Picked 7th in the preseason BIG EAST poll.
Yet, in the beautiful twist of fate that makes college basketball the unique beast it is, Greg McDermott managed to cobble together a small, dynamic lineup that bullied opponents into submission.
He coached in blowout losses and followed them up with statement wins. He went 3-1 against Villanova and Seton Hall. He coached up a 6’7 center to play well above his height.