Monday, October 31, 2011
Big East race update
By Andrea Adelson
Let's check in on how the Big East race is shaking out. Cincinnati, West Virginia and Pitt actually control their own destinies because none of these teams has faced each other. So simply put: If Cincinnati wins out, the Bearcats are the league champs; if West Virginia wins out, the Mountaineers are the league champs; if Pitt wins out, the Panthers are the league champs.
1. Cincinnati (2-0). As the only team unbeaten in league play, the Bearcats are still in the driver's seat. Remaining schedule: at Pitt; West Virginia; at Rutgers; at Syracuse; UConn.
2. West Virginia (2-1). The Mountaineers have a tough home game against Louisville this weekend, then go to Cincinnati; have a bye; home to Pitt, then close up at USF. That game against the Bearcats is going to have huge Big East championship implications.
3. Pittsburgh (2-1). Believe it or not, the Panthers do have a shot at the Big East. They would go a very long way toward that goal with a victory over Cincinnati on Saturday. Then they play at Louisville; bye; at West Virginia; then home to Syracuse.
4. Louisville (2-1). The Cardinals would need some help but stranger things have happened. They need to win out, then hope for Cincinnati to lose twice. The Bearcats already won the head-to-head meeting. Louisville goes to West Virginia on Saturday, then Pitt; at UConn; at USF.
Rutgers, Syracuse and UConn each has two league losses. It's not out of the realm of possibility for a two-loss team to win the league — it happened last season. But each of these three would have to win out and then hope for some major help. USF (0-3) is essentially eliminated. No three-loss team has ever won the conference.