The Way I See It: The Big East's Power Rankings (Nov. 30)

Drew GatewoodAnalyst INovember 30, 2009

NEW YORK - MARCH 12:  Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange shouts from the sidelines against the Villanova Wildcats during the 2008 Big East Men's Basketball Championship at Madison Square Garden on March 12, 2008 in New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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1.) Syracuse (6-0):

The Orange beat No. 6 North Carolina, and No. 12 California by impressive margins giving them the top spot this week.

2.) Villanova (6-0):

They beat the No. 18 Dayton team 71-65, but barely got by George Mason 69-68 keeping them from the top spot so far.

3.) West Virginia (5-0):

The 76 Classic Champions got a win over an impressive Portland team this week.

4.) Connecticut (4-1):

The Huskies lost against Duke 68-59, but showed they have talent to compete for a Big East crown.

5.) Cincinnati (4-1):

The Bearcats already have a quality win over No. 21 Maryland, 69-57.

6.) Louisville (4-1):

This team has some work to do before they’ll be among the Big East elite.

7.) Georgetown (4-0):

The 46-45 performance against Temple scares me from putting them any higher right now.

8.) Marquette (6-1):

They upset No. 15 Michigan 79-65 and lost to Florida State 57-56, don’t under estimate this team.

9.) Pittsburgh (5-1):

The Panthers lost to Texas 62-78.  They need to be more competitive if they’re going to have a chance in the Big East this year.

10.) South Florida (6-1):

This team will pull some upsets in Big East play this year.

11.) Notre Dame (6-1):

The weak schedule so far hasn’t been helped with a loss to Northwestern.

12.) St. Johns (5-0):

The Red Storm will get a chance to prove itself at Duke on Dec. 5.

13.) Seton Hall (4-0):

The Pirates key win on the year is a 89-79 victory at Cornell.

14.) DePaul (4-1):

The Blue Demons needed overtime to squeak by Detroit 68-66 this week.

15.) Providence (4-2):

The Friars already have two losses on the season, and when conference play starts, expect plenty more.

16.) Rutgers (3-2):

The Gators beat them by 15 this week showing Rutgers fans it’s going to be a long season for the Scarlet Knights.