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Big East Coast Bias Power Rankings: Feb. 27

How do things look heading into the final week of play?

Seton Hall v Xavier Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

We’ve reached the final edition of Power Rankings in February!

We had 14 ballots submitted this week from our team as well as a few others. These others included:

  • Besay (of AE)
  • Dan Stack (DePaul)
  • Joel (of Banners on the Parkway)

With that in mind, here are the rankings...


10. DePaul Blue Demons

(Score: 9.64; Highest Vote: 8; Lowest Vote: 10)

“I would bet my life that DePaul will not win the Big East tournament. I would not make such a bet for any other team.” - Kevin Urquhart

“Hey, they beat Marquette!” - Robert O’Neill

“Only two times has DePaul finished in the Top 100 in Adj. Defensive Efficiency in the KenPom era. They are 52nd right now with two to play. Hey... y’know, if you’re looking for positives?” - Chris Novak

9. Georgetown Hoyas

(Score: 8.71; Highest Vote: 7; Lowest Vote: 9)

“No matter what happens in this last game against Villanova and in the conference tourney, this season was a big ‘W’ for the Hoyas in my opinion. The program may finally be rising from the ashes.” - Kevin Urquhart

“Before the season, I think a five-win projection in the Big East would have been optimistic. The crazy thing is they probably should have had seven or eight conference wins.” - Robert O’Neill

“Georgetown hasn’t reached #HoyaParanoia level of excitement yet. But... you can see the groundwork being laid.” - Chris Novak

8. St. John’s Red Storm

(Score: 8.00; Highest Vote: 6; Lowest Vote: 10)

“The reign of dominance has unfortunately ended, but I can’t wait to see how Shamorie Ponds, Justin Simon, and Marvin Clark grow over the offseason.” - Robert O’Neill

“Well, all good things come to an end, I guess.” - Chris Novak

7. Marquette Golden Eagles

(Score: 7.50; Highest Vote: 7; Lowest Vote: 9)

“The Golden Eagles are probably auto-bid or bust after their loss to DePaul, but at least they didn’t lose to Georgetown.” - Robert O’Neill

“Sam Hauser is the best player in the Big East that nobody is talking about. Well, besides MU fans, of course.” - Chris Novak

6. Providence Friars

(Score: 5.93; Highest Vote: 5; Lowest Vote: 8)

“Speaking of NCAA Tournament streaks, how about five in a row for Ed Cooley and the Friars? What a run. Now they just need to get a court without ice underneath it.” - Robert O’Neill

“They have an unenviable task of facing Xavier in Cincinnati, but Providence is otherwise looking good to make the NCAA Tourney again.” - Chris Novak

5. Seton Hall Pirates

(Score: 4.86; Highest Vote: 4; Lowest Vote: 6)

“The Pirates are going to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year, which speaks volumes to how talented the roster is. They just need to take that next step.” - Robert O’Neill

“Seton Hall is fine, and a win against either Villanova or Butler this week will definitely seal up their at-large chances in March.” - Chris Novak

4. Butler Bulldogs

(Score: 4.14; Highest Vote: 3; Lowest Vote: 5)

“Before the season, I predicted Butler would finish third in the Big East. At times, I feared I was going to be way off. Now, if the Bulldogs win out, they could end up in that third spot. The Butler Way, man.” - Kevin Urquhart

“The Bulldogs are looking like they look every year around this time: Tough.” - Robert O’Neill

“I’m sure Butler is looking forward to next week so they can FINALLY get their first Big East Tournament win.” - Chris Novak

3. Creighton Bluejays

(Score: 3.14; Highest Vote: 3; Lowest Vote: 4)

“This last week for Creighton left me very confused. The Jays got absolutely slaughtered by Butler (a team they had previously mastered) and then went on to beat Villanova with an injured Ronnie Harrell. What?” - Kevin Urquhart

“Nothing like taking down Villanova to basically punch your ticket to the NCAA Tournament after a rocky couple weeks. Huge win for the Bluejays, and probably the Big East’s game of the year.” - Robert O’Neill

“Creighton has firmly established themselves as the 3rd-best team in the Big East.” - Chris Novak

2. Xavier Musketeers (5)

(Score: 1.64; First-Place Votes: 5; Lowest Vote: 2)

“I have become convinced that Xavier is the best team in the conference.” - Kevin Urquhart

“I get it, they got swept by Villanova this year. But they’re also probably going to be the first non-Villanova team to win the ‘new’ Big East.” - Robert O’Neill

“Been a while since we’ve seen Xavier on the floor. Kinda miss watching that offense. Glad we get to see ‘em again tomorrow.” - Chris Novak

1. Villanova Wildcats (9)

(Score: 1.36; First-Place Votes: 9; Lowest Vote: 2)

“Villanova is – dare I say it – wavering a little bit. Cause for concern?” - Kevin Urquhart

“It’s not like I think Villanova is bad by any means. They’re going to get a 1 seed and still have a historic offense. The rest of the Big East has just finally managed to get a step closer to them.” - Robert O’Neill

“Villanova will be fiiiiiiine.” - Chris Novak


Feb. 27 Power Rankings

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 4 3 10 9 8 6 5 7 2 1
Besay (AE) 4 3 10 9 7 5 6 8 2 1
Brooks Conrad 3 4 10 9 7 5 6 8 1 2
Charlie Goldsmith 4 3 8 10 7 6 5 9 1 2
Chris Novak 4 3 9 10 7 6 5 8 1 2
Dan Stack 5 3 9 8 7 6 4 10 1 2
Joel (Banners Parkway) 4 3 10 7 9 8 5 6 1 2
Kevin Urquhart 3 4 7 8 5 6 9 2 1
Matt Ambrose 5 3 10 9 8 6 4 7 1 2
Matthew Gelenites 4 3 10 8 7 6 4 9 2 1
Raymond Simms 4 3 9 10 7 6 5 8 1 2
Rob O'Neill 4 3 10 9 7 6 5 8 2 1
Sam Newberry 5 3 10 9 7 6 4 8 1 2
Sean Saint Jacques 5 3 10 8 9 6 4 7 1 2
First Place Votes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 5
Average 4.14 3.14 9.62 8.71 7.50 5.93 4.86 8.00 1.36 1.64
Highest Vote 3 3 8 7 7 5 4 6 1 1
Lowest Vote 5 4 10 10 9 8 6 10 2 2