allowed to clamp down on opponents, Louisville maybe the toughest match up for anybody.

Head Coach: Rick Pitino, 11th season

One of the top coaches in the nation, Pitino has been around college basketball for nearly 40 years. He’s made the Final Four with three schools; Providence, Kentucky and Louisville.

Team MVP:
Kyle Kuric, senior guard/forward

When Kuric gets going, the Cardinals have a good chance of winning. He can get scorching hot from the perimeter, but every now and then disappears altogether. The Cardinals aren’t exactly dependent on Kuric to score a lot in order to win, but he can put them on his back if need be.

Playing For: Seeding in the NCAA Tournament

Winning the Big East Tournament could see Louisville end up on the 3-line. A quick exit and they should be looking at a 6 seed.

Breakdown: Louisville doesn’t have a go-to guy and isn’t incredibly deep, but they get their scoring from all over the place. Senior Chris Smith is an x-factor type with his ability to get hot from behind the arc, but he’s been struggling from the field as of late during the Cardinals’ 2-4 finish. Sophomore center Gorgui Dieng nearly averages a double-double and gives the Cardinals a solid interior presence on both ends of the floor.

A key player for Louisville is point guard Peyton Siva, who has been an underachiever as a junior. Louisville expected a lot more out of him, and if they want to make any sort of noise in the Big East and NCAA Tournaments, Siva will need to be good. The Cardinals aren’t expected to go very far, but Pitino knows what it takes to succeed in the postseason.

Big East Tournament Seed: No. 7, will played Tuesday's winner of No. 15 Providence Friars and No. 10 Seton Hall Pirates.

Roster and stats:


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Kyle Kuric 29 36.3 4.4 10.2 43.4 2.1 6.2 34.4 1.9 2.3 80.9 1.3 3.3 4.6 1.3 1.2 1.3 0.4 2.2 12.9
Russ Smith 30 21.6 4.1 10.9 37.3 1.1 3.9 28.2 2.7 3.5 75.5 0.7 1.9 2.6 2.0 2.2 2.3 0.0 2.9 11.9
Chris Smith 31 28.2 3.1 7.7 40.2 1.7 4.3 39.4 2.2 2.9 75.6 1.2 2.6 3.8 2.2 1.1 0.9 0.0 1.5 10.1
Gorgui Dieng 31 32.3 3.7 7.0 53.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0 3.0 66.7 3.6 5.5 9.1 1.2 2.1 1.2 3.2 3.4 9.5
Chane Behanan 31 25.0 3.5 7.0 50.0 0.2 1.0 16.1 2.2 3.7 59.6 3.0 4.6 7.6 0.9 1.9 0.8 0.4 1.9 9.3
Peyton Siva 29 31.6 2.8 7.2 38.8 0.4 1.9 20.0 2.5 3.4 73.5 0.4 2.5 2.9 5.4 3.5 1.7 0.1 3.0 8.4
Mike Marra 2 12.5 2.5 4.0 62.5 0.5 2.0 25.0 0.5 1.0 50.0 0.5 2.0 2.5 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 6.0
Rakeem Buckles 11 13.5 1.5 3.4 43.2 0.2 0.5 40.0 0.9 1.6 55.6 1.6 2.2 3.8 0.3 1.4 0.6 0.2 1.8 4.0
Wayne Blackshear 6 9.0 1.3 4.7 28.6 0.8 2.3 35.7 0.3 0.8 40.0 0.5 0.8 1.3 0.2 0.7 0.3 0.2 0.7 3.8
Jared Swopshire 30 12.8 1.3 3.1 40.4 0.1 0.7 15.0 0.7 1.2 62.9 0.6 2.1 2.8 0.4 0.6 0.4 0.2 1.1 3.4
Angel Nunez 12 4.6 0.7 1.8 38.1 0.5 1.3 37.5 0.2 0.3 50.0 0.2 0.5 0.7 0.2 0.5 0.1 0.2 0.1 2.0
Mark Jackson Jr. 3 4.0 0.7 1.3 50.0 0.3 0.3 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.3 1.7
Stephan Van Treese 3 6.7 0.3 1.0 33.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.7 1.3 50.0 1.3 0.7 2.0 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.3 1.7 1.3
Tim Henderson 11 5.2 0.4 1.0 36.4 0.3 0.6 42.9 0.3 0.5 50.0 0.3 0.5 0.8 0.5 0.5 0.1 0.0 0.6 1.3
Elisha Justice 18 5.9 0.5 1.3 37.5 0.1 0.6 9.1 0.1 0.1 100.0 0.1 0.4 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.3 0.0 0.8 1.2
Kevin Ware 18 5.4 0.4 1.4 32.0 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.7 33.3 0.2 0.5 0.7 0.4 1.1 0.4 0.2 0.7 1.1
Zach Price 14 5.4 0.3 0.9 33.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.7 20.0 0.4 0.6 1.1 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.2 1.2 0.7

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Big East Tournament 2012: West Virginia Basketball Preview

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If there's a team suited to make a solid run in the Big East Tournament, it's probably the West Virginia Mountaineers who feature one of or, if not, the best player in the league, senior forward Kevin Jones.

Add a guard that can score from anyplace on the floor, Darryl Bryant, and a head coach, Bob Huggins, who does his job very well, and that's a perfect mixture to make noise in the world most famous arena, Madison Square Garden.

Head Coach: Bob Huggins, fifth season

There’s never dull moment with Huggie Bear, who is in his fifth season at West Virginia. He brought the Mountaineers to the Final Four two seasons ago.

Team MVP: Kevin Jones, senior forward

A First Team All-Big East selection, Jones is looking to cap off an excellent senior season. The versatile 6-8 forward can score in a number of different ways, and was also the Mountaineers’ leading rebounder. He scored in double figures in every single game this season, and West Virginia will lean heavily on him as they try to secure an NCAA berth.

