Keep an eye on: Rachel Coffey
The skinny: This is it in the Big East for Syracuse and Pittsburgh, also set to join the ACC next season. Hillsman is without question one the flashiest coaches in the country with his custom-made suits. As for his team, Alexander is a two-time All-Big East player with definite a WNBA skill set. She averaged 14.8 points and 7.5 rebounds last season.
Last season: 23-9, 11-5
Coach: Keith Brown, 1st season
Top Players: C Vanessa Moore, G Sugar Rodgers, C Sydney Wilson
Keep an eye on: Andrea White
The skinny: After leading the Hoyas to multiple NCAA appearances, coach Terri Williams-Flournoy left for Auburn. She is replaced by Brown, certain to be a huge sideline presence. Rodgers begins the season just 195 points shy of 2,000 and needs just 78 to become the Hoyas' top women's scorer ever.
Last season: 19-16
Coach: Jose Fernandez, 13th season
Top Players: G Inga Orekhova, F Tiffany Conner, G Andrea Smith
Keep an eye on: Kaneisha Saunders
The skinny: Auriemma is one who believes South Florida could be one of the conference's surprise teams. Andrea Smith missed last season with a knee injury after averaging 16.5 points in 2010-11. Orekhova is one of the best – and streakiest three-point shooters in the conference.
Last season: 19-15, 6-10
Coach: Harry Perretta, 35th season
Top Players: F Laura Sweeney, G Rachel Roberts, F Lauren Burford
Keep an eye on: Jesse Carey
The skinny: The Wildcats return nearly 93 percent of their scoring from last season, which is to say they return just about all their three-point shooters. Villanova took 816 threes in 34 games, compared to 387 by its opponents. Roberts, who played at Mercy High and is from Marlborough, drained 56 threes last season.