OMAHA, Neb. — When the Big East underwent its metamorphosis in 2013 and returned to its basketball-centric roots, the question was whether the conference could recapture the magic of its heyday.
The initial answer wasn't promising. Four of its 10 teams reached the NCAA Tournament and none made it past the first weekend.
"I was one of those saying, `This is being called the Big East, but it's not the same league,'" ESPN analyst Jay Bilas said.
In year two, six teams make the tournament, but a top-seeded Villanova lost in the round of 32 for the second straight season and only Xavier advanced to a regional semifinal.
How the Big East fares in the NCAA...