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All of a sudden everyone in the Big East has at least three conference losses except for two squads—Syracuse and Marquette.
The Orange do have one blemish on that league record now thanks to Villanova and will need to bounce back against Pittsburgh and Notre Dame this week if they hope to remain in the discussions for a No. 1 seed.
The Golden Eagles, who have been quietly going about their business after some non-conference struggles, knocked off Providence in their only game this week. However, a trip to Louisville awaits, so we will know more about Buzz Williams’ squad soon enough.
Elsewhere, Louisville and Villanova are in completely opposite positions right now. The Cardinals are on a three-game losing streak, while the Wildcats knocked off both Louisville and Syracuse this week. After a rough non-conference slate, it’s time to start talking about Nova and the bubble again.
The only other team that rivaled Villanova's week was Georgetown. The Hoyas knocked off Louisville themselves and also picked up an impressive victory over Notre Dame.
Here were the results from the other (potential) contenders: Pittsburgh cruised to two easy wins against Providence and DePaul. Cincinnati lost a heartbreaker to the Orange. Notre Dame fell to Georgetown and staved off South Florida, while St. John’s beat Rutgers and Seton Hall.
The Big East is fairly convoluted in the middle right now, but expect things to sort themselves out in the coming weeks.