2019-2020 Big East Conference Basketball Power Rankings 9.0

Quincy McKnight, Seton Hall. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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Luwane Pipkins, Providence Friars. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

2. Providence Friars (10-6, 17-12)

I don’t want to pat myself on the back (pats self on back), but, Providence has been pretty… pretty good (if you got the Curb Your Enthusiasm Reference, you’re the real MVP). In all seriousness though, has there ever been a doubt about Providence?

Sure they lost three awful non-conference games but those who called Ed Cooley’s team dead vastly underrated the Friars. Anyone who’s watched Cooley’s squads over the years knows that he is a quality coach who’s produced NBA talents such as Bam Adebayo and Kris Dunn.

Providence went 6-2 in the month of February, including four straight wins, with three coming against ranked opponents. This team is going to make a run in the Big East Tournament and have solidified themselves a spot in the Big Dance.

Their play has markedly improved due to the play of UMass transfer Luwane Pipkins. The guard ranks third on the team in scoring with 10.4 points per game off the bench. If you are a bettor of the madness known as March, Providence will provide a big value in the tournament as No. 10-12 seed. They have some serious “Sweet 16” potential.

1. No. 8 Seton Hall Pirates (13-3, 21-7)

It took Kevin Willard five years before he successfully turned the Seton Hall program around. Now the Pirates will make their fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance under Willard’s leadership.

However, this Pirates squad is much different than in year’s past. For starters, Willard has a role carved out for everyone on the team. He’s been able to overcome adversity dealing with injuries to Myles Powell and Sandro Mamukelashvili. Both have returned and helped propel them to the No. 8 ranking in the nation and an offensive juggernaut in the Big East.

Seton Hall is a value pick to win the NCAA Tournament. I have no reason to doubt the Pirates. They have an experienced core, an amazing coach and the resume which proves they are legit.

Powell is undoubtedly the leader. The senior is averaging 21.5 ppg, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.6 assists. Aside from the potential Player of the Year, Quincy McKnight and Romaro Gill have been revelations in Willard’s rotation.

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We are down to the final week of the conference season. Check back with us next week to see how Big East teams stack up heading into the Big East tournament.