A Look At The Big East Tournament

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  1. Notre Dame (28-1, 16-0) – The Irish wrapped up their second straight regular-season conference title with Monday’s triple OT win over UConn. They’ve won 23 straight and have the best backcourt tandem in America – Skylar Diggins and Kayla McBride

 

2. UConn (27-3, 14-2) – With the exception of two losses to Notre Dame and one to Baylor, another great season for the seven-time national champion. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Stefanie Dolson have had All-American seasons and Kelly Faris is the complete player

 

3. Syracuse (11-5, 23-6) – The Big East will miss the sartorial splendor of Orange coach Quentin Hillsman. The program is headed to the ACC. And the ACC should be prepared to deal with one of the best young teams in the nation, although one that will be missing top senior center Kayla Alexander.

 

4. Louisville (23-7, 11-5) – Jeff Walz likes to talk to officials and doesn’t like wearing ties and sports coats. But he loves coaching intense basketball and his Cardinals exemplify that commitment. In Shoni Schimmel, the Cardinals have one of the best perimeter scorers in the conference.

5). St. John’s (17-11, 11-5) – There was question how the Red Storm would adapt after Coach Kim Barnes-Arico left for Michigan. Well, they did fine for Joe Tartamella, particularly against UConn, who beat them by only six. Shenneika Smith is the real deal.

6). Villanova (20-9, 9-7) – It was a good season for the venerable Harry Perretta, his 35th with the Wildcats. They beat Syracuse on the road in triple overtime last Saturday. Laura Sweeney continued her stellar career as one of the conference’s top scorers and rebounders.

7). DePaul (20-10, 9-7) – Doug Bruno’s team dealt with many injuries this season, primarily to guard Anna Martin, the conference’s leading scorer last season. But in guard Brittany Hrynko and center Katherine Harry, the Blue Demons have one of the most consistent high-low combinations in the league.

8). South Florida (20-9, 9-7) – The Bulls have relied most on their transition game and scoring, led by twins Andrea and Andrell Smith. Inga Orekhova can shoot three-pointers with anyone. As a result, the Bulls are likely headed to the NCAAs for the first time since 2005-06.

9). Rutgers (16-13, 7-9) – A very difficult season for the Scarlet Knights, accentuated by no scorers in the Top 30 and criticism that’s begun to fall on Hall of Fame coach C. Vivian Stringer. Unless Rutgers can win the tournament, it appears they will not play in the NCAA Tournament.

10). Marquette (15-14, 7-9) – Terri Mitchell’s teams play hard and are fundamentally sound, but this season began with the difficult task of drawing UConn as one of its home-and-away partners. That didn’t work out very well. Still, Sarina Simmons and Katharine Plouffe are solid players.

11). Georgetown (14-15, 5-11) – Senior guard Sugar Rodgers has been one of the top scorers in the Big East since she arrived. And it’s likely she will be one of the top 10 players taken in April’s WNBA Draft. But it wasn’t enough to keep. The Hoyas only win since February started was against Pittsburgh.

12). Seton Hall (10-19, 5-11) – Anne Donovan, coach of a WNBA champion and Olympic gold medalist, arrived three years ago to rebuild the program. After winning just two games conference games in two years, she more than doubled it, with wins over St. John’s and Rutgers. Now she leaves for the Connecticut Sun.

13). Cincinnati (12-17, 4-12) – Former UConn assistant Jamelle Elliott has relied on guard Dayeesha Hollins this season. And the redshirt junior has done all she can to help the Bearcats, whose season was highlighted by a win over Rutgers on senior day March 2. They’ve won three of their last four games.

14). Providence (7-22, 2-14) – Despite the bright facelift for Almuni Hall, it’s been another long year for the Friars and rookie coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl. Sophomore Tori Rule showed promise, but the Friars won just one of their last 11 games – and that was against Pittsburgh.

15). Pittsburgh (9-20, 0-16) – The Panthers head to the ACC next season with the distinction of just completing consecutive winless conference campaigns. Pittsburgh hasn’t won a Big East game since the 2011 conference tournament. And that’s really put a strain on veteran coach Agnus Berenato.

JOHN ALTAVILLA

jaltavilla@courant.com

 

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21 thoughts on “A Look At The Big East Tournament

  1. Myldrid Diggins

    I would like to thank all the Uconn “fans” for all the negative things they’ve said about that team.
    It is great to go up a number 2 team in the Big East Tourney knowing that they will de-moralized by how their own fans feel about them.
    Let me see you’ve said:
    Kaleena M. Lewis is too fat to guard McBride
    Faris has too many turnovers, is a liability in a half court game
    Dolson fouls too much
    Stewart can’t shoot and plays like a headless chicken
    Tuck–one of the worst freshmen in the country
    Hartley–has lost her mo-jo completely
    Doty–a gimpy kid who can’t score
    Jefferson–overrated and undersided

    Does that come close to how UConn Fans feel about THAT team???
    Boy, am I glad my niece plays for Notre Dame!!!

    1. EDD Senior Night

      Accurate. But you forgot that Geno is a Terrible Coach against Equal Talent when he does not Diana or Tina or Maya. This UConn team is 0-3 against the top 2 teams. UConn is 1-6 against ND. Not Tina’s or Diana’s or Sue’s team. This team. It starts with the coaches. Shea apparently cannot teach ball handling skills. Marissa apparently cannot show Stewart how to eat protein and lift weights. Geno cannot complete one sentence in interviews without mumbling and bumbling (think Chris Berman voice). If UConn coaches get credit for NCs then they should get blame for losses. 1 POINT LOSS COUNTS THE SAME AS A 30 POINT LOSS. There are no asterisks with comments tied to losses. They are losses. And this team can only beat lesser teams. FIRE GENO. He is the reason for 1 player recruiting classes.

      1. FREDDYKOOL

        FREDDYKOOL: GO SEE A CANDY COMPANY THEY NEED SOME NUTS FOR THERE BARS!!!!!

        1. Awareness

          Why would you call yourself a nut? I don’t know you that well but I’ll take your word for it.

    2. Joe

      It doesn’t come close to how this alum and fan feels about this team. Those fans are way too spoiled. I am proud of this team…always a 1 seed in the big tournament. A rebuilding year at UConn is losing in the final 4. How many teams can say that.

      Be proud of what your niece has accomplished. But, until she wins the big game don’t bad mouth my team. We have 7 NC’s to your 1.

      Go UConn!

    3. NewHavenJude

      Ms. Diggins, if what you’ve quoted is correct, those statements did not come from a true UConn fan & that person is very much in the minority. (as a matter of fact, it may not have been a UConn fan at all) The majority of fans, myself, love “our” girls & appreciate how hard they work. The majority of fans also have a lot of respect for your neice who is an incredible player. If you come to the Big East Tournament, I hope you will get a true picture of the REAL UConn fans. Of course, while we appreciate how very talented Skyler is, we will not be cheering for her when we play ND again ;-)

  2. Allie

    The only reason ND has won their lone NC is because UConn lost two of its starting five with injuries before the start of the NCAA tourney. Nothing really there to brag about.

    1. If you Only had Common Sense

      wow another richest person in the world knowing exactly what would happen if

    2. NewHavenJude

      Please, let’s give credit to ND! They won because, at this point, they are the better team. My hope is that will NOT be the case during the Tounaments.

  3. mike mcmanus

    For the naysayers, coaches teach fundamentals but the players have to practice and demonstrate their skills on the court. No coach should be blamed when their players make poor decisions and don’t carry out the game plan. Too many charges, poor picks, and careless passes…can’t blame the coached for that. And failure to block-out…. twice in OT Diggins followed her missed shot and rebounded a put-back, yet she’s only 5’9 and was surrounded by UCONN players who are taller. You can’t teach that, it’s determination. I do regret that Stokes didn’t get a chance to play; at least she can play good D and block shots. That might have helped when ND made all those back-cut layups.

  4. If you don't blame Geno, you can't give him credit

    You can’t give Geno credit for Sue, Swin, Diana, Tina, and Maya scoring all those points, grabbing all those rebounds, and handing out those assists, to lead UConn to national championships. You can’t give Geno credit for players making correct decisions under pressure. That comes from within. Not from Geno. Sue, Swin, Diana, Tina, and Maya had the fire and determination before they went to UConn. Geno has never won a national championship. His players did.

  5. Jake from State Farm

    Doty, Hartley, and Geno have been blasted in comments. Did not see many complaints about Dolson. Guess fans are ok with 11 turnovers and setting a moving screen eighty feet from the basket.

    1. Mike

      Good point. Let’s see if we can get the blog count to 300 on her. I’ll start it off. Dolson stinks.

      1. Tara from the Farm

        If you don’t question Auriemma and believe in everything he says – like Stokes doesn’t deserve playing time but Doty does – you are part of the problem – a cult

  6. hjoerring

    Good comments about the negatives regarding the team. Criticisms over critiques. The jealousy over Skylar is almost too much. All premier PGs have that body lang. As for UCONN, we are good enough to beat the best, but it is hard to see how we can play up to our best. Something is not completely right in the house that Geno build. In Dost.’s novel– The Bror. … there is passage where one the the brothers laments about gathering roses when he could have reaped an harvest of fruits… Sometimes I have the feeling that we are too obsessed with recruiting the top of the class, and not much interest in the tough and rumble type. KF comes close but she is not, as she acknowledged, a verbal type. Bria might be the only one available, but only if she regained her overall touch. KML is similar to KF– too much coach talk. We hate Skylar but in her comments after the game she said “I” was not going to let “us” lose this game. “Not to them”. This was interesting because Maya spoke in similar language while at UCONN. And there is everything to believe that K.McBride will follow along next year. This should have been the job of Doty, but she has checked out. And so we enter the post season with a big black hole in leadership (Sometimes it is not enough to lead by example. You have to be willing to say and mean: ‘do as I say and not as I do!)

  7. HarryH

    High expectations bring high disappointment. Only in CT would people complain so much about this season. Sure they don’t have the greatest team at the moment but the season isn’t over. Geno set very high expectations for this team and so far it hasn’t played out.
    I’m willing to give them to the end of the NCAA to prove themselves.

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