Rick Bozich of the Louisville Courier-Journal isn't necessarily buying the company line spread by coaches like Rick Pitino, left, who say the Big East is the strongest league in college basketball history.
Bozich writes: "Uhh, I'm unsure of the nicest way to say this, guys, but are you aware that teams from the Big East already have been beaten by opponents from the Patriot League as well as the America East, Colonial, Southern and Sun Belt conferences?
"I don't know anybody who believes it's a banner year for Southeastern Conference basketball, but SEC teams have a 2-1 edge on the strongest league in the history of college basketball. Both victories came against Big East teams (Georgetown and West Virginia) that are considered NCAA tournament locks.
"No weak teams? Then Conference USA must be an absolute beast. C-USA teams have won three of five against Big East competition.
News flash! Northeastern beat Providence. Lehigh beat Rutgers. Central Florida beat South Florida."
Bozich acknowledges that it's still early in the season, but writes that "the Big East has some serious work — and serious explaining — to do."