2009–10 Big East Conference men's basketball season

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2009–10 Big East Conference men's basketball season
League NCAA Division I
Sport Basketball
Duration November 9, 2009
through March 6, 2010
Number of teams 16
Total attendance 2,942,432[1]
Average attendance 10,898[1]
TV partner(s) Big East Network, ESPN
Regular Season
Champion Syracuse (15–3)
Runners-up Pittsburgh, West Virginia, and Villanova (13–5)
Season MVP Wesley Johnson (SYR)
Tournament
Champions West Virginia
  Runners-up Georgetown
Tournament MVP Da'Sean Butler (WVU)
Big East Conference men's basketball seasons
2009–10 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#4 Syracuse 15 3   .833     30 5   .857
#6 West Virginia 13 5   .722     31 7   .816
#9 Villanova 13 5   .722     25 8   .758
#18 Pittsburgh 13 5   .722     25 9   .735
Marquette 11 7   .611     22 12   .647
Louisville 11 7   .611     20 13   .606
#14 Georgetown 10 8   .556     23 11   .676
Notre Dame 10 8   .556     23 12   .657
South Florida 9 9   .500     20 13   .606
Seton Hall 9 9   .500     19 13   .594
Cincinnati 7 11   .389     19 16   .543
Connecticut 7 11   .389     18 16   .529
St. John's 6 12   .333     17 16   .515
Rutgers 5 13   .278     15 17   .469
Providence 4 14   .222     12 19   .387
DePaul 1 17   .056     8 23   .258
2010 Big East Tournament winner
As of April 3, 2010[2]; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009–10 Big East Conference men's basketball season was the 31st in conference history, and involved its 16 full-time member schools. Syracuse captured the regular season title, its eighth overall, and second outright.[3] However, West Virginia won the 2010 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament, their first.

Preseason[edit]

At Big East media day in October, the conference released their predictions for standings and All-Big East teams.[4][5]

Predicted Big East results[edit]

Big East Coaches Poll[4] Rivals.com[6]
1. Villanova (10*) Villanova
2. West Virginia (5) West Virginia
3. Connecticut (1) Connecticut
4. Louisville Georgetown
5. Georgetown Louisville
6. Syracuse Pittsburgh
7. Cincinnati Syracuse
8. Notre Dame Cincinnati
9. Pittsburgh Notre Dame
10. Seton Hall Seton Hall
11. St. John's Marquette
12. Marquette Providence
13. Providence St. John's
14. South Florida South Florida
15. Rutgers Rutgers
16. DePaul DePaul
*first place votes

Preseason All-Big East teams[edit]

First Team Second Team Honorable Mention
Luke Harangody, F., ND
Deonta Vaughn, G., CIN
Greg Monroe, C., GTWN
Lazar Hayward, F., MARQ
Scottie Reynolds, G., VILL
Da'Sean Butler, F., WVU
Jerome Dyson, G., CONN
Kemba Walker, G., CONN
Samardo Samuels, F., LOU
Jeremy Hazell, G., HALL
Dominique Jones, G., USF
Devin Ebanks, F., WVU
Stanley Robinson, F., CONN
Arinze Onuaku, C., SYR

Big East Preseason Player of the Year: Luke Harangody, F., Notre Dame
Big East Preseason Rookie of the Year: Lance Stephenson, G., Cincinnati

Preseason national polls[edit]

AP[7] Coaches[8] Athlon[9] Lindy's[10] Sporting News[11] Fox Sports[12] CBS Sports[13] SI.com[14] Rivals.com[15] Blue Ribbon Yearbook[16]
Cincinnati 49
Connecticut 12 14 11 15 12 7 3 12 18
DePaul 155
Georgetown 20 21 21 11 19 24 18 18 24
Louisville 19 23 19 15 22 28 20
Marquette 83
Notre Dame RV RV 22 RV RV 64
Pittsburgh RV RV 31
Providence 89
Rutgers 147
St. John's 124
Seton Hall 80
South Florida 144
Syracuse RV 25 RV RV 42 16
Villanova 5 6 7 4 9 7 6 4 4 4
West Virginia 8 9 10 18 5 6 9 8 9 12

Watchlists[edit]

On August 19, the Wooden Award preseason watch list included eleven Big East players. The watchlist was composed of 50 players who were not transfers, freshmen or medical redshirts.[17] On October 29, the Naismith College Player of the Year watchlist of 50 players was announced, which included nine Big East names.[18]

