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.
In front of a record crowd at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse dismantled Villanova with a brutally efficient and balanced attack. And on a day when the No. 1 and No. 2 teams fell, did the Orange play their way into the top spot?
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.
Villanova sophomore Scottie Reynolds isn't a natural, vocal leader. But if he keeps playing like he did against Syracuse -- 22 points, six assists and zero turnovers -- he'll be leading the Cats to the Dance, writes Dana O'Neil.