Playing For: To not sweat on Selection Sunday

With a weak at-large field this year, West Virginia will likely get in at 19-12 (9-9 in the Big East). As the 8 seed, they’ll enjoy the first day of the tournament from the stands, but they better hope they grab a win over the winner of the DePaul/UConn game just to ensure that they don’t sweat too much on Selection Sunday.

Breakdown: A Bob Huggins team is always going to fight and scrap, and this West Virginia team is no different, despite being much less talented than in years’ past. One of those physical bangers is Turkish forward Deniz Kilicli, who is a handful on the low block. Point guard Darryl "Truck" Bryant is one of the league’s better scoring guards at over 17 points a game, but he struggles from deep and is averaging under 3 assists a game this year.

West Virginia has gone 4-7 down the stretch, so it is tough to think they’ll be able to flip the switch. If they win their first game of the Big East Tournament, they’ll match up with top seed Syracuse. Although that’s not the worst matchup for the Mountaineers, they likely won’t go too far this week at MSG.

Big East Tournament Seed:
No. 8, will play winner Tuesday's winner of No. 16 DePaul Blue Demons and No. 9 Connecticut Huskies (noon ET).

Rosters and stats:


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Kevin Jones 31 38.1 7.9 15.4 51.5 1.1 3.8 28.2 3.1 4.0 77.4 4.3 6.8 11.2 1.3 1.3 0.7 1.1 1.3 20.0
Darryl Bryant 31 37.1 4.9 13.4 36.5 2.2 7.0 31.0 5.2 6.6 78.5 0.8 2.3 3.1 2.8 2.4 1.4 0.1 2.3 17.1
Deniz Kilicli 30 26.9 4.3 8.5 50.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.3 4.1 55.6 1.9 3.5 5.4 1.5 2.5 0.5 0.5 2.9 10.9
Jabarie Hinds 31 28.7 3.0 6.9 42.8 0.8 2.4 33.3 0.9 1.4 65.9 0.4 2.0 2.5 3.4 2.0 1.4 0.1 2.0 7.7
Gary Browne 31 25.4 2.1 4.8 43.3 0.3 1.4 23.8 1.8 2.8 63.2 1.1 2.8 3.9 3.0 2.1 1.3 0.0 2.1 6.3
Aaron Brown 30 15.2 1.7 4.1 40.3 0.8 2.0 41.0 0.2 0.5 50.0 0.9 0.8 1.6 0.6 0.7 0.4 0.1 0.9 4.4
Kevin Noreen 23 12.0 0.7 1.3 56.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.7 1.1 65.4 1.0 1.6 2.7 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.2 2.0 2.2
Pat Forsythe 7 11.4 0.6 1.4 40.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.7 58.3 2.0 1.4 3.4 0.0 0.6 0.0 0.1 2.1 2.1
Dominique Rutledge 26 6.8 0.7 1.3 54.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 1.3 33.3 1.1 1.1 2.2 0.4 0.6 0.2 0.4 1.2 1.8
Keaton Miles 30 13.2 0.6 1.7 32.7 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.3 0.7 47.6 0.9 1.0 2.0 1.2 0.6 0.4 0.4 1.8 1.5
Paul Williamson 18 4.9 0.4 0.9 43.8 0.4 0.8 46.7 0.1 0.2 33.3 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.5 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.6 1.2
Tommie McCune 13 4.5 0.2 1.4 11.1 0.1 0.9 8.3 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.6 0.3 0.5 0.2 0.0 0.5 0.4

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Big East Tournament 2012: UConn Basketball Preview

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When you have the talent and a National Championship to defend, it should be expected that a team plays with a fire and cohesiveness to try and accomplish that goal again. That hasn't been the case for the UConn men's basketball program, who enters the Big East Tournament clinging onto a NCAA Tournament at-large bid and looking for a few wins to make the March's big dance.

Head Coach: Jim Calhoun, 26th season

Calhoun has missed a lot of the season with health issues, and assistant George Blaney has taken over in the interim.

Team MVP: Jeremy Lamb, sophomore guard/forward

Lamb is one of the nation’s most talented players and is by far UConn’s best. As a sophomore, the silky-smooth Lamb averaged over 17 points a game, and he has the ability to get hot from the perimeter and take over a game. He isn’t a deadly 3-point shooter but isn’t bashful in putting up a lot of shots in hopes that he catches fire. Despite the Huskies being very talented as always, sometimes they become a little too dependent on Lamb.

Playing For: An NCAA tournament berth

If UConn loses Big East Tournament’s opener on Tuesday vs. DePaul, there will be a lot of sweaty palms at 6:00 PM ET on Sunday in Storrs.

Breakdown: Last season, UConn went on a wild ride starting with the Big East Tournament and ending with a National Title. However, that doesn’t seem like its in the cards this season. With Calhoun absent, it’s been a whirlwind season for the Huskies. After starting the year 12-1, they’ve gone just 6-11 since, finishing 18-12 overall and 8-10 in league play.

Regardless, UConn has tons of talent behind Lamb, including point guard Shabazz Napier and the big bodies of freshman Andre Drummons and junior Alex Oriakhi. The problem with UConn this year hasn’t been the amount of talent they can throw at you, it’s been the ability of the team to play together and maximize each other’s production. Napier has some games where he just gives you absolutely nothing, and the Huskies just don’t have the bench depth to overcome that. If Napier and Lamb aren’t firing on all cylinders, UConn has a tough time beating a quality opponent.

Big East Tournament Seed:
No. 9, will play No. 16 DePaul Blue Demons (Noon ET).