Wooden[17] Naismith[18]
Da'Sean Butler, WVU Green tickY Green tickY
Jerome Dyson, CONN Green tickY Green tickY
Devin Ebanks, WVU Green tickY Green tickY
Corey Fisher, VILL Green tickY
Luke Harangody, ND Green tickY Green tickY
Lazar Hayward, MARQ Green tickY
Jeremy Hazell, HALL Green tickY
Greg Monroe, GTWN Green tickY Green tickY
Scottie Reynolds, VILL Green tickY Green tickY
Samardo Samuels, LOU Green tickY Green tickY
Deonta Vaughn, CIN Green tickY
Kemba Walker, CONN Green tickY Green tickY

Regular season[edit]

Season summary & highlights[edit]

  • Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim became the eighth Division I coach to win 800 games, when the Orange defeated Albany, 75–43, on November 9.[19]
  • Notre Dame forward Luke Harangody became the first Fighting Irish player to surpass the 2,000-point and 1,000-rebound mark, during an 80–70 victory over Idaho State on December 2.[20]
  • Syracuse won the 2K Sports Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, upsetting #13 California in the semifinals, 95–73, and #6 North Carolina in the finals, 87–71.[21][22]
  • Villanova won the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, defeating Mississippi, 79–67.[23]
  • West Virginia won the 76 Classic, defeating Portland, 84–66.[24]
  • Connecticut was the runner-up in the NIT Season Tip-Off, losing to #7 Duke, 68–59.[25]
  • Pittsburgh was the runner-up in the CBE Classic, losing to #2 Texas, 78–62.[26]
  • Marquette was the runner-up in the Old Spice Classic, losing to Florida State, 57–56.[27]
  • On January 11, DePaul head coach Jerry Wainwright was fired after a 7–8 start, and a 22-game Big East losing streak, becoming the fourth NCAA Division I coach to leave his position since the season began. Wainwright, who compiled a 59–80 record in five seasons at the school, was replaced on an interim basis by assistant coach Tracy Webster, who remained until a national search concluded following the end of the season.[28]
  • On January 18, Connecticut fell out of the AP Poll for the first time since January 28, 2008, after losing consecutive games, to Georgetown, Pittsburgh, and Michigan.[29][30]
  • On January 20, it was announced that Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun would go on an immediate medical leave of absence, the circumstances of his condition unknown, but unrelated to his previous bouts with cancer and heart issues.[31] UConn athletic director Jeff Hathaway insisted that Calhoun's condition was not career ending, and would not affect the terms of a four-year contract extension, agreed upon in principle in December 2009, but that he did not know when Calhoun would return.[32] Associate head coach George Blaney took over for Calhoun, and lead the Huskies to wins at home against St. John's, then-No. 1 Texas and DePaul, and four losses at Providence, home vs. Marquette, at Louisville, and at Syracuse.[33][34][35][36][37][38][39] Calhoun returned on February 13 for a home loss against Cincinnati, and has since kept quiet on the circumstances of his leave.[40]
  • Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim extended his NCAA Division-I record for most 20-win seasons to 32, when then-no. 4 Syracuse rallied from a 14–0 starting deficit to defeat then-no. 7 Georgetown, 73–56, on January 25.[41]
  • On February 27, then-no. 4 Syracuse clinched its eighth Big East regular season title and a no. 1 seed in the Big East tournament by beating then-no. 8 Villanova, 95–77.[42] The game also set the NCAA on-campus basketball attendance record, with 34,616 spectators packing the Carrier Dome.[42] Three days later they won the title outright, with a win against St. John's, 85–66.[3]
  • On March 1, Syracuse achieved its first no. 1 ranking in the AP Poll since the 1989–90 season, and its first in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll since winning the national championship in 2003.[43][44]
  • On March 6, Louisville upset no. 1 Syracuse 78–68 in the final game at Freedom Hall in front of an arena-record crowd of 20,135.[45]

Midseason watchlists[edit]

On January 4, the Wooden Award midseason watchlist was released, and included six Big East players—more than any other conference.[46] The list was composed of 31 players, reduced from the preseason list of 50. Newcomers included junior forward Wesley Johnson of Syracuse. In addition, six Big East players who were on the preseason list did not appear at midseason: Devin Ebanks, Corey Fisher, Jeremy Hazell, Samardo Samuels, Deonta Vaughn, and Kemba Walker. The list was reduced to a final national ballot of about 20 players in March.[47] On February 24, the Naismith Top 30 was announced, and included newcomers Johnson and South Florida guard Dominique Jones.[48]

