The Big East may seem to be falling apart, with Syracuse and Notre Dame leaving in the future, but the conference will still be one of the best in college basketball this season. Expect the Big East to snag seven bids in the NCAA tournament.
Cincinnati surprised most last season by making it all the way to the Sweet 16. Well, the Bearcats will return its backcourt from last year, which is a huge plus for this up-and-coming team.
Georgetown will be a very young team this year, with a lot of freshman and sophomores. Otto Porter had a pretty good first season with the Hoyas, averaging 9.7 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game. Look for a monster year out of Porter.
Louisville will only be ranked in the Top Three to start the 2012-13 college basketball season. Don't be surprised if they enter the season as the No. 1 team. Peyton Siva will be back, along with most of Louisville's team from last year. This will likely be the best defensive team in the country.
Marquette lost its two best players in the offseason, but the next best four will be back. Vander Blue will most likely lead this team all season long, thanks to Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom no longer being on the team.
Notre Dame has been in the news quite a bit lately, thanks to the Fighting Irish deciding to join the ACC. Well, Notre Dame will be in the Big East this season, which means Jack Cooley is going to wreak havoc all over the conference.
Pittsburgh had an absolutely horrible season last year, finishing off at 17-16 on the year. For what it's worth, the Panthers did manage to win the CBI tournament though. Coming off of some momentum from last season, and picking up some pretty good recruits, Pittsburgh should make it into the NCAA tournament.
Syracuse is another team that is leaving the Big East. The Orange were the best team for a good portion of last season, but they are losing a lot of their players. However, Brandon Triche will be back and Michael Carter-Williams will finally get some playing time. Carter-Williams will likely be the best player on this very balanced team.
Prediction: Seven Teams