Jeff Adrien leads UCONN with 14.5 ppg.
Jeff Adrien leads UCONN with 14.5 ppg.
Posted Jan 13, 2009

The second installment of our Big East Power Ranking.

1 – Pittsburgh (15-0, 3-0)

Their national No. 1 ranking is well deserved. Friday’s game at Louisville should be interesting.

2 – Connecticut (14-1, 3-1)

Huskies have been dominant since their slip-up against Georgetown. Hard to stop Jeff Adrien right now.

3 – Syracuse (16-1, 4-0)

The Orange are still riding high, even after a close call at USF. They’ll need to stay focused and continue playing more man-to-man defense if they want to keep up their success.

4 – Louisville (12-3, 3-0)

Defense carried them against Notre Dame. Edgar Sosa has been playing better, but the Cardinals still haven’t found their rhythm yet. When they do, watch out.

5 – Georgetown (11-3, 2-2)

They have trouble rebounding, and that could prove to be their undoing. Two big tests this week in Syracuse and Duke.

6 – Marquette (15-2, 4-0)

Unconscious shooting coupled with improved defense has the Golden Eagles flying high. First true test might not come until 1/26 at Notre Dame.

7 – Notre Dame (12-4, 3-2)

Luke Harangody will get his points, but if the Irish don’t shoot, they don’t win.

8 – Villanova (13-3, 1-2)

Had chances to beat Louisville but couldn’t pull it off.

9 – Providence (11-5, 3-1)

The Friars are responding well to new head coach Keno Davis, but still have yet to beat a quality opponent.

10 – West Virginia (11-4, 1-2)

There’s dissention in the ranks in Morgantown after a tough loss at Marquette.

11 – Cincinnati (10-6, 0-3)

They need a win against Rutgers to break a four-game skid.

12 – St. John’s (10-5, 1-2)

The win over Notre Dame was big and a team with no seniors must continue to grow up fast if the Red Storm are going to have any continued success.

13 – Rutgers (9-8, 0-4)

The Scarlet Knights have hung close in two conference losses and have gotten blown out in the other two.

14 – Seton Hall (9-7, 0-4)

Jeremy Hazell can score, but can he lead the Pirates to victory?

15 – USF (6-9, 1-2)

The Bulls beat hapless DePaul on the road, but they’ll have to dig deep to win a few more.

16 – DePaul (8-9, 0-4)

There’s some individual talents but not much semblance of a team.

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