With league play just around the corner, ESPN has an article looking at each conference so far.
Andy Katz takes on the Big East in his article.
Not surprisingly, Providence is barely mentioned in any of the honors. They were obviously not good enough to be considered a top (UConn) or “most surprising team” (Georgetown), not bad enough to be “most disappointing team” (that would be Louisville), and don’t even have the most “reason to worry” (Seton Hall). So where does that leave the Friars? Is PC a mystery team? That honor would fall to Villanova, who have only one loss but have not really been tested in their wins.
Just goes to show you what a “bleh” season it’s been so far. PC only lost to one team it shouldn’t have lost to (Northeastern), and didn’t really beat anyone they weren’t suppose to. Add it all up and you got an 8-4 record after Out of Conference play — probably where most people expected the Friars to be heading into the Big East season.
According to Katz:
Who’s going dancing?: The locks seem to be Connecticut, Pitt, Syracuse, Georgetown, Louisville and Notre Dame — with Marquette, West Virginia and Villanova likely to perform well enough to join them for a total of nine NCAA bids. Cincinnati, Providence and Seton Hall aren’t dead but have plenty of work to do if the Big East is to reach 10 bids.
Plenty of work indeed Mr. Katz. Luckily for the Friars, their Big East schedule starts off with a bunch of winnable games — St. John’s, DePaul, Cincinnati. Hopefully they can pick up a few early wins and get some confidence to pull of the many upsets Providence is going to need this year if they want their season to be more than “bleh”.