10 players to watch in the Big East tournament
10: DION DIXON: Cincinnati is 8-0 when the senior guard scores 18 or more points.
9: KEVIN JONES: West Virginia star wasn't a unanimous first-team All-Big East pick despite leading the conference in scoring and rebounding.
8: DION WAITERS: Maybe the most explosive of Syracuse's many weapons.
7: DAVANTE GARDNER: Marquette big man (shown here defending UConn's Charles Okwandu last year) returned for the regular season finale after missing all of February with a knee injury.
Joe R. Raymond
6: JACK COOLEY: Luke Harangody lookalike had his best game of the season -- 27 points and 17 rebounds -- in regular-season finale against Pitt.
5: MAALIK WAYNS: Villanova guard scored 26 points in regular-season finale after missing three games with an injury.
4: MOE HARKLESS: Best freshman in the league could propel St. John's to an upset or two on its home floor.
3: ANDRE DRUMMOND: UConn big man could hold the key to a potential run by the defending champs.
Timothy D. Easley
2: PEYTON SIVA: If standout Louisville guard goes off, Cardinals could make a run to the title game.
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1: JAE CROWDER: Marquette star is looking like the Big East Player of the Year. Could lead Golden Eagles to first Big East crown.
UConn begins play in the Big East tournament tomorrow at noon, when the ninth-seeded Huskies play 16th-seeded DePaul in the opening round at Madison Square Garden.
With the Huskies looking to wrap up a spot in the NCAA tournament — and maybe even reenact some of the magic from last year’s title run — here are 10 players whose performances will play a big role in deciding how things play out.
Click “show caption” and look through the slideshow to see beat writer Kevin Duffy’s rankings, then leave a comment to tell us how you’d rank them.
(And as an added bonus, see how we manged to get a cameo from Charles Okwandu into the slideshow).