Published Wednesday, October 16, 2013 AT 11:23 AM / Updated at 11:07 PM
Sizing up the new Big East
Steven Pivovar Omaha World-Herald

NEW YORK — One of the talking points at Wednesday’s new Big East media day was exactly where the conference is going to fit into the college basketball landscape.

Georgetown coach John Thompson III sees little difference between the new 10-team league and its predecessor.

“The only thing that’s changed is that we went from being the best basketball league in the country,” Thompson said, “to being arguably the best league.”

Villanova coach Jay Wright said the departure of schools such as Syracuse, Connecticut and Notre Dame strips the Big East of some of its “sexy names.”

“But the three new schools we’re bringing in,” said Wright, referring to Creighton, Xaxier and Butler, “will add to the heart and soul of this league. They’re going to fit in just fine.”

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