Roster and stats:


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Jeremy Lamb 30 36.8 6.3 13.2 47.5 2.0 6.2 32.8 3.0 3.6 82.6 1.0 3.8 4.8 1.7 2.0 1.3 0.6 1.6 17.6
Shabazz Napier 30 35.3 3.9 10.0 38.8 1.6 4.7 34.0 3.1 4.2 74.4 0.7 3.0 3.7 5.9 2.8 1.7 0.2 2.4 12.4
Ryan Boatright 21 29.9 3.5 8.0 44.0 1.1 2.7 40.4 2.2 3.1 69.7 0.6 2.6 3.2 4.1 2.2 1.2 0.3 1.5 10.3
Andre Drummond 30 28.4 4.7 8.7 53.4 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.8 2.7 31.3 3.4 4.4 7.8 0.5 1.7 0.9 2.6 2.3 10.2
Alex Oriakhi 30 20.9 2.8 5.6 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.3 2.2 58.2 1.7 3.1 4.8 0.3 1.3 0.1 1.2 1.8 6.9
Tyler Olander 30 18.8 1.8 3.9 45.8 0.0 0.2 20.0 1.0 1.4 69.0 1.3 2.7 4.0 1.2 1.0 0.4 0.5 1.9 4.6
Roscoe Smith 29 17.2 1.7 3.8 44.5 0.1 0.7 20.0 1.1 1.5 72.1 1.2 2.1 3.3 0.2 0.9 0.2 0.6 1.2 4.6
DeAndre Daniels 28 13.2 1.1 3.3 34.1 0.4 1.8 24.0 0.7 0.9 80.0 0.7 1.5 2.3 0.5 0.8 0.4 0.6 1.1 3.4
Niels Giffey 26 11.8 0.8 1.9 42.0 0.3 0.7 42.1 0.7 0.8 77.3 0.5 1.0 1.5 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.2 1.0 2.6
Enosch Wolf 8 1.3 0.1 0.5 25.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.4 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.4 0.3
Brendan Allen 9 2.1 0.1 0.6 20.0 0.0 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.3 0.2
Kyle Bailey 3 1.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Benjamin Stewart 3 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0
P.J. Cochrane 2 1.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Ethan Waite 1 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0

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Big East Tournament 2012: Seton Hall Basketball Preview

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They say veterans are what is need for a successful college basketball season, and the Seton Hall Pirates men's program have been a perfect example of that this season.

With senior point guard Jordan Theodore and forward Herb Pope, the Pirates are now on pace for an at-large NCAA Tournament berth, however, there's still work to do heading into the Big East Tournament.

Head Coach: Kevin Willard, second season

After the tumultuous tenure of Bobby Gonzalez, Willard has taken over the Pirates and ushered in a new era of respectability and a team mentality. It’s a welcome change in South Orange, NJ.

Team MVP:
Jordan Theodore, senior guard

Theodore is the one player the Pirates have that can take over a game. He’s one of the best point guards in the conference this season; he’s second in the conference in assists per game at 6.7 and is a top-10 scorer in the league at 16 points a pop.

Playing For:
An NCAA Tournament Berth

After beating Georgetown at home on Feb. 21 to get to .500 in league play, the Pirates had their destiny in their hands. Wrap up wins against Rutgers and DePaul, and the Pirates would be dancing for the first time since the 2005-06 season. However, they collapsed with two bad losses to bottom feeders, and now they need to beat Providence in the first round on Tuesday to have a shot.

Breakdown: The expectations were low in Jersey this year, but the Pirates jumped out to a 15-2 start with impressive non-conference wins over VCU, St. Joe’s, Auburn and Dayton. But after the impressive start which earned a #24 national ranking, the Hall lost six straight games in conference. They seemed to right the ship with four wins in their next five including the Georgetown win, but finished with a whimper. If the Pirates don’t get in on Selection Sunday, they only have themselves to blame.

The Pirates have one of the better big men in the conference, when he wants to be, in Herb Pope. There are too many times where Pope disappears, and when that happens they struggle to score. Willard has turned the Hall into a good defensive team, with many thanks to sophomore Fuquan Edwin, who leads the Big East with 92 steals this season. Seton Hall can get hot from behind the arc, and when they are, they become tough to beat. They need secondary scoring from Edwin, freshman Aaron Cosby and Brandon Mobley to compete.

Big East Tournament Seed: No. 10, will play No. 15 Providence Friars

Roster and stats:


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Jordan Theodore 30 36.2 5.1 13.4 38.4 1.3 4.1 32.0 4.5 5.4 82.2 0.8 2.2 3.0 6.7 2.9 1.9 0.1 1.9 16.0
Herb Pope 29 31.2 6.0 12.7 47.2 0.5 1.4 36.6 2.8 4.6 60.6 3.6 6.7 10.3 1.4 2.5 1.1 1.6 3.0 15.3
Fuquan Edwin 30 33.6 4.8 10.0 48.3 1.2 3.2 37.9 1.7 2.7 62.2 1.6 4.7 6.3 1.2 2.1 3.1 0.4 3.1 12.6
Aaron Cosby 30 30.1 2.8 7.0 39.3 2.0 5.1 39.6 0.7 1.2 54.1 0.6 1.6 2.2 1.5 1.2 0.7 0.1 1.2 8.2
Patrik Auda 30 24.5 2.4 4.8 50.0 0.5 1.3 35.0 1.4 2.2 64.2 1.3 2.7 4.0 1.2 1.1 0.7 0.3 2.4 6.7
Brandon Mobley 21 19.4 1.9 4.9 38.8 0.6 1.8 34.2 0.6 0.8 70.6 1.2 3.2 4.4 0.7 0.9 0.4 0.4 2.1 5.0
Haralds Karlis 30 16.8 1.2 3.1 37.2 0.8 2.4 33.8 0.3 0.5 62.5 0.4 1.3 1.7 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.1 1.3 3.5
Freddie Wilson 28 8.0 0.7 1.5 47.6 0.3 0.9 37.5 0.2 0.4 54.5 0.1 0.6 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.4 0.0 1.0 2.0
Aaron Geramipoor 25 9.2 0.6 1.3 48.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.7 17.6 1.2 1.0 2.2 0.1 0.7 0.1 0.4 2.2 1.4
Sean Grennan 17 3.6 0.2 0.2 100.0 0.1 0.1 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.5 0.5 0.1 0.0 0.5 0.6
Peter Dill 5 1.4 0.2 0.4 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.4 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.4
John Snow 3 1.3 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0

