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November 2, 2007
Big East appears ready to bounce back
Big East predicted order of finish
8. Notre Dame#
9. West Virginia#
11. Seton Hall
14. St. John's
The Big East sent only six teams to the NCAA Tournament last season.
Syracuse will be happy to tell anyone who will listen that it should have been seven. The Orange finished 10-6 in conference play, but came up empty on Selection Sunday.
Maybe Jim Boeheim had a gripe, but maybe not. Syracuse had an RPI of 50. The conference was No. 5 in the RPI, a five-year low.
That's not likely to happen again. The Big East is on an uptick.
The league's move to an 18-game conference schedule will be worth watching closely. Essentially, teams will be playing two conference games instead of two nonconference cupcakes. For all of the potential damage it might do in the loss column, it ultimately should be a winner for the Big East.
Here is the Rivals.com preview of the Big East season:
Bob McClellan is the college basketball editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.