The Big East has been the dominant conference in college basketball over the last few years but hasn't produced a national champion in a while now.
After a Final Four season, Villanova is one of many favorites to return to college basketball's most glorious stage.
Following a disappointing 09-09 season, Georgetown is out on a mission and the Uconn Huskies are looking forward to returning to the Final Four as well.
For some odd reason, none of these statements look promising.
Jim Calhoun and the Huskies were pushed to the limit at home against Hofstra. They won 76-67, but Uconn was challenged in the frontcourt, backcourt and mentally.
"Hofstra gave us everything we could handle," said UConn head coach Jim Calhoun. "Down nine with nine to go in your own building, I think, is tougher than being down nine on the road."
Uconn is more than capable of beating Hofstra by 25 points but at some point as players you've got learn how to step on an opponents' throat. We should see the real Uconn in a matchup with Duke soon.
Villanova has no excuse whatsover for their play against George Mason. Freshman Isaiah Armwood drilled a three-pointer with 17.6 seconds left to propel Villanova 69-68 in Puerto Rico.
Villanova made only two field-goals in the opening 10 minutes and trailed 19-7. Villanova didn't play like the #5 team in the nation while shooting 59% from the free-throw line and and 35% from the field. Villanova had three players foul out and they combined for 19 points.
If Jay Wright wants to stay afloat, he'll need Senior point guard Scottie Reynolds to lead the team and not commit eight turnovers.
Georgetown is the only team I'd give the benefit of the doubt because they played a traditionally quality foe.
The Hoyas are less talented from a year ago but John Thompson III still has some horses on campus.
After a 19-13 lead at halftime, the Hoyas just sqeaked by Temple on a smooth layup from 6'10 center Greg Monroe. The layup looked so routine that you'd assume the Temple defender let him score.
Monroe notched 11 points on and Georgetown reached 2-0. If Georgetown wants to go far in the NCAA's, Monroe needs the ball more often.
If the Big East wants to remain the "Cream of the Crop" then it's powerhouses willl have to play well each night and win the games they're supposed to win.
Nova' has a matchup with the Dayton Flyers in a few minutes while Georgetown plays another cupcake in Savannah State on Saturday.