West Virginia is already playing in the Big 12, and UConn is ineligible this year to repeat the feat of a 9-9 Big East team winning the National Title. Louisville's departure for the ACC was the final blow in the future Big East possibly climbing back to the top of the hoops world.
|Team||Proj Conf Wins||Losses||Natl Rnk||Record vs. BCS 20-12 (15-5 when decided by 6+ in regulation)|
|Louisville||15||3||3||def. Missouri 84-61, lost to Duke 71-76|
|Syracuse||14||4||4||def. at Arkansas 91-82|
|Pittsburgh||14||4||7||lost to Mich 67-62|
|Cincinnati||11||7||16||def. Oregon 77-66, def. Alabama 58-56|
|Notre Dame||10||8||21||def. Kentucky 64-50|
|Georgetown||10||8||31||def. UCLA 78-70, lost to Indiana 82-72 OT, def. Tenn 37-36, def. Texas 64-41|
|Marquette||9||9||38||def. Miss St 89-62, def. USC 72-64, lost to Flo 82-49, def. Wisconsin 60-50|
|Connecticut||8||10||53||def. Mich St 66-62, def. Wake For 77-71, lost to NC St 69-65|
|Providence||7||11||71||lost to PSU 55-52 OT, def. Miss St 73-63|
|Rutgers||7||11||75||lost to Mississippi 80-67|
|Seton Hall||6||12||80||lost to Wash 84-73 OT, lost to LSU 72-67, def. Wake For 71-67|
|St. John's||6||12||90||lost to Baylor 97-78, def. South Car 89-65|
|Villanova||5||13||99||def. Purdue 89-81, lost to Alabama 77-55, def. Vandy 62-52|
|South Florida||6||12||102||def. Georgia 64-53, lost to Oklahoma St 61-49|
|DePaul||5||13||105||def. Auburn 80-76|
When you add it all together, the Big East calculates just 0.031 behind the Big Ten for the top conference top to bottom, and almost twice as far ahead of the next best conference - the ACC.
Marquette projects to finish 9-9 and in 7th place in a very tough Big East - a record that Pomeroy believes right now would make MU one of seven NCAA locks as the 38th best team in the country.
|Pomeroy's top 10 conferences||Rating|
|1||Big Ten Conference||0.862|
|2||Big East Conference||0.831|
|3||Atlantic Coast Conference||0.7817|
|4||Big 12 Conference||0.774|
|6||Mountain West Conference||0.74|
|7||Pac 12 Conference||0.7393|
|8||Atlantic 10 Conference||0.6948|
|9||Missouri Valley Conference||0.6671|
|10||West Coast Conference||0.625|
Not a bad finale. Hopefully the new Big East or whatever conference MU ends up in will be great as well, but it's going to be hard to top the fun of this golden era starting with Steve Novak beating UConn through the twists and turns of conference play this season.