Big East Basketball Power Rankings: Week Three

Alex JessweinContributor IDecember 1, 2008

1. Connecticut (6-0)

After a slow start, Huskies topped Bryant by 30 in their only game of the week.  They have another light week ahead with a home game against Delaware State and a road contest with Buffalo.

2. Pittsburgh (7-0)

Pittsburgh is looking more and more like title contenders in the Big East with each game.  They rolled through the Legends Classic with wins over Texas Tech and Washington State.  They face two solid mid major squads this week, Duquesne and Vermont.

3. Notre Dame (5-1)

Notre Dame is on top of the one-loss teams this week after a really good showing in the Maui Invitational.  They knocked off a top-ten team (Texas) and played tough against the top team in the country (UNC).  The Irish have games against South Dakota and Ohio State this week.

4. Syracuse (6-0)

Monster week for Jim Boeheim’s team.  They won the CBE classic by defeating Florida and Kansas.  Then they came home in a short time frame to beat Virginia.  They have another busy week ahead as they face Colgate and Cornell on Monday and Wednesday, respectively.

5. Villanova (6-0)

Villanova had a solid week by beating Monmouth, Towson and Rhode Island to remain undefeated.  They face Pennsylvania and Houston Baptist this week.

6. Georgetown (4-1)

The Hoyas had a good showing in Orlando with their only loss coming to Tennessee.  Greg Monroe’s airball free-throw aside, John Thompson III had to be happy with the way his team played this week.  They face American University on Saturday with a date against Memphis looming in the future.

7. Louisville (2-1)

In their lone game this week, the Cardinals pulled a boner.  They fell flat on their face and lost to Western Kentucky by 14.  Granted the game wasn’t at home (in Nashville, TN) it was still a bad loss for the Cardinals.  They have games against Indiana State and Ohio this coming week.

8. Marquette (5-1)

After crushing Northern Iowa by 30 the Golden Eagles were run over by Dayton.  They were physically over-matched and simply did not play well.  They have to sure up things quickly with Central Michigan and in state rival Wisconsin arriving at the Bradley Center this week.

9. West Virginia (4-1)

The Mountaineers shot poorly against Kentucky and it cost them the game.  Other than that they defeated Iowa and Delaware State.  We may get a better gauge of how good this team is this week as they face Ole Miss and Cleveland State.

10. Cincinnati (5-1)

The Bearcats lost an ugly game to Florida State but pulled out a close win over UNLV.  Yancy Gates proved himself to be the real deal and Cincinnati should focus on getting him more touches.  They have a tough game this week with UAB coming to town.

11. Seton Hall (5-1)

After a thrilling tournament weekend in Puerto Rico, the Pirates took it easy this week with just one game on the schedule.  They defeated Delaware in a tight game.

12. DePaul (4-0)

DePaul managed to stay undefeated on the young season with wins over Detroit and Indiana State.  It will be tough for them to stay undefeated this week because they head to California to face the Cal Bears and then face Northwestern on Saturday.

13. St. John’s (5-1)

The Johnnies have managed to win despite loosing Anthony Mason Jr. for the season.  Granted the strength of schedule hasn’t been that great, but give St. John’s credit for having role players step up to the plate.  They face a couple more bunnies this week.

14. Providence (4-3)

It has been a rough start for Keno Davis in his first season at Providence.  Already having three non-conference losses, the pressure is on Davis and the Friars to close out the non conference season without losing another.  It has to be disappointing for Providence fans though, considering how much talent is returning.

15. South Florida (3-1)

South Florida has been out to a pretty good start and Dominique Jones appears to be building off of his successful freshman campaign.  It will be interesting to see how the Bulls do this week with road trips to UAB and Central Florida on their plate.  If they can sneak by those guys with wins they are setting themselves up well for Augustus Gilchrist and Mike Mercer’s debut.

16. Rutgers (4-2)

After losing in overtime to St. Bonaventure last week, Rutgers had another head-scratcher this week by losing to Lehigh at home.  This team definitely has talent but their youth is showing early.  They can turn it around this week with games they should win against Rider and Binghamton.