Big East & AAC Preseason Rankings and All-Conference Teams

Here are the preseason rankings and All-Conference teams for the Big East and American Athletic Conference.

The Big East Preseason Player of the Year, Doug McDermott, is a kid from Iowa who’s never played a game in the Big East or Madison Square Garden.

The AAC Preseason Player of the Year, Russ Smith, is a kid from Brooklyn who’s never played a game in the AAC or a conference tournament game in Memphis.

 

BIG EAST PRESEASON POLL (1st place votes in parens)

1. Marquette (5)

2. Georgetown (2)

3. Creighton (1)

4. Villanova

5. St. John’s (2) To read more of this story, click here

Isaiah Whitehead Could Become Face of the Big East (At Least For a Year)

2013 Elite 24NEW YORK — When Isaiah Whitehead committed to Seton Hall on Thursday afternoon, he automatically became the highest-ranked player in the Class of 2014 committed to a Big East school, according to the Scout.com rankings.

In fact, Seton Hall now has the two highest-rated incoming recruits, with Whitehead at No. 12 and forward Angel Delgado at No. 42. (See chart below.)

Remember that Syracuse, Louisville and UConn are among those no longer in the Big East, so other top commits who would have played in the Big East are now headed to other conferences.

For example, Syracuse pledge Chris McCullough of New York is No. 15, UConn pledge Daniel Hamilton is No. 19 and Louisville commit Shaqquan Aaron is No. 32. To read more of this story, click here

Big East Releases 2013-14 Schedule

The Big East released the 2013-14 schedule, with a special five-game “marathon” on New Year’s Eve.

The conference announced that each school will play an 18-game schedule, the first time since 1994-95 that the league will feature a full, double round-robin format.

FOX Sports 1 will broadcast the majority of the games, while others will be seen on CBS, though a licensing deal between the two broadcast companies.

While the schools will release their full schedules soon, the composite conference schedule is below.

For the SNY Big East Preseason Rankings and Teams, click here.

To read more of this story, click here

Coach K, Roy Williams Favor Having ACC Tournament in New York

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — It may be only a matter of time before the ACC Tournament comes to Madison Square Garden — and you can count Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina’s Roy Williams among those who’d like to see it happen.

“We have New York, we should use it,” Coach K told SNY.tv at the Peach Jam. “If we don’t use it, we’re foolish. We use [Madison Square Garden] at Duke, we come there every year.”

Both Coach K and Williams said they would at least be in favor of rotating the ACC Tournament through the Garden — if not having it there every year. To read more of this story, click here

Report: Val Ackerman Is New Big East Commish

Former WNBA Commissioner Val Ackerman will be the new Commissioner of the Big East Conference, according to a report by Bloomberg News.

Ackerman, 53, was the head of the WNBA from 1995-2006. She also served as an NBA staff attorney and was the first female president of USA Basketball from 2005 to 2008.

“She brings all of that experience with intelligence, a keen analytical ability, an intense work ethic and a winning management style,” NBA Commissioner David Stern told Bloomberg via e-mail. To read more of this story, click here

SNY Big East Preseason Rankings; All-Big East Teams; Top Incoming Recruits (UPDATED)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post was updated on June 18 to reflect the news of the torn ACL suffered by Georgetown’s Greg Whittington.***

This isn’t your father’s Big East Conference.

The Big East Conference of 2013-14 won’t have traditional Final Four contenders Syracuse and Louisville. The Jimmy and Ricky Show has moved on to a Denny’s somewhere near Greensboro (Rick Pitino will have to wait until Louisville joins the ACC in 2014 for that).

Six other schools — Cincinnati, UConn, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh Rutgers and USF — are also gone.

Enter Butler, Creighton and Xavier to the new 10-team Big East that managed to keep the conference name and the postseason tournament at Madison Square Garden when it broke off with the football schools. To read more of this story, click here