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Big East Power Rankings – Hoyas Barking Again

This week’s power rankings were not that fun to compose. For what is the first time, the power rankings accurately reflect the real-life standings in the Big East.

For the Big East, it was another status-quo week as teams beat up on each other once again while making the middle of this conference look so formidable. Georgetown made a statement with its win over Villanova, as did DePaul with its win on the road over Seton Hall.

So, let’s once again assess the Big East power rankings.

10. Creighton 9-12, 0-8
The bad news keeps on getting worse for the Bluejays these days. As if still winless in the Big East isn’t bad enough, they lost their star shooter and second-leading scorer (9.5 points per game) Isaiah Zierden for the season with a partially torn MCL. Escaping the cellar just became a lot harder for the Bluejays. They’ll face St. Johns and Georgetown at home this week.

9. Marquette 10-9, 2-5
After beating Creighton last week, Marquette has now dropped its last three games. You can’t knock its effort, though. It lost to Xavier by four, St. Johns by three and lost in overtime to Georgetown after it was revealed Matt Carlino’s foot was on the three-point line when he tied the game up in regulation with a long two-pointer. Maybe the Golden Eagles can record a win at home this week as they host Seton Hall and Butler.

8. St. John’s 13-6, 2-4
In all, the Red Storm did not have a bad week. They knocked off Marquette at home on Wednesday before battling Duke hard on Sunday and eventually giving way for Coach Mike K to record his 1,000th win. St. John’s will jump back into to the conference mix with games at Creighton on Wednesday and then back home Saturday for a game against Providence.

7. Seton Hall 13-6, 3-4
After starting off 2-0 in the conference and appearing in the top-25, the luster off the Pirates’ hot start is starting to fade with losses in four out of their last five games. We have to remember this is still a very young Seton Hall team outside of its leader in Sterling Gibbs. Don’t get too down on them just yet.

6. Xavier 13-7, 4-4
After losing three of its last four games, Xavier righted the ship with an important win over DePaul at home on Saturday. It was a big win as the Musketeers were down eight at halftime, but they ratcheted up their defense and made some key plays down the stretch. That said, they have yet to win on the road in Big East play (0-4), and they have two more on the schedule this week: a game at Georgetown on Tuesday and a contest at Seton Hall on Saturday.

5. DePaul 11-10, 5-3
It’s high-time we give the Demons their due respect. They finally snapped a 51-game losing streak to ranked teams with their gritty win on the road over Seton Hall on Thursday. DePaul did lose on the road to Xavier on Saturday, but it is definitely turning the corner and are doormats no longer. You can read more about its revival here.

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4. Butler 15-6, 5-3
Butler had a perfect week at home, knocking off both Creighton and Seton Hall. With wins in four out of its last five (its only loss being a heart-breaker in overtime at Georgetown) games, don’t be surprised to see the Bulldogs back in the top-25 this week.

3. Providence 15-5, 5-2
The Friars only played one game this week: an overtime win over Xavier on Thursday. So, not much has changed in Friartown. If weather permits they will face DePaul on Tuesday before heading to New York to take on St. John’s this week.

2. Georgetown 14-5, 6-2
Georgetown made an emphatic statement with its crushing win over Villanova last Monday. At 6-2, the Hoyas are starting to slowly distance themselves from the middle of the pack. They also went up to Milwaukee and pulled off a huge road win over Marquette on Saturday.

1. Villanova 18-2, 5-2
Sure, they got walloped by Georgetown on Monday, but they still have performed the best out of all Big East teams from November til the present. They regrouped to pound Creighton on Sunday and are still the top dog in the conference.

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