Big East Basketball: Predicting the Final Standings in Wild Season

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Big East Basketball: Predicting the Final Standings in Wild Season
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Based on the growing sample size we have to work with through nearly six weeks of the Big East season, few conference certainties have been established (Spoiler Alert: Seton Hall is not destined for a title).

A group of teams have emerged as strong front-runners, while others are unraveling before our eyes.

The majority of Big East teams fall somewhere in between, still searching for answers to deficiencies and very much on the March Madness "bubble". Where these squads ultimately end up in conference standings will have a huge impact on tournament fortunes. 

The Big East postseason tournament, hosted by basketball cathedral Madison Square Garden, is smaller than in past years. Longtime conference member West Virginia now competes in the Big 12 and Connecticut is ineligible due to the program's recent substandard academic performance.

The remaining 14 teams automatically qualify to compete in the the tournament. Teams slotted 11-14 participate in an opening round game, while 5-10 earn a first-round bye and 1-4 sit idle until the third round.

This unique bracket structure makes any advantage in the standings more significant than ever. Here's a forecast of how things shake out during the final stretch of Big East regular season action. 

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