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Big East Breakdown - January 16, 2006

This week's Big East Bloggers Weekly Power Poll is in:

1) Pittsburgh (17): 272 pts.
2) Notre Dame: 230 pts.
3) Syracuse: 227 pts.
4) Marquette: 219 pts.
5) West Virginia: 196 pts.
6) Georgetown: 182 pts.
7) Connecticut: 181 pts.
8) Providence: 147 pts.
9) Louisville: 142 pts.
10) Villanova: 140 pts.
11) DePaul: 116 pts.
12) Seton Hall: 89 pts.
13) St. John's: 61 pts.
14) South Florida: 47 pts.
15) Rutgers: 38 pts.
16) Cincinnati: 23 pts.

Cuse makes a huge leap from 7th last week to getting within three points of being #2. West Virginia came crashing down from #2 to #5 and Marquette took a big dive from #4 to #8. The mediocrity of the Big East this year is making for some big changes week-to-week as each team runs through its own hot and cold streaks. It doesn't seem to be getting any easier for voters either.

In the big polls, Pittsburgh was at #6 in both the AP and USAToday/ESPN. The conference doesn't show up again until Notre Dame (#20, #20) and Marquette (#24, UNR). UConn, West Virginia, Georgetown and Syracuse were all lurking in Also Receiving Votes oblivion but its definetly a bad week for the Big East in terms of conference prominence. As-is, Just Call Me Juice's ranking of the conference as #6 in the country can't be far off.

On a sidenote, what the hell does Virginia Tech have to do to get some love? They beat the #1 team in the country a few days after beating another top ten team, both of whom are regarded as royalty and they get a couple courtesy rankings (#23, #25)? 13-4 and 3-0 in the mighty ACC...if you told me Maryland or Wake Forest had that record right now I'd guarantee they were top 15 teams. (Just breathe...relax...and remember that the polls ultimately mean nothing...and...I'm good)

Marquette took care of business last night against Louisville, but the week is just starting to heat up as the separation between the good, bad and ugly in the Big East (hopefully) continues. Here's a look at some of the big games:

Connecticut @ Pittsburgh

Notre Dame @ Villanova
Cincinnati @ Syracuse

Georgetown @ Seton Hall

West Virginia @ Cincinnati
Louisville @ DePaul
Indiana @ UConn*
Texas @ Villanova*

*One of the last chances for the Big East to prove itself out-of-conference and the last time you'll find me rooting for UConn until March.

Syracuse @ St. John's
Marquette @ Pittsburgh