1. No. 5 Georgetown (23-5, 13-4)
The Hoyas’ turnover-filled loss to Villanova means that a win at home against Syracuse is most likely necessary if John Thompson III and the boys are to capture their first Big East regular season title since 2008. Louisville and Marquette have identical 13-4 league records, but Georgetown holds the tiebreaker over both squads. On Saturday, the Golden Eagles travel to MSG for a match up with St. John’s and Louisville hosts Notre Dame; however, a noon tip-off time for GU means that the league could already be decided by the time things get underway in NY and Kentucky. I would bet the house that JT III and Otto Porter will be named Big East Coach and Player of the Year; then again, I would have bet the house that Henry Sims wouldn’t make the NBA.
2. No. 8 Louisville (25-5, 13-4)
Rick Pitino’s Cardinals are quietly peaking at the right time, having won nine out of ten since a three-game losing streak in late January. Louisville is a complete team with a savvy senior point guard in Peyton Siva (5.9 assists per game), a high scoring two-guard Russ Smith (18.4 points per game), and imposing big men Chane Behanan and Gorgui Deng (a combined 17.1 rebounds per game). The Cardinals certainly have the experience and balance to repeat last year’s postseason success.