Surprise, surprise. The Wildcats continue to cruise. They are now ranked as the #1 team in the country on KenPom. They will face their last real threat in the non-conference as they take on Notre Dame in a likely battle of the unbeatens on Saturday. Will Notre Dame give Butler an opening to take over the top spot in these rankings?
Butler finished off their trip out west with another resume building victory at Utah. They came back home and looked a little shaky against Central Arkansas, but thanks to 30 points from Kelan Martin they still cruised to a 24 point win. 8-0 is Butler's best start since they did it for 3 straight years from '06 - '08. The Bulldogs get a classic trap game at Indiana State next week before a top 25 matchup against Cincinnati at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday.
The Bluejays continue to scorch the nets. They are 4th in the country in 3-point shooting and 5th in the country in 2-point shooting. They've only scored under 80 points once this season, a 79 point performance against Wisconsin. They play their first road game of the season this week at Nebraska.
It's a little unfair to hold a loss at Baylor against anyone, but that's how competitive the top of the Big East is. Xavier ranks 239th in the country in 3-point shooting and could really use Myles Davis back. The Musketeers get the chance to boost their March resume with games at Colorado and home against Utah this week.
Providence solidified their #5 spot with a victory over #21 Rhode Island. This leaves the Friars in excellent position to go into conference play at 11-2, with their 2 losses being at Ohio State and neutral court against Virginia. This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Providence, but Coach Cooley has to be happy with what he's seen so far. UMass at home and Boston College on the road remain possible trip ups.
I've doubted Marquette, but they got the job done last week with an impressive double digit victory on the road at Georgia. Freshman Markus Howard has scored double digits in 3 straight and has 10 3-pointers over that span. The top of the Big East is getting all of the attention, but the middle of the conference is trying to turn this into a 5 or 6 bid league.
Seton Hall picked up a meaningless win against Columbia this week, but the good news was they got Sanogo back in the starting lineup and playing 29 minutes. He's not a big scorer but he is essential to the success of Seton Hall. Look for the Pirates to start trending back up over the next 3 weeks.
Georgetown absolutely dismantled a terrible Coppin State team and looked more like the tournament team some projected them to be, but then ran into trouble again at home against Elon. Luckily they escaped with a victory, but it didn't instill any confidence in the Hoyas moving forward.
DePaul barely squeaked by a bad Drake team at home and got clobbered at Northwestern. They certainly didn't play their way out of the basement of these rankings, we just found a Big East team who could sink to an even lower level.
St. John's lost a home game to Delaware State for their 5th straight loss. Delaware State. Ranked 341st in KenPom coming in. That's about as close to rock bottom as it gets. The potential is still there, but this program is a mess right now.