2019-20 Big East Conference Basketball Power Rankings 1.0

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4. Marquette Golden Eagles: (1-1, 11-3)

Guard Markus Howard, who returned to Steve Wojciechowski‘s team for his senior campaign, and its already paying dividends. Howard broke Jerel McNeal‘s all-time points record in November, everything since then has been gravy.

He’s shown why he is a lethal weapon again this season.  In my opinion, Howard should win Big East Player of the Year. The senior erupted for 29 points and eight rebounds in the Golden Eagles “upset” of No. 10 Villanova. This team should make a run in the Big Dance.

3. Providence Friars: (2-0, 9-6)

Heading into conference play, the Friars were the most disappointing team with ugly losses to Penn, Long Beach State, and Charleston. Ed Cooley seems to have found the magic to get his squad back on track. Senior guard Alpha Diallo leads the team with 13.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.1 steals per contest. They did squeak by DePaul on some questionable officiating.

2. Seton Hall Pirates (2-0, 10-4)

To quote Jon Rothstein, “Kevin Willard has made more adjustments to the Pirates than a chiropractor.” Willard had to navigate with the early loss of preseason-All American Myles Powell (concussion). Luckily the senior from Trenton, NJ was able to return. The depth of Willard’s squad has shown through, reinforcing why they were the preseason favorite to win the conference.

1. Butler Bulldogs: (2-0, 14-1)

Since their loss to No. 4 Baylor, the Bulldogs have won six straight contests. Butler, now ranked sixth in the nation by the AP, nearly lost their first conference game to St. John’s. After squandering a 23-point lead, Christian David canned a three-pointer with 43 seconds left to secure the victory on the road. Kamar Baldwin and Sean McDermott handled Creighton at the Hinkle Fieldhouse combining for 38 points in the 71-57 win.

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