By DAN GELSTON, AP Basketball Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) –The Big East Conference may just be getting started bullying its competition.

From the beaches of Hawaii to chilly Midwest road games, the behemoth conference is flexing its muscle and putting teams on early notice that it’s better than advertised. Six league teams won November tournaments, and two others were runners-up.

The Big East had four teams in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 men’s basketball poll and now has six. UConn went from unranked to seventh –the second biggest entry in AP poll history.

UConn guard Kemba Walker leads the nation in scoring at 30.0 points per game, and helped the Huskies to the Maui Invitational title.trans Other Conferences Feeling Big Easts Strength

Of course, the only tournament that really counts starts in March. No Big East team has won it all since UConn in 2004.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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