There has been a recent trend in the Big East, one that I'm sure you all have noticed and I'm not sure if we should be concerned. I'm taking about the recent string of unranked teams beating ranked teams.
Since Janurary 1, there have been 7 games where an unranked team knocked off a (at the time) ranked team:
1/1 Cincy beats (22) Pitt 66-63
1/3 Seton Hall beats (8) UConn 75-63
1/7 Rutgers beats (8) UConn 67-60
1/7 West Virginia beats (9) Georgetown 74-62
1/7 Notre Dame beats (7) Louisville 67-65 (2OT)
1/9 Cincinnati beats (11) Georgetown 68-64
1/10 Providence beats (15) Louisville (PC is up 30 late as I write this)
Of all those unranked teams, only Seton Hall is currently ranked, albiet in 1 poll only. Should we have any concern about our game tomorrow with unranked Villanova?
Throw in Rutgers over (10) Florida on 12/29, Notre Dame over (22) Pitt on 12/27, Georgetown over (12) Alabama on 12/1, and Georgetown over (8) Memphis on 11/23, then 11 times an unranked Big East team won a game over an at the time ranked team. Just shows you how deep this conference is.