The Villanova Wildcats are not getting as much hype as other teams in the Big East for the 2013-14 college basketball season. However, a recent power ranking has them ranked very high in the conference.
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman has the Wildcats ranked No. 3.
Villanova is definitely not a team to sleep on in the upcoming season, but I am not sure how it beat out St. John’s in the rankings. The Red Storm will arguably have the most talent in the entire conference, yet they come in at No. 6. However, these kinds of power rankings don’t mean anything other than generating some hype.
However, the Wildcats should feel very good about their chances of winning a Big East title. Jayvaughn Pinkston will be back for yet another season and he is talented enough to be the Big East Player of the Year. Last season, Pinkston put up 13.3 points and five rebounds per game. A big season should be expected out of him.
Even though Marquette is ranked at the top of the conference, it is not going to run away with the conference title. Heck, this conference has so many talented teams that it would not surprise me if the Golden Eagles finished in fifth place in the standings. Although that may seem bold, the Big East will get five teams or more into the dance once again, so finishing in the top five of the standings really isn’t all that bad.
Whether the case, Villanova will sport a very good team in the upcoming season and ESPN’s recent power ranking of the Big East proves that.