The Big East Conference once again boasts a bevy of teams destined to play deep into March. Members of the conference make up more than a quarter of the current AP Top 25 Poll, as seven Big East squads are among the nationally ranked.
We've come to expect an avalanche of exciting moments from this conference each season. Those expectations continue to be met this winter, as the Big East schedule has featured a series of stunning upsets and a steady dose of superb individual performances.
Through a month of conference competition, teams have taken turns playing the role of "best team in the Big East." Any time pundits seem ready to anoint one program as the conference powerhouse, things have been shaken up.
Louisville spent time atop the national rankings. Syracuse climbed to No. 3 at one point. Meanwhile, teams like Marquette and Georgetown continue to assert themselves as conference title contenders with recent strong play.
There's always so much at stake during the second-half stretch of Big East regular-season action, leading into the unpredictably wild postseason conference tournament.
Let's examine which teams have risen to the occasion so far this season and those in danger of becoming irrelevant. We hand out midseason grades based on the current state of each program.