This is the first edition of our 2019-20 Big East Conference Basketball Power Rankings. One week into conference play a leader has emerged.
For the second season in a row, the predictability of college basketball has gone just as you would expect it would, chaotic. With a carousel of changes to the AP Top 25 poll and its number one spot (six times before December), March can’t come soon enough.
Continuing with the unpredictability, the play of the Big East Conference has taken college hoops by storm. Locally the St. John’s Red Storm has exceeded expectations with new coach Mike Anderson, while Seton Hall has faltered due to injuries. But I still believe the Pirates will take the conference when the regular season wraps up. SHU has quality wins over Michigan State, Maryland, and Stony Brook in non-conference play.
For instance, in the newly minted Big East-Big 12 battle, the Big East showed a dominant performance going 8-2 against its Big 12 counterparts with the only two losses – Butler’s 1-point loss to Baylor and an injured Seton Hall team’s loss to Iowa State.
With all 10 conference members (Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Villanova, Xavier) boasting winning records heading into conference play and talks by bracketology pundits and experts saying six or seven members could represent in the NCAA Tournament, the stakes have never been higher. So without further ado…
10. DePaul Blue Demons: (0-2 Big East, 12-3 overall)
The Blue Demons made some noise in their non-conference schedule. They are paced by the junior trio of Paul Reed, Charlie Moore, and Jaylen Butz. Romeo Weems, a 6-foot-7 swingman from Detroit seems to be an intriguing piece moving forward. They should be able to shake off the rust a make a run for a postseason berth.