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2009-2010 season: Big East Conference by the numbers

bigeasthooplogo102109_optBY MIKE VORKUNOV
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The regular season is over in college basketball and the Big East. The conference tournament starts Tuesday and the real fun begins not long afterward. But before you can move forward, first look back. Here is a look back at the Big East season that was, by the numbers.

-2,291: Difference in average attendance of Rutgers-Seton Hall games in the 2005-06 season, the season before Bobby Gonzalez and Fred Hill were hired, and this season.

.903: That would be Syracuse's winning percentage this season (28-3). It is the highest of any Big East team in 11 years. The last team to top it was the 1998-99 Connecticut squad that won the National Championship.

134: The highest point total scored by any team this year came in Seton Hall's 134-107 win over VMI.

49: How many more 3pt shots Jeremy Hazell attempted this season than the next most trey happy shooter. Hazell's 275 attempts from beyond the arc far eclipsed Mike Rosario's 226, No. 2 in the conferece. Hazell finished second in the country in three point attempts.

45: Lowest point total by a Big East team this season came courtesy of DePaul in its 76-45 loss at Mississippi State. DePaul accounted for three of the four lowest totals in the conference.

26: Career points Andy Rautins bested his dad, Leo, by in their respective Syracuse careers. As of regular season's end Andy has scored 1,057 points in 3+ seasons. Leo finished with 1,031 in three seasons after transferring from Minnesota.

15: Number of players who dropped 30 or more points in a game this year, led by Dominique Jones' 46 points. Last year 20 did so.

13: Number of Big East teams that received at least one vote in the AP Polls this year. The three schools that couldn't even convince one writer were DePaul, Rutgers and Providence.

10: Number of conference wins South Florida had in the previous three years. The Bulls won nine games this year in the Big East.

9: Teams in the top-50 of Ken Pomeroy's ratings. The next highest conferences were the ACC and Big 12 with seven teams each.

7: Herb Pope's rank nationally in rebounding with the 11.1 he pulled down per game

6: Teams ranked in the top-10 at some point this year

6: Syracuse is the sixth different school to win the Big East in the last seven seasons with only Georgetown repeating in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

4: As in Georgetown, Louisville, West Virginia and Connecticut took up the four spots in ESPN's strength of schedule rankings

4: The amount of technical fouls for Jeremy Hazell, a league best.

3: Number of players in the top-15 in scoring nationwide - Luke Harangody, Dominique Jones, Jeremy Hazell. No other BCS conference has more than one.

3: With its 7-11 conference record, Connecticut put up just its third losing conference season in the last 21 years.

2: Where Connecticut ranked nationally in blocks per game. It is the first time since the 2000-01 season that the Huskies have not led the country or tied for the lead, finishing second to Marshall. Seton Hall was the last team to lead the category before UConn.

2: Only St. John's and DePaul failed to defeat a ranked team this season. Syracuse went undefeated at 7-0.

1: Syracuse's rank nationally in field goal percentage. The Orange led the country in shooting, hitting 51.5 percent of their shots, just one of three teams to make more than they missed. Georgetown was fourth at 49.8 percent.

0: Players ranking in the top 30 of assists per game nationally. First time that the Big East has not had a representative do that going back to the 1996-97 season.

 

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