Wooden[47] Naismith[48]
Da’Sean Butler, WVU Green tickY Green tickY
Jerome Dyson, CONN Green tickY Green tickY
Luke Harangody, ND Green tickY Green tickY
Wesley Johnson, SYR Green tickY Green tickY
Dominique Jones, USF Green tickY
Greg Monroe, GTWN Green tickY Green tickY
Scottie Reynolds, VILL Green tickY Green tickY

Rankings[edit]

2009–10 Big East Conference Weekly Rankings
Key: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. RV = Received Votes
AP Poll[49] Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18
Cincinnati 22 19 25 RV RV RV
Connecticut 12 12 13 14 14 14 11 10 13 15 RV 19
DePaul
Georgetown 20 19 18 16 15 11 14 13 12 11 12 7 7 7 10 11 19 22 14
Louisville 19 20 16 20 RV RV RV RV
Marquette RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV
Notre Dame RV RV 23 RV RV RV RV RV RV
Pittsburgh RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 23 16 9 17 22 25 19 12 17 16 18
Providence
Rutgers
St. John's RV RV RV RV RV
Seton Hall RV RV RV
South Florida RV
Syracuse RV RV 10 8 7 5 5 5 7 5 5 4 3 2 5 4 1 3 4
Villanova 5 5 4 3 3 8 8 8 6 4 4 3 2 4 3 7 9 10 9
West Virginia 8 8 8 7 6 6 6 6 8 10 11 9 6 5 8 8 10 7 6

Statistical leaders[edit]

The regular season team, individual, and attendance figures include all conference and non-conference games played from November 9, 2009 through March 6, 2010.[50]

Team[edit]



Individual[edit]


Attendance[edit]

Rk Team Home Gms. Home Att. Avg. Home Away Gms. Away Att. Avg. Away Neut. Gms. Neut. Att. Avg. Neut. Total Gms. Total Att. Avg.
1 Syracuse 19 420,890 22,152 9 117,425 13,047 3 40,270 13,423 31 578,585 18,664
2 Louisville 19 368,537 19,397 11 157,470 14,315 1 n/a n/a 31 526,007 17,534*
3 Marquette 17 265,484 15,617 10 126,218 12,622 3 8,738 2,913 30 400,440 13,348
4 Connecticut 18 216,453 12,025 10 138,911 13,891 3 37,809 12,603 31 393,173 12,683
5 Villanova 14 153,105 10,936 12 167,586 13,966 4 35,581 8,895 30 356,272 11,876
6 Georgetown 16 192,638 12,040 11 138,845 12,622 2 8,975 4,488 29 340,458 11,740
7 Pittsburgh 18 185,209 10,289 10 122,085 12,208 3 24,277 8,092 31 331,571 10,696
8 West Virginia 15 185,629 12,375 11 115,704 10,519 4 18,621 4,655 30 319,954 10,665
9 Notre Dame 20 168,033 8,402 9 120,618 13,402 2 6,616 3,308 31 295,267 9,525
10 Providence 17 140,920 8,289 13 127,627 9,817 0 0 0 30 268,547 8,952
11 Cincinnati 16 136,471 8,529 11 106,192 9,654 3 7,200 2,400 30 249,863 8,329
12 DePaul 15 126,760 8,451 11 93,786 8,526 4 19,447 4,862 30 239,993 8,000
13 St. John's 15 82,166 5,478 11 122,369 11,124 4 28,873 7,218 30 233,408 7,780
14 Rutgers 19 99,476 5,236 10 122,118 12,212 2 8,780 4,390 31 230,374 7,431
15 Seton Hall 17 126,019 7,413 11 80,361 7,306 1 2,365 2,365 29 208,745 7,198
16 South Florida 15 74,642 4,976 10 109,318 10,932 5 7,037 1,407 30 190,997 6,367
  TOTALS 270 2,942,432 10,898 170 1,966,633 11,568 44 254,589 5,921** 484 5,163,654 10,691**
* - does not factor the one neutral game played, vs. Arkansas, which does not have an attendance figure on record.[51] Overall average is therefore calculated based on the 30 games with attendance figures.
** - due to game without an attendance figure, overall averages are therefore calculated based on the 43 neutral games and 483 total games with attendance figures.

