This week, the NCAA began regular release of the Ratings Percentage Index, which it uses to assist in the selection of teams for the NCAA Championship. The Big East has the most teams among the top 37 with nine entries. Villanova is No.3 followed by Pittsburgh (6th), Connecticut (9th), Cincinnati (27th), Georgetown (30th), Marquette (31st), West Virginia (32nd), Syracuse (33rd) and Seton Hall (37th). The ratings included games played through Jan. 30.
The Big East Has the Most Players on the Midseason Wooden List
Nine of the 30 players on the midseason list for the John R. Wooden Award are from the Big East. The league has more candidates than any other conference. The Big Ten is second with five. From the Big East, the list includes the Big East Preseason Co-Players of the Year, Rudy Gay of Connecticut and Gerry McNamara of Syracuse. The others are: Taquan Dean of Louisville, Steve Novak of Marquette, Carl Krauser of Pittsburgh, Randy Foye and Allan Ray of Villanova and Mike Gansey and Kevin Pittsnogle of West Virginia.
Big East Teams Crowd the Top of The Polls
This week, four Big East squads are ranked in the top 11 of the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls. Both polls agree that Connecticut is No. 1 for the second week in a row followed by Villanova at No. 4, Pittsburgh at No. 9 and West Virginia at No. 11. Georgetown is the Big East's fifth ranked team with the Hoyas placing 17th in AP and 22nd in ESPN/USA Today.
Ranked Teams Square Off This Weekend
On Saturday, the No. 1 Connecticut Huskies, who are coming off an exciting 80-76 win over No. 9 Pittsburgh, will play at No. 22/21 Indiana in a national telecast on CBS. Tipoff is 1 p.m. ET. Big East teams have won five of their last six games against non-league ranked clubs. On Sunday, two ranked Big East teams will battle in Washington, D.C. when Pitt travels to No. 17/22 Georgetown to meet the rising Hoyas.