Sunday, December 5

Big East basketball standings, preview for the 2021-22 season

As part of Illustrated SportsIn previewing the 2021-22 men’s college basketball season, we are breaking down each of the seven major conferences (CAA, ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC), plus “the best of the rest.” Everything will be complete with the breakdown of each team by our analyst, plus a projected finish order drawn from SI’s 1-358 master rankings, to be revealed prior to the start of the season. Next is the Great East.

The panorama

The Great East is in an all too familiar position: with Villanova as the main threat and possible contender for the national championship, and the rest of the field competing for a surprise. UConn is shaping up to be the Wildcats’ main contender this season for the Big East crown, despite the departure of James Bouknight. Meanwhile, more intrigue at the conference lies in Marquette’s new coach, Shaka Smart, and the identity he will bring to the Golden Eagles program. Xavier and Seton Hall will also be among the teams competing for the top, but there is a clear difference between Villanova and the rest of the conference. Which team will be the one to step forward?

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