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College Basketball 2014-15: Xavier Musketeers Team Preview

Matt Stainbrook leads young Musketeers in second season in Big East
College Basketball 2014-15: Xavier Musketeers Team Preview

Few believed Xavier would finish in the top half of the retooled Big East based on last year’s preseason predictions. But the Musketeers, picked seventh by the league’s media in the fall, went on to tie for third with a 10–8 conference record, including a 7–2 mark at home.

 

College Basketball 2014-15: Big East Predictions and Awards

Georgetown's D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera leads the All-Big East team
College Basketball: 2014-15 Big East Predictions and Awards

The first year of the new Big East alignment brought a little bit of everything: a national player of the year and one of college basketball’s all-time greats (Creighton’s Doug McDermott), a national top 10 team (Villanova) and one surprising NCAA participant (Providence).

 

College Basketball: Ranking the Big East Coaches for 2014-15

Villanova's Jay Wright takes top spot
College Basketball: Ranking the Big East Coaches for 2014-15

The Big East coaching roster — back in its classic lineup — was notable for its firebrands on the bench with Jim Boeheim, John Thompson, Rollie Massimino and Lou Carnesecca.

 

The lineup in the second year of this version of the Big East may have personality but it is more notable for its familiarity.

 

College Basketball Weekend Recap: 15 Things to Know

McDermott, Wichita State, Florida set milestones in final weekend of regular season
College Basketball Weekend Recap: 15 Things to Know

Whether the achievements were fully expected, almost routine, or a true surprise, college basketball gave us some of the best of the sport during the weekend.

Even though Doug McDermott hit a career milestone, Wichita State continued its unbeaten streak or Florida joined an elite class, there was cause for celebration on the final day of the regular season.

The milestone in Lincoln wasn’t quite as expected as the others, but just as momentous as Nebraska all but clinched an NCAA Tournament bid with a win over Wisconsin.

Profiling Georgetown: NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch

Hoyas visit Marquette in key game for postseason hopes
Profiling Georgetown: NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch

Simply being in NCAA Tournament contention in the final days of February has to be a pleasant surprise for Georgetown.

The Hoyas have been out of sorts ever since losing to 15th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast in the NCAA Tournament last season. The season began with a puzzling loss to Northeastern in Puerto Rico. Guard Greg Whittington was dismissed in November. Center Josh Smith was ruled academically ineligible in January.

Creighton's Doug McDermott earns Athlon Player of the Week honors

South Carolina's Sindarius Thornwell named week's top freshman
Creighton's Doug McDermott earns Athlon Player of the Week honors

Doug McDermott bobblehead day left Jay Wright’s head spinning again.

If there’s one thing we know about the Big East this season, it’s that Creighton has Villanova’s number. The first time around, the Bluejays launched 21 3-pointers against Villanova. The Wildcats shut down some of Creighton’s outside shooting, but they couldn’t contain McDermott, the Athlon Sports National Player of the Week.

11 Need-to-Know Facts About Creighton's Doug McDermott

The Bluejays' McDermott is wrapping up one of the best careers in college basketball history
11 Need-to-Know Facts About Creighton's Doug McDermott

More and more, the college basketball regular season fades into the background for the general sports public.

Early entries to the NBA Draft have left the sport with few players who become household names by the time they are upperclassmen.

Creighton’s Doug McDermott should be in that rare class of college basketball superstar, but his career began in the Missouri Valley Conference, giving him a barrier to notoriety other productive seniors — Tyler Hansbrough, for example — never had to battle.

Weekly Tipoff: Which Team Has You Flip-Flopping Your Opinion?

Weekly Tipoff: Which Team Has You Flip-Flopping Your Opinion?

This regular season has been unusually unpredictable, especially when it comes to the top teams from back in November.

Athlon Sports isn’t above changing it’s opinions based on more games and more of the season. For better or worse, three teams have caused us to recalibrate what we think of each program this season.

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