Big East Men’s Basketball Season Preview (2020-21)

| November 23, 2020 8:51 am PST
Big East Men’s Basketball Season Preview 2020-21

Before you just assume that Villanova is going to run away with the Big East, you may want to check last year’s standings. Creighton finished the year ranked 7th in the nation while Seton Hall was 15th. Both programs tied the Wildcats with identical 13-5 conference records.

Let’s dive into a Big East basketball season preview for 2020-21 and find out what’s in store. 

Big East Basketball Tournament Odds

It’s fine to bet on the Wildcats cutting the nets down in Madison Square Garden. I even picked Nova to win the Big East when I locked in my college basketball conference tournament predictions.

The issue is at -105, there doesn’t appear to be much value on the table.

The bet I like in regards to the Big East basketball odds is the Blue Jays at +330.

Should Villanova Be the Big East Favorite?

The departure of Saddiq Bey (drafted 19th overall) leaves a hole in Jay Wright’s frontcourt. The Wildcats didn’t ink a single prospect with any stars. Literally – not a single one.

One might wonder why Villanova is such a substantial favorite to win the league. Let me fill everyone in.

Collin Gillespie is the prototypical point guard you’d expect to see in a Jay Wright lineup. Gillespie is intelligent and savvy, plus he’s a great leader who takes pride in guarding on the perimeter. In Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, we’re talking about a 6’9” 230-pound rising sophomore who nearly averaged a double-double as a freshman (10.5 ppg, 9.4 rbg). Look for Robinson-Earl to surge up 2021 NBA Draft boards as the upcoming season wears on.

Aside from these two studs, Bryan Antoine is poised for a big role off the bench and Justin Moore has lots of room to grow. Throw in the intangibles provided by senior Jermaine Samuels and you quickly see why Nova is the team to beat in the conference.

Big East Sleeper Team – Marquette Golden Eagles

Is it that crazy to think that Markus Howard moving on could actually be a good thing for the Golden Eagles?

As gifted of a scorer as Howard is, his need to dominate the ball caused the rest of his teammates to sometimes get stagnant. Expect much more cohesion and ball movement in 2020-21.

Steve Wojciechowski brings back a handful of key role players, but the guy I have my eyes on is incoming freshman Dawson Garcia.

Here’s an ambidextrous kid who dribbles and passes like a guard but happens to be 6’11.” The #4 power forward in the 2020 class is going to be special. Marquette has a chance to disrupt the Big East.

Big East’s Best Player

Don’t be shocked if Dawson Garcia finds himself on the Big East First-Team. Three names you can bet your bottom dollar on appearing are highlighted below.

Marcus Zegarowski – Creighton

I’d need multiple paragraphs just to scratch the surface of relaying how good of a basketball player Creighton’s PG is. I’ll keep it simple and reiterate that Marcus Zegarowski might just be the best player in the country – period. He’s undoubtedly on everyone’s list of the top Wooden Award contenders.

Collin Gillespie – Villanova

The second-best player in the Big East is Collin Gillespie. Perhaps somewhat of an afterthought for Jay Wright when he joined the roster in 2017, check out the strides Gillespie has made during his three seasons in the Philly suburb.

Year Minutes/Game Points/Game Assists/Game Rebounds/Game Steals/Game
2017-18 14.4 4.3 1.1 1.3 0.6
2018-19 29.5 10.9 2.8 2.4 1.1
2019-20 34.1 15.1 4.5 3.7 1.2

David Duke – Providence

Flying well under the radar on most preseason watchlists, this Big East basketball preview will pay David Duke the respect he deserves. Growing up just a mile or so from the Providence campus, this 6’5” versatile guard is a dynamic slasher oozing with athleticism. The scary thing for opposing defenders is Duke’s three-point % vaulted to 42% this past season.

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