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Rant Sports NCAAB Conference Preview: Big East

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Another year of college basketball is quickly approaching and in preparation, Rant Sports College Basketball Network Manager Paul Seaver will be breaking down and predicting the outcomes of each conference across the country.

Today, we look at the Big East:

 

Louisville enters the 2012-13 season as the favorite within the Big East Conference, but there is no shortage of competition that can contend for a conference title.

SyracuseCincinnati and Notre Dame look to assert their firepower near the top of the league, while Pittsburgh looks to rebound from a disappointing campaign a year ago. Georgetown, Connecticut (banned from 2013 postseason) and Marquette all most replace their star players from the 2011-12 season, but despite the drop off, each will have their opportunities to bang within the middle of the conference pack.

As previous years has shown however, the shakeup within the Big East runs deep. Teams like St. John’s and South Florida should each have their chances at success, while DePaul, for the first time in a number of years, has a chance to climb within the league standings.

Buckle up Big East fans, another year of college basketball is on the way.

 

Big East Predictions:

1. Louisville

2. Syracuse

3. Cincinnati

4. Notre Dame

5. Pittsburgh

6. Georgetown

7. St. John’s

8. Connecticut

9. Marquette

10. South Florida

11. Villanova

12. DePaul

13. Rutgers

14. Seton Hall

15. Providence

 

First Team All-Big East Predictions:

G Peyton Siva, Sr., Louisville

G Sean Kilpatrick, Jr., Cincinnati

G D’Angelo Harrison, So., St. John’s

F Otto Porter, So., Georgetown

FGorgui Dieng, Jr., Louisville

 

Big East Player of the Year Prediction:

Peyton Siva, Sr., Louisville

 

Coach of the Year Prediction:

Mick Cronin, Cincinnati

 

Newcomer of the Year Prediction:

Steven Adams, Fr., Pittsburgh

 

Last Team to Win NCAA Tournament Game:

2012- Louisville advanced to the Final Four

 

 

Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse