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Big East Coast Bias Power Rankings: Week 10

The top of the card stays the same, but there's a lot of shuffling in the middle.

We're 5-6 games into the Big East schedule and we're starting to figure out who's for real and who has plenty left to show the committee they belong in the Big Dance.

Nova and Xavier are above and beyond the rest of the conference, and DePaul & St. John's have much to build upon for the future, but as CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein said, there's not much that separates the middle of the pack. 3-8 is the toughest to seed on a weekly basis, as these teams have just beat up on each other in the first few weeks of play.

Rank Team/Record Trending Comments

1

(16-2, 6-0)

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What is there to say about Villanova, who will likely be in the Top 5 when the new AP and Coaches polls come out on Monday. The Wildcats had another 2-0 week as they remain unbeaten in conference play having won 21 conference games in a row. Josh Hart ought to be a prime contender for BIG EAST Player of the Year and, perhaps, in the National Player of the Year discussion as well. Until they lose, the kings stay the king. - Chris Novak

2



(16-1, 4-1)

+1

Edmond Sumner is back where he left off, Trevon Bluiett dropped 18 points, and  and the Musketeers didn't skip a beat in their dominant win against Marquette on Saturday. Since their loss to Villanova on the opening day of conference play, Xavier has been holding opponents to an average of 66.3 points, while scoring an average of 80 points. Business as usual indeed. - Andrew Padyk

3

(13-4, 2-3)

+1

An emotional week for Butler ended in victory Saturday, disposing of St. John's by a dub at home. Two of Andrew Smith's ex-teammates - former roommate Kellen Dunham and Roosevelt Jones - led the way with 24 points from Dunham and Jones contributing five points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals. Butler travels for some meaty games at Providence and Creighton, and a chance to rectify some of those early Big East losses. - Pierce Roberson

4


(15-3, 3-2)

-1
For the first time this season, there's been trouble in Friartown. After Kris Dunn's buzzer-beater helped the Friars narrowly escape a in upset in Omaha, they returned home and looked entirely out of sorts in the loss to Seton Hall. Providence has lost back to back home games for the first time since 2013, and will look to right the ship against Butler on Tuesday - Robert O'Neill

5

(13-4, 3-2)

+3

Seton Hall had perhaps their biggest win of the season on Saturday when they defeated Kris Dunn and the Providence Friars in the heart of Friartown at The Dunk. The Pirates need more victories like that going forward if they want to establish themselves as a threat in the BIG EAST Conference. If Saturday tells us anything, it's that they're more than capable of doing that - Chris Novak

6

(14-6, 4-2)

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The Bluejays benefitted in a big way from a narrow loss to Providence and a big victory over DePaul to improve to 4-2 in conference play. Four wins matches their regular-season conference win total last season. Mo Watson, Geoff Groselle, and Isaiah Zierden have the team trending in the right direction - Robert O'Neill

7

(11-7, 4-2)

-2

Georgetown took care of business at the Garden earlier in the week with DSR's 33 powering them to a win. Then the Hoyas hung around but couldn't quite get past the Villanova Wildcats. Their margin for error continues to be razor thin as time wears on and they've shown early in this BIG EAST season that when they're on, they're as good as they come. It's consistency that's their issue and they have to right the ship and right it fast.. Chris Novak

8


(12-6, 2-4)
-1

The Golden Eagles struggled to a 0-2 record this week while facing the two highest ranked conference teams in the AP poll. Understanding that facing Villanova and Xavier may be their two toughest matchups in the BIG EAST, Marquette fans who believed they would come away from this week unscathed are simply delusional and idealistic. In reality, their two losses in the last seven days should prove that the Golden Eagles are talented, but lack the elite guard play that the best teams require. Entering a stretch where they play DePaul and St. John's, Marquette needs to gain two victories if they want to supplement their NCAA resume. - Adam Hillman

9


(6-12, 0-6)
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The Blue Demons are off to their worst start to conference play since 2011, and it's not going to get any easier for them this week as they head up I-94 to the Bradley Center to face a desperate Marquette team. There's a very real possibility that the Blue Demons don't pick up their first conference victory until February 17 when they face St. John's. - Robert O'Neill

10


(7-12, 0-6)

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Federico Mussini and Felix Balamou both had solid outings for the Johnnies on Saturday, posting 14 and 13 points respectively. While that was the good for St. John's, their losing streak is now up to a school-record mark of nine and doesn't look like it will be coming to an end anytime soon. They'll look to break it next time out against Marquette. - Andrew Padyk


A Mountain of a Man

I've been a fan of college basketball since I was old enough to dribble a ball, and I can honestly say I have seen nothing like the way the Butler basketball community rallied behind Andrew Smith in his final years. When the man they so affectionately called "Moose" was down, the Bulldog family held him up. It wasn't just his fight with cancer, or even his family's; it was THEIR fight as well.

Before Saturday's win over St. John's, Butler honored their champion with a heartfelt tribute inside Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Dunn Dunn It All

Kris Dunn's trying to win the Naismith. No if and's or but's about it. Game winner's like this will vault him to the top of the list.

Haven't seen a step-back game winner that pretty since.....well, they're not in the Big East anymore, so.....

Can We Get Much Higher?

On a squad with the reigning Big East Player of the Year, last year's Big East tournament MVP and one of the most heralded freshman of the incoming class, it's easy to be overlooked. But with hops like this, Mikal Bridges is leaping ahead of the pack.

AND THE LORD SAID YOU GOT TO RIIIIIIISSSSSEEEEEEEEEEEE UP!

Touchdown(x3)

Xavier was actually trailing Marquette by 7 midway through the first half Saturday. Over the next six-plus minutes, they proceeded to run off on the Eagles 21 times. Let's watch the Muskies drop 21 unanswered in the Bradley Center.

Alum of the Week

New to the BECB Power Rankings is our Alum of the Week category, where we highlight the Big East alum who terrorized the National Basketball Association this week. Despite an abysmal 4-point game against Dallas Friday, Jimmy Butler deserves the nod for our first BECB Alum of the Week. Not for dropping a career-high 53 points on the Sixers (that's not impressive), but for balling out in these sweet Marquette kicks.

Once a Golden Eagle, always.