This is the third edition of our 2019-2020 Big East Conference Basketball Power Rankings. A local favorite remains at the top.
Historically, home-court advantage has been extremely paramount in Big East Conference play. Shockingly, the road team has captured 11 victories in 28 conference games thus far.
The scorching hot Pirates of Seton Hall have won four of their six conference victories on the road, after hitting a slump at the end of non-conference play. This past week Kevin Willard‘s squad captivated national audiences with their gritty road wins. First, they upset #15 Butler (previously fifth in the Nation). Then on Saturday, the Hall squeaked past St. John’s at Madison Square Garden by three points after trailing by 13 at the end of the first half.
The conference has made leaps in the AP Top 25 Poll again. Villanova has jumped up five spots from #14 to ninth in the nation. Seton Hall is right on their coattails at #10 in the nation, leaping eight spots this week. Butler fell 10 spots from fifth to #15 with two brutal losses.
10. St. John’s Red Storm (1-5 Big East, 12-7 overall)
This Red Storm team picked to finish ninth in the 10 team preseason poll is slowly starting to look more and more like that prediction than the bubble team they were earlier in the season. The three-point shooting woes continue for Mike Anderson‘s squad which ultimately cost the Red Storm two losses in a stacked Big East.
In their five-point loss to Providence, LJ Figueroa took 12 shots behind the arc. He knocked down two of them. In their three-point loss to New Jersey rival Seton Hall, the Johnnies canned four three-pointers on 14 attempts. Abysmal shooting like that just simply won’t get it done. St. John’s owns a .288 three-point percentage (107-of-371) this season.
Anderson will have his work cut out for him this week, as the Johnnies travel to Wisconsin and Illinois to take on Marquette and DePaul. They need to forget about blowing a 13-point lead to Seton Hall.