Big East Basketball: 5-Year Ranking

    
November 5th, 2009

BIG EAST 5-YEAR STANDINGS

 

CHN's annual 5-year ranking answers a simple question is in a simple manner: Who has been the best team in the Big East over the last five years?

 

Teams get points for league wins, making the postseason (NIT or NCAA) and winning games in the Big Dance. NIT wins are meaningless here, as are non-conference wins.  Also, league tournaments wins are not taken into account. (An original trial-scoring system included points for conference tourney wins. But the flukish nature of these tourney's did more harm than hurt: ie, 2008 Georgia, 2006 Syracuse, and 2004 Maryland ended up getting too much credit despite the reality that they were mediocre to sub-par teams.)

 

100 total points is set up to be the equivalent of batting .300 in baseball.. anything above and beyond is all-world stuff. 50 points is mediocre and you only start to get bad below 40 points.

 

Pos. Was Team 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Wins Gms. Points  
                       
1 2 Louisville 14 6 12 14 16 62 84 74 Win %
      Final Four NIT 2nd Round Elite 8 Elite 8     31 Post Pts.
      *CUSA             105  
                       
2 4 Villanova 11 14 9 9 13 56 84 67 Win %
      Sweet 16 Elite 8 1st Round Sweet 16 Final Four     32 Post Pts.
                    99  
                       
3 1 UCONN 13 14 6 13 15 61 84 73 Win %
      2nd Round Elite 8 X 1st Round Final Four     24 Post Pts.
                    97  
                       
4 3 Pittsburgh 10 10 12 10 15 57 84 68 Win %
      1st Round 2nd Round Sweet 16 2nd Round Elite 8     24 Post Pts.
                    92  
                       
5 5 G'Town 8 10 13 15 7 53 84 63 Win %
      NIT Sweet 16 Final Four 2nd Round NIT     23 Post Pts.
                    86  
                       
6 6 WVU 8 11 9 11 10 49 84 58 Win %
      Elite 8 Sweet 16 NIT Sweet 16 1st Round     23 Post Pts.
                    81  
                       
7 9 Marquette 7 10 10 11 12 50 84 60 Win %
      NIT 1st Round 1st Round 2nd Round 2nd Round     13 Post Pts.
      *CUSA             73  
                       
8 7 Syracuse 11 7 10 9 11 48 84 57 Win %
      1st Round 1st Round NIT NIT Sweet 16     12 Post Pts.
                    69  
                       
9 8 Notre Dame 9 6 11 14 8 48 84 57 Win %
      NIT NIT 1st Round 2nd Round NIT     9 Post Pts.
                    66  
                       
10 10 Cincinnati 12 8 2 8 8 38 84 45 Win %
      2nd Round NIT X X X     5 Post Pts.
      *CUSA             50  
                       
11 13 Providence 4 5 8 6 10 33 84 39 Win %
      X X NIT X NIT     2 Post Pts.
                    41  
                       
12 12 Seton Hall 4 9 4 7 7 31 84 37 Win %
      X 1st Round X X X     2 Post Pts.
                    39  
                       
13 11 DePaul 10 5 9 6 0 30 84 36 Win %
      NIT X NIT X X     2 Post Pts.
      *CUSA             38  
                       
14 15 St. John's 3 5 7 5 6 26 84 31 Win %
      X X X X X     0 Post Pts.
                    31  
                       
15 14 Rutgers 2 7 3 3 2 17 84 20 Win %
      X NIT X X X     1 Post Pts.
                    21  
                       
16 16 South Fla. 5 1 3 3 4 16 84 19 Win %
      X X X X X     0 Post Pts.
      *CUSA             19  

Was = Last year's rankig

-Ties are broken by favoring conference winning %

 

Big East Thoughts

- UCONN manages to drop to 3rd despite making the Final Four. The Huskies 2004 title comes off the books, as does down years from competitors Louisville & Villanova.

- Villanova's made the Sweet Sixteen in 4 of 5 seasons. No other Big East team can claim that.

- Now that Northwestern made the NIT last year, South Florida and St. John's are virtually alone as BCS teams not to have made the postseason.

- Syracuse, surprisingly, has basically been a middle of the pack Big East team over this span.

 

Postseason Points

NIT = 1

NCAA 1st Round = 2

NCAA 2nd Round = 4

Sweet = 6

Elite 8 = 8

Final Four = 10

Final = 11

Champs = 12

 

Other 5-Year Rankings

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