The first year of the new Big East was quite uninspired, but in compiling the projected Big East standings for the 2014-15 college basketball season, we see a conference that could earn at least six bids to the NCAA tournament this year.
Of course, for a conference to send more than half its teams to the Big Dance, it needs to have a couple of dreadful teams at the bottom. Fortunately for the rest of the conference, DePaul, Marquette and perhaps even Creighton have volunteered to make that sacrifice this year.
At the brighter end of the spectrum, Villanova will be looking to make it two straight Big East regular-season titles, but don't be surprised if Georgetown or Xavier has something to say about it.
In ranking the teams from No. 1 through No. 10, we looked at outgoing players, incoming freshmen, D-I transfers, JUCO transfers, redshirts and projected starting fives. For better or worse, no stone was left unturned.
We look forward to your civilized disagreements about the order in which these teams will finish.
Other conferences previously covered in this summer series: