Tough Big East a Blessing and Curse

Tough Big East a Blessing and Curse

With less than a month remaining in college basketball's regular season, some are predicting a record 11 teams from the Big East could qualify for the NCAA tournament's field of 68. But some of those same pundits also are pondering something else: How much will the teams in the nation's toughest conference have in reserve come March following a winter spent throwing haymakers at one another?

"The one thing people can agree on is that Pittsburgh has separated itself from the pack," said Jon Rothstein, who covers college basketball for the MSG network and CBS College Sports Network. "As far as everyone else, there's very little separation between the second-best team and the 11th. There's no such thing as looking beyond the next game because the next game could be a loss."

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