BIG EAST Men's Basketball Weekly Report
No Losing Records
With 16 members, the BIG EAST is the largest Division I conference. Yet, no team has a losing record. Only five conferences can make that claim. Connecticut (9-0) is one of only five undefeated teams in the nation.
As conference competition approaches, speculation abounds on how teams will fare. Going off general preseason perceptions, Notre Dame may be the BIG EAST team that has turned the most heads so far. The Irish, who were picked 11th in the BIG EAST coaches' preseason poll, are 9-1 and are ranked 20th in this week's Associated Press poll. Also, West Virginia is 8-1. The Mountaineers lead the nation in scoring defense, yielding just 49.4 points per game.
Newcomers Are Making Strong Early Impressions
Some BIG EAST teams have received critical contributions from newcomers, whether they be freshmen or transfers. Four teams – Cincinnati, Connecticut, St. John's and Seton Hall – have a newcomer as their leading scorer. Here are the new faces who have cracked the starting lineup and are averaging at least 10 points per game:
John Williamson, Cincinnati, Jr., F
Leads UC with a 16.1 scoring mark and is fifth in the BIG EAST at 8.9 rebounds.
Deonta Vaughn, Cincinnati, Fr., F
Averaging 15.4 points and a team-leading 4.0 assists.
A.J. Price, Connecticut, So., G
In his first collegiate season, he is tied for the team scoring lead with a 13.7 average and is dealing 5.4 assists.
Jerome Dyson, Connecticut, Fr., G
The reigning BIG EAST Rookie of the Week, he is tied with Price for the team scoring lead.
Is averaging 11.5 points, while shooting 47.4 percent from 3-point range.
The only new Panther starter, this transfer is second in scoring with an 11.8 average.
Avery Patterson, St. John's, Jr., G
A top-flite shooter with a team-best 14.6 scoring mark, he is first in the BIG EAST with 3.4 3-pointers per game and has not missed a free throw all season.
Eugene Harvey, Seton Hall, Fr., G
Already a two-time BIG EAST Rookie of the Week pick, he is the Pirates' top scorer at 15.7.
Solomon Bozeman, USF, Fr., G
While directing the Bulls' offense, he is averaging 14.2 points and 4.2 assists.
Kentrell Gransberry, USF, Jr., F
A transfer who just became eligible, he is already averaging 13.0 points and 12.7 boards.
Jesus Verdejo, USF, So., F
Like Gransberry, he just became eligible and has averaged 14.7 points while shooting 46.2 percent from 3-point range.
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