Big East Teams 5 To 12: Evaluating The Middle Teams' Performance To Date

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Big East Teams 5 To 12:  Evaluating The Middle Teams' Performance To Date
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With  sixteen teams, eight of whom have been ranked in the nation's Top 25 at the same time, the Big East is as deep and challenging of a league as any in the country.  With so many quality teams, the conference schedule becomes very dynamic, with teams constantly moving up and down the conference standings.

The focus here is on the teams who currently make up the middle half of the Big East, teams currently between fifth and twelfth in the standings.

Each of the eight teams is rated based on their 1) Non-conference performance; 2) Performance in Big East games to date; 3) Upcoming schedule — games within the next two weeks. 

Teams are presented in order of highest to lowest rating (not exclusively based on current order in standings).

Excluded from this are the top four teams, currently:  Pittsburgh, Villanova, Connecticut, and Syracuse.  Also excluded are the bottom four teams:  Seton Hall, South Florida, Providence, and DePaul.

Inclusion in this evaluation will depend on changes in the standings going forward, which seems all but certain to take place.

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