Final Big East Tempo-Free Metrics and Awards

It has been a weird 2014 Big East season. Exciting and sensational, yes — Creighton and Villanova offensively assaulting their opponents, Doug McDermott’s ascension through the NCAA’s record book, St. John’s 10-3 streak after starting the season 0-5 — but the central theme of the revised conference play has been the inability of any team other than Creighton or Villanova to separate themselves. Forget KenPom or RPI rankings: the other eight team simply aren’t that good. This has made for a entertaining, but also frustrating, season: games which would define a team’s season in past years — SJU beating Creighton at the Garden, Georgetown defeating Xavier and Creighton — were followed by puzzling defeats. So while the first post-realignment Big East has been definitely a mixed bag, below are the conference’s final tempo-free metrics, and the all-conference honors.

Villanova 16-2 1.15 1.00
Creighton 14-4 1.19 1.05
St. John’s 10-8 1.03 0.99
Xavier 10-8 1.09 1.07
Providence 10-8 1.09 1.09
Marquette 9-9 1.04 1.06
Georgetown 8-10 1.05 1.07
Seton Hall 6-12 1.04 1.08
Butler 4-14 1.00 1.09
DePaul 3-15 1.00 1.16
  • Player of the year: Doug McDermott, Creighton (obviously, though in any other season, Providence’s Bryce Cotton would get the nod)
  • Coach of the year: Jay Wright, Villanova (even though Creighton is the only team to defeat the Wildcats, a top-seed in the Big East tournament was wholly unexpected)
  • Rookie of the year: Rysheed Jordan, St. John’s (the Philadelphia-native is so hard to defend in isolation situations that it masks his perimeter deficiencies, and it will be interesting if he returns for his sophomore year)

First team all-conference

  • McDermott
  • D’Angelo Harrison, St. John’s
  • Cotton
  • James Bell, Villanova
  • Semaj Christon, Xavier

Second team all-conference

  • Markel Starks, Georgetown (though I am buying stock in D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera for a outstanding Big East tourney. The guard tumbled mid-season, and Starks was sound throughout January and February, but a breakout postseason for Smith-Rivera is a possibility)
  • Ethan Wragge, Creighton (the Bluejays’ offense isn’t as potent if the bearded marksman isn’t connecting from deep)
  • Justin Martin, Xavier
  • Jordan
  • JayVaughn Pinkston, Villanova

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