On Tuesday night, KenPom’s first set of rankings for the upcoming 2020-21 season were revealed, and the Big East has a very strong presence.
The conference boasts 11 teams all within the Top 100 of the initial set of rankings. Five of them are seated within the Top 50, and no team sits worse than 86th prior to the start of the year.
Unsurprisingly, the Villanova Wildcats lead the pack at the moment. ‘Nova ranks 4th to start the year, sitting behind the Baylor Bears, Gonzaga Bulldogs and Duke Blue Devils. Their AdjEM+ of +25.24 is a full point ahead of the fifth-place Kansas Jayhawks, who round out the Top 5.
Moving on, the Creighton Bluejays begin the year at 13th. You would have to shuttle down to 34th to find the next team from the conference, as the Marquette Golden Eagles start off in that position. Then, the UConn Huskies and the Seton Hall Pirates come next, as UConn begins at 43rd while The Hall starts off at 50th.
At 56th come the Butler Bulldogs, and then at 63rd and 65th sit the Providence Friars and Xavier Musketeers. Next up are the St. John’s Red Storm, who begin at 72nd. Finally, the DePaul Blue Demons and Georgetown Hoyas round things out at 85th and 86th, respectively.
The conference’s total AdjEM+ rating of +15.08 is good for fourth in the country to start things off, trailing the Big 12, Big Ten and ACC, and ahead of the SEC and Pac-12.