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Big East Coast Bias Twitter Mailbag #5 - Everybody on the court, so come on let's ride

It's the fifth installment of the mailbag! Get excited.

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Welcome! This is the FIFTH installment of our weekly Twitter mailbag!

Here's a consistent weekly thing where we take YOUR questions on Twitter on a week-to-week basis.

So, let's get cracking, shall we?

Christopher Novak: I do agree! It is pretty neat. The 7 p.m. time slot is often pretty attractive and loaded up so it's pretty smart of the Big East to attempt to take advantage of that first half hour. Of course, it's also pretty boom-or-bust. If the game is rather unappealing in the opening salvo, it might toss eyeballs away to some of the premier games on other networks. On the flipside, if it's an action-packed half hour, then more attention will be retained. Either way, I do enjoy it because above all, it extends the amount of time spent watching college hoops. And how can that be a bad thing?

Robert O'Neill: I think it's a good move. I'm in central time so the 9 p.m. starts didn't bother me that much as they did the east coast folks, but it's a good move. I agree with Chris in that it's smart to take advantage of that first half hour.

Christopher Novak: From a potential standpoint, Mullin bringing in Matt Abdelmassih from Iowa State is a big time move for a big time assistant. The Cyclones have been one of the best programs in the country for the last few years and it's hard to not think that former coach Fred Hoiberg as well as Abdelmassih didn't have a huge impact on that. If he can bring his savviness and prowess to Queens and put forth even half of what Iowa State had been doing in the Big 12, St. John's is going to prosper. So, I think he can be a very important and influential assistant coach for that reason.

Robert O'Neill: I'll go with a St. John's assistant, too, but not Matt Abdelmassih: Barry "Slice" Rohrssen. Slice has history working with Jamie Dixon at Pitt and John Calipari at Kentucky, so he certainly knows what he was doing. It was vital for Mullin to get good recruiters on his staff, and I don't think there's any question about it, he did it.

Another assistant coach in the conference I really like is Rick Carter. Carter spent the last two years on Chris Mack's staff at Xavier before heading to DePaul this season to reunite with Dave Leitao, who he worked with at Missouri. Carter was also on Tom Izzo's staff when Michigan State went to the Final Four in 2005.

Christopher Novak: Stepping into the time machine... in a few months, we'll be discussing Villanova's big victory in Charlottesville over the highly touted Virginia Cavaliers. Mark it down.

Robert O'Neill: Calling my shot. Georgetown will beat Maryland. Maryland's a young team who won't yet be fully gelled when they face the veteran Hoyas.

Christopher Novak: Oh man, do I have to choose one? I love them all!

Robert O'Neill: This one! I'm a little upset we didn't make anyone's list, but that just means we have to try harder.

Christopher Novak: Obbbbbbbviously Jay Wright. Nobody even comes close!

Robert O'Neill: You guys got mad at me when I posted a picture of Rick Pitino's white suit on Twitter, so I'll say Jay Wright. I mean, if GQ says it, it must be true.

Christopher Novak:

1) Marquette

2) Villanova

3) Georgetown

4) St. John's

5) Creighton

6) Providence

7) DePaul

8) Seton Hall

9) Butler

10) Xavier

Robert O'Neill:

I think I'd swap Creighton and St. John's, but other than that this list is accurate. No disrespect to Butler or Xavier, either. They didn't need to have big recruiting classes.

Christopher Novak: Jalen Brunson, Haanif Cheatham, Jessie Govan, Henry Ellenson, Justin Patton

Robert O'Neill: Boringly enough, I'll go with the same bunch.

Christopher Novak: Roll Jays. That is all.

Robert O'Neill: It's the goal of every team in the conference to be first in the country, so it kicks butt that Creighton has been able to achieve it. Hopefully they don't dribble the opportunity away.

Those puns were awful, I'm sorry.