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Week 5 Big East Coast Bias Power Rankings

A relatively static week. But there’s little doubt about #1.

NCAA Basketball: Pennsylvania at Villanova Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The fifth edition of our Power Rankings is live!

This year, as we mentioned last time, we will have votes casted not only from our site, but others around the Big East world as well. This week’s rankings include ballots from the following:

Anonymous Eagle

  • Besay
  • Connor Lagore

Banners on the Parkway

  • Joel

VU Hoops

  • Chris Lane

10. DePaul Blue Demons

(Score: 9.95; Highest Vote: 9; Lowest Vote: 10)

“What a week! They beat the Blue Devils! What a signature win…oh, it’s the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils. Got it. Nevermind, DePaul’s in the basement.” - Matt Ambrose

9. Georgetown Hoyas

(Score: 9.05; Highest Vote: 9; Lowest Vote: 10)

“If they can't beat Syracuse I think the entire campus should be thrown into the Atlantic Ocean.” - Alex Sindelar

“*Withholds sarcastic comment about nonconference schedule* They’re doing what they’re suppose to do.” - Chris Grenham

“I was really close to putting them ahead of Providence, just because the Friars have looked horrible. If the Hoyas beat Syracuse this week, they might just move up.” - Matt Ambrose

“I’m just happy that this is the one week people can stop talking about the schedule. Say what you will about their opponents, but the fact that the Hoyas are one of just seven unbeaten teams is still an achievement, especially with a coaching change.” - Tyler Pearre

8. Providence Friars

(Score: 7.79; Highest Vote: 6; Lowest Vote: 8)

“Injuries stink and overreactions are flooding in. Don’t hit the panic button yet. Yes they have plenty of issues right now and no identity, but they’ll be just fine… I think. *Insert comment about Emmitt Holt*” - Chris Grenham

“They should have lost to Brown at home. They got pummeled by UMass. This team looks really bad.” - Matt Ambrose

7. Marquette Golden Eagles

(Score: 6.79; Highest Vote: 5; Lowest Vote: 8)

“Marquette has had big ups and downs already this year, and I tend to think they're not great. But their offense has scary potential. If you catch the Eagles on a good shooting night, your margin for error is very slim.” - Kevin Urquhart

“They handily took down in-state rivals Wisconsin on Saturday. Now, the Badgers aren’t as formidable as they have been in the past, but this is still a nice win for the Golden Eagles’ resume.” - Matt Ambrose

“Have to rank them higher this week after 2 straight good wins. Neither were Top 25 wins, sure, but they played well. Adjusting very well to the loss of Cheatham (sans the Georgia game) and adding a pick and pop option in Froling (plus having another big body down low to play defense) means that the Golden Eagles trended upwards this week.” - Sam Newberry

6. Butler Bulldogs

(Score: 5.74; Highest Vote: 4; Lowest Vote: 7)

“Bulldogs looked solid against Utah, which really improved their rep in my fickle mind. I like where they’re trending.” - Chris Grenham

“Don't sleep on the Dawgs. Despite losing Sean McDermott to injury, Butler has won five straight. LaVall Jordan has the defense improving every game, and Kelan Martin has been red-hot. Butler should make some noise in Big East play.” - Kevin Urquhart

“They’ve won five straight, and each of the last three by double digits. They have a tough one this week against Purdue, a game that could move them up the rankings should they win.” - Matt Ambrose

5. St. John's Red Storm

(Score: 5.58; Highest Vote: 5; Lowest Vote: 8)

“I was impressed by how well they played against ASU, especially after watching the Sun Devils beat Kansas. They should enter Big East play at 10-2, which is better than most had projected.” - Chris Grenham

“I still love this team’s potential. They hung in there out in L.A. with the now 5th ranked Arizona State. Shamorie Ponds is playing like a Top 5 player in the Big East, and if he continues, the Johnnies could find themselves in the top half of the conference come March.” - Matt Ambrose

