World-Herald staff writer Steven Pivovar ranks the Big East men's basketball teams (with national RPI rankings from NCAA.com).
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1. Villanova (15-1, 4-0, 4th)
This week: DePaul. Wildcats are off to their best start in conference play since the 2010-11 season.
2. Creighton (15-2, 5-0, 17th)
This week: at Providence. Doug McDermott has scored 10 points or more before the second official timeout in 10 of 17 games this season.
3. Xavier (14-4, 4-1, 28th)
This week: Off. The Musketeers know how to win the close one, posting 4-1 record in games decided by five points or less.
4. Georgetown (11-6, 3-2, 47th)
This week: Seton Hall. Hoyas showing themselves to be another one of those athletically gifted teams that can't put the ball in the basket.
5. Providence (11-5, 1-2, 66th)
This week: at St. John's, Creighton. The Friars picked up their first league win by beating Georgetown for the first time since 2005.
6. Marquette (10-7, 2-2, 92nd)
This week: at Butler. Golden Eagles' streak of 20 straight league wins at home is tied for third nationally.
7. DePaul (10-8, 2-2, 103rd)
This week: at Villanova. Freshmen Billy Garrett and Tommy Hamilton are proving to be nice additions to lineup.
8. Seton Hall (10-7, 1-3, 134th)
This week: at Georgetown. Texas transfer Sterling Gibbs is the league's highest-scoring newcomer (15.6 ppg).
9. Butler (10-7, 0-5, 93rd)
This week: Marquette. Guard Kellen Dunham is averaging 41 minutes per game in Bulldogs' five league contests.
10. St. John's (9-7, 0-4, 60th)
This week: Dartmouth. So much talent, such meager results could have Steve Lavin headed for the hot seat.