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Big East Basketball: Projecting The Order of Finish in 2014-15

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The revamped Big East Conference may not have had the tough schedule and entertaining matchups from top to bottom, but it was still a solid conference in its first year of new operations. Here is a look at how the league projects in year two.

10. DePaul

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10. DePaul

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The Blue Demons bottomed out at 3-15 in the Big East and 12-21 overall, and three junior-college transfers should offset the loss of three key seniors a little bit. Look for DePaul to still struggle, however.

9. Seton Hall

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9. Seton Hall

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It's hard to believe this program was once one of the top schools in the country. Then again, so was DePaul. Seton Hall finished 17-17 a year ago and should be around that mark again.

8. Georgetown

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8. Georgetown

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John Thompson III brought in several blue-chip recruits who should help the Hoyas improve on an 18-15 overall record. Georgetown went 8-10 in the Big East last year and may have trouble finding traction again.

7. Butler

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7. Butler

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Second-year coach Brandon Miller is putting his own stamp on the program, bringing in several prize recruits while other players head for the exits. This team could be good in another year or two, but don't look for too much improvement just yet.

6. Marquette

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6. Marquette

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It's going to be a season of change under new coach Steve Wojciechowski. However, the Golden Eagles will have enough in the tank to challenge for the middle of the pack. There won't be much more improvement just yet, but it's coming.

5. St. John's

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5. St. John's

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The Red Storm finished 10-8 in the Big East and had a 20-win season, both decent marks in the Big East. Only three seniors graduated, so this program should still be among the ones on the rise. Challenging the top contenders might be a bit difficult this season.

4. Creighton

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4. Creighton

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It will be strange to not see Doug McDermott on the Creighton court this season, and the Blue Jays will definitely miss his superb talents. Five seniors graduated, so Creighton will take a step back from the top of the conference. They will still be a good program, though.

3. Xavier

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3. Xavier

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Xavier was 21-13 last year and 10-8 in the Big East, and they could move up a bit in the standings with teams like Creighton headed down. Four seniors, two of whom were redshirts, are gone and a tough schedule should help Xavier stay strong.

2. Providence

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2. Providence

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Last year's Big East tournament champion will be solid once again, and don't rule out this team competing for the overall title. The Friars lost four seniors, but some of the younger players will be seasoned from the Big East and NCAA tournament appearances of 2013-14.

1. Villanova

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1. Villanova

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The regular season champions and holders of a 29-5 overall record, Villanova ended up falling in the third round of the NCAA tournament to eventual champion and former Big East rival Connecticut. There's only one senior is on this year's roster, which includes an infusion of recruits in Mikal Bridges and Phil Booth.