BB: Big East Power Rankings (Week 14)

Kyle Scudilla

Men’s Big East Power Rankings

1. No. 7 Pittsburgh: 20-3 (8-1)

Considering Pitt had an off-week, there’s nothing to prevent the Panthers from getting the top spot again. Then again, Rex Grossman had an “off” week, and it cost the Bears a championship. (Previous rank: 1)

2. No. 11 Marquette: 20-4 (7-2)

The Golden Eagles have won a couple of close games lately, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. They’ll need to know how to do that if they want to go far in March, and the close ones still count as Ws. (Previous rank: 2)

3. No. 22 Georgetown: 16-5 (6-2)

The Hoyas’ crushing defeat of the Red Storm at MSG was the exclamation point on their case to get back in the rankings, and it worked, getting them back in the Top 25 in either poll for the first time in 10 weeks. (Previous rank: 4)

4. Notre Dame: 18-5 (6-4)

Chalk one up in the “worst losses” category on Notre Dame’s resumé. After picking up some solid wins against good competition, the Irish fell off the AP poll with a loss to South Florida. (Previous rank: 3)

5. West Virginia: 18-4 (7-3)

The Mountaineers pulled a “Turnpike Two-Step” this week, knocking off Rutgers and Seton Hall in the Garden State. They’ve won five of their last six. (Previous rank: NR)

Women’s Big East Power Rankings

1. No. 5 Connecticut: 21-2 (11-0)

This was a separation week for the Huskies. After knocking off Marquette and Rutgers in back-to-back games, Connecticut continues to establish its dominance over the Big East. (Previous rank: 1)

2. No. 17 Louisville: 21-2 (7-2)

The Cardinals continue to fly high, but are clearly a tier below UConn. Louisville gets its crack at the “top dogs” coming up this Tuesday in Connecticut. (Previous rank: 2)

3. No. 23 Marquette: 19-4 (7-3)

Marquette fell short against UConn despite hosting the anticipated matchup. After falling to the Scarlet Knights and the Huskies, the Golden Eagles are looking more vulnerable than ever. (Previous rank: 3)

4. Pittsburgh: 18-5 (6-4)

Pitt is back on track after winning three in a row against Notre Dame, Providence and Villanova. Looking forward, the Panthers seem to have a mostly favorable schedule for the rest of the way. (Previous rank: NR)

5. No. 22 Rutgers: 14-7 (7-3)

Red-hot Rutgers tripped up against the Huskies at UConn, but the season finale awaits in New Jersey for a chance for retribution against the conference’s frontrunners. (Previous rank: 4)