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Big East Tournament 2012: Rutgers Basketball Preview

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The words, "Rutgers basketball has a bright future," has probably never been uttered in the world of men's college basketball, but they will be after this season.

Thanks to a solid freshman class, which features stud guards Eli Carter and Myles Mack, and a future All-Conference forward in sophomore Gilvydas Biruta, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights are ready to make some noise in the Big East Conference. And who knows, it could be this week.

Head Coach: Mike Rice, second season

The former Robert Morris coach, Rice is in his second season of trying to finally turn Rutgers basketball around. As his predecessors Fred Hill and Gary Waters found out, it’s an uphill battle.

Team MVPs: Eli Carter/Myles Mack, freshman guards

If anything, things are looking up for Rutgers in the coming years with the solid play of their freshman guard duo of Myles Mack and Eli Carter. Carter (13.5 ppg) and Mack (9.5 ppg) lead the team in scoring, but the lack of leadership on the team is apparent. Where was Dane Miller this year?

Playing For: Pride

Once again, Rutgers will not enjoy postseason basketball. The journey towards an NCAA Tournament bid continues.

Breakdown: The year started poorly and will likely end poorly for the Scarlet Knights. They got off to just a 4-5 start, a stretch that included losses to the likes of LSU, Richmond and Princeton. But then, as Rutgers does almost every year, came the impressive wins against good teams; a double overtime thriller over Florida, a win over then-No. 8 UConn. However, the bad outweighed the good, and Rutgers plodded along to a 14-17 (6-12) finish.

It’s likely that Rutgers’ stay in the Big East Tournament will last about as long as Mike Rice’s suit coats do in a game; not very long. They simply don’t shoot the ball well enough and don’t have much talented size on the roster. They could use Dane Miller to find the form that made him a standout in his freshman and sophomore years, but they’ve been searching for that all season. They’ll rely heavily on youngsters Carter and Mack to score, which is a recipe for an early exit.

Big East Tournament Seed: No. 11, will play No. 14 Villanova Wildcats in first round (9 p.m. ET).

Roster and stats:


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Eli Carter 31 29.6 4.7 11.5 40.6 1.7 4.9 34.2 2.5 3.5 70.4 0.5 2.5 3.1 2.2 2.7 1.3 0.1 2.5 13.5
Myles Mack 31 26.5 3.2 8.2 39.0 1.5 4.4 33.8 2.0 2.6 78.8 0.3 1.8 2.0 2.0 1.8 1.5 0.0 1.4 9.9
Gilvydas Biruta 31 25.6 3.5 7.8 45.6 0.2 0.6 35.0 2.5 4.0 64.2 2.4 3.0 5.4 1.5 2.2 0.9 0.4 3.3 9.9
Dane Miller 31 28.8 3.1 6.1 50.5 0.3 1.2 27.0 1.5 2.1 71.9 2.2 4.5 6.7 2.2 2.0 1.2 1.6 2.2 7.9
Jerome Seagears 31 25.7 2.8 7.0 40.1 0.9 2.6 32.9 1.3 1.6 76.5 1.5 1.5 3.0 2.5 1.5 0.8 0.1 2.4 7.7
Mike Poole 31 22.0 2.7 6.6 40.8 0.4 1.1 33.3 0.9 1.1 79.4 1.0 2.3 3.2 1.2 1.3 1.3 0.6 2.5 6.6
Austin Johnson 30 16.2 1.6 3.2 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.1 1.6 68.1 0.7 1.4 2.2 0.4 1.3 0.4 0.2 2.9 4.3
Malick Kone 15 10.2 1.4 2.9 47.7 0.1 0.3 40.0 0.5 0.7 80.0 0.7 1.3 2.0 0.4 0.2 0.3 0.2 1.1 3.5
Austin Carroll 10 10.6 1.0 2.3 43.5 0.6 1.5 40.0 0.2 0.4 50.0 0.3 0.9 1.2 1.0 1.1 0.3 0.1 0.9 2.8
Derrick Randall 31 11.3 1.0 1.8 56.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.7 60.9 1.1 1.3 2.4 0.1 0.6 0.3 0.4 1.4 2.5
Kadeem Jack 17 7.9 0.5 2.0 26.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.5 37.5 0.6 0.8 1.5 0.0 0.6 0.4 0.5 1.3 1.2
Greg Lewis 17 5.7 0.3 1.0 29.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.9 0.2 0.6 0.0 0.2 1.3 0.6
Charlie Rigoglioso 10 2.1 0.2 0.5 40.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.4 0.5 0.4 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.4
Mike Kuhn 10 1.9 0.1 0.8 12.5 0.0 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.2

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Big East Tournament 2012: St. John's Basketball Preview

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After one of the most success seasons in program history last year, the St. John's Red Storm brought in the third-best recruiting class in the nation and hopes were the Johnnies wouldn't miss a beat.

However, after the NCAA ruled a few blue-chip recruits academically ineligible for the Fall semester and head coach Steve Lavin had to go under the knife because of prostate cancer, nothing seemed to go right for St. John's.

