- John Gasaway, ESPN Insider
By now there seems to be a pretty strong consensus that the Pittsburgh Panthers are the best team in the Big East. At 23-2, Jamie Dixon's team is currently ranked No. 4 in both major polls and is projected to be a No. 1 seed in next month's NCAA tournament. But if the Panthers are really the best the rugged Big East has to offer, that leaves an unanswered question. Who's No. 2?
Their winning streak will likely end soon and there are considerable roster depth issues, but the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are prepared for a deep NCAA tournament run.