Connecticut gained the top spot in my rankings last week after Notre Dame’s loss to West Virginia, yet the Irish have regained it thanks to St. John’s shocking (to say the least) upset of UConn.
The Red Storm move up to third in the rankings with their monumental win, while Georgetown remained steady to retain the fourth spot. DePaul, West Virginia, and Louisville round out the elites in the league, although they will sit differently in my rankings then they currently sit in the Big East standings.
Rutgers finally broke their losing streak with a win against Villanova, but the fact that they still remain in the Top 25 is somewhat of a miracle. South Florida on the other hand has won three straight and moves further up this week’s rankings.
Syracuse, Cincinnati, and Villanova all sit pretty close together towards the bottom of the league, while Marquette has distanced itself from these three by dropping three straight. Oh, and the Pitt/Seton Hall search for a win is still fruitless.
1.) No. 3 Notre Dame (26-2, 13-1 Big East) – The Irish are back on track after beating a game Louisville team on the road. Grad student forward Devereaux Peters was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll after posting 19 points and 11 rebounds against Providence. Jan 10: Notre Dame 80, Georgetown 60.
2.) No. 4 Connecticut (24-3, 11-2) – Saturday’s loss to St. John’s was a record-ending day for the Huskies in several regards. It was their first home loss since 2007 and their first loss to an unranked opponent in almost 19 years. Feb 11: Connecticut 80, Georgetown 38.
3.) No. 20 St. John’s (18-8, 10-3) – Hard to think that an eight-loss team sits at third in such a deep conference, but the Red Storm have earned it. Junior guard Shenneika Smith’s three-pointer with eight seconds to go knocked off Uconn in dramatic fashion and gave St. John’s their second win in a row against a ranked opponent on the road. Feb 27: Georgetown vs. St. John’s. Continue reading