A Preview Of The 2007-08 Big East Campaign

By Richard Kent
Updated: November 1, 2007

CONNECTICUT — It should be another banner year in the Big East Conference for the men. Here’s a look at how we see this year’s race.


1. Georgetown: This is a Final Four team. It has everything including four starters back from last year’s Final Four team. Head coach John Thompson III is doing a great job. Jonathan Wallace is tough at the point.

2. Marquette: This is a team that can go deep into the NCAA’s. Dominic James is one of the top guards in the country. Jerel McNeal and Wesley Matthews are doing great jobs.

3. Louisville: Another NCAA team led by guard Brandon Jenkins.

4. Syracuse: They are never far from the top. Donte Greene will be strong at the power forward position. Jim Boeheim always does a great job.

5. UConn: This is a team with talent especially up front. Jim Calhoun is one of the top coaches in the country. Hashem Thabet will be touch inside at 7-3.

6. Villanova: Great guards as usual led by Scottie Reynolds.

7. Providence: Yes, they are back. Geoff McDermott is a fine scorer. They could surprise.

8. West Virginia: New coach but the same system. Alex Ruoff can really score. He will be a star this season.

9. DePaul: They have talent down low in Matiga Poscic out of Croatia.

10. Pittsburgh: They are uncharacteristically out of the top 25, but with senior Keith Benjamin coming back they should be very good.

11. Rutgers: This team will surprise with a backcourt led by freshman Corey Chandler, finally a scorer for the Scarlett Knights.

12. Notre Dame: They return a lot led by Kyle McAlarney.

13. St. John’s: Anthony Mason is tough at the forward position.

14. Seton Hall: Jamar Nutter should have a special season.

15. South Florida: They are the worst team in the league by far and may not win a Big East game. Stan Heath is the Bulls’ new coach. He will do a good job when he has his own players.