It's incredible how backloaded the schedule is this year. The last 10 games are brutal (as a whole, not individually as we do have DePaul and PC sprinkled in). We'll be favored to win every game from now until at least February 1st @ Georgetown.No ranked teams until February then 6 of the last 10. Seton hall and Rutgers are the only back-to-back road games before February. SHU and RU are an easy Tuesday/Saturday travel set up. The 2 Notre Dame games and West Virginia in CT look to be the toughest--all winnable.
Last season the top 2/3rds, maybe even the top 3/4ths of the BE really took care of the OOC business. That allowed them to beat up on each other and still remain ranked high. Having so many of them bunched factored in as well. They conference hasn't done nearly as well. It's just hard to tell how good the overall NCAA field is, but it's clear that there won't be as many good BE teams. SJU looks like they'll drop back to where they were or close to where they were before Lavin took over. Maybe they'll make a late charge, but right now their parts look a bit disjointed. Nova and Cincy are a mess. GU might be the biggest surprise. Pitt doesn't seem as strong as in recent years. SU, UL and UConn seem well constructed to stay at the top unless they struggle to develop and/or hit a wall. Pitt hasn't flown out of the gate like they usually do early on, but are sure to be the tough regular season out they always seem to be. Marquette looks better than initially thought. Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't see the crazy bunching in the BE like we saw last season, I there will be about 6 clear tournament teams with maybe one or two that play themselves off the bubble and into the tournament. Huggy Bear always seems to get WVU into the mix and maybe SH will finally do enough to make a case for themselves. I would give Cinci an outside shot at playing themselves back into the mix, but so far they've been very disappointing and are now a complete mess after the Xavier rumble.how about 6 in the top 17?
BE is extemely top heavy it looks like early. 6 top notch teams, a couple ncaat bubble teams then a ugly bottom 6 this year.