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November & December Games Have Extra Importance This Season

November 17, 2008 9:45 am by Big Willie Style

It’s not every year that one conference has the talent to make up about 1/6 of the NCAA tournament field, but that is what the Big East is this year. This is arguably the deepest group of teams in the history of conference play.

So, what does this mean?

It means that they’re all going to beat up on each other in conference play in January and February. It means that current Top 25 teams like Marquette and Villanova, and others on the brink like Syracuse and West Virginia, could easily lose 7, 8 or 9 conference games this season. That’s no knock on them, that’s a testament to the strength of the conference. That means the next month and a half is critical for Big East teams. They need to get their wins over the Mid Majors and position themselves so that they are able to handle quite a few losses in January and February. Come Selection Sunday, I cannot imagine the BE having 7 teams in the Top 25 because they will all be beating each other. So, this year, these early games, seem even more important, and an early slip up to a lesser team, could cost them on Selection Sunday.

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One Response to “November & December Games Have Extra Importance This Season”

Coach O wrote a comment on November 18, 2008

Providence has already slipped up and got beat by Northeastern. I agree that with a league schedule as brutal as the Big east has the teams have to make sure they win out in November and December. Instead they go to Maui and the Virgin Islands and face North Carolina, Texas etc.