Big East Power Rankings (Preseason)

Stephen Buszka

Men’s Big East Power Rankings1. No. 8 Georgetown: 0-0 (0-0)            Pvs: -Coach Thompson III’s offense will be anchored by 7-foot-2-inch potential lottery pick Roy Hibbert.  Skilled big men will probably be the strength of the team as 6-foot-8-inch forward Jeff Green is pretty good himself.2. No. 5 Pittsburgh: 0-0 (0-0)               Pvs: 3Last year’s Big East champion garnered 10 of 16 first place votes in the coaches’ poll and with good reason.  They return stud Aaron Gray, the Preseason Big East Player of the Year.3. No. 20 Syracuse: 0-0 (0-0)              Pvs: -Losing McNamara will hurt, but ‘Cuse returns forwards Terrence Roberts and Demetris Nichols who did their fair share last year.  Eric Devendorf looks to improve in his second year.  4. No. 17 Marquette: 0-0 (0-0)             Pvs: 5The foundation for this team is the trio of guards.  The Big East Rookie of the Year Dominic James joins Jerel McNeal and Wesley Matthews in a back court that will be strong for years to come.5. Wildcats: 0-0 (0-0)                            Pvs: 1 Allan Ray, Randy Foye and Kyle Lowry may have left, but Mike Nardi, Will Sheridan and Curtis Sumpter have the heart and skill to carry this team on their backs and surprise some people.Women’s Big East Power Rankings1. No. 8 Connecticut: 0-0 (0-0)            Pvs: 2 Connecticut battled Rutgers at the top of last year’s power rankings, but without Cappie Pondexter lighting it up for the Scarlet Knights, the Huskies seem to be the clear No. 1 choice. 2. No. 11 Rutgers: 0-0 (0-0)                 Pvs: 1Cappie Pondexter is gone, but the team isn’t hurting like the men.  The senior-less roster will be paced by juniors Matee Ajavon and Essence Carson, who will have to fill the void left by the WNBA All-Star.3. Louisville: 0-0 (0-0)                            Pvs: -Although they were just edged out by DePaul in the coaches’ poll, it’s hard not to put them over DePaul when they are returning four of the five top scorers from last year and didn’t lose an All-American, as DePaul did.4. No. 19 DePaul: 0-0 (0-0)                   Pvs: 3The Blue Demons return four starters.  However, the starter they did lose happened to be All-American Khara Smith.  A loss like that hurts and requires someone else to step up and lead the team.5. USF: 0-0 (0-0)                                      Pvs: -Pitt or St. John’s should probably be here at No. 5.  However, USF does have Preseason Player of the Year Jessica Dickinson.  Plus, USF could use a top-5 ranking; it sure won’t be coming from the men’s team.