PFB Weekly BIG EAST Power Rankings (Jan. 26)

Posted: January 26, 2010 in PFB Weekly BIG EAST Power Rankings

Another week and some more movement.  We had some teams fall right off the track this week and others get back on pace.  Syracuse remains at the top of the list.  Theydominated Georgetown, a team Villanova only beat by a few.  But Nova is not far behind and we are anxiously waiting February 27th when the two will meet up at the Carrier Dome.  College Gameday will be there.  Pittsburgh had a tough week, but UConn got back in the mix.  Down at the bottom we didn’t have too much movement.  Providence, with their terrible loss to USF is at 12.  Here is the link to the NBE rankings. They have Villanova at the one spot and Providence down at the 14th spot with only DePaul and Rutgers being ranked below.

PFB Team of the Week: Connecticut – The Huskies were able to right the ship and pick up a huge win over Texas, even without Jim Calhoun on the sideline.

PFB Player of the Week: Dominique Jones (USF) – Jones went off in Providence for a career high 46 points which is the second most ever scored by a BIG EAST player.  He also ruined our Saturday night.

1.  Syracuse

Another good week for the Orange.  A blowout win over Georgetown was a statement, while they picked up a nice win over Marquette.  This upcoming week is not a bad one for the ‘Cuse so look for them to stay put up top.

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2.  Villanova

A very soft week for the Wildcats.  They won the games they were supposed to win, except they didn’t look overly impressive against St. John’s.  This week they only have a home game against Notre Dame, a game they should win.  There schedule starts to pick up a little bit.

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3.  West Virginia

Picked up two OOC wins including a nice one over Ohio State.  The Mountaineers have a game against DePaul this week, which should be no problem, and than a good test against Louisville.  Although Louisville is not an elite this year, it will be a good chance for WVU to get a win.

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4.  Pittsburgh

The Panthers have fallen a bit.  After such a strong undefeated start to BIG EAST play, Pitt has come up with two straight losses.  Neither were to bad teams, but they need to get back on track this week.  That shouldn’t be a problem St. John’s and USF are there next couple of games.

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5.  Georgetwon

Georgetown is very good but has lost to the top teams in the BIG EAST, narrowly lossing to Nova, and getting run out of the Carrier Dome against Syracuse.  They have another chance to show themselves as a power in a contest against Duke this weekend.

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6.  Notre Dame

The verdict is still out on the Irish.  They can play lights out one night and not so hot the next.  A good chance to see how good they are will be against Villanova this week.  The matchups will be odd, but if the Irish can get lucky and start connecting from long range there is a possibility of an upset in Philadelphia.

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7.  Connecticut

On the verge of destruction (by UConn standards) the Huskies were able to save themselves and their season with two wins this week.  They beat St. John’s and took it to Texas in what was a very impressive win, and just what the Huskies needed.  Things continue to look up for Connecticut as their two games this week come against Providence and Marquette.

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8.  Louisville

Like Notre Dame the ‘Cards have been a little difficult to get a read on.  After a trio of losses the Cardinals got back on track with a win over Cincy.  This week a trip to West Virginia could tell us more about them.

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9.  Seton Hall

Seton Hall has finally left the brutal patch of their BIG EAST schedule.  Things will still be hard for the Pirates but we expect them to snag a few wins, and a few more upsets than just their win over Pitt by time all is said and done.  This week is only a game against USF, but next week SHU takes on Villanova and will have a rematch against Pitt.

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10.  Cincinnati

Cincy started off with so much promise this year, but has fallen a bit.  In  league like this it is easy to understand, but we still thought they would have some more wins by now.  This week the Bearcats get Providence at home, a game they need to keep from fading away into the lower half of the BIG EAST.

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11.  Marquette

Loss to DePaul still hurts, but they will get a rematch in the upcoming weeks.  Marquette has Rutgers this week and than UConn.  The Golden Eagles can beat anybody on a given night, but that loss to DePaul and their 2-5 BIG EAST record have hurt there credibility this year.

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12.  Providence

It will be interesting to see how Providence responds from an absolutely terrible loss to USF.  This week is UConn and Cincy and neither one will be easy.  The Friars have had their easy part of the schedule and have only gone 3-4.  Looks like hard times are ahead for the young team.

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13.  St. John’s

St. John’s has been playing teams tough, but have not been able to but together 40 minute performances.  With a game at Pitt this week don’t expect the Johnnies to grab a win.  For Norm Roberts sake the Red Storm are going to have to get some upsets this year.

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14.  South Florida

A miraculous comeback at Providence gave the Bulls their second win.  Dominique Jones is beast, but don’t expect USF to pick up many more wins in the near future.

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15.  DePaul

After getting their first win in a long time, the Blue Demons followed with a loss.  Their upcoming schedule is brutal.  Not many more BIG EAST wins in sight this season.

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16.  Rutgers

Apparently Rutgers is the new DePaul.  Speaking of which they are probebly counting down the days until the chance they get to play the Blue Demons.  Still a few weeks out though.  Not much to say about the Scarlet Knights at this point, except there has been some talk that Danny Hurley would be interested if the coaching spot opened up… the coaching spot is probably going to open.

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