Big East Big Five: Week Eight

Cashmere Wright and the Bearcats are in the top 10. I am not in favor of this. - Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Yeah, we skipped last week because of the Christmas shutdown in college hoops. But it's still the eighth week of the schedule, so that's what we'll go with for a title here.

The Big East schedule is already underway by the time you read this. In fact, the first game is already finished, as it was an 11am Central time tipoff today between Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. With the start of the conference season, we remove the Marquette restriction on choosing games, since there's only so many Big East games every week.

Week Six: 3-2, no thanks to Providence blowing a 66% chance to win at Boston College
Overall: 21-9

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Monday, December 31: Cincinnati 70, Pittsburgh 61 - The Bearcats became the first ever top 10 team to go into Petersen Event Center and come out with a win. Nicely done.

Tuesday, January 1: Connecticut at Marquette (7pm Central, ESPN2) - Kevin Ollie has a fresh new contract and Buzz Williams won't be on the sidelines. This is the second of three games between teams in the top half of the conference according to KenPom.com, with Cincy/Pitt being the first. Can you guess the third?

Wednesday, January 2: St. John's at Villanova (7pm Central, ESPNU) - Both teams need this win to get their conference schedule started off on the right foot. Right now both squads have a chance - slim, but still there - of going winless in the Big East according to KenPom.com.

Wednesday, January 2: South Florida at Central Florida (7pm Central, CBS Sports Network) - The Bulls are looking to avenge a whipping that the Knights put on them to open the season. It might not go well.

Saturday, January 5: Georgetown at Marquette (1pm, Big East Network) - Yep, this is the third one. Hard to predict anything about MU right now, but I can tell you containing Otto Porter is going to be a chore.

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