2019-20 Big East Conference Basketball Power Rankings 3.0

Head coach Kevin Willard, Seton Hall Pirates. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Head coach Kevin Willard, Seton Hall Pirates. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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Markus Howard, Marquette Golden Eagles. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

3. Marquette Golden Eagles (3-3, 13-5)

If Markus Howard decided to forgo his senior season, would the Golden Eagles even be as competitive as they are? Probably not considering the transfer of the Hauser brothers. Howard currently leads all of Division-1 with 28.2 PPG.

The guard from Chandler, Arizona has scored 30 points or more nine times this season. Head coach Steve Wojciechowski has a tough slate this week. Marquette hosts a talented St. John’s team, despite their pitiful record, then travel to Indianapolis on Friday to face #15 Butler.

2. Villanova Wildcats (4-1, 14-3)

After a shaky start in league play, the Wildcats have rattled off four straight victories. Over that four-game span, junior guard Collin Gillespie has evolved into the floor general that Jay Wright was used to seeing with former Big East Player of the Year Ryan Arcidiacono.

The 6-foot-3 Warminster, Pennsylvania native is averaging 17.5 points, 4.0 boards, and 3.8 assists in five Big East contests. The continued growth of Jermaine Samuels will only help Nova down the stretch.

While Villanova only played one conference game this week, it’s important to note that they achieved a 61-55 victory over UCONN, who’s set to rejoin the Big East next season, only making the league stronger.

1. Seton Hall Pirates (6-0, 14-4)

This Seton Hall team is special. The hype around the Pirates is drastically different than when the trio of Isaiah Whitehead, Desi Rodriguez, and Angel Delgado took the program by storm. This team, led by senior Myles Powell, who eclipsed the 2,000 point mark for his career, has National Championship aspirations in mind and there is no reason to doubt them.

If I was a betting man, which I am, I would recommend a futures bet on Kevin Willard’s squad to win it all. With a deep lineup filled with talent, the Pirates have the makings of a champion. P.S. Powell is averaging an insane 24.5 PPG with an average of 2.7 made three-pointers in five league games. He is emphatically making his case to be the 2019-20 Big East Player of the Year.

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There are plenty of important Big East games this week. Check back next Tuesday for our updated Power Rankings.