A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library. ~Shelby Foote

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Hey, didn't you use to be Rick Pitino?

When the Big East reformulated its basketball conference this year with five teams from Conference USA, everybody figured Louisville-- coached by Rick Pitino-- and Cincinatti would be the two C-USA teams that would have an immediate impact. Depaul, Marquette and South Florida were all relegated to also-ran status before the season even commenced.

Regular season results?

Louisville, 6-10 (Barely qualified for the Big East tourney where they were thoroughly thumped by Pittsburgh)

Cincinatti, 8-8 (Lost in the first round of the Big East tourney on a last second shot by Syracuse)

Depaul, 5-11 (Did not qualify for the Big East tourney-- only the top 12 of 16 teams gets in)

South Florida, 1-15 (Did not qualify for the Big East tourney)

Marquette, 10-6 (Garnered a first round bye in the Big East tourney and may well be the only former C-USA team to make the Big Dance later this week)

Go Marquette!


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