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Big East Power Rankings – Intense Battle for No. 2 Spot

The more games played, the harder it is to accurately rank the Big East. Villanova is a certainty at No. 1, but after that it gets difficult ranking the hierarchy of this conference.

Likely what you will see is five to six teams vying for the no. 2 seed in the Big East Tournament all year. The difference between the no. 2 team and the no. 5 teams right now is negligible. After riding a fantastic preseason performance, the Big East is still doing a great job of elevating its conference profile. It’s almost a certainty that this conference will get at least six teams in.

So, as we enter another week — and the week gets off to a fantastic start with Villanova visiting Georgetown on Monday night — teams will again be jockeying for a position near the top of the standings. Without further a do, let’s discuss this week’s power rankings.

1. Villanova 17-1, 4-1
The Wildcats went outside the conference for a Big 5 matchup with Pennsylvania on Saturday and easily won that affair. They also knocked off Xavier at home earlier in the week, and it was another ho-hum week for the conference’s top dog.

2. Providence 14-5, 4-2
It’s like a revolving door at the No. 2 spot as this spot has seen it’s third different team in the last three weeks (previously St. John’s and Seton Hall have held the spot). Well, now make way for Providence. While they did lose to St. John’s at home on Wednesday, they are 4-2 in conference play and did the best out of conference among Big East teams with two losses.

3. Seton Hall 13-4, 3-2
The Pirates only played one game this week, a loss to Butler at home on Tuesday. So, they lose the No.2 spot momentarily. They are still in great shape and will be well rested for their game at home against DePaul on Thursday.

4. Georgetown 12-5, 4-2
In what was a back-and-forth game between Butler and Georgetown, it was the Hoyas who made the key plays down the stretch. Georgetown, who also won at DePaul on Tuesday, got a huge week from D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera.

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D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera is coming off his best week of the season for Georgetown.

5. Butler 13-6, 3-3
Regardless of their loss to Georgetown, the Bulldogs had a big week by knocking off Seton Hall on the road on Tuesday. Butler will gladly take a split in that daunting two-game road trip. By the way, Roosevelt Jones is back!

6. DePaul 10-9, 4-2
Credit DePaul for sticking with one another and still playing well above expectations. After starting off 3-0 and then losing back-to-back games against Villanova and Georgetown, there was some fear that it would go into a prolonged slump. However, DePaul battled back from a 10-point halftime deficit to win in overtime against St. John’s.

7. Xavier 12-6, 3-3
The Musketeers didn’t exactly have a stellar week, losing at Villanova while going to the wire to beat Marquette at home. They should still be in the mix for an NCAA Tournament invite come March. If you haven’t been paying attention, Trevon Bluiett is having one heck of a freshman season.

8. St. John’s 12-5, 1-4
St. John’s great start in non-conference play is now firmly in the rearview mirror. They are not showing the confidence and ‘swag’ they had earlier in the year and look like a totally different team. Although it did win at Providence earlier in the week, St. John’s is clearly trending in the opposite direction. The lack of depth is killing the Red Storm late in games.

9. Marquette 10-7, 2-3
Marquette could have had a big week but had to settle for a 1-1 showing after beating Creighton with a late three-pointer by Matt Carlino on Wednesday before losing at Xavier on Saturday. The Golden Eagles had a nine-point halftime lead over the Musketeers but wilted down the stretch. They’ll take on the struggling Red Storm on the road on Wednesday.

10. Creighton 9-10, 0-6
The news just keeps getting worse for the Bluejays as they keep piling up the losses. They are still winless in conference after losing to Marquette and Providence this past week. More bad news for Creighton? Two road games this week against Butler and Villanova. Yikes!

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