BB: Big East Power Rankings (Week 16)

Kyle Scudilla


1. No. 12 Georgetown: 20-5 (10-2)

An easy remaining schedule and the advantage of playing their matchup against Pitt in D.C. make the Hoyas look like the favorites to win the Big East regular season title. (Previous rank: 2)

2. No. 8 Pittsburgh: 24-4 (11-2)

The Panthers barely got past Seton Hall without star center Aaron Gray. They’re hoping he gets healthy quickly with games against Georgetown, West Virginia and Marquette making up the remainder of their schedule. (Previous rank: 1)

3. No. 20 Louisville: 19-8 (9-4)

As if beating Pitt weren’t big enough, the Cardinals went on the road and knocked off Marquette for an encore. Those back-to-back statement wins have made this former bubble team look pretty legit. (Previous rank: 5)

4. No. 16 Marquette: 22-7 (9-5)

The Eagles caught themselves from slipping into a total freefall by picking up a decisive win over Villanova. They still have to play at Notre Dame and against Pittsburgh, so regaining any momentum won’t be easy. (Previous rank: 3)

5. Notre Dame: 21-6 (9-5)

The Fighting Irish remain dominant at home after knocking off DePaul. Their schedule saved the toughest challenge for last, with Marquette standing in the way of a perfect season at the Joyce Center. (Previous rank: NR)


1. No. 3 Connecticut: 25-2 (14-0)

Double-digit victories over Pittsburgh and South Florida (teams that are both over .500 in the Big East) continue to show just how superb the streaking Huskies are this season. (Previous rank: 2)

2. No. 21 Rutgers: 18-7 (11-3)

Rutgers has used absolutely dominant defense to shoot up to second on the Big East charts. The Knights’ last three opponents have mustered an average of just 35 points per game. (Previous rank: 5)

3. No. 19 Marquette: 22-5 (10-4)

The loss to Seton Hall was disappointing, as a few of the losses recently have been. The win against Louisville was big, because it helped the Golden Eagles separate themselves from a team with which they were about even. (Previous rank: 2)

4. No. 23 Louisville: 23-5 (9-5)

Louisville lost three of its last five games and is suddenly sliding down the conference standings. This looks like a much different team than the one that won 15 straight games to start the season. (Previous rank: 3)

5. Notre Dame: 18-8 (9-4)

A five-game winning streak that includes wins over Louisville and West Virginia has boosted the Fighting Irish to fifth in the Big East. Hosting Rutgers on Saturday will show how hot this team truly is. (Previous rank: NR)