Athlon starts your college basketball week with key stats from the hardcourt.
With 347 Division I teams, following college basketball can be overwhelming. Let Athlon Sports start your college hoops week each Monday with a look at some of the most intriguing, most important and most interesting stats from around the sport:
As conference play begins in a few weeks, here's where the Big East stands so far
Aside from the turmoil caused by conference realignment, the Big East has continued some familiar trends: Syracuse continues to be among the national elite with a bench player taking his turn in the spotlight, Louisville continues to be a defensive pest, and Georgetown is at its best when no one expects big things out of the Hoyas.
But the league has its share of surprises, such as Cincinnati’s ascent and a flop of a season for Florida State.
Previewing key college basketball matchups for Tennessee, Georgetown, Florida and more
If the unofficial start of the SEC-Big East Challenge began in the Bahamas on Friday, the Big East is in good shape.
Louisville defeated SEC newcomer Missouri 84-61 in a Battle 4 Atlantis semifinal, but, of course, the game was not part of the official Challenge, which begins Thursday and continues through Saturday. Neither Louisville nor Missouri are taking part in the 12-game event.
Roy Williams' team looks to make statement in Maui
Success in Maui has been a good sign for most teams in recent years. Two of the last four Maui Invitational champions have gone on to win the national title (2008-09 North Carolina, 2010-11 Connecticut). Players like Kemba Walker, Ty Lawson, Kyle Singler and Adam Morrison have thrived in this tournament in recent seasons as well.