Luckily, there's hope for this squad, which enters the Big East Tournament with two All-Big East Rookie selections, guard/forward Moe Harkless and guard D'Angelo Harrison, and a group of very young, hungry players that want to showcase their skills at Madison Square Garden.

Head Coach: Mike Dunlap, interim

Head coach Steve Lavin has been absent for most of the season, as he's trying to recover from prostate cancer surgery. That put Dunlap in a tight spot, as he had to manage high-preseason expectations, a middle-of-the-season transfer of guard Nurideen Lindsey, a late roster add in freshmen forward Amir Garrett, while trying to develop the youngest core of players in the country. With that said, kudos goes out to Dunlap for holding things together and providing hope for next season.

Team MVP: Moe Harkless, freshman guard

On Sunday, Harkless was named to the All-Big East Rookie team and should be almost a shoo-in to win Big East Rookie of the Year honors after 15.5 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game. If Harkless is struggling, then its going to be a long day for St. Johns, however, if he's playing well the Red Storm can beat just about anybody.

Playing For: Pride

Unless an remarkable run is put together during the Big East Tournament, then the Johnnies will be watching the postseason unfold from home. Regardless of the results this week, St. John's fan can, at least, have hope that next season will be better.

Breakdown: St. John's is probably the most athletic team in the conference, which is an aspect that can sometimes provide issues for its opponents.

The probably is, the Red Storm rely too much on Harkless and Harrison to do all the work, and for a young program like this that's a lot to ask for.

Without a doubt, when Harkless and Harrison get more seasoning, this will be a very tough team to beat on its home floor. But now, its just hope the madness of March comes early and something miraculous can happen.

Big East Tournament Seed: No. 12, will play the Pittsburgh Panthers in the first round (2 p.m. ET).

Roster and stats:


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
D`Angelo Harrison 31 35.2 5.0 13.0 38.2 2.5 6.5 37.8 4.8 6.0 80.0 1.2 2.5 3.7 2.1 2.2 1.6 0.2 2.9 17.2
Moe Harkless 31 36.0 5.9 13.3 44.5 0.5 2.5 20.8 2.9 4.4 66.7 2.7 5.9 8.6 1.5 2.5 1.6 1.5 2.3 15.2
Nurideen Lindsey 9 29.6 4.0 8.7 46.2 0.0 1.7 0.0 3.8 6.7 56.7 0.7 4.2 4.9 2.9 4.1 1.6 0.0 3.2 11.8
God`sgift Achiuwa 31 29.9 3.5 6.3 55.6 0.0 0.2 14.3 2.4 3.6 67.0 2.7 2.9 5.6 0.3 1.8 0.4 0.8 2.3 9.5
Phil Greene 31 31.4 3.2 8.7 36.4 0.6 2.5 26.0 0.8 1.1 74.3 0.8 1.8 2.6 3.0 1.8 1.3 0.2 1.9 7.8
Amir Garrett 21 26.8 2.4 5.5 43.5 0.1 0.8 17.6 2.4 4.2 58.0 1.7 2.5 4.2 1.2 1.6 1.4 0.2 2.7 7.3
Sir`Dominic Pointer 31 30.1 2.6 6.5 39.8 0.2 1.2 18.9 1.2 2.1 55.4 1.3 3.4 4.7 1.6 1.6 1.5 0.9 3.1 6.5
Malik Stith 23 14.6 1.0 2.5 38.6 0.1 0.6 23.1 0.5 0.7 80.0 0.3 0.7 1.0 1.0 0.8 0.3 0.0 1.4 2.6
Jamal White 4 3.0 0.8 1.5 50.0 0.5 1.3 40.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.3 2.0
Sam Sealy 4 1.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Boris Brakalov 1 2.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Drew Bashen 1 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0
Gerard Rivers 1 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

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Big East Tournament 2012: Pittsburgh Basketball Preview

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Despite losing three of the better players in program history -- guard Brad Wanamaker, center Gilbert Brown and Gary McGhee -- it was suppose to be business as usual for the Pittburgh Panthers men's basketball team, which entered the season making eight straight NCAA Tournament appearances.

The plan was to have senior guard Ashton Gibbs, the Big East Conference Preseason Player of the Year, and junior guard Travon Woodall use their talents to carry the team on their backs.

Well, Woodwall went down with a groin injury in early Dec. and come to find out, Gibbs couldn't carry the load by himself, as Pitt lost seven straight to begin Big East play.

After a brief string of four straight victories, the Panthers dropped five consecutive to end all hopes of making the NCAA Tournament.

Head Coach: Jamie Dixon, ninth year

Since taking over for the departed Ben Howland, its been nothing but success for Dixon. That all changed this season, as the Panthers will miss out on the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001.

Team MVP: Ashton Gibbs, senior guard

In the offseason, Gibbs dipped his toe in the NBA Draft waters, however, decided against entering and comeback for what was hopefully going to be another successful year at Pitt.

Well, that didn't happen and now Gibbs (15.5 points per game) will be trying to cement his collegiate career with a solid performance at the Big East Tournament.

Playing For: Pride

There's no chance of the Panthers earning an at-large bid to the Big Dance, so they will need to get there via a Big East Tournament crown. Can Pitt pull it off?

Breakdown: During their brief four-game winning streak, Pittsburgh knocked off the Georgetown Hoyas and West Virginia Mountaineers, proving it can beat better, more talented program if playing to its potential.

Gibbs does have as good, if not better more talent than former UConn star Kemba Walker, however, his supporting cast lacks the talent to make a five-wins-in-five-days run possible.

We can expect Pitt to give its first-round opponent a run for its money, as senior forward Nasir Robinson will want to go out on top too.

