8. St. John’s Red Storm (1-3, 12-5)
There was a lack of accountability that surrounded the Red Storm for many years. New coach Mike Anderson has put an end to that mantra, according to Zach Braziller of the NY Post:
"“I take the blame for this one here. I didn’t have them prepared for Georgetown,” coach Mike Anderson said after his team’s lackluster 87-66 loss to the Hoyas on Wednesday night at Capital One Arena. “They had a week off and they were prepared for us. … It’s one of the few times I can say we didn’t come out with the energy you need to have.”"
Anderson quickly rebounded from the program’s most devastating loss in his short tenure by shaking up his starting rotation and handing the keys to transfer Rasheem Dunn. I’d say he handled it fine considering he led the Johnnies with 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists in 31 minutes (team-high) of action.
Senior guard Mustapha Heron is still recovering from a sprained ankle and the rust still shows. Anderson will really need to get the veteran going with games against Providence and Seton Hall this week.
7. Georgetown Hoyas (1-3, 11-6)
I was originally going to rank them eighth but gave them the “precious” seventh seed because of their lopsided victory over the aforementioned Johnnies. Patrick Ewing barely uses his bench and when he does he grabs only two players off of it. All five starters play a bulk of the minutes, this will only hurt G’Town in the long run.
6.) Marquette Golden Eagles (1-3, 11-5)
Defending the home court is huge in college. After an upset victory over Villanova and a team-high 39 points from Markus Howard, the Golden Eagles blew an eight-point lead in an overtime loss to Providence 81-80. Howard again dropped 27 points, in a loss to Seton Hall. I won’t say Marquette is in trouble, but coach Steve Wojciechowski needs to flip the script. The transfer of the Hauser brothers looks worse as each contest wares on. However, on a lighter note…
5. Providence Friars (3-1, 10-7)
Ed Cooley could have jumped ship and went to Michigan, but what’s the fun in that. His program has churned out NBA talent (Kris Dunn and Bam Adebayo) and are a consistent postseason presence. With a huge 81-80 win on the road over Marquette, who was slowly garnering votes for the AP Top 25, the Friars can easily walk into any opposing gymnasium and pull off the upset. Unfortunately, Providence’s winning ways were chopped down by a 70-58 loss to Butler.