For a few weeks now, we've been slotting in several different Big East teams to rank behind Syracuse, but none have seized the opportunity. Syracuse looks to build on its 1.5 game advantage with its toughest remaining games at home in the confines of the Carrier Dome. The Orange have the nation's deepest roster, stocked 10-deep full of talent. It's a scary thought when the fifth player off the bench (Michael Carter-Williams) has NBA potential and can go off for double-digit points like he did last game. Not to mention, 7-footer Fab Melo is back in the middle, poised to make a difference on both ends of the floor. about
Georgetown may be the most consistent of this second-tier, losing two games early on in the slate and having since won 5 of 6. Marquette has struggled without Davante Gardner the past few games after surging up the standings with a 7-game win streak. A surprising Notre Dame team sits behind these two by handing Syracuse their lone conference loss plus wins over Seton Hall, UConn and the Golden Eagles of Marquette. While it's not as important as who is the first runner-up behind Syracuse, it's more important that a team finishes in the conference's top four and secures a double-bye in the 16-team Big East Tournament.
With 7 games remaining, the Orange only have two opponents left with records better than .500 in the conference. They can start to extend their lead this week with a win over the Hoyas at home in Syracuse, NY.