Big East Tournament Seed: No. 13, will play No. 12 St. John's in first round (2 p.m. ET).

Roster and stats:


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Ashton Gibbs 31 34.9 5.3 13.6 39.0 2.2 6.5 33.0 2.7 3.1 85.6 0.5 1.8 2.4 2.3 1.8 0.6 0.1 1.0 15.4
Tray Woodall 20 30.4 3.8 8.9 42.9 1.6 4.3 37.2 2.3 2.7 86.8 0.6 2.5 3.1 6.1 3.6 1.0 0.2 2.4 11.5
Nasir Robinson 31 29.5 4.7 8.4 56.2 0.0 0.1 0.0 1.5 3.1 49.5 2.9 3.7 6.6 2.1 2.3 0.6 0.3 2.7 11.0
Lamar Patterson 29 27.5 3.1 7.3 42.9 1.1 2.7 41.6 1.6 2.1 75.0 1.8 3.3 5.0 3.3 1.8 1.0 0.3 2.5 8.9
J.J. Moore 30 17.2 2.3 5.5 42.4 0.8 2.6 32.1 1.5 2.0 75.0 0.7 2.4 3.1 0.4 1.1 0.5 0.2 1.5 7.0
Dante Taylor 29 19.6 2.5 4.6 55.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.2 1.8 66.0 2.8 2.7 5.6 0.4 1.0 0.4 0.8 2.1 6.2
Talib Zanna 31 19.0 2.2 4.1 53.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.2 1.8 64.9 2.2 3.1 5.4 0.4 0.8 0.3 0.3 2.3 5.6
John Johnson 31 14.3 1.5 3.5 41.3 0.9 2.2 39.1 0.8 0.9 85.7 0.1 0.6 0.7 1.4 0.9 0.3 0.0 1.4 4.5
Khem Birch 10 15.0 1.6 2.8 57.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.2 2.2 54.5 2.1 2.9 5.0 0.0 0.7 0.2 1.9 2.1 4.4
Cameron Wright 29 12.1 1.0 2.5 38.9 0.1 0.5 21.4 0.4 0.7 68.4 0.4 1.2 1.6 0.7 1.0 0.4 0.1 1.1 2.5
Nick Rivers 6 1.3 0.2 0.7 25.0 0.2 0.7 25.0 0.2 0.3 50.0 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.7
Malcolm Gilbert 13 5.8 0.2 0.3 75.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.7 1.0 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.5 1.1 0.5
Isaiah Epps 17 5.7 0.1 0.9 6.3 0.0 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.9 0.2 0.2 0.0 0.5 0.1
Aron Nwankwo 4 1.8 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.3 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0

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Big East Tournament 2012: Villanova Basketball Preview

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The Villanova Wildcats entered their 2011-12 season knowing it was going to be a different year, after losing their top two leading scorers Corey Fisher and Corey Stokes to graduation. However, 'Nova fans couldn't have imagined that their squad was going to struggle the way they did during the regular season and now the only hope to get into the postseason is to win the Big East Tournament crown.

Head Coach: Jay Wright, 11th season

One of the top coaches the in the conference, Wright took over a fledgling Villanova program in 2001 and brought it to national prominence, including a Final Four appearance in 2008-09.

Team MVP: Maalik Wayns, junior guard

Wayns is the latest in the line of excellent guards to come through the Villanova ranks, and with the graduation of Stokes and Fisher, Wayns was the go-to guy for the Wildcats this season. He led the team in scoring (17.5 ppg) and dishing (4.6 apg).

Playing For: Pride

It’s been a transition year for Villanova, and for the first time since the 2004-05 season, the Cats won’t be taking part in the NCAA Tournament (unless they run the table at MSG, of course). It’s not likely that Villanova ends up in any postseason at all.

Breakdown: Unless Villanova can find a way to go on a run in the Big East Tournament, this will be the worst team record-wise that Wright’s ever had at the school. They enter the week at 12-18 overall and finished the Big East at 5-13. Their five conference victims this season? Rutgers, Seton Hall, DePaul, Providence and St. John’s. Not exactly the upper echelon.

The Wildcats struggle defensively and are the worst shooting team in the conference at just 41% shooting this season. Obviously, that’s not a good combination. Mouphtaou Yarou and freshman JayVaughn Pinkston give the Cats a little bit of size inside, but Villanova always goes as far as their guard play takes them. There isn’t much behind Wayns and fellow junior Dominic Cheek, and those two simply aren’t at the level of Villanova’s great past guards.

Big East Tournament Seed: No. 14, will play No. 11 Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET).

Roster and stats:


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Maalik Wayns 27 33.4 5.6 13.4 41.9 1.6 5.1 31.9 4.6 5.2 89.3 0.4 3.3 3.7 4.6 3.0 0.9 0.0 2.7 17.5
Dominic Cheek 30 30.5 4.2 10.3 40.6 1.9 5.8 32.8 2.9 3.6 79.6 1.3 2.6 3.9 1.4 1.6 1.0 0.2 2.3 13.2
Mouphtaou Yarou 30 27.1 3.8 8.2 46.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.2 4.5 71.3 3.0 5.2 8.2 0.6 1.4 0.4 0.8 2.5 10.9
JayVaughn Pinkston 30 26.1 3.1 7.7 40.9 0.5 1.3 37.5 3.2 4.8 67.4 2.0 3.2 5.2 1.1 2.5 0.6 0.4 2.8 10.0
James Bell 27 23.1 2.4 6.1 38.8 1.3 3.7 35.0 1.0 1.2 81.8 1.3 2.6 3.9 1.3 1.4 0.7 0.3 2.5 7.0
Darrun Hilliard 28 18.7 1.7 4.5 37.6 0.8 2.5 29.6 0.8 1.1 76.7 0.5 2.1 2.5 1.0 0.8 0.5 0.3 1.8 4.9
Maurice Sutton 23 12.7 1.3 2.5 54.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.7 1.1 68.0 1.3 1.8 3.1 0.3 0.6 0.3 0.7 1.2 3.4
Ty Johnson 30 17.4 1.0 3.3 30.3 0.2 0.8 21.7 1.1 1.3 86.8 0.1 0.9 1.0 2.1 1.9 0.6 0.1 1.5 3.3
Markus Kennedy 29 15.3 1.6 3.3 46.9 0.0 0.1 50.0 0.0 0.6 6.3 2.0 2.6 4.6 0.7 1.1 0.5 0.4 2.0 3.2
Achraf Yacoubou 26 10.6 0.7 2.2 32.8 0.4 1.6 26.2 0.3 0.3 100.0 0.4 0.5 0.9 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.7 2.2
Dallas Ouano 2 2.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Nick McMahon 1 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

