Is Villanova the Big East’s best team? Based on win-loss record and efficiency margin, the answer is clear. The Wildcats are certainly bound for the NCAA tournament, but digging deeper into the numbers suggests another squad might surpass Nova. Continue reading “Tempo-Free Big East: Feb. 11th Edition”
Is parity good for the Big East? Continue reading “Tempo-Free Big East: Jan. 22 Edition”
These eight soon-to-be sophomores didn’t have an extensive role during their freshman seasons, but will be crucial if their respective teams want to contend for the Big East title. Continue reading “Eight rising Big East sophomores”
It was a rough first game for the first night of the new-look Big East tournament.
The key topic during this week’s Big East teleconference was parity. This idea is paraded a few times each year either nationally (when there isn’t a clear leading team) or within certain conferences (when squads are bunched together), and as evidenced by yesterday’s call, Big East coaches feel parity is directly applicable to conference play this season. Continue reading “Big East Tempo-Free Metrics: Week Six”
Expectations were too high for St. John’s this preseason. Steve Lavin had consistently maintained that his team would gel by February, but of course, it is easy to dismiss that as mere coach’s talk, and then downplay and downgrade a team when they drop their first five Big East games.
The Big East has become a bit clearer in the second week of conference play, but the conference’s gut — teams ranked fourth through sixth in the chart below — is still considerably murky. The efficiency margin separating Georgetown, Marquette, and Providence ranges up to .05, too small a margin to predict which team might pose a challenge to the conference’s top tier. Continue reading “Big East Tempo-Free Metrics: Week Two”