PFB Power Rankings (Feb, 8)

Posted: February 9, 2010 in PFB Weekly BIG EAST Power Rankings

Sorry for the week long absence of the PFB BIG EAST Rankings.  This version will take into consideration what has happened the last two weeks.  Obviously the emphasis will be on the games played in the past week though.  Once again Syracuse is in the top spot in our ranking.  The Orange are looking very good.  Also Villanova caught their first BIG EAST loss in a beat down by Georgetown.  The Hoyas had a bad loss to USF but also but on a clinic for the Duke Blue Devils.  Knocking off two of the top teams in the country in convincing fasion puts them at number two.  Providence in the 12 slot.  They have hung around their all year.

Team of the last two weeks: South Florida- USF, after coming from behind to top Providence in Rhode Island, have rolled off some impressive wins including upsets of Pitt, Georgetown, and Seton Hall.  Who knew that the Bulls would be the team that made the biggest jump in the BIG EAST this year.  And they are doing this all without Augustus Gilchrist.

Player of the last two weeks: Dominique Jones (USF) – Over a two week span it is difficult to give this to only one player, but we feel comfortable giving PFB Player of the Week(s) to Jones.  He has been a scoring machine and had led his Bulls to some major wins, some of which even came on the road.

1.  Syracuse

No question here.  The Orange have been in our top spot since the first PFB Ranking.  The Cuse took care of the business rolling to two more double digit wins.  Kris Joseph is coming into his own and Syracuse is looking like a National Championship caliber team.

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2.  Georgetown

They sandwiched a bad loss to USF with killings of Duke and Villanova.  The Hoyas made a statement with the way they man-handled the Cats, one big enough to give them the two spot in out list.

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3.  Villanova

The Cats have finally reached the difficult part of their schedule.  After a weak OOC schedule and a relatively soft start to BIG EAST play we were waiting to see how they would do in their difficult stretch.  They laid an egg against Georgetown, but were able to fend off the Mountaineers in West Virginia.  1-1 on that road trip is not too bad.

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4.  Pittsburgh

The Panthers hit a rough spot mid way but have gotten back on track with two straight wins.  Coming up they will look to avenge a loss earlier this season to WVU.

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5.  West Virginia

Five may be a little low, but we were very unimpressed with how they played a Villanova team that gave them every chance to win at home.  WVU hasn’t been able to take down the BIG EAST’s top team, so until they do we are hesitant with them.

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6.  Louisville

Wins over UConn and Rutgers this week aren’t too big, but were necessary.  Upcoming the Cards have St. John’s and Syracuse.

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7.  Notre Dame

A terrible loss to Rutgers was beyond explanation, but the Irish have won two straight.  Seton Hall is up next and we are interested in this game.  We are thinking the Pirates win it.

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8.  South Florida

Jones is a beast, and is really making a name for himself.  His performance at Providence the other week has spurred him and his team to some wins over some very good teams.  Even without one of the best players on the team the Bulls are surprisingly right in the middle of the mix in the BIG EAST, and are no longer a door mat, for the other teams.

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9.  Marquette

A come from behind victory on the road in Rhode Island was nice for the Golden Eagles.  They have run off four wins in a row, but none of them are impressive, as they all came over teams in the bottom six of the league.  USF is next, so that could go either way.

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10.  Cincinatti

The Bearcats are all over the place this year.  But they are consistantly unable to beat the leagues best.  Until they do that they will hover around the same 10 11 spot they have known for the past few years.

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11.  Seton Hall

Hazell is a scoring machine, but one player doesn’t make a team.  The Pirates need contributions from other areas.  Maybe Hazell needs to move the ball around a little better as well.

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12.  Providence

A disappointing home loss to Marquette.  They led most of the game but still lost.  The Friars are on their first three game skid of the season.  Next up is Georgetown, which will make ending the losing streak very difficult.

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13.  Connecticut

It just isn’t the Huskies year.  They had a season like this about four years ago.  They only problem is that two of their best players will be leaving this time around.  We don’t think Husky basketball is in trouble, but it is possible that they don’t see a post season this year.

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14.  St. John’s

The Johnnies blew a big lead to WVU at the Garden and have fallen into the basement yet again.  The road ahead isn’t much easier.

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15.  Rutgers

Well we are surprised they got two wins this season, before even playing DePaul.  It is very likely the Scarlet Knights could finish with four wins.

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16.  DePaul

Not too much to be happy about for Marquette.  They almost had the upset of a lifetime with win over Syracuse, but they just couldn’t hold on.  Rutgers is coming up soon for the Blue Demons.

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