Big East basketball boasts the national champion from last year’s NCAA Tournament in the UConn Huskies as they find themselves the talk of the town heading into a new season. The Huskies made quite the run to national glory in winning their fifth title in school history. With just a month away from the 2023-24 season, we take a look at the preseason conference power rankings for the Big East and who could potentially make a run to the national title this season.
The Huskies aren’t without plenty of competition as a ton of top names returned for the upcoming year with one thing on their mind. The Marquette Golden Eagles return led by last year’s Big East Player of the Year Tyler Kolek. Last year’s Defensive Player of the Year Ryan Kalkbrenner leads a trio of names back for the Creighton Bluejays. 2022-23 Most Improved Player Joel Soriano is a mainstay for head coach Rick Pitino as he looks to rebuild the St. John’s Red Storm.
The conference saw five teams make it to the NCAA Tournament in UConn, Creighton, Marquette, Providence Friars and Xavier Musketeers. While the Huskies won it all, the Bluejays made it the second-furthest, falling in the Elite Eight at the buzzer.
With a clean slate and new storylines ready to roll, the conference continues to boast a star cast of rosters and head coaching names. Head coach Ed Cooley takes over for the Georgetown Hoyas, Kim English takes over Providence and Rick Pitino takes over the St. John’s Red Storm. On top of the newcomers, there are some second-year head coaches looking to make encore performances across the landscape as well.
The college basketball landscape has become as competitive as ever despite recent NIL changes and the transfer portal has also given fans reason to celebrate as it continues to give teams firepower as all roads lead to March and the NCAA Tournament. Take a look at the 2023-24 preseason conference power rankings for the Big East.