This article is part of our Conference Preview series.
As expected, 2018-19 was a bit of a down season for the Big East, as Villanova took a step back and no one else really stepped up. Marquette looked like a legitimate Final Four contender and then fell apart late in the season, resulting in a first-round blowout at the hands of Murray State. Villanova ended up the most successful team in the conference again, yet it only made it to the Round of 32.
After notching a couple 1-seeds two years ago, the Big East has kind of toppled, and its glory as a top conference is no longer. That could change if Villanova returns to the top-10 and Seton Hall improves like expected, but the Pirates have rarely had these kinds of expectations to live up to.
Guards like Markus Howard and Myles Powell are two of the best in the country in terms of fantasy production, though it remains to be seen if they have what it takes to make a run in the NCAA tournament. The Big East is a good conference from top-to-bottom, but succeeding on a national level is far from guaranteed and another year of non-elite play is the most likely outcome.
Center: Omer Yurtseven, Georgetown Hoyas
The lack of an elite team is seen in the lack of an elite center in the Big East. A lot of that has to do with the majority of teams being guard heavy, but there isn't one big man that will completely