The Big East announced the home-and-away match-ups for the coming season. With West Virginia gone, each team now is paired up with four teams rather than three, and Marquette has drawn Pitt, Georgetown, Seton Hall and South Florida. How will Marquette match-up again each?
The first question that will need to be answered is whether or not Todd Mayo's reported suspension - hopefully just for the summer so he could concentrate on academics - means he will not be back for next season. Going to the www.valueaddbasketball.com database, Marquette drops from the 20th best team in the land to the 33rd best team in the land if Mayo is not on the squad.
Based on Projected Value Add, that would push MU behind a Pitt team that should shoot back toward the top, and close to Georgetown, which Value Add projects will have the Conferences best player in Otto Porter. The table below shows each team's Value Add projection, and then where their top 5 players project - so Georgetown projects as the 25th best team in the country and Porter as the 4th best player in the country:
|4||Porter, Otto||37||Patterson, Lamar||57||Edwin, Fuquan||114||Collins, Anthony|
|297||Smith-Rivera, D'Vauntes||61||Adams, Steven||540||Cosby, Aaron||194||Fitzpatrick, Toarlyn|
|450||Trawick, Jabril||271||Woodall, Tray||584||Auda, Patrik||356||Austin, Waverly|
|474||Upshaw, Robert||284||Zanna, Talib||766||Mobley, Brandon||789||Abdul-Aleem, Musa|
|498||Lubick, Nate||556||Johnson, John||781||Karlis, Haralds||901||Hawkins, Javontae|