ESPN Big East Rankings

Posted: August 25, 2009 in Big East, ESPN, Rankings

1. Villanovaespn_logo

2. West Virginia

3. Connecticut

4. Georgetown

5. Syracuse

6. Louisvillebig_east_logo220x180

7. Pittsburgh

8. Notre Dame

9. Cincinnati

10. Seton Hall

11. Marquette

12. Providence

13. St. John’s

14. Rutgers

15. South Florida

16. DePaul

imagesOverall we agree with ESPN’s picks.  Overall, especially considering the depth last year, this is a down year in the Big East.  It still may turn out be the best conference in the country, but unlike last year it is too early to make such a claim.  We think there is some room for argument in the middle of the pack.  For example, Notre Dame might be a little overrated.  After a bad season last year, and losing substantial players this off season its hard to imagine them finishing eighth.  But usually with these lists the middle teams tend to be interchangeable.  Up at the top of the league things look about right, although Villanova should be an interesting team.  The Wildcats usually don’t challenge themselves with their out of conference schedule (their toughest game coming against Maryland this year) so they will be able to get a bunch of wins early and their talented incoming class should gain some experience but their front court is an X factor.  Of course their always talented front court will carry the team but will that be enough to secure them a Big East title and a deep run in March? It has been a winning formula for them over the Jay Wright years but we will see.

The other interesting story to watch in the Big East will be Syracuse.  At the end of last season one would have thought Syracuse to be a national contender with talent similar to that which Kansas will boost this year, but then the team fell apart.  It will be interesting to see how the Orange rebound, and if they can be major competitors in the Big East this year.

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