The Big East you don't know

Jamie Dixon will throw his hands up in exasperation a lot less this season. Getty Images

Hello, college basketball fans. My name is Mark Titus, a former member of the Ohio State Buckeyes. You may recall me from a blog I have called Club Trillion. You may better recall my practice nemesis, Evan Turner, who I affectionately call The Villain.

I'll be contributing to ESPN Insider periodically this season to help offer a player perspective on college hoops. To get things started, let's take a look at the Big East.

When I think of the Big East, I immediately think of a conference that's rich with iconic figures such as John Thompson and Luke Harangody's reverse mullet. I also think about how the Big East Tournament is almost as entertaining as the NCAA Tournament, mostly because it has about the same number of teams. The thing I don't think is that the Big East is the premier conference in college basketball. There are many reasons for this, the most relevant of which is that I don't know as much as I should about the Big East. In an effort to change my perception, I quizzed a handful of walk-ons from around the conference to get a better idea of the conference's best team, best student section, coolest tradition, least comfortable benches and more.