Big East Basketball: Way-Too-Early 2016-17 Power Rankings

The 2016 NCAA tournament ended with a Big East team, the Villanova Wildcats, being crowned national champions. With more eyes than ever and higher expectations than ever, the Big East is set to deliver in 2016-17. Here are the way-too-early power rankings for 2016-17 Big East basketball.

5. Creighton Bluejays

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The Bluejays showed signs of life last season, but just could not win games when it counted. That should change this upcoming season.

The Bluejays showed signs of life last season, but just could not win games when it counted. That should change this upcoming season.

4. Butler Bulldogs

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After adding Memphis transfer Avery Woodson, Butler has an extremely solid team that should definitely make the 2017 NCAA tournament.

After adding Memphis transfer Avery Woodson, Butler has an extremely solid team that should definitely make the 2017 NCAA tournament.

3. Seton Hall Pirates

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After winning the Big East tournament last season, Seton Hall should take a step forward in 2016-17. This is one of those teams to keep an eye on, because it could be average, but it could also be great.

After winning the Big East tournament last season, Seton Hall should take a step forward in 2016-17. This is one of those teams to keep an eye on, because it could be average, but it could also be great.

2. Xavier Musketeers

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A fantastic regular season ended in disappointing fashion in the 2016 NCAA tournament, but Xavier has the potential to be a great basketball team next season.

A fantastic regular season ended in disappointing fashion in the 2016 NCAA tournament, but Xavier has the potential to be a great basketball team next season.

1. Villanova Wildcats

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The winners of the 2016 NCAA tournament, Villanova will be one of the top teams in the country next season, as per usual with Jay Wright’s teams.

The winners of the 2016 NCAA tournament, Villanova will be one of the top teams in the country next season, as per usual with Jay Wright’s teams.