The Big East Figures to be Powerhouse League in 2017-18

It’s May 25th. The NBA Draft declaration dust has officially settled, as of 11:59pm last night, and it’s time to take an early look at the Big East conference for the 2017-18 season. There are 170 days between now and the start of the 2017-18 college basketball season on Friday, November 10th.  So, yes,  there could still be roster changes that impact next season, but we now know which key players are going pro and which key players are returning to school.


Player

School

Returning to School?

Foster, Marcus

Creighton

Yes

Patton, Justin

Creighton

No

Peak, LJ

Georgetown

No

Bullock, Rodney

Providence

Yes

Delgado, Angel

Seton Hall

Yes

Ahmed, Bashir

St. John's

Yes

Bluiett, Trevon

Xavier

Yes

Kanter, Kerem

Xavier

Yes

Sumner, Edmond

Xavier

No

Big East players with eligibility remaining that declared for the 2017 NBA Draft

This version of the 10-team Big East has had four seasons to prove itself as a basketball power conference. In that time the league has compiled 22 NCAA Tournament bids, 4 Sweet 16 appearances, 2 Elite 8 appearances, 1 Final 4 appearance and the National Championship win by Villanova in 2016. Overall the Big East has 22 NCAA Tournament wins over the last 4 seasons. The Big East’s RPI each season has finished in the top 4 and the league has finished top 5 each season in the Kenpom ratings.

2014-2017 NCAA Tournament Performance

League

Wins

Losses

Bids

National Championships

ACC

53

26

28

2

American*

12

11

12

1

Atlantic 10

9

15

15

0

Big 12

29

27

27

0

Big East

22

21

22

1

Big Ten

38

27

27

0

Pac-12

30

21

21

0

SEC

32

16

16

0

*Louisville was in the American for the 2013-14 season. The Cardinals account for 1 bid, 2 wins and 1 loss for that league in that season before leaving for the ACC.
All of the success the league has had since in this iteration has helped re-gain the respect that was severely lacking following the Catholic 7 split and subsequent poor NCAA Tournament performance back in 2014. Obviously topping the 2016 National Championship will be difficult, but the Big East is poised to have their deepest cadre of teams in the 2017-18 season. Picking the conference standings on May 25th is typically a difficult proposition any year, but this year it seems especially daunting with league likely to churn itself up.

Having said that, here’s the pcbb1917.com 2017-18 final standings prediction on May 25th:

  1. Villanova
  2. Xavier
  3. Seton Hall
  4. Providence
  5. Butler
  6. Creighton
  7. Marquette
  8. St. John’s
  9. DePaul
  10. Georgetown

What’s your prediction? Vote in this poll and leave your comments, reasoning, criticism or whatever else you want to say below.

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