Great basketball will be played across the country this season, but no region will beat Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. Dana O'Neil maps out the perfect road trip for hoops fanatics, ending in Rising Sun, Ind.
The ACC, which always branded itself as the best basketball league in the country but really lacked the sort of depth to stake that claim, is making a pretty good claim now. The Big East is another story.
Will the Big East schools without big-time football programs merge with other universities of the same ilk and create a hoops haven? It's not out of the question, says one former college sports power broker.
On the same weekend its founder passed away, the Big East as we know it forever changed with the sudden defections of Syracuse and Pitt -- with more likely to come. Dave Gavitt would've been embarrassed by the hypocrisy and greed of it all.
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.