Wednesday, January 19, 2022

College basketball rankings: Why DePaul is 9-1 overall but 0-2 in the Big East standings

The Big East standings look a little strange


Nothing looks goofier these days than the Big East standings — where DePaul is technically 0-2 in the league despite having a 9-1 record overall.


It’s the byproduct of the Big East’s policy that requires schools to take a loss in the league standings if they are unable to play a game as scheduled because of COVID-19 issues in their program. If you listen to the Eye On College Basketball Podcast, you likely know I was in favor of this policy when it was first floated in the offseason, if only because it provided an incentive for coaches to encourage their teams to get vaccinated. Also: I assumed fully vaccinated teams would avoid shutdowns, which would mean only teams with too many