With 8 teams in the Top 25 AP and coaches polls, Jeff takes a look at the next 5 teams in the Big East, who are all doing “reasonably well”.
Providence was the chic pick to steal one of the top 8 spots in the Big East this year, but the Friars struggled immediately, losing their first game to Northeastern … at home. Now, PC is quietly 6-3, with a good win against Rhode Island. PC still plays at Boston College, but other than that, there really aren’t any other spots for good nonconference wins. This enigmatic bunch looks primed for about a 6-12 or 7-11 finish in the Big East. Steal a win or two, and the Friars could have 17 or 18 wins to their ledger, which still might not be enough.
Do any of these teams have the talent to match up with the Big 8? Out of this bunch, I’d say WVU and Providence do; the rest don’t. But WVU has had injury issues, and Providence goes cold, can’t play defense and is about as predictable as an M. Night Shyamalan movie.