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The East Coast Bias' December Roundtable: Expectations, Surprises, Disappointments

Steve Lavin's Red Storm received the majority vote as the BIG EAST's most disappointing team, however Seton Hall and USF look to be giving them a run for their money.
Steve Lavin's Red Storm received the majority vote as the BIG EAST's most disappointing team, however Seton Hall and USF look to be giving them a run for their money.

The East Coast Bias' recently held their latest BIG EAST bloggers roundtable in preparation of the start of conference play.  South Orange Juice joined fifteen other blogs in answering five questions surrounding our teams.  The blogs that participated are as follows: 

Cincinnati Bearcats Blog (Twitter) | Connecticut The UConn Blog (Twitter) | DePaul Chicago College Basketball (Twitter) | Georgetown Casual Hoya (Twitter) | Hoya Prospectus | Louisville UofL Card Game | Marquette Cracked Sidewalks (Twitter) | Notre Dame Rakes of Mallow (Twitter) | Pittsburgh Cardiac Hill (Twitter) | Providence Friar Basketball (Twitter) | Rutgers On the Banks (Twitter) | Seton Hall South Orange Juice (Twitter) | St. John’s The East Coast Bias (Twitter) | South Florida Voodoo Five (Twitter) | Villanova Villanova by the Numbers | VUHoops (Twitter) | The Nova Blog (Twitter) | Syracuse Orange::44 (Twitter) | West Virginia The Smoking Musket (Twitter)

Part's I, II and III have been published and our answers are below.  Follow each hyperlink to be taken to TECB and have a look at how each blog answered each respective question.

Editor's Note:  I submitted my answers prior to last night's loss to Dayton.  

1. What did you expect from your team up to this point, and how has your team exceeded/fallen short of expectations?

At this point, I projected the Pirates would be sitting at 8-2 with a split of their final two non-conference games (Home Vs. Dayton, Home Vs. Richmond), to carry a 9-3 record into conference play. Of course, that was my projection accounting for a relatively healthy and behaved Seton Hall squad. Needless to say, the projection hasn't run it's course. Jeremy Hazell broke his wrist in the Pirates third game of the season and his teammates posted a 4-3 record in his absence.

The behaving part? Herb Pope was benched for the first half of their game with Arkansas in Louisville, a neutral court contest that ultimately ended in a loss and Keon Lawrence was benched in Seton Hall's victory over Longwood. Both players were disciplined for missing curfew. Absolutely unacceptable for upperclassmen.

2.  Who is the most surprising team in the Big East up to this point?

Connecticut. They lost 3 of their 4 best players from last year's 7-11 squad and I was livid that the coaches found a reason to rank them ahead of the veteran team the Pirates were returning. Crow meet spoon. Or do you eat crow with a fork? Or can I eat it with my hands and wash it down with a brew?

3. Who is the most disappointing team in the Big East up to this point?

I feel like I can't pick Seton Hall here. Yes, their season has been disappointing, but let's not forget they only lost one game at full strength, to #22 Temple.

A sexy pick this preseason was how St. John's was going to finish in the top 10 of the conference and even, the top half of the conference. Quite honestly, they haven't looked very impressive. I don't want to hear about a 43-point thrashing of Drake seeing as they've lost to Fordham and St. Bonaventure. They're deserving of this superlative. I'm sorry Pico - next year is your year.

As a close second, we knew South Florida would be bad, but this bad? Losing to Florida Atlantic and Kent St.? Yikes.

Parts IV and V will be published on The East Coast Bias' on Sunday/Monday and I will link to them at that time.