Friday, January 25, 2008

The Huskies are gearing up for another big road game, this time at Notre Dame in a nationally televised game Sunday night. It's also a sell out, if you hadn't heard already.

Notre Dame is scoring a bunches, but are also struggling on defense.

Looking at the Huskies road schedule, it is no laughing matter. Consider:
At Notre Dame
At Seton Hall
At Rutgers
At Pitt
At DePaul

All but Seton Hall is ranked. That says a lot about the quality of play in the Big East (except for LSU) and about how tough the Huskies' schedule is.

You hear all the Big East coaches shouting from mountain tops about how good the Big East is this year. They said as much a year ago, but you know what? This year has proven to me much better.

Consider the four worst teams a year ago, Villanova, Providence, Georgetown and Syracuse. Syracuse is ranked, Syracuse and 'Nova have already exceeded last season's win totals and Providence, well, the Friars are still bad.

Elsewhere, UConn, Pitt, DePaul, Notre Dame, West Virginia and St. John's (barely) are improved. Rutgers is not as good but still a top-5 team, Marquette, South Florida, Cincinnati and Louisville have slipped.

Of the bunch, all seven of the currently tanked teams (UConn, Rutgers, West Virginia, Pitt, Notre Dame, Syracuse and DePaul) should make the tournament, as should Louisville and you may see two more teams sneak in if they can get on a roll.

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