Big East Basketball Rankings: St. John’s, Marquette vie for the top spot
Big East basketball is in disarray. Nobody has any idea who is good, who is bad, and who just needs more time. Still, here is where our rankings sit.
Big East basketball has been extremely random this season. With Villanova floundering, consistent programs dropping uncharacteristic games, and dormant powers rising from the abyss, the conference has seemingly bucked all traditional trends throughout the first two months of the season. And while the league might not be nearly as powerful as it has been in recent years, this has the potential to be an extremely fun season.
Any team can win anywhere on seemingly any night and there are a bunch of teams that still carry NCAA Tournament hopes due to the down seasons of several other conferences (Most specifically, the Pac-12 and Atlantic 10 have struggled tremendously.) This should make for competitive outings every single time these teams take the floor and, given the amount of talent in the conference, the level of competition is also extremely high.
As of right now, tiers are starting to develop within the conference but there will certainly be shifts in the next few days. It is still way too early to count anyone out for the regular-season title and while some teams have certainly started slow, teams have plenty of time to gather momentum and make a run. Without Villanova and Xavier dominating the top, the door is open for several others to compete.
So without any further ado, here is where my current power rankings stand for Big East basketball after the opening week of conference play. (These rankings are updated based on the results through Jan. 2, 2018. All statistics used in the piece, unless otherwise noted, were found via KenPom or Sports-Reference.)