Big East Big Five: Week Five

Villanova made the Big Five this week, so yeah: using the picture of Ryan Arcidiacono letting fly on the shot that beat Kansas. - Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

We try to bounce back from a week of high quality games and find something awesome to talk about.

Look, I'm going to be honest with you: This is definitely not the most exciting week in the Big East season. The good news is that the vast majority of teams that are providing the opposition for Big East teams this week fall in between #187 and #218 on the current KenPom.com rankings. If you have to play non-conference teams, that's a pretty good range to keep your games in. Of course, there are a couple of games against teams much higher than that, including the one that you're already thinking about.

Last Week: 1-4 (Wow, that sucked.)
Overall: 11-9

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Thursday, December 5: Providence at Rhode Island (7pm Central, CBS Sports Network) - The Friars started the season off right with a win over a solid Boston College team and beat Vanderbilt on a neutral court as well. But they've lost two of their last three, to Maryland and #3 Kentucky. A road game against the Rams will provide them with a solid test but also a chance to get back on the right track.

Friday, December 6: Arizona State at DePaul (6pm Central, Fox Sports 1) - Hey, are we sure that the Sun Devils haven't joined the Big East? This will be their third game against a BE opponent in 12 days, which sure sounds like they're playing a Big East schedule. DePaul gets ASU at home, and ASU might be a little wobbly after falling to Miami in the consolation side of the Wooden Legacy bracket.

Saturday, December 7: Marquette at #8/#9 Wisconsin (1:15pm, Big Ten Network) - Ah, yes, the capstone of Badger Hate Week. We all know why this one's on the list.

Saturday, December 7: #14/#19 Villanova at St. Joseph's (4pm Central, CBS Sports Network) - Fresh off their Battle 4 Atlantis tournament championship, the Wildcats have two of their yearly Big 5 games this week. St. Joe's is the stronger of the two opponents (apologies to Andy Glockner and the Penn Quakers), and this one is a road game, so it gets the nod.

Sunday, December 8: Seton Hall at Rutgers (7pm Central, ESPNU) - Beat Virginia Tech at the Barclays Center, lose to Farleigh Dickinson at The Rock. I don't understand you, Seton Hall. Do the Big East a favor and go pound Rutgers into the ground, would you? If you accidentally set fire to The RAC on the way out, no one will blame you.

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