The 2009-10 college basketball season is almost two months old. And the nonconference portion of the schedule is nearly complete. So it's time to take a look at where the Big East stands with conference play on the horizon.
Earl Clark scored 17 points, and fifth-ranked Louisville turned up the pressure in the second half with two big runs to beat No. 10 Villanova 69-55 on Friday night and reach the Big East tournament championship game for the first time.
Terrence Williams scored on a drive with 7.4 seconds left to give Louisville the lead, and Villanova missed two shots down low in the final seconds as the Cardinals held on for a 61-60 victory Saturday.
With the 16-team Big East looking primed to set a new NCAA tournament record for berths, coaches are preparing for a brutal season. The Big East ShootAround breaks down all the happenings in the league and looks ahead to the 2008-09 season.
In this age of college players leaving early, the Big East didn't see many defections. And that's bad news for coaches in the mega-league, which will boast four Final Four favorites and 10 squads with realistic NCAA tournament hopes, writes Andy Katz.
Juan Palacios scored 13 points in his final game at Freedom Hall to lead No. 13 Louisville to a 68-54 win over Villanova on Sunday, setting up a showdown with No. 11 Georgetown next weekend for the Big East title.
Two months into the season, the 16 Big East teams are facing more questions than answers as they enter conference play. Even the likely contenders -- Georgetown and Marquette -- aren't givens, writes Andy Glockner.