Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A Trendy Pick

Coming into the 2008-2009 season, it was truly obvious that the Big East conference was the cream of the crop in the men’s college basketball ranks.

At this point, all of the teams in the conference have played somewhere between 20 and 22 games.

13 of the Big East’s 16 teams have over .500 records. 9 of those squads have 14 wins or more at this point, putting them squarely on the NCAA bubble or making them locks to dance.

The conference has shuffled between having eight and nine teams in the weekly Top 25 polls, despite the fact that preseason beasts Georgetown and Notre Dame (both are 12-8; 3-6) have faltered mightily and are on the outside looking in.

Marquette (19-2) is the only team undefeated in conference play at 8-0, but the Big East is so good that Connecticut (21-1, 10-1), the mega-group's second place team, is No. 1 in the nation.

The surprise of the year so far has to be Keno Davis and his guys in Providence. At 14-7, 6-3, the Friars have yet to be tested by the top teams in the Big East, but will certainly have a case to make as Selection Sunday approaches.

Weekly Awards: Marquette’s Jerel McNeal wins Big East Player of the Week and Rutgers’ Mike Rosario wins his second Big East Rookie of the Week as RU beats up on lowly DePaul for its first conference win.
RU @ Georgetown tonight at 7:00pm... Will the Hoyas' 5-game losing streak continue or is the Verizon Center (MCI, whatever you want to call it) still Rutgers' House of Horrors?

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