The Big East Conference record and position in the latest NCAA college basketball polls will probably make you conclude that the league is off to a terrific start.
The 16-team league is 24-4 overall and has three teams in the Top 10 of the AP poll -- No. 5 Pittsburgh; No. 6 Villanova and No. 10 Syracuse.
Both the Orange (3-0) and Panthers (3-0) already have three victories. Georgetown (No. 20 and No. 21), Villanova, Notre Dame, Providence and Marquette (No. 42 in the ESPN-USA Today poll) all sit at 2-0.
Big East Conference Standings
(updated 11.17.2010 at 2:42 AM EST)
|Notre Dame Fighting Irish||0||0||2||0|
|Marquette Golden Eagles||0||0||2||0|
|West Virginia Mountaineers||0||0||1||0|
|Rutgers Scarlet Knights||0||0||1||1|
|Seton Hall Pirates||0||0||1||1|
|South Florida Bulls||0||0||1||1|
|DePaul Blue Demons||0||0||1||1|
|St. John's Red Storm||0||0||0||1|
One of the league's four losses came early Tuesday morning (2 a.m. ET) when St. John's lost its season opener, 76-71, at St. Mary's in Moraga, Ca.
Tuesday night, Louisville helped the Big East rebound by defeating Butler (No. 18 and No. 16) at the new KFC Yum! Center, 88-73.
However, not everything is so grand in the Big East after Week 1. At least, not according to some experts and league head coaches.
According to Sports Illustrated's College Basketball Preview not one player in the conference is good enough to crack three preseason All-America teams.
Villanova's Corey Fisher, Georgetown's Austin Freeman, Pittsburgh's Ashton Gibbs and West Virginia's Kevin Jones earned just honorable mention honors from writers Seth Davis and Luke Winn.
To continue the Snobfest on Big East players, Yahoo Sports' Jason King made this point about the conference's draft prospects on Tuesday:
"Of the 60 players projected to be taken in the 2011 NBA draft, only six are from the 16-team Big east: Kemba Walker (No. 12) and Kris Joseph (No. 26) are listed as first-rounders. Kevin Jones, D.J. Kennedy, Gilbert Brown and Yancy Gates are picked to go in the second round."
"... Mike Rice has to be liking what he's getting out of his backcourt so far, wrote Prunty. "First, James Beatty in a losing effort on Friday against Princeton and then Mike Coburn Monday night against Fairfield."
"It's been a rebirthing for Coburn, who was all but useless under Fred Hill for the last three seasons. Guards were just asked to penetrate and kick to the wings and that's not particularly Coburn's strong-suit. But being able to operate in space and knock down though shots is something that the senior seems to be quite comfortable with."
In two games, Coburn is averaging 12 points and shooting 55.6 percent from the field.
Scarlet Knights Basketball Schedule
St. John's Red Storm
The Johnnies failed to score in the first five minutes of their season opener. "That's enough real life time to hit the can, grab a beer and get back into the La-Z-Boy without missing a basketball. Not good," wrote Lenn Robbins of the NY Post on Wednesday.
"Fans certainly have a reason to be frustrated over the defeat. With 10 seniors, St. John's boasted more experience than the Gaels, who lost leading scorer and rebounder Omar Samhan from last year's team. And the Red Storm was certainly more athletic."
At. St. John's, it's a work in progress but there's no reason to believe it won't happen. After all Lavin has done the last six months, there's no reason to doubt him now."
On the bright side, freshman Dwayne Polee took 16 shots and tallied a team-high 16 points.
|2010 - Dwayne Polee Jr.||1||29.0||6.0||16.0||37.5||2.0||5.0||40.0||2.0||2.0||100.0||0.0||4.0||4.0||0.0||2.0||2.0||1.0||2.0||16.0|
The Johnnies can rebound Wednesday night against visiting Columbia.
Red Storm Basketball Schedule
Despite the Orange being 3-0 and being in the Top 10 in the AP poll, head coach Jim Boeheim isn't pleased.
"Right now, we're the most overrated team that I've ever had," said Boeheim after SU moved to 2-0 overall with a 86-67 victory over Canisius on Sunday. "And I'm a little shocked that everybody's bought into this whole thing. We've got a long ways to go. We are not a good basketball team."
"For those keeping score, Boeheim had run all 10 of his healthy scholarship players onto the court barely 10 minutes into the game," wrote Syracuse Post-Standard columnist Bud Poliquin on Wednesday. "Meanwhile, he'd unfastened his top button and loosened his tie by the seven-minute mark of the first half."
Though the season is just underway and the Orange have yet to have a blemish on their overall record, there is some concern.
Against three inferior opponents, the Orange defeated Northern Iowa, 68-46, Friday, SU has either led or trailed by just a couple points at halftime.
Junior forward Kris Joseph has averaged just nine points in his three starts as SU's go-to guy.
Freshmen Dion Waiters and Fab Melo have been awful.
|2010 - Fab Melo||3||15.3||1.3||2.3||57.1||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.7||0.0||0.7||1.7||2.3||0.0||0.7||0.3||0.7||4.3||2.7|
|2010 - Dion Waiters||3||14.0||1.7||5.7||29.4||1.3||3.0||44.4||0.7||1.3||50.0||0.3||1.3||1.7||1.3||0.0||0.3||0.0||0.7||5.3|
At least, Orange Nation has four more games until they play Michigan State (No. 2 in both the AP and USA-Today polls).
Orange Basketball Schedule