Meet the new Big East, which is somewhat like the old one, only with three programs coming in and making this league a big-time curiosity.
There are brighter days ahead for Providence.
Where will USC turn in its head coach hiring process? The answer to that question could provoke several additional questions from around the world of college hoops.
Wednesday was jam-packed, with Oklahoma State and Kansas needing two overtimes to find a winner -- and that was just the tip of the iceberg.
Syracuse G Michael Carter-Williams and Louisville G Russ Smith have been among the most pleasant surprises in the Big East during the first month of the season. Carter-Williams has been one of the nation's top distributors, while Smith has blossomed into a dangerous scorer. Cincinnati, Georgetown and Providence also have been better than expected.

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