After hearing Providence's head coach Ed Cooley refer to the Big East as "the best conference in the country" for seemingly the 1,000th time in the league's first season after the reboot, the reaction of many of the people watching the Friar coach's post game press conference was to roll their eyes. There goes Cooley with his hyperbolic statements again. The Big East 2.0 had an okay first season in 2013-14. A nonconference record winning percentage of 72.6% (98-37) was better than the ACC and SEC and just below the other 3 members of the "Football Five". Getting four of the league's 10 teams in the NCAA Tournament was also a very solid first showing for the newly formed league made up of holdovers DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John's, Villanova and bolt-ons Butler, Creighton and Xavier. Then the league failed to have any of it's 4 teams make it out of the first weekend. Talk of the league's requiem began popping up again.
"We do feel rejuvenated and excited by [the newly formed basketball-centric league]. And we root for each other. Then when we play during the season, we want to kill each other. It’s pretty cool."