Oh, those wacky polls and computers.
Notre Dame entered Monday night's men's basketball game at Marquette with a 14-2 record. The Fighting Irish defeated Connecticut a week ago. Yet in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 coaches' poll, the Irish were ranked behind the 12-2 Huskies.
In the CollegeRPI.com computer ranking, Georgetown, a team West Virginia defeated this past Saturday, was ranked No. 3 nationally, behind only Kansas and BYU. (The Mountaineers were No. 15.)
Across the board, though, once again, the Big East had a strong showing when the weekly rankings were revealed. The conference has five members (Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Villanova, Notre Dame and Connecticut) among the top 10 teams of the Associated Press writers' poll. Louisville, Georgetown and Cincinnati give the Big East eight Top 25 members there.
In the USA Today poll, Syracuse, Pitt, Villanova and Connecticut made the top 10. (BYU nudged Notre Dame for No. 10, giving the Mountain West two top-10 teams for the first time in the history of the poll. The other MWC team is San Diego State.) Cincinnati did not make the cut there, but the Big East still had seven teams included.
And in the CollegeRPI ranking, eight of the top 16 teams were from the Big East, and Cincinnati wasn't one of the eight. The Bearcats were No. 57, while St. John's was No. 12.
The only conference rivalry with more meetings? That between Pittsburgh and West Virginia, who have met 179 times.
Against fellow BCS leagues, the Big East is 25-15. It is 5-1 against the Big 12, 5-2 against the Big Ten, 3-1 against the Pac-10, 7-6 against the Southeastern Conference and 5-5 against the ACC.