Remember when more than half the conference had three losses? Well, now more than half the conference has six wins. As things tend to go in these circumstances, we get four games between the eight teams with six wins, and a fifth with a team with six wins and a team stuck at 5-3 between the teams at 6-3 and 6-4.
Monday, February 4: #25/RV Notre Dame at #9/9 Syracuse (6pm Central, ESPN) - I wonder if Mike Brey is trying to figure out what Jay Wright did to get Villanova wins over Syracuse and Louisville in the same week, as the Irish are faced with the same task this week.
Wednesday, February 6: Connecticut at St. John's (6pm Central, ESPNU) - UConn is the team at 5-3 that I mentioned above. The Huskies may not be eligible for postseason play, but teams on the edge of the NCAA tournament, like the Red Storm, can't afford to lose to a team with the Huskies' profile.
Saturday, February 9: #23/25 Pittsburgh at #17/17 Cincinnati (5pm Central, 5pm, ESPN) - Did I mention that all the teams at 6-3 are currently in a four way tie for third place, and therefore two of the Big East tournament byes to the quarterfinals? The Bearcats currently win the tiebreakers and sit in third place, and I'm sure Mick Cronin would love to keep it that way.
Saturday, February 9: #11/12 Louisville at #25/RV Notre Dame (8pm Central, ESPN) - If College GameDay is going to be at a Big East game, then that game ends up in this feature. It's a pretty easy rule, actually.
Sunday, February 10: St. John's at #9/9 Syracuse (2pm Central, ESPN) - Remember how I said that St. John's can't afford to lose to UConn if they want to make the NCAA tournament? Going to the Carrier Dome on a two game losing streak is a recipe for a problem.