BB: Big East Power Rankings (Week 4)

Kyle Scudilla


1. No. 15 Marquette: 17-4 (4-2)

If a team goes on the road and beats the top team in the conference on national television, it deserves some respect. The Golden Eagles have won four in a row, including three against ranked opponents.(Previous rank: 2)

2. No. 9 Pittsburgh: 17-3 (5-1)

The Panthers’ resumé is still impressive with their only other losses coming against teams ranked in the Top 15. On Sunday, they managed to force overtime in a game they seemed totally out of against Marquette.(Previous rank: 1)

3. No. 22 Notre Dame: 16-4 (4-3)The Irish are going to have to be resilient with their point guard out for the semester after having starred in his own rendition of “Harold and Kyle McAlarney Go to White Castle.”(Previous rank: NR)

4. Syracuse: 15-5 (4-2)

Things were looking good for the Orange. They won 6-of-7; then they lost to lowly St. John’s at Syracuse’s home-away-from-home, Madison Square Garden. Where’s Gerry when you need him?(Previous rank: 4)

5. Villanova: 14-5 (3-3)

The ‘Cats get the slight edge over West Virginia here based on momentum. ‘Nova’s got some (three straight wins); West Virginia’s got none (losses to Notre Dame, Marquette and Cincinnati in the last two weeks).(Previous rank: 5)


1. No. 7 Connecticut: 16-2 (6-0)

The Huskies have outscored their opponents by double-digits in all but two of their games this year. The exceptions were losses to No. 2 North Carolina and No. 4 Tennessee.(Previous rank: 1)

2. No. 18 Louisville: 18-2 (4-2)

The Cardinals were scorching hot before dropping conference road games against Providence and South Florida. If they want to remain in the upper echelon, they’ll have to win their share of difficult away games.(Previous rank: 2)

3. No. 17 Marquette: 17-2 (5-1)

The Golden Eagles won 14 games in a row before falling at Pittsburgh. They are looking to start a new winning streak, having already defeated Villanova and Providence for back-to-back wins.(Previous rank: NR)

4. Pittsburgh: 15-3 (3-2)

After starting the season 12-0, the Panthers have dropped games to Duke, Rutgers and St. John’s. They’ll have to muscle up with a tougher schedule ahead. Crushing South Florida at home was a step in the right direction.(Previous rank: 5)

5. Rutgers: 10-6 (5-2)

Don’t look now, but here come the Scarlet Knights again. After losing a few too many games on the road against tough opponents, Rutgers breezed through five wins in the Big East before losing a nail-biter to Louisville.(Previous rank: NR)