PFB BIG EAST Power Rankings

Posted: January 19, 2010 in Big East, PFB Weekly BIG EAST Power Rankings

Another PFB Power Rankings.  Syracuse is still on top of our list although Pitt is really closing in onthem.  But with two big road wins over teams that rarely lose at home in West Virginia and Notre Dame we thought that Cuse deserved the top spot.  We have Providence at number 12.  Their win wasn’t great, and there loss was pretty bad but they continue to beat the teams they should beat.  And here is the link to the NBE Power Rankings. They have Villanova up top and Providence in the 13th spot, but they submitted their votes before the Syracuse/Notre Dame game.  Maybe if that was included they would have had the Orange in the one spot as well.  Here is the link to the SNY Power Rankings.  They also have Villanova in the top spot, but Providence in the 12th spot.

1.  Syracuse

Minus there loss to Pitt the Orange have looked great.  In their last two game they won in two of the most difficult BIG EAST venues in West Virginia and Notre Dame.  They aren’t undefeated in the conference, but Syracuse is proving they can be road warriors, and beat top BIG EAST competition.

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2.  Pittsburgh

It is getting harder and harder to leave Pitt in the two position.  They have beaten Syracuse and all other comers.  They have played tough Pitt basketball and they are rolling.  Jamie Dixon has got to be an early candidate for Coach of the Year Honors and at this rate is a lock for BIG EAST Coach of the Year.

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3.  Villanova

The Wildcats finally brought down a top BIG EAST team in Georgetown.  But they haven’t done near what Pitt and Syracuse have done so they will stay behind them.  The Cats are looking good and Scottie Reynolds is playing well.  They have a very easy week ahead and won’t play another top BIG EAST team again until February when they visit Georgetown.  It will be interesting to see how they fair when they get into the difficult part of their schedule near the end of the season.

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4.  West Virginia

A furious comeback fell just short against the Orange and West Virginia caught there second league loss.  This week they have two OOC games.  Watch to see how they do in the one against Ohio State.

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5.  Georgetown

Georgetown lost to Villanova by a few in Philly.  Their loss to Marquette as well makes you question how they match up against smaller quicker teams.  In both games they did alright, but came away with a loss.  That is something they have to improve upon.  Monroe is playing very well, but the Hoyas have Pitt up next at Pitt, which will no doubt be tough.

6.  Louisville

After a slow start the Cards seem to be getting back on track.  They had a tough loss at Pitt, but that is nothing to hand your head about.  This week they have games against Seton Hall and Cincy.  They need to win both, to stay near the top of the league.

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7.  Marquette

After a very difficult start with some tough losses, it looks like Marquette is back on track.  The Golden Eagles beat down Providence at home.  They have an easy one with DePaul this week, but than have to travel over to Upstate New York to take on the Orange in the Carrier Dome… no easy task.

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8.  Notre Dame

Tough loss to Syracuse but there is no shame in that.  The loss to Cincy hurt and needed to be a win.  This week the Irish have DePaul up then Villanova then Rutgers.  DePaul and Rutgers should be wins, but the Irish could make a statement if they beat Nova… but don’t count on that.

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9.  Connecticut

UConn has fallen out of the top 8 teams the way we see it.  This team seems to have so much talent, but just can’t put wins together.  We aren’t sure what the problem is but the Huskies are slipping.  Their three loss skid should end this week with St. John’s (but even that isn’t a sure thing), but than they take on the Texas Longhorns who will be looking to get back to their winning ways.

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10.  Cincinnati

Tough to get a good read on the Bearcats just yet.  They seemed like the team most likely to make a jump in the BIG EAST this season, but have been inconsistent.  They have had some  big wins, but some big losses.  They have the talent to beat a lot of teams, but until they get some consistency they are going to stay in their usual BIG EAST position.

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11.  Seton Hall

Seton Hall has still been trapped in their brutal opening to the season.  It doesn’t get any easier with games against Pitt and Louisville this week.  We still think Seton Hall is a very good 1-4 team but they needed another win in their somewhere to prove that.  Wins this week are important but not very likely.  Seton Hall is much improved, but seemingly not improved enough to move up in the BIG EAST.

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12.  Providence

Providence went 1-1 this week.  They had a win over DePaul, but got beat up badly at Marquette.  This week the Friars’ only game comes against USF.  It is a home game and a must win for the Friars.

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13.  St. John’s

After a tough three loss start to conference play the Johnnies have come back to win two straight over DePaul and Cincy.  The Cincy win was big for this team.  This week the Red Storm have two very tough games against UConn and Nova.  A win over UConn is possible and would be big

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14.  South Florida

The Bulls have not had much success this season, but were able to beat Rutgers.  This week they have another chance to get a win when they head to Rhode Island to take on Providence.  They also play Cincy in Ohio earlier in the week.  Jones is good but the return of Gilchrist to the lineup will really help them.

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15.  Rutgers

Not to much to say about the Scarlet Knights.  It is a tough week ahead for them and they don’t play DePaul until February 16.

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16.  DePaul

Like Rutgers there isn’t too much to say about the Blue Demons.  They play Rutgers twice though, so hopefully they get a win one of those times.

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