Mar 10, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Louisville Cardinals guard Peyton Siva (3) celebrates winning the championship game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at the Big East Tournament held at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Big East Basketball 2012-13 Preseason Projections


The college hoops season is right around the corner, and Busting Brackets is here to whet your basketball-starved appetite. Over the next five weeks, we are publishing season previews team by team, conference by conference, to offer a glimpse into the upcoming season. Busting Brackets is giving you the lowdown on the biggest storylines, offseason changes and x-factors for each team and each league as we roll into the 2012-13 season. Our complete season preview archive can be accessed here. Buckle up, peeps.

Projected Big East Standings

Team

League Record

NCAA tourney?

1

 Louisville Cardinals
Louisville

14-4

Yes

2

Syracuse Orange
Syracuse

13-5

Yes

3

Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Notre Dame

13-5

Yes

4

Cincinnati Bearcats
Cincinnati

12-6

Yes

5

Pittsburgh Panthers
Pittsburgh

11-7

Yes

6

South Florida Bulls
South Florida

11-7

Yes

7

Georgetown Hoyas
Georgetown

10-8

Yes

8

Marquette Golden Eagles
Marquette

10-8

Yes

9

Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Rutgers

8-10

No

10

St. John's Red Storm
St. John’s

7-11

No

11

Connecticut Huskies
Connecticut

6-12

No

12

Providence Friars
Providence

6-12

No

13

DePaul Blue Demons
DePaul

5-13

No

14

Seton Hall Pirates
Seton Hall

5-13

No

15

Villanova Wildcats
Villanova

4-14

No

Awards and Honors

Player of the Year

Jack Cooley

F/C

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Freshman of the Year

Steven Adams

C

Pittsburgh Panthers

Coach of the Year

Jamie Dixon

HC

Pittsburgh Panthers

Top Impact Transfer

Trent Lockett

SG

Marquette Golden Eagles

Sixth Man of the Year

Luke Hancock

G/F

Louisville Cardinals

Defensive POY

Gorgui Dieng

C

Louisville Cardinals

Top Red-Shirt

Trevor Cooney

SG

Syracuse Orange

Comeback POY

Tray Woodall

PG

Pittsburgh Panthers

Best Team Offense

Syracuse Orange

Best Team Defense

Louisville Cardinals

Best Backcourt

Cincinnati Bearcats

Best Frontcourt

Louisville Cardinals

Best Starting-5

Louisville Cardinals

Best Bench

Syracuse Orange

Dishonorable Mention

Most Disappointing Team

Villanova Wildcats

Most Disappointing Player

Peyton Siva

Louisville Cardinals

Most Disappointing Freshman

Ricardo Ledo
(Academically Ineligible)
Kris Dunn

(Shoulder Surgery)

Providence Friars

Most Disappointing Senior

Mouphtaou Yarou

Villanova Wildcats

Projected Breakout Player Who May Not Break Out

Vander Blue

Marquette Golden Eagles

Worst Team Offense

Seton Hall Pirates

Worst Team Defense

DePaul Blue Demons

Worst Backcourt

Villanova Wildcats

Worst Frontcourt

Seton Hall Pirates

First-Team All-Big East

Player

Team

Pos.

Year

Vincent Council

Providence

PG

Senior

Sean Kilpatrick

Cincinnati

SG

Senior

Otto Porter

Georgetown

SF

Sophomore

Jack Cooley

Notre Dame

PF/C

Senior

Gorgui Dieng

Louisville

C

Junior

Second-Team All-Big East

Player

Team

Pos.

Year

Cashmere Wright

Cincinnati

PG

Senior

Tray Woodall

Pittsburgh

PG

Senior

Chane Behanan

Louisville

SF

Sophomore

C.J. Fair

Syracuse

PF

Junior

Steven Adams

Pittsburgh

C

Freshman

Third-Team All-Big East

Player

Team

Pos.

Year

Peyton Siva

Louisville

PG

Senior

Anthony Collins

South Florida

PG

Sophomore

Fuquan Edwin

Seton Hall

G/F

Junior

Cleveland Melvin

DePaul

SF

Junior

Davante Gardner

Marquette

PF

Junior

All-Big East Freshman Team

Player

Team

Pos.

Ryan Arcidiacono

Villanova

PG

Omar Calhoun

Connecticut

SG

Montrezl Harrell

Louisville

PF

DaJuan Coleman

Syracuse

C

Steven Adams

Pittsburgh

C

Top Big East Breakout Players

Player

Team

Pos.

Year

Michael Carter-Williams

Syracuse

PG

Sophomore

Ryan Boatright

Connecticut

PG

Sophomore

Jerian Grant

Notre Dame

SG

Sophomore

JayVaughn Pinkston

Villanova

SF

Sophomore

LaDontae Henton

Providence

SF

Sophomore

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  • http://www.facebook.com/carey.markoe Carey Markoe

    Sean Kilpatrick is a junior, FYI.

    • Evan, Busting Brackets

      That’s right. Feels like he’s been in college forever!