Xavier lost head coach Chris Mack. Marquette has to prove it can defend. Georgetown and St. John's are both unproven. That leaves Villanova all alone atop the Big East.
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Guard Mustapha Heron, a transfer from Auburn, announced Thursday that he's committed to St. John's. Sources tell ESPN's Jeff Borzello that Heron will apply for a hardship waiver in order to play immediately.
St. John's forward Kassoum Yakwe plans to transfer and will not return to the Red Storm next season.
Trevon Bluiett scored 27 points, Kaiser Gates had 16 and No. 3 Xavier looked every bit the top seed in the Big East tournament in an 88-60 win over St. John's on Thursday.
Shamorie Ponds returned from an abdominal strain and scored 26 points and ninth-seeded St. John's took over in the second half to beat ninth-seeded Georgetown 88-77 in the first round of the Big East Tournament on Wednesday night.
Taking a look back at the notable looks sported by the Big East teams.
Rodney Bullock scored 13 points with eight rebounds, Kyron Cartwright added 10 points and the two seniors led Providence past St. John's 61-57 on Senior Day, the regular-season finale Saturday.
Justin Simon turned three takeaways in the last minute -- a steal and two defensive rebounds -- into five points at the other end and St. John's defeated Butler 72-68 in double overtime on Wednesday night.
Khadeen Carrington scored 22 points, including six in overtime, and Seton Hall defeated St. John's 81-74 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
Sam Hauser made five 3-pointers and finished with 24 points as Marquette rolled to an 85-73 victory over St. John's on Wednesday night.
Shamorie Ponds continued his remarkable run with 26 points and a career-high 10 assists and St. John's continued its turnaround with a 77-76 win over DePaul on Wednesday night.
Shamorie Ponds continued his incredible play by scoring 44 points and resurgent St. John's, coming off consecutive victories over top-five teams, defeated Marquette 86-78 on Saturday.
St. John's took down another of the nation's elite and stunned No. 1 Villanova 79-75 on Wednesday for its second win over a top-five team this week -- and first over the top-ranked team in 33 years.
Shamorie Ponds scored 33 points and St. John's stunned No. 4 Duke 81-77 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, snapping an 11-game losing streak and handing the suddenly suspect Blue Devils their second loss in eight days.
Trevon Bluiett scored 14 points to lead No. 6 Xavier over St. John's 73-68 on Tuesday night.
Kelan Martin scored 19 points and Butler handed St. John's its 10th straight loss, 70-45, on Saturday.
Marcus Foster had 24 points and eight rebounds, Khyri Thomas added 19 points and seven boards, and Creighton got its third straight season sweep of St. John's with a 68-63 victory on Tuesday night.
Marcus Derrickson scored a career-high 27 points, 16 in the two overtime periods, Jagan Mosely made two free throws with 1.5 seconds left, and Georgetown escaped with a 93-89 victory on Saturday and a season sweep of St. John's.
Kerem Kanter had 22 points and led a late run that swept No. 11 Xavier to an 88-82 victory over St. John's on Wednesday night, giving Chris Mack the Musketeers record for career coaching wins.
Donte DiVincenzo hit six 3-pointers and scored 25 points to help No. 1 Villanova silence a rowdy New York crowd and hold off upset-minded St. John's 78-71 on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
St. John's guard Marcus LoVett, who injured his left knee on Nov. 27 and has not played since, will be out for the rest of the season.