Of course, no other conference faces such an odd contorting of teams to make up a conference than the Big East. As of now, it appears the Big East will field a 15-team league in 2012-13. Pittsburgh and 'Cuse will remain in the league, while West Virginia is off to what it considers to be the greener pastures of the Big 12.
Syracuse: One of the two best teams throughout the length of the 2011-12 college basketball season, the Syracuse Orange went down admirably in the Elite Eight. And though they are likely to lose its' two best players, they will not be without talent in 2013.
The roster is gaining two top-50 recruits, adding to an already loaded squad. If Jim Boeheim can maintain control of the off-court issues, this 'Cuse team could have an equally successful team in 2012-13.
Louisville: Louisville is really a year ahead of schedule in terms of where they should be. Getting to the Final Four this season is quite the upset. With Peyton Siva returning and a roster guaranteed to be full of talent, we all know Rick Pitino will get this team back in the field of 68.
Villanova: Jay Wright and the Villanova Wildcats had quite a disappointing campaign in 2012. Look for that to turn around in a hurry as Wright brings in two top-100 recruits combined with an already talented, yet underachieving squad.
Pittsburgh: Even more disappointing than the Villanova Wildcats were the Pittsburgh Panthers who regressed back to the days before Ben Howland in 2012. But with a top-15 recruiting class and Jamie Dixon looking to reinstill a tough attitude into the program look for the Panthers to get right back in the hunt for college basketball supremacy.
South Florida: Stan Heath has done a great job making the Bulls' a tough, physical football, err...basketball team. Look for them to build on the momentum they created in 2012 as they add talent and experience to their roster.
Notre Dame: Mike Brey is probably one of the most underrated coaches in the whole country. I'm not sure I can name a single player who will play for Notre Dame next season. Yet, I know for certain the Irish are a lock for the NCAA Tournament.
On the Bubble:
Marquette: Without Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom, Buzz Williams faces quite a conundrum in trying to repeat his team's success without the primary reasons for that success. But by now we should know Williams is quite a coach. Of course, others have taken notice and he is a popular name for programs looking for a new head coach. If he leaves, Marquette loses its' spot on the bubble altogether.
Seton Hall: Seton Hall made a valiant effort to get back into the NCAA Tournament in 2012. The guess is they'll get even closer to that goal in 2013, but still ultimately come up short, due to a lack of talent and one of the weakest Big East's in recent memory.
Providence: Ed Cooley has done a wonderful job recruiting top talent to come to Providence. He is bringing in a class currently ranked No. 9 by Scout.com. But Cooley can coach too. If he can get his three top recruits ready to play come conference time, the Friars could shock some people and make the tournament. But we'll say in 2013 they'll come up just a tad bit shy.