Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports
The Big Ten has received much of the love this year, and rightly so, but the Big East is also loaded.
Syracuse, Georgetown and Marquette sit on top of a logjam at 9-3 in conference play following a week that saw the Orange lose to Connecticut and beat Seton Hall, the Hoyas stretch their winning streak to seven by knocking off Cincinnati and Marquette and the Golden Eagles bounce back by defending home court against a dangerous Pittsburgh squad.
Louisville is nipping at their heels after a two-win week over St. John’s and South Florida, and Pittsburgh’s failure to win at Marquette knocked them back a notch.
Notre Dame decided it didn’t get enough overtimes against the Cardinals last week and needed an extra period to knock off DePaul. Perhaps out of steam by the weekend, the Irish were crushed at Providence Saturday.
That leaves Cincinnati, Villanova and St. John’s (UConn is ineligible for tournament play) as three teams that are talented enough to scare anyone in the league but are mired in inconsistency right now. The Bearcats and Wildcats each split two games this week, while the Red Storm fell to Louisville in their only contest.
Once the logjam sorts itself out, there should be a number of NCAA tournament spots to be had.