Week 1: Big East Power Rankings
Week 1: Big East Power Rankings
College basketball season has begun and all of you junkies are getting your much needed fix. A 24 marathon is currently going on(So is the Rant Sports Live Blog for it. Seriously, click the link and see our guys drop knowledge on you all day. HERE) and nobody is happier than all of us. Despite the best efforts of teams loading up on cupcakes early on, some of them still managed to lose a game. Others, while still playing cupcakes, have found early season success.
I'm not going to entirely overreact to some of these early games but not go all Ron Morris on you either. Some teams are going downward while the top teams are likely to stay put.
As of this writing, 11:30 in the morning(eastern), almost every school with the exception of one has played at least a game. So while it's not entirely fair to judge a team and predict their season, schools have given us reason to pay attention. Whether it was sloppy play, finding a lineup, or looking great, teams in the Big East has shown us a lot over the last few days.
Heavy movement in the rankings won't likely come until after a few more weeks of play. Yet, even with the cupcake schedules, these programs all need to take care of business and win the games they're supposed to.
This is our first regular season edition of the Big East Power Rankings so I hope you're as excited to see which teams moved around who stayed put. Without further ado here is your Week 1 Big East Power Rankings...
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15- Rutgers Scarlet Knights (Last week 14) 1-1
You can't lose to a team called the St. Peter's Peacocks and expect to do anything but trend downward. So, there is that.
14- Seton Hall Pirates (Last week 14) 2-0
The Seton Hall Pirates have gotten off to a 2 and 0 start. They still sit near the bottom because their opponents were the equivalent of playing folks at the YMCA.
13- South Florida Bulls (Last week 9) 0-1
This is our biggest drop in rankings this season. I wasn't sold on this team to begin with and the drubbing they received by the UCF Knights only solidified my thinking.
12- Providence Friars(Last week 13) 2-0
The Providence Friars have 2 victories and one of them was ugly. The ugly victory against NJIT was mostly due to their best player, Vincent Council, getting injured only a few moments into the game.
11- DePaul Blue Demons (Last week 12) 1-0
The DePaul Blue Demons opened their season against a week non-conference opponent. They also destroyed that opponent.
10- Villanova Wildcats (Last week 10) 2-0
The Villanova Wildcats played a team called the District of Columbia, they won. Good for them.
9- St. John's Red Storm (Last week 8) 0-0
The St. John's Red Storm is the only team yet to play a game(Will today). They move down only because another team handled a ranked team.
8- Connecticut Huskies (Last week 11) 1-0
The Connecticut Huskies beat the 14th ranked team in the country. Kevin Ollie did a good job in his debut. With a depth problem, but still having talent in their first six players in the rotation, it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
7- Cincinnati Bearcats (Last week 7) 1-0
You can only play the team in front of you. The Cincinnati Bearcats beat and demolished a team in front of them.
6- Georgetown Hoyas (Last week 6) 1-0
The Georgetown Hoyas were one of the few teams scheduled to play a meaningful game. Condensation ruins everything!
5- Marquette Golden Eagles (Last week 5) 1-0
Pretty much the same as Georgetown. I was tempted to drop them in the rankings for their smurf-like uniforms.
4- Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Last week 4) 2-0
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have looked good. Also, I think I might have underestimated how good Jack Cooley can be.
3- Pittsburgh Panthers (Last week 3) 2-0
The Pittsburgh Panthers played two nobodies and destroyed those two nobodies. Good for them.
2- Syracuse Orange (Last week 2) 1-0
The Syracuse Orange played the only aircraft game to actually finish. They beat a good San Diego State Aztecs team but considering the wind conditions going on during that game it's hard to take a lot away from it. Well, other than a zone is a great defensive move in heavy winds.
1- Louisville Cardinals (Last week 1) 1-0
The Louisville Cardinals have only played one game. They won, against a cupcake, yet no other team did anything that would warrant taking over the top spot.