Thursday, February 05, 2009

The Big East Schedule Broken Down

In the Big East this season, teams play 18 conference games, in which they face 12 teams once and 3 teams twice. The list below shows who plays whom twice. In the interest of brevity, I am including those Big East teams with a realistic shot at the NCAA Tournament.

Marquette - DePaul, Georgetown, Villanova

UConn - Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall

- Notre Dame, West Virginia, South Florida

Pittsburgh - UConn, West Virginia, DePaul

Providence - Cincinnati, Rutgers, Villanova

Villanova - Marquette, Providence, Syracuse

Syracuse - Villanova, Georgetown, Rutgers

West Virginia - Louisville, Pittsburgh, South Florida

Cincinnati - Providence, Georgetown, St. John's

Georgetown - Marquette, Syracuse, Cincinnati

Notre Dame - UConn, Louisville, St. John's

Does this negatively alter your perception of Marquette, Providence and Cincinnati? Or, does it garner sympathy for the likes of Notre Dame or West Virginia in the case that either finishes 8-10 in conference?

1 comment:

Clement said...

It's different when you have an obvious bias (Cuse, anyone); however, I'm glad you brought this up.

A couple random ramblings...

1) Marquette may have an easier road than most; however, they still are undefeated in Big East play. Down the stretch, they will be exposed for a lack of bulk I think.
2) Perhaps you're battle tested with a schedule more like Notre Dames, perhaps not.
3) Pitt goes all-out during the Big East tournament and then suddenly...they fall flat in NCAA Tournaments.
4) I think in the new Big East format you have to win 5 games in 5 days if you don't have an early bye. That is ridonkulus. (Or is it 4?)
5) Notre Dame is in T-R-O-U-B-L-E. I wonder if they will be rewarded for a late season win or will they need WINS.
6) I'm just glad Cuse got 18 minutes of Onuaku "filling the paint" and beat WVU (even it was at home)
7) UCONN is good. Very, very good.