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Big East Tournament 2012: Providence Basketball Preview

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The Providence Friars men's basketball program entered the season with low expectations, as they lost their best player and the Big East's leading scorer, Marshon Brooks, and with a brand new head coach, Ed Cooley.

Despite the odds stacked against them, the Friars began the season 11-2 and entered Big East Conference play with a lot of confidence. However, reality quickly set in with a league-opening loss at the St. John's Red Storm, Dec. 27, which was quickly followed by losses in 12 of their next 14 contests.

Providence did win two of its final three to end the regular season to finish 15-16 overall and 4-14 in the Big East.

Head Coach: Ed Cooley, first season

Cooley coached at Fairfield for five seasons before taking his "dream job" at Providence, a place where he grew up.

Team MVP: Vincent Council, junior guard

Council (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) entered the year trying to fill the huge hole of Brooks. In the end, Council wasn't that, however, it was clear he was the Friars best player tallying a team-best 16.2 points per game and 7.5 assists per game.

As he went, so did the Providence offense. And that's going to be the case in the Big East Tournament if the Friars are going to be a run at the title and the automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Playing For: Pride

Unless the Friars run the table in the Big East Tournament, which is very unlikely, there's no shot of qualifying for a at-large postseason berth in the NCAA or NIT Tournaments. Coach Cooley is hoping that his young squad can earn a few victories that can build momentum for next season.

Breakdown: Providence ended its regular season with victories in two of its last three games, including, a victory over the Connecticut Huskies, who could now miss the NCAA Tournament.

The Friars also feature sophomore guards Gerard Coleman and Bryce Cotton, both have the ability to score. Inside, sophomore forward Kadeem Batts does the dirty work.

Big East Tournament Seed: No 15, will play No. 10 Seton Hall Pirates in first round (7 p.m. ET).

Roster and stats:


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Vincent Council 30 38.7 6.1 15.3 39.7 0.9 3.1 30.1 3.1 4.6 67.9 1.0 3.1 4.0 7.5 3.4 1.2 0.4 2.4 16.2
Bryce Cotton 31 38.6 4.6 11.0 41.9 2.4 6.3 38.7 2.8 3.1 89.6 0.5 2.2 2.6 2.3 1.6 1.0 0.2 1.6 14.4
LaDontae Henton 31 37.1 5.3 11.5 45.9 1.4 3.5 40.2 2.4 3.3 71.8 2.7 5.9 8.6 1.1 1.8 1.0 1.1 2.4 14.3
Gerard Coleman 29 34.1 4.8 11.2 42.9 0.2 0.7 23.8 3.8 5.6 66.9 1.9 3.2 5.1 2.2 2.3 1.2 0.2 1.7 13.5
Kadeem Batts 20 19.7 2.2 5.5 39.1 0.0 0.1 0.0 2.0 2.8 71.4 2.2 2.2 4.4 0.4 1.6 0.4 0.8 3.4 6.3
Bilal Dixon 30 16.2 1.4 2.6 55.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.5 2.0 76.7 1.1 3.1 4.2 0.2 0.7 0.3 1.2 1.8 4.4
Brice Kofane 28 15.1 0.8 1.4 57.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.9 1.6 56.5 1.5 2.5 4.0 0.2 0.8 0.3 1.4 2.9 2.6
Mike Murray 1 2.0 1.0 1.0 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 2.0
Ron Giplaye 26 7.5 0.5 1.0 46.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.9 39.1 1.0 1.0 2.0 0.2 0.5 0.2 0.6 1.6 1.3
Maurice Grant 1 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 2.0 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
Lee Goldsbrough 22 8.0 0.2 0.4 62.5 0.0 0.0 100.0 0.2 0.3 66.7 0.6 1.0 1.7 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1 1.1 0.7
Chris Carter 15 2.1 0.2 0.4 50.0 0.1 0.3 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.3 0.5
Ted Bancroft 8 2.8 0.0 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.4 0.1 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0

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Big East Tournament 2012: DePaul Basketball Preview

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This season was suppose to be a bit different for the DePaul Blue Demons men's basketball program, as two young studs, sophomore forward Cleveland Melvin and sophomore guard Brandon Young, were expected to develop into go-to guys.

Melvin and Young are still both good, however, its seems DePaul (12-18, 3-15) is a few more good players away from contending in this very difficult league.

Head Coach: Oliver Purnell, second season

Purnell is in Year 2 of the DePaul reclamation project, a very tall order. Things are starting to look up for the Blue Demons, but there’s still a long road ahead.

Team MVP:
Cleveland Melvin, sophomore forward

Despite being on the league’s worst team, Melvin is one of its best all-around players. Just a sophomore, Melvin averaged over 17 points and 7 rebounds a game this season. Melvin has a 13-game double digit scoring streak, and has three double-doubles in the Blue Demons’ last five games.

