The Big East currently has no No. 1 seeds or No. 2 seeds in the USA Today bracket.
But across the projected NCAA tournament bracket, the league is represented better than any conference in the country.
The Big East leads the nation in the NCAA’s NET metric, outpacing the deep Big Ten this season. The league’s best team, Seton Hall, checks in as a No. 3 seed and bolstered its profile — and likelihood to vault to the No. 2 line — after a narrow win over Butler on Wednesday. Creighton is also a No. 3 seed with a chance of improving to a No. 2 seed. A March 7 regular-season finale between the two teams could determine more than just conference supremacy.
The Big East hasn’t been an overall power in NCAA tournaments since the league reformed in 2013. Although Villanova has won a pair of national titles, the conference isn’t at the same level it was in the early 2000s as the nation’s obvious top league.
Currently, the Big East has eight of its 10 teams in the projected field, with Villanova (No. 4 seed), Butler (No. 5 seed) and Marquette (No. 5 seed) giving the conference the most top-five seeds (five total) of any in the country. As a result, Big East teams are positioned to do well on the bubble line, too. Xavier is relatively safe right now as a No. 9 seed, Providence just moved into the field as a No. 11 seed, and Georgetown is one of the last four teams in as a play-in No. 12 seed.