It’s safe to say this league will have at least five teams in the NCAA Tournament, but anything more than that depends on what happens elsewhere.
This may be the best coaching job Jay Wright has done at Villanova. And it will only be enhanced if the Wildcats reach the NCAA Tournament.
Tom Crean simply won’t allow his team to get caught looking ahead to their showdown with No. 1 Michigan on Saturday at Assembly Hall, but that doesn’t mean that Indiana will be able to play the way they want to against Purdue.
Villanova has a slew of players that could eventually turn into decent contributors at the Big East level — but most of them are unproven.
St. John’s coach Steve Lavin and Villanova’s Jay Wright will serve as guest studio analysts for NCAA tournament coverage this week.
Jim Valvano used to say all that matters in college basketball is surviving and advancing and that’s exactly what happened for Kevin Willard’s Seton Hall team against St. Francis on Saturday night.
The Big East faces an uncertain next few years. This team is coming. Those teams are going. The Big East’s expansion moves alone could just about fill up the transactions wire each day.
After losing seniors Corey Fisher, Corey Stokes, and Antonio Pena, Villanova will have five first-year players — all of whom figure to have a prominent role in coach Jay Wright’s rotation.
Jonathan Mitchell has a national championship ring from his freshman year at Florida. Now he has a game-winning shot in his senior season at Rutgers.