2011-2012 Big East Basketball Power Rankings

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Last year, the Big East made history by sending 11 teams to the NCAA Tournament.  The depth of the conference was clear and obvious when a UConn team that finished with a 9-9 mark in Big East play cut down the nets.  With the league possibly entering the final year before Syracuse, Pitt, and West Virginia selfishly bolt for greener pastures (screw you, college football), the conference as a whole is down compared to what it has been in previous years.  Here are my inaugural 2011-2012 Big East Basketball Power Rankings.

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College Basketball: The Week That Was (12/19/11)

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College Hoops 101 has undergone a facelift.  My weekly breakdown of the past week in college basketball and look ahead will now be split into two parts.  Since I was enjoying a much needed week vacation in Mexico, here is a glance at the past two weeks of games I watched.  The numbers are uncharacteristically low but when you are on a beach everyday in 80-plus degree weather, you don’t really want to be inside watching hoops.  Yes, I just wrote that.  This week’s edition includes my thoughts on the Xavier/Cincinnati brawl, Indiana’s upset of Kentucky, and my Dunk of the Week.

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#23 Cincinnati Bearcats: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

For the first time since joining the Big East Conference, the Cincinnati Bearcats made the NCAA Tournament last season.  Defense was their driving force and that will once again be the case even though Mick Cronin welcomes seven new players into the fold.

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Big East Tournament Preview and Predictions

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15 games in five days.  Ladies and gentlemen, that is the Big East Tournament.  Some think it is more difficult to win the BET than it is the NCAA Tournament.  With ten, possibly eleven tourney teams from the conference, that theory could actually be true this season.  Here is a preview and my predictions for the 2011 Big East Tournament which tips-off Tuesday morning.

By: David Kay
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Big East Basketball Power Rankings (2/28/11)

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The college basketball regular season is coming to an end but there is still plenty of jockeying for position in the Big East standings heading into the conference tournament.  And as it stands, 11 teams figure to make the NCAA Tournament.  Here are my updated Big East Power Rankings.

By: David Kay

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Big East Basketball Power Rankings (2/21/11)

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The Big East remains a crazy, wild, unpredictable basketball conference.  The top three teams all lost this past week and DePaul actually won a league game.  No, seriously.  Here are my updated Big East Power Rankings and be sure to check out my latest bracketology to see how many conference teams I have making the NCAA Tournament.

By: David Kay

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Big East Basketball Power Rankings (2/14/11)

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The Big East is starting to get quite meddled in the middle as seven NCAA Tournament caliber teams have either five or six conference losses.  Here are my updated power rankings.  Check out my latest bracketology in which I still have 11 Big East teams dancing.

By: David Kay

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Big East Basketball Power Rankings (1/18/11)

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In my most recent bracketology, 11 Big East teams made the NCAA Tournament projections.  It is not a crazy thought right now especially since nine teams are ranked in the AP Top 25.  Of course, once the season plays out and teams start to beat up on each other, a couple of those teams will struggle and take themselves out of the conversation like happens every year.  Here are my updated power rankings with Pitt holding onto the top spot after winning the battle of unbeatens last night versus Syracuse.

By: David Kay
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Big East Basketball Power Rankings (1-11-11)

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There are three different sections to the Big East through two weeks of conference play: The top tier, potential NCAA Tournament teams, and the bottom five.  Pitt, Syracuse, and Villanova have earned the title of the teams to beat but the next eight are battling for their tourney lives already… and it is only the second week of January.  Here are my updated Big East basketball power rankings.

By: David Kay
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Big East Basketball Power Rankings (1/3/11)

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Cincinnati is still unbeaten.  West Virginia is really struggling.  UConn needs someone else to step up besides Kemba WalkerTCU is coming to water down the conference.   We learned a lot in the first week of Big East play so here are my updated power rankings.  Be sure to check back every Monday for an update.

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Big East Basketball Power Rankings (12/26/10)

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Big East hoops action tips off with a behemoth battle on Big Monday when pre-season conference favorite Pitt hosts one of the surprise teams in the country and their Player of the Year breakout star, Kemba Walker of UConn.  Oh, and so much for this being a down year in the conference as five of the top nine ranked teams in the country call the Big East home.  Here are my Big East college basketball power rankings heading into the start of the season.  Be sure to check back every week for an update.

By: David Kay
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