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The Big East is a two-team race

With Syracuse’s beatdown of Georgetown last night, the Hoyas now have lost to both Villanova and Syracuse.  Meanwhile, Pittsburgh begins to fall back to reality, while West Virginia struggles to find the consistency to at point guard to make a serious run.

That leaves Villanova and Syracuse at the top, and barring anything unforeseen, these two teams will remain there, in some order, for the rest of the season.  While Villanova’s 7-0 conference record slightly edges Syracuse’s 7-1, both team have at least ten games remaining on their schedule.  So who finishes on top?  Let’s take a quick look at both team’s remaining slate:

Villanova

Possible losses: @GTown, @WV, @PITT, @SYR, vs. WV

Projected wins: vs. ND, vs. SHU, vs. Prov, vs. UConn, vs. USF, @CIN

Syracuse

Possible losses: @GTown, vs. NOVA

Projected wins: @DPU, vs. Prov, @CIN, vs. UConn, vs. LVille, @Prov, vs. SJU, @LVille

As we can see, Villanova has a significantly more difficult schedule the rest of the way than Syracuse does.  The Wildcats have four games on the road remaining against top-17 teams.  What Villanova has working for them is that they are essentially a game ahead of Syracuse and every road game on the Big East is difficult, making Syracuse’s trips to Cincinnati and Louisville possible tricky situations.

In the end, the conference’s regular season title will most likely come down to that Feb. 27 tilt between Villanova and Syracuse.  A win for Villanova would mean that they could lose at least two other games and still finish in first.  A loss would mean that the rest of the Wildcats difficult schedule will probably cost them the first seed in the Big East tournament.

-David Cassilo

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  1. George
    January 26, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Not sure how you can say that games with UCONN are projected wins. Granted for both teams these are home games…but UCONN is still very tough

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