Playing For:
Pride

Its another year in the basement of the Big East for DePaul, but they are on the way to getting back into the tournament picture. In the next few years, as long as Melvin and fellow sophomore Brandon Young stick around, they could be a player. Not this year, though.

Breakdown: The aforementioned Melvin and Young are the country’s top sophomore scoring duo, as Young averaged 15 points a contest this season. The two underclassmen are the unquestioned leaders of the team. Don’t expect any low-scoring affairs, as DePaul is the league’s worst defensive team but one of the top scoring sides.

Depaul went 3-15 in conference play and was 12-18 overall, finishing last in the 16-team conference. A win in the Big East Tournament would be a landmark win for Purnell as he continues to rebuild the program.

Big East Tournament Seed:
No. 16, will played No. 9 Connecticut Huskies in first-round.

Roster and stats:


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Cleveland Melvin 30 32.0 7.0 15.6 45.0 0.5 2.2 22.4 2.8 4.5 63.4 2.3 5.0 7.3 0.7 2.3 0.8 1.1 1.9 17.4
Brandon Young 30 30.5 5.4 12.5 43.0 1.2 4.1 29.0 2.9 3.8 75.7 0.6 2.1 2.7 4.9 2.4 1.6 0.1 1.3 14.8
Jeremiah Kelly 28 28.3 3.1 7.5 41.4 1.8 5.2 34.5 0.9 1.2 70.6 0.8 1.8 2.6 4.0 1.3 1.1 0.0 1.7 8.9
Jamee Crockett 30 18.3 3.2 7.2 44.7 1.3 3.5 38.1 1.0 1.4 69.0 0.8 1.4 2.2 1.2 1.0 0.8 0.3 2.5 8.7
Moses Morgan 25 19.4 3.0 8.2 35.9 2.0 5.3 36.8 0.7 1.0 70.8 1.1 1.3 2.4 1.0 1.3 0.6 0.3 2.3 8.6
Worrel Clahar 30 17.0 2.1 4.2 50.0 0.5 1.1 45.5 1.2 1.6 78.7 0.5 1.1 1.6 2.0 2.1 1.4 0.0 2.4 5.9
Charles McKinney 30 17.6 1.7 3.6 47.2 0.2 0.8 24.0 0.7 1.5 47.7 1.0 1.2 2.2 1.4 1.4 0.9 0.1 2.2 4.3
Krys Faber 29 19.8 1.6 2.7 57.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.1 1.3 81.6 1.8 3.0 4.8 0.3 0.8 0.5 0.4 2.7 4.2
Donnavan Kirk 22 18.1 1.4 3.1 43.5 0.1 0.4 33.3 0.6 0.9 70.0 1.4 2.5 3.9 0.2 0.5 0.4 1.4 2.5 3.5
Derrell Robertson Jr. 28 8.7 0.4 0.7 55.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 50.0 0.5 0.9 1.4 0.1 0.4 0.2 0.7 2.2 0.8
Edwind McGhee 17 3.5 0.2 0.4 57.1 0.1 0.2 25.0 0.1 0.1 50.0 0.1 0.5 0.6 0.1 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.2 0.6
Joe Belcaster 6 1.3 0.2 0.3 50.0 0.2 0.3 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.5

For a SB Nation New York preview of other Big East schools, click on its respective links: Syracuse, Marquette, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Georgetown, South Florida, Louisville, West Virginia, Connecticut, Seton Hall, Rutgers, St. John's, Pittsburgh, Villanova, Providence, DePaul.

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Big East Tournament 2012: Bracket Finalized As Syracuse Enters As No. 1 Seed

The 2012 Big East Tournament bracket and schedule were finalized Saturday night, as the Rutgers Scarlet Knights defeated the St. John's Red Storm, 61-58, in a men' basketball game at the RAC. The contest capped another exciting Big East regular season, which was won by the No. 2-ranked Syracuse Orange for the second time in three seasons.


Related: Team-By-Team Tournament Previews

Now, its onto the conference's biggest event of the year, which is played out over five days at Madison Square Garden. Here's a look at the bracket and the TV schedule:

Tuesday, March 6 (First Round):

Noon ET: (No. 16-seed) DePaul Blue Demons vs. (9) Connecticut Huskies
2 p.m.: (13) Pittsburgh Panthers vs. (12) St. John's Red Storm
7 p.m.: (15) Providence Friars vs. (10) Seton Hall Pirates
9 p.m.: (14) Villanova Wildcats vs. (11) Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Wednesday, March 7 (Second Round on ESPN):

Noon: (WINNER of No. 16/9) vs. (8) West Virginia Mountaineers
2 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 13/12) vs. (5) Georgetown Hoyas
7 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 15/10) vs. (7) Louisville Cardinals
9 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 14/11) vs. (6) South Florida Bulls

Thursday, March 8 (Quarterfinal Round on ESPN):

Noon: (WINNER of Wed. Noon Game) vs. (1) Syracuse Orange
2 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 2 p.m. Game) vs. (4) Cincinnati Bearcats
7 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 7 p.m. Game) vs. (2) Marquette Golden Eagles
9 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 9 p.m. Game) vs. (3) Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Friday, March 9 (Semifinal Round on ESPN):

7 p.m.: (WINNER of Thurs. Noon Game) vs. (WINNER of Thurs. 2 p.m. Game)
9 p.m.: (WINNER of Thurs. 7 p.m. Game) vs. (WINNER of Thurs. 9 p.m. Game)

Saturday, March 10 (Championship Round on ESPN):

9 p.m.: WINNERS of Semifinal-Round Games

For complete coverage of the Big East Tournament, check back to this SB Nation New York StoryStream. If you'd like a recap of SBNY's regular-season coverage, visit this StoryStream.

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