BIG EAST POWER RANKING
Jeff Adrien leads UCONN with 14.5 ppg.
Jeff Adrien leads UCONN with 14.5 ppg.
MarquetteHoops.com
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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