Approximately one-third of the 2012 Big East season in the books, and very, very little has been made clear about this league. Syracuse is clearly the cream of the crop, that much we know for sure. Or at least we think we know it at this point. (I, for one, never rule out the possibility of an inexplicable Syracuse tailspin.) But beyond that no one can make heads of tails of where each team stands. There is a technical term for this particular set of circumstances, and I believe it rhymes with "bluster puck".
Things are so convoluted, that no one can even agree as to who is the second best team in the league. So today we are going to take a minute, to sift through the wreckage of the early part of the Big East season and see if we can't determine who should be the team to hold the title of "Second Best Team in the League."
Conventional wisdom would say that Connecticut is the first runner up to 'Cuse at this stage of the game. The Huskies are the defending national champs, ranked #16 in the nation, and are one of a host of BE teams currently sitting with just 2 losses. But after going 0 for New Jersey, with losses at both Seton Hall and Rutgers, we are reluctant to hand that mantle over to UConn just yet.
We are fairly certain that there are a few teams that cannot be considered here:
- Pitt for being 0-5 in conference and losing at home to Wagner, despite being picked to finish 4th in the league and having the preseason player of the year.
- DePaul, because they're DePaul.
- Rutgers. Even though the Scarlet Knights took down the defending national champs and Pittsburgh (which seems less surprising now than it did at the time), we're just not ready to live in a world where Rutgers is the second best team in any league, let alone the Big East.
- Villanova. Seriously, WTF 'Nova? The Wildcats have just one win in conference and that win came against DePaul, which doesn't even count because everyone beats DePaul (Except apparently Pitt this year).
Everyone else is in the running. So who makes the best case?
So there you have it folks. For your amusement we have broken up the bar brawl that is the Big East conference and determined that UConn has the upper hand at the moment. But fear not, at any moment your team might be the one sneaking up behind the Huskies with a pool cue and taking them down a peg or two. And if this season has taught us anything, it's that none of us have any idea what's going to happen next. Stay tuned.