BB: Big East Power Rankings (Week 15)

Kyle Scudilla


1. No. 7 Pittsburgh: 22-4 (10-2)

Pittsburgh had a major hiccup against the Cardinals, as Louisville shut down Aaron Gray. The loss keeps the Panthers one tier below the nation’s elite, but they’re still the class of the conference … for now. (Previous rank: 1)

2. No. 14 Georgetown: 19-5 (9-2)

The Hoyas have turned it on at a good time. While other teams are cooling down along with the weather, G’Town is heating up and turning heads with two decisive wins over Marquette and West Virginia. (Previous rank: 3)

3. No. 12 Marquette: 21-5 (8-3)

Marquette has cooled down a bit, and the loss to Georgetown may keep them from surpassing Pitt for the conference’s top spot, but this is still a solid team in good standing with the postseason approaching. (Previous rank: 2)

4. No. 23 West Virginia: 19-6 (7-5)

Sure, the Mountaineers lost to Georgetown on the road, but WVU deserves some major props for beating UCLA this weekend. In doing so, they swept the home-and-home against last year’s NCAA runner-up. (Previous rank: 5)

5. Louisville: 18-8 (8-4)

The Cardinals received a huge boost this week, smashing the Panthers in Pittsburgh. An eye-opening, decisive win over a top team on national TV is just what the doctor ordered for this young and hungry team. (Previous rank: NR)


1. No. 5 Connecticut: 23-2 (11-0)

After snapping LSU’s 43-game home winning streak and crushing the Big East’s second-best team, Louisville, there isn’t much else the Huskies have to do to prove they’re a big-time threat to win it all this year. (Previous rank: 1)

2. No. 21 Marquette: 21-4 (9-3)

Marquette got back on track this week, beating up on a few of the basement-dwellers of the Big East. Saturday’s matchup against Louisville is a must-win if the Golden Eagles want to finish second in the conference. (Previous rank: 3)

3. No. 20 Louisville: 22-4 (8-3)

The Cardinals got beat badly by UConn, but still look headed for a good spot in the NCAA Tournament. After the Marquette game, they have a favorable end to their schedule. (Previous rank: 2)

4. Pittsburgh: 20-5 (8-4)

The Panthers picked up a big win against South Florida to sweep the season series. The decisive game helped solidify Pitt’s tournament profile and pushed USF further into desperation. (Previous rank: 4)

5. No. 23 Rutgers: 15-7 (8-3)

If Rutgers loses any of its remaining games, it may need a win against UConn in the finale to boost its standing back up with the selection committee. If they win out, Rutgers could find themselves with a really high seed. (Previous rank: 5)