4. Creighton Bluejays

(Score: 4.00; Highest Vote: 3; Lowest Vote: 5)

“Officially own Tommy Frazier and the state of Nebraska. It was a great week.” - Alex Sindelar

“Offense. They put up 111 on North Dakota on Tuesday, then shot 50 percent from the field on Saturday against Nebraska, while also having five players score in double digits. Things are clicking for this Bluejays team.” - Matt Ambrose

3. Seton Hall Pirates

(Score: 2.95 Highest Vote: 2; Lowest Vote: 4)

“They have won four straight since losing a tough one in Brooklyn to Rhode Island. This week, they handily took down VCU 90-67 to improve to 8-1. Here’s the rest of their non-conference slate: vs. St. Peter’s, at Rutgers, vs. Wagner, vs. Manhattan. They’ll be 12-1, and maybe top-10 in the country, come Big East play.” - Matt Ambrose

2. Xavier Musketeers

(Score: 2.16; First-Place Votes: 2; Lowest Vote: 3)

“Even Stainbrook's 5 star Uber rating pales in comparison to how good the Musketeers look.” - Alex Sindelar

“Xavier's loss to Arizona State is looking more and more forgivable, begging the question: Are we sure Villanova is the best team in the Big East?” - Kevin Urquhart

“Their only loss is to Arizona State. They’ve taken down Wisconsin, Baylor and Cincinnati. They have Trevon Bluiett, who is really good at basketball. With only three nonconference games left, they’ll join Seton Hall as the two teams that will enter Big East play with one loss.” - Matt Ambrose

1. Villanova Wildcats (19)

(Score: 1.00; First-Place Votes: 19)

“I would've put them 10th if they were 0-10.” - Alex Sindelar

“They are still the class of the conference, but Xavier and Seton Hall are right on their heels. Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges have been nightmares to defend, and the return of Phil Booth this season has made a world of difference. The AP got it right by putting Villanova at No. 1. They have been the best and most consistent team this season.” - Matt Ambrose

“Mikal. Bridges.” - Tyler Pearre

BECB Power Rankings - Week 5

Voter Butler Creighton DePaul Georgetown Marquette Providence Seton Hall St. John's Villanova Xavier
Voter Butler Creighton DePaul Georgetown Marquette Providence Seton Hall St. John's Villanova Xavier
Alex Sindelar 6 4 10 9 8 7 3 5 1 2
Anne Foray 5 4 10 9 7 8 3 6 1 2
Besay (AE) 7 4 10 9 6 8 3 5 1 2
Charlie Goldsmith 7 3 10 9 5 8 4 6 1 2
Chris Lane (VU Hoops) 7 4 10 9 6 8 3 5 1 2
Chris Novak 5 4 10 9 7 8 3 6 1 2
Connor Lagore (AE) 5 4 10 9 6 8 3 7 1 2
Dan Gardella 7 4 9 10 7 8 3 5 1 2
Dan Stack 5 4 10 9 8 7 2 6 1 3
Eugene Rapay 5 4 10 9 7 8 3 6 1 3
Joel (Banners Parkway) 5 4 10 9 7 8 3 6 1 2
Kevin Urquhart 4 5 10 9 7 6 3 6 1 2
Matt Ambrose 6 4 10 9 7 8 3 5 1 2
Mike Hopkins 6 4 10 9 7 8 3 5 1 2
Rob O'Neill 5 4 10 9 7 8 3 6 1 2
Sam Newberry 7 4 10 9 6 8 3 5 1 2
Sean Saint Jacques 5 4 10 9 7 8 2 6 1 3
Tehr Umar 6 4 10 9 7 8 3 5 1 2
Tyler Pearre 6 4 10 9 7 8 3 5 1 2
First Place Votes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
Average 5.74 4.00 9.95 9.05 6.79 7.79 2.95 5.58 1.00 2.16
Highest Vote 4 3 9 9 5 6 2 5 1 2
Lowest Vote 7 5 10 10 8 8 4 7 1 3