The Big East has certainly changed significantly since last year's conference expansion and is no longer a basketball powerhouse, but it isn't completely devoid of talent, either.
Creighton and Villanova have been two of the biggest surprise stories in college basketball this year. Neither team is a real threat to win a national championship, but both could do some serious damage in the tournament.
The Blue Jays are a particularly dangerous team because they are so efficient scoring the basketball. They can shoot the ball from the outside and have one of the top players in the country in Doug McDermott.
The Connecticut Huskies have been up and down throughout the season but are another team that could make it to the second weekend if things break right for them. They also have a top player to rely on in Shabazz Napier.
There is no Syracuse or Pittsburgh or even Louisville, but the Big East is still hanging strong, at least for one season.
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