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Some unexpected blows to the Big East

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St. John’s still doesn’t have a coach, and Marquette is losing at least two key players

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Happy Tuesday Nova Nation! The Big East had a bit of growing pains last season, as a number of known names left for the pros and a lot of young stars were learning how to play the conferences unique brand of basketball. But 2020 was supposed to be a return to elite status after a short hiatus. However, unexpected recent events have weakened the conference right out of the gate.

The latest blow is the decision of Marquette’s Hauser brothers to transfer out of what was looking like a preseason Top 5 team and Final Four contender. Surprising doesn’t even scratch the surface of how unexpected this move is, especially once Big East Player of the Year announced he’d be returning just days ago. In fact, many have speculated that his return was the trigger for this exodus. The Hausers were arguably the 2nd and 3rd most important players to this team, and their losses will be dificult to replace.

While the Big East still runs through Villanova until proven otherwise, Marquette would have been the preseason favorite to win the conference. Now the strongest competition would seem to be Seton Hall, having retained both their star player and their head coach.

Speaking of head coaches, St. John’s still doesn’t have one. As the links note below, they’ve reportedly made an offer to Loyola-Chicago head coach Porter Moser. We’ll likely know if he’ll accept soon, but this has already been a messy search. Not only was the separation with former star Chris Mullin a mess with assistants and players finding out through the news and social media, but it triggered a mass exodus with players declaring they’ll transfer or head for the pros. Then new their new AD missed on his first choice when Bobby Hurley turned the position down. And now their seems to be an internal struggle when former St. John’s player and current Iona head coach Tim Cluess seemed to be the front runner.

Despite these two teams that made the NCAA Tournament seeing setbacks, the Big East should still be much improved from a year ago. Teams like Georgetown, Xavier, and Butler look to be ready for big steps forward next season, and you can never count out teams with veteran coaches like Providence or Creighton. There may have been a few setbacks, but the Big East should still return to elite status next season.

Which begs the question Nova Nation, who do you think is Villanova’s biggest competition to retain their conference crown?

Poll

Who is Nova’s biggest competition for a Big East Championship in 2020?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Butler
    (7 votes)
  • 4%
    Creighton
    (38 votes)
  • 0%
    DePaul
    (7 votes)
  • 32%
    Georgetown
    (254 votes)
  • 6%
    Marquette
    (54 votes)
  • 2%
    Providence
    (19 votes)
  • 46%
    Seton Hall
    (368 votes)
  • 0%
    St. John’s
    (2 votes)
  • 5%
    Xavier
    (44 votes)
793 votes total Vote Now

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