Postseason[edit]

Big East Tournament[edit]

For the second straight year, all 16 teams in the conference participated in the Big East Tournament. Under this format, the teams finishing 9 through 16 in the regular season standings played first round games, while teams 5 through 8 received a bye to the second round. The top 4 teams during the regular season received a bye to the quarterfinals.[52] The five-round tournament spanned five consecutive days, from Tuesday, March 9, through Saturday, March 13, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.[53]

In the finals, West Virginia held of a last-minute rally by Georgetown to win the title, 60–58.[54] Da'Sean Butler of the first-time champion Mountaineers was named Tournament Most Valuable Player. Butler hit the tournament-winning field goal, and led West Virginia in a series of dramatic games, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in the Quarterfinals to advance the team over Cincinnati.[55]

2010 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament seeds and results
Seed School Conf. Over. Tiebreaker First Round
Tuesday, March 9
Second Round
Wednesday, March 10
Quarterfinals
Thursday, March 11
Semifinals
Friday, March 12
Championship
Saturday, March 13
1. ‡†Syracuse 15–3 28–4 BYE BYE #8 GTWN, L, 84–91[56]
2. Pittsburgh 13–5 24–8 2–1 vs. WVU/NOVA[57] BYE BYE #7 ND, L, 45–50[58]
3. West Virginia 13–5 27–6 2–2 vs. PITT/NOVA BYE BYE #11 CIN, W, 54–51 #7 ND, W, 53–51 #8 GTWN, W, 60–58[59]
4. Villanova 13–5 24–7 1–2 vs. PITT/WVU BYE BYE #5 MARQ, L, 76–80[60]
5. #Marquette 11–7 22–11 1–0 vs. LOU BYE #13 SJU, W, 57–55 #4 VILL, W, 80–76 #8 GTWN, L, 57–80[61]
6. #Louisville 11–7 20–12 0–1 vs. MARQ BYE #11 CIN, L, 66–69[62]
7. #Notre Dame 10–8 23–11 1–0 vs. GTWN BYE #10 HALL, W, 68–56 #2 PITT, W, 50–45 #3 WVU, L, 51–53[63]
8. #Georgetown 10–8 23–10 0–1 vs. ND BYE #9 USF, W, 69–49 #1 SYR, W, 91–84 #5 MARQ, W, 80–57 #3 WVU, L, 58–60[59]
9. South Florida 9–9 20–12 1–0 vs. HALL #16 DEP, W, 58–49 #8 GTWN, L, 69–49[64]
10. Seton Hall 9–9 19–12 0–1 vs. USF #15 PROV, W, 109–106 #7 ND, L, 56–68[65]
11. Cincinnati 7–11 18–15 2–0 vs. CONN #14 RUT, W, 69–68 #6 LOU, W, 69–66 #3 WVU, L, 51–54[55]
12. Connecticut 7–11 17–15 0–2 vs. CIN #13 SJU, L, 51–73[66]
13. St. John's 6–12 17–15 #12 CONN, W, 73–51 #5 MARQ, L, 57–55[67]
14. Rutgers 5–13 15–17 #11 CIN, L, 68–69[68]
15. Providence 4–14 12–19 #10 HALL, L, 106–109[69]
16. DePaul 1–17 8–23 #9 USF, L, 49–58[70]
‡ – Big East regular season champions, and tournament No. 1 seed.[3]
† – Received a double-bye in the conference tournament.
# – Received a single-bye in the conference tournament.
Overall records include all games through the Big East Tournament.

NCAA Tournament[edit]

The Big East secured eight bids into the NCAA tournament, tying its own Division I record, achieved in both 2006 and 2008.[71][72][73] As the Big East Tournament champion, West Virginia received an automatic bid into the tournament, while the remaining seven teams all received at-large bids. Syracuse achieved its first #1 seed since 1980, when it lost to #5 seed Iowa in the Sweet Sixteen.[74] These teams combined for 8 wins and eight losses, as two teams reached the Sweet Sixteen, and West Virginia reached the Final Four.[75]

