Marquette Blasts Wisconsin Lutheran In Exhibition Game | Brewtown Andy, anonymouseagle.com
You would expect Big East teams to win their exhibition games, and Marquette did just that in feeding it to Wisconsin Lutheran over the weekend. It's not clear what the opponents get out of these games, but Marquette got the chance to warm up for the season. Of note, they were 7-20 from three, including Sandy Cohen's 3-3.
After a slow start, St. John's rolls to a 97-71 victory over St. Thomas Aquinas | Carmine Carcieri, rumbleinthegarden.com
Despite sitting Chris Obekpa, St. John's rolled in their final exhibition. The Johnnies were down by nine early but clearly took hold of things and handled their business after a bit. They shot 50% from deep and hit at least 7 threes on the night. If they can add outside shooting to their athletic ability, they suddenly become a much more tricky matchup.
Villanova vs. Nyack, exhibition final score: Wildcats post 82-45 win | Noah Thacker, vuhoops.com
Continuing the theme, Villanova opened up a can on Nyack. The Wildcats controlled the paint - no player on Nyack stands over 6'6" - and Daniel Ochefu pulled down 20 boards all by his lonesome. The ball movement the Nova displayed in tearing through the Big East last year was present here, with 19 assists on 31 baskets.
Seton Hall cruises past Caldwell 96-68 in first test for new-look team | Chris McManus, southorangejuice.com
Surely by now you're noticing a trend. Seton Hall was not good last year, but they are integrating eight new players into the squad this season with an eye towards improving quickly. They carried a 41-39 lead at halftime - which F Brandon Mobley attributed to understandable jitters - but pulled away and had some fun in the second half.
Bulldogs route visiting Franklin 98-43 | Mike Murtaugh, bigeastcoastbias.com
EVEN BUTLER IS DOING IT. Roosevelt Jones is back for Butler after missing all of last year due to injury, and he looks to be ready to pick up where he left off. Kellen Dunham - free of the shackles of Dee Davis - chipped in 14, and Butler shot over 60% as a team, including 41.2% from deep.
Are these guys college basketball's next great coaches? | Reid Forgrave, foxsports.com
A nice little look at a few names that Forgrave thinks might be the next hot commodities on the coaching market. More than that, though, it's a reminder of how quickly a guy can go from being the next big thing to being forgotten or unemployed. The grass always looks greener on the proverbial other side of the fence, but Coach Mack has put Xavier in a pretty good situation, and the stability he offers shouldn't be taken for granted.