Updated: Oct 7, 2005, 3:23 PM

Vote: Is the Big East as good as old?

Who needs March Madness when you can have your own regional-sized league all winter long? The Big East is bigger than ever before with 16 teams (if perhaps also less "East" than ever before), but will sheer size help the conference reclaim the glory it enjoyed in 1985? You remember, back when Patrick Ewing (right), Chris Mullin and others patrolled the courts and controlled the top of the rankings, and little Villanova stunned the world?

New arrivals like Louisville and Marquette have some hoops tradition of their own, but what do you think of the Big East, then and now?

One thing that's certain is whichever team captures the Big East title is going to need three-point shooting. Whether it's the long-range attack employed by West Virginia and Louisville or the more conservative approach of Boston College, no team in today's game can succeed without some kind of outside game. But is it good for the game when big men like West Virginia's Kevin Pittsnogle and Marquette's Steve Novak drift outside?


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