The Big East is a power conference in basketball. Since realignment (2013-2014), they've been getting in ~half of their teams into the tournament each season. Villanova won two national championships & went to the Final 4 last year. Providence/Creighton/Xavier have all been terrific. They led conference RPI in 2019-2020 & have roughly been the 2nd/3rd best basketball conference the last decade. B12 is 1. B10 & BE for 2/3. BE has been better than the ACC/SEC/PAC12. They're still selling out MSG for the BET. Four teams in the top-25 rn. Another receiving votes. 5 or 6 bids this year.
Part of this sentiment is probably because of the tv deals. Most casuals are getting their sports info from ESPN. BE is on Fox Sports. You have to seek it out a little bit more. ESPN doesn't mention their teams. Must have been a surprise for some people to see Villanova cut the nets down twice. The conference is a lot of fun in its current state. The football schools chased the money and it's all basketball centric sports schools left.