Big East Bubble Teams Look For Wins: Bright Spot For SJU
Things are getting a bit better for St. John’s. Wednesday night’s win against Georgetown gave SJU their first in-conference win this season. With only three games left this season, the Red Storm fans will be very happy to put this season behind them. It’s too early to speculate about a new coach or which suspended players will be reinstated, but SJU can only improve in the 2004-05 season.
UConn rebounded after losing two straight to Pitt and Notre Dame, by beating the Hurricanes in Miami on Wednesday night. The preseason favorites will be lucky to secure a number 2 or 3 bid for the tournament. With the overwhelming talent Coach Jim Calhoun has in Emeka Okafor, Ben Gordon, Rashad Anderson and others, five losses is almost unacceptable. Connecticut will be looking to get some revenge on the Irish when Notre Dame pulls into Hartford this Saturday. The game will broadcast live on CBS at 2 p.m.
Pittsburgh have had a week to relax since their decisive win over UConn last Sunday. The Panthers will play their nearest rivals, the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday.
According to ESPN’s most recent NCAA predictions, defending National Champions Syracuse are currently a bubble-team. With a lackluster last few weeks, Syracuse has failed to inspire anyone on the selection committee. The Orangemen have now have lost five of their last eight in-conference games.
The on-again, off-again Billy Edelin saga (Edelin has been taking leaves of absence for personal reasons without approval of Coach Boeheim) continues with no foreseeable end in sight. ‘Cuse will face their fierce rivals, Georgetown on Sat urday. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN at noon.
Seton Hall is suffering a dip in form. After their historic win against Pittsburgh last week, the Pirates have lost two in a row to Notre Dame and Boston College. While Andre Barrett continues to shine, the rest of the team are failing to execute recently. The Pirates will next face Villanova on Saturday.
The Providence Friars have looked good as of late. With three impressive wins over Syracuse, Villanova and Boston College, the Friars will play Miami on Saturday.
An extremely difficult schedule has not deterred Notre Dame from performing at the top of their game. Chris Quinn is having a career year. With high numbers of assists and points, Quinn leads Notre Dame against UConn on Saturday.
Rutgers, West Virginia and Boston College continue to operate on the bubble. With a strong conference likely to get at least six bids, maybe eight, this could be a monumental year for the Big East.