Big East Basketball: 5-Year Ranking

    
November 14th, 2011
As part of our 5-Year Ranking series, here's how the Big East teams stack up according to conference wins. There's a huge gap between the upper half of the Big East and the bottom 7 teams, but both Cincinnati and St. John's seem like they'll be closing ground over the next few years.



First Tier
 

1t - Pittsburgh - 65 - Eventually the committee will tire of giving Pitt a #1 seed

1t - Louisville - 65 - Lack of tournament success overshadows solid regular-season play

3t - Notre Dame - 57 - Mike Brey's teams tend to overachieve in conference play

3t - Syracuse - 57 - After a rough spell in 07-08, Orange basketball is relevant again


Second Tier

 

5 - Georgetown - 55 - No tourney wins since 2008, and little hope of one this year

6 - West Virginia - 54 - A lot of new faces, but hard not to have faith in a Huggins team

7 - Marquette - 53 - Six tourney trips in a row for steady, but unspectacular program

8 - Villanova - 51 - Did Jay Wright's program peak in 2009?
9 - UCONN - 50 - Last year's National Title came out of nowhere (16-20 in Big East games last two years)

Wannabees

 

10t - Cincinnati - 36 - Coming off of first NCAA trip since 2005

10t - St. John's - 36 - After last season's success, Johnnies starting anew

12 - Seton Hall - 34 - It will take more than quality recruiting to change program's negative vibes
13 - Providence - 32 - Once proud program trying to find some semblance of direction

Also-Rans

 

14 - South Florida - 22 - Many might be surprised that South Florida is not farther down the list

15 - Rutgers - 18 - Mike Rice has a lot of work to do, but there seems to be a glimmer of hope
16 - DePaul - 17 wins -  Nowhere to go but up for putrid Blue Demons

 

Check back for the Big Ten ranking later today.

 

All 5-Year Rankings.