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.