Big East Basketball Blogger Roundtable: Preseason Poll

We continue our theme of Big East Basketball Blogger Roundtable fun with Rumble In the Garden's latest Preseason Poll question.  Instead of having to rank each team 1-16, we were asked to place each team into quartiles (1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16).  Pico Dulce then took those quartile rankings and assigned points to them, then sorted the results into new quartiles.  WVU ended up at the top of the third quartile (i.e., 9th) in the blogger rankings, two spots lower than its actual spot in the coaches' preseason poll.  There was a bit of disparity in WVU's ranking, though, with one blogger actually picking the Mountaineers to finish in the first quartile.  That blogger was not me.  It was the DePaul site Blue Demons Nation.  And if we know anything about DePaul, it's that they are clueless when it comes to basketball.  So that pick should come at no surprise.

Here is how I picked the quartiles:

1-4:  Pitt, Syracuse, Louisville, UConn

5-8:  Marquette, West Virginia, Georgetown, Villanova

9-12:  Cincinnati, Notre Dame, St. Johns, Providence

13-16:  Rutgers, South Florida, DePaul, Seton Hall

Again, since it's football season still, I really don't have a great handle on these rankings.  I did some research, trusted my gut, and looked at factors like returning players and coaches.  Here is what I had to say about my rankings:

I probably have WVU too high and Cincinnati too low, but that's probably me being a homer. Trust me, I'm trying to be objective here. It's so hard to figure out how the league will shake out because it never happens like we think and there are just so many good teams and unbalanced schedules, it makes predictions really hard. But hey, that's why we're here, right? If it was easy everyone would make preseason picks. Oh wait...

So how did I do? Who did I rank too high?  Who am I underestimating?  Did I peg WVU just right?  Let me know in the comments.

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