Seed Region School First Round Second Round Sweet 16 Elite Eight Final Four Championship
2 East West Virginia #15 Morgan State, W, 77–50[76] #10 Missouri, W, 68–59[77] #11 Washington, W, 68–59[78] #1 Kentucky, W, 73–66[79] #1 Duke, L, 57–78[80]  
1 West Syracuse #16 Vermont, W, 79–56[81] #8 Gonzaga, W, 87–65[82] #5 Butler, L, 68–75[83]      
3 West Pittsburgh #14 Oakland (MI), W, 89–66[84] #6 Xavier, L, 68–71[85]        
2 South Villanova #15 Robert Morris, W, 73–70OT[86] #10 St. Mary's, L, 59–63[87]        
3 Midwest Georgetown #14 Ohio University, L, 83–97[88]          
9 South Louisville #8 California, L, 62–77[89]          
6 East Marquette #11 Washington, L, 78–80[90]          
6 South Notre Dame #11 Old Dominion, L, 50–51[91]          
  8 Bids W-L (%): 4–4 (.500) 2–2 (.500) 1–1 (.500) 1–0 (1.000) 0–1 (.000) TOTAL: 8–8 (.500)

National Invitation Tournament[edit]

The Big East received five bids into the National Invitation Tournament, combining for 2 wins and 5 losses. Only two teams, Cincinnati and Connecticut, advanced to the second round, both losing in their respective matchups.

Awards and honors[edit]

Conference awards and teams[edit]

The following individuals received postseason honors after having been chosen by the Big East Conference coaches:

Scottie Reynolds, the unanimous First Team All-Big East selection.
2010 Big East Men's Basketball Individual Awards
Award Recipient(s)
Player of the Year[92] Wesley Johnson, F., SYRACUSE
Coach of the Year[93] Jim Boeheim, SYRACUSE
Defensive Player of the Year[94] Hamady N'Diaye, C., RUTGERS
Rookie of the Year[92] Lance Stephenson, G., CINCINNATI
Scholar-Athlete of the Year[95] Tim Abromaitis, G., NOTRE DAME
Most Improved Player[94] Ashton Gibbs, G., PITTSBURGH
Sixth Man Award[94] Kris Joseph, F., SYRACUSE
Sportsmanship Award[94] Tory Jackson, G., NOTRE DAME
2010 All-Big East Men's Basketball Teams[96]
First Team Second Team Third Team Honorable Mention All-Rookie Team
Greg Monroe, C., GTWN
Luke Harangody, F., ND
Dominique Jones, G., USF
Wesley Johnson, F., SYR
Scottie Reynolds†, G., VILL
Da'Sean Butler, F., WVU
Austin Freeman, G., GTWN
Lazar Hayward, F., MARQ
Ashton Gibbs, G., PITT
Jeremy Hazell, G., HALL
Andy Rautins, G., SYR
Jerome Dyson, G., CONN
Kemba Walker, G., CONN
Samardo Samuels, F., LOU
Corey Fisher, G., VILL
Devin Ebanks, F., WVU
Jimmy Butler, F., MARQ
Tim Abromaitis, F., ND
Jamine Peterson, F., PROV
Lance Stephenson†, G., CIN
Alex Oriakhi, F/C., CONN
Vincent Council, G., PROV
Dane Miller†, F., RUT
Brandon Triche, G., SYR
Maalik Wayns, G., VILL
- denotes unanimous selection

Awardees are chosen by a simple ballot, in which coaches are not allowed to vote for their players or themselves (in the case of the Big East Coach of the Year). Coaches voted for Big East Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year from the first team and all-rookie lists, respectively.[96]

Notable members of the first team include Notre Dame senior forward Luke Harangody, who was named to the team for the third-straight year, Villanova senior guard Scottie Reynolds, who was the only player to receive a unanimous selection. Also of note was Syracuse junior forward Wesley Johnson, who was given no all-conference consideration prior to the start of the season, yet helped lead the Orange to a surprising eighth regular season conference title, and received both first team and Big East Player of the Year honors.[92][96] Notably absent from all lists was preseason first-team pick Deonta Vaughn, a senior guard from Cincinnati, who led the team in assists and finished second in points.[97]

National awards and teams[edit]

Players[edit]

Two Big East players, Wesley Johnson of Syracuse and Scottie Reynolds of Villanova were named to the 2010 Consensus All-America First Team, while Luke Harangody of Notre Dame was named to the Second Team.[98][99] Both Johnson and Reynolds were also named to the AP, USBWA, and NABC First Team All-America selections. Reynolds was also named to the TSN First-Team, while Johnson was named to its Second-Team.

Coaches[edit]

Jim Boeheim, Syracuse:

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

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