Published Saturday, April 20, 2013 AT 10:17 PM / Updated at 10:20 PM
Valley to the Big East: Men’s Basketball
Steven Pivovar Omaha World-Herald

All this week, The World-Herald will be taking a look at how Creighton’s major sports stack up to the competition in the new Big East. Today? Men’s basketball.

Also, learn more about the players to watch in the Big East.

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MARQUETTE
Coach:
Buzz Williams (122-54 at Marquette, 136-71 overall)
Home court (capacity): BMO Bradley Center (18,850)
Training facility: Al McGuire Center
2012-13 record: 26-9 overall, 14-4 Big East (tie 1st)
2012-13 home attendance: 16 games, 15,138 average
2012-13 NCAA RPI: 13
2012-13 off./def. average: 68.1 ppg/62.6 ppg
2012-13 record vs. new Big East teams: 6-3
Conference championships: 1997
NCAA tournament appearances: 1955, 1959, 1961, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Sweet 16: 1955, 1959, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1994, 2003, 2011, 2012, 2013
Elite Eight: 1955, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1977, 2003, 2013
Final Four: 1974, 1977, 2003
National champion: 1977
2013-14 personnel: Marquette must replace all five starters from its Elite Eight team — seniors Junior Cadougan (8.5 average), Trent Lockett (7.0) and Chris Otule (5.1) as well as Vander Blue, who will skip his senior season to head to the NBA, and sophomore Juan Anderson, who is transferring. (Otule, though, has requested NCAA approval for a sixth year of eligibility.) Blue, a second-team All-Big East guard, averaged a team-high 14.8 points per game. Davante Gardner and Jamil Wilson saw most of their action off the bench last season but return as the team’s top scorers. Gardner averaged 11.5 points and 4.8 rebounds, while Wilson averaged 9.7 points and 4.9 rebounds.

GEORGETOWN
Coach:
John Thompson III (209-191 at Georgetown, 277-131 overall)
Home court (capacity): Verizon Center (20,173)
Training facility: McDonough Arena
2012-13 record: 25-7 overall, 14-4 Big East (tie 1st)
2012-13 home attendance: 17 games, 10,911 average
2012-13 NCAA RPI: 15
2012-13 off./def. average: 64.7 ppg/56.4 ppg
2012-13 record vs. new Big East teams: 6-2
Conference championships: 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 2007
NCAA tournament appearances: 1943, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 19983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Sweet 16: 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2007
Elite Eight: 1943, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1996, 2007
Final Four: 1943, 1982, 1984, 1985, 2007
National champion: 1984
2013-14 personnel: The Hoyas were the only team to play in the NCAA tournament without any seniors but will face next season without first-team All-American Otto Porter. The team’s leading scorer (16.2) and rebounder (7.5) is leaving early for the NBA draft. Porter’s supporting cast returns and will be bolstered by having Greg Whittington back. The 6-8 forward averaged 12.1 points and 7.0 rebounds in 13 games before being sidelined by academic issues. Markel Starks is the top returning scorer (12.8), while D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Nate Lubick, Mikael Hopkins and Jabril Trawick have plenty of starting experience.

BUTLER
Coach:
Brad Stevens (166-49 at Butler and overall)
Home court (capacity): Hinkle Fieldhouse (10,000)
Training facility: Hinkle Fieldhouse
2012-13 record: 27-9 overall, 11-5 Atlantic 10 (tie 3rd)
2012-13 home attendance: 16 games, 7,899 average
2012-13 NCAA RPI: 21
2012-13 off./def. average: 69.3 ppg/63.9 ppg
2012-13 record vs. new Big East teams: 2-2
Conference championships: 1933, 1934, 1947, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1970, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
NCAA tournament appearances: 1962, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
Sweet 16: 1962, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2011
Elite Eight: 2010, 2011
Final Four: 2010, 2011
National champion: None
2013-14 personnel: Returning full-time starters Roosevelt Jones and Khyle Marshall are the Bulldogs’ foundation for next season. Jones averaged 10.1 points and 5.6 rebounds, while Marshall averaged 9.6 points. Part-time starter Kellen Dunham (9.5 ppg) also is back, but Butler heads into the Big East needing to replace playmaking guard Rotnei Clarke (16.9 points, 2.7 assists) and Andrew Smith, a 6-11 center who averaged 6.1 rebounds and 11.3 points.

CREIGHTON
Coach:
Greg McDermott (80-30 at Creighton, 360-225 overall)
Home court (capacity): CenturyLink Center (17,260)
Training facility: Vinardi Center
2012-13 record: 28-8 overall, 13-5 Missouri Valley (1st)
2012-13 home attendance: 17 games, 17,155 average
2012-13 NCAA RPI: 22
2012-13 off./def. average: 74.4 ppg/63.2 ppg
2012-13 record vs. new Big East teams: 0-0
Conference championships: 1930, 1931, 1932, 1935, 1936, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1978, 1981, 1989, 1991, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2013
NCAA tournament appearances: 1941, 1962, 1964, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1989, 1991, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2013.
Sweet 16: 1962, 1964, 1974
Elite Eight: None
Final Four: None
National champion: None
2013-14 personnel: Doug McDermott’s uncertain status continues to cloud next season’s outlook. If he declares for the NBA draft, the Bluejays will lose a two-time first-team All-American. If he returns, Creighton will head into next season with the league’s marquee player. Point guard Austin Chatman and Jahenns Manigat are returning starters but the Bluejays must replace rugged center Gregory Echenique and playmaking wing Grant Gibbs.

VILLANOVA
Coach:
Jay Wright (257-144 at Villanova, 379-229 overall)
Home court (capacity): Wells Fargo Center (20,056), The Pavilion (6,500)
Training facility: The Pavilion
2012-13 record: 20-14 overall, 10-8 Big East (tie 7th)
2012-13 home attendance: 17 games, 10,911 average
2012-13 NCAA RPI: 54
2012-13 off./def. average: 64.7 ppg/65.1ppg
2012-13 record vs. new Big East teams: 5-3
Conference championships: 1978, 1980, 1995
NCAA tournament appearances: 1939, 1949, 1951, 1955, 1962, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
Sweet 16: 1951, 1955, 1962, 1964, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1978, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1988, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009
Elite Eight: 1939, 1949, 1962, 1970, 1971, 1978, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1988, 2006, 2009
Final Four: 1939, 1971, 1985, 2009
National champion: 1985
2013-14 personnel: The Wildcats must replace starting center Mouphtaou Yarou (9.9 points, 7.8 rebounds) but return the rest of the roster, including leading scorer JayVaughn Pinkston. He averaged 13.3 points per game in spite of starting just 13 of 34 games. Ryan Arcidiacono, the team leader with 71 3-point baskets, Darrun Hillard and James Bell were full-time starters who combined to average 32 points.

PROVIDENCE
Coach:
Ed Cooley (34-32 at Providence, 126-101 overall)
Home court (capacity): Dunkin’ Donuts Center (12,410)
Training facility: Alumni Hall
2012-13 record: 19-15 overall, 9-9 Big East (tie 9th)
2012-13 home attendance: 18 games, 7,772 average
2012-13 NCAA RPI: 86
2012-13 off./def. average: 67.6 ppg/64.9 ppg
2012-13 record vs. new Big East teams: 5-3
Conference championships: 1994
NCAA tournament appearances: 1964, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1997, 2001, 2004
Sweet 16: 1965, 1973, 1974, 1987, 1997
Elite Eight: 1965, 1973, 1987, 1997
Final Four: 1973, 1987
National champion: None
2013-14 personnel: The Friars’ biggest loss is guard Ricky Ledo, a top 25 prospect who declared for the NBA draft after sitting out his freshman season to clean up academic issues. Providence also loses senior Vincent Council (10.5 average) but returns double-figure scorers in Bryce Cotton (19.7), Kadeem Batts (14.8) and LaDontae Henton (13.0). In addition to leading the league in scoring, Cotton made a Big East-best 98 3-point baskets.

ST. JOHN’S
Coach:
Steve Lavin (51-47 at St. John’s, 196-125 overall)
Home court (capacity): Madison Square Garden (19,979), Carnesecca Arena (5,602)
Training facility: Carnesecca Arena
2012-13 record: 17-16 overall, 8-10 Big East (11th)
2012-13 home attendance: 17 games, 7,330 average
2012-13 NCAA RPI: 91
2012-13 off./def. average: 64.8 ppg/66.2 ppg
2012-13 record vs. new Big East teams: 3-6
Conference championships: 1983, 1986, 2000
NCAA tournament appearances: 1951, 1952, 1961,1967, 1968, 1969, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1991, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2011
Sweet 16: 1951, 1952, 1966, 1969, 1979, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1999
Elite Eight: 1951, 1952, 1979, 1985, 1991, 1999
Final Four: 1952, 1985
National champion: None
2013-14 personnel: D’Angelo Harrison should be one of the new league’s headline players after averaging 17.4 points in his first two seasons in the program. The Red Storm return 100 percent of their scoring and rebounding, with JaKarr Sampson, Phil Greene and Sir’Dominic Pointer back along with Harrison as full-time starters. Redshirt God’sgift Achiuwa and Orlando Sanchez, who was granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA, should bolster the lineup.

XAVIER
Coach:
Chris Mack (107-58 at Xavier and overall)
Home court (capacity): Cintas Center (10,250)
Training facility: Cintas Center
2012-13 record: 17-14 overall, 9-7 Atlantic 10 (tie 6th)
2012-13 home attendance: 15 games, 9,781 average
2012-13 NCAA RPI: 95
2012-13 off./def. average: 65.2 ppg/62.5 ppg
2012-13 record vs. new Big East teams: 1-1
Conference championships: 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2006
NCAA tournament appearances: 1961, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Sweet 16: 1990, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012
Elite Eight: 2004, 2008
Final Four: None
National champion: None
2013-14 personnel: The Musketeers took a step back last season after reaching the Sweet 16 in two of the previous three seasons. Xavier returns three starters in leading scorer Semaj Christon (15.2 average), Dee Davis (8.2) and Justin Martin (7.9) but has a big hole to fill up front with the departure of leading rebounder Travis Taylor. Also departing is Brad Radford, the team’s top perimeter threat with 66 3-point baskets.

SETON HALL
Coach:
Kevin Willard (49-49 at Seton Hall, 94-98 overall)
Home court (capacity): Prudential Center (10,862)
Training facility: Regan Recreation Center
2012-13 record: 15-18 overall, 3-15 Big East (tie 13th)
2012-13 home attendance: 17 games, 7,035 average
2012-13 NCAA RPI: 133
2012-13 off./def. average: 64.7 ppg/65.2 ppg
2012-13 record vs. new Big East teams: 2-6
Conference championships: 1991, 1993
NCAA tournament appearances: 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2004, 2006
Sweet 16: 1989, 1991, 1992, 2000
Elite Eight: 1989, 1991
Final Four: 1989
National champion: None
2013-14 personnel: The Pirates’ only senior last season was Connor Laverty, who scored two points. Defensive whiz Fuquan Edwin also knows how to score, leading the team with a 16.5 average. He and Aaron Cosby (12.6 average) combined to make 129 3-point baskets last season. Former Southern Illinois center Gene Teague led Seton Hall in rebounding (7.2) and added 11.2 points per game.

DePAUL
Coach:
Oliver Purnell (30-64 at DePaul, 424-343 overall)
Home court (capacity): Allstate Arena (18,500)
Training facility: McGrath-Phillips Arena
2012-13 record: 11-21 overall, 2-16 Big East (15th)
2012-13 home attendance: 17 games, 7,681
2012-13 NCAA RPI: 204
2012-13 off./def. average: 71.4 ppg/75.3 ppg
2012-13 record vs. new Big East teams: 1-6
Conference championships: None
NCAA tournament appearances: 1943, 1953, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1965, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 2000, 2004
Sweet 16: 1953, 1959, 1960, 1965, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1984, 1986, 1987
Elite Eight: 1943, 1978, 1979
Final Four: 1943, 1979
National champion: None
2013-14 personnel: The Blue Demons will return the bulk of their roster, losing only two seniors who combined to start 11 games. Guard Brandon Young and 6-8 forward Cleveland Melvin each averaged more than 16 points per game, and Melvin was DePaul’s leading rebounder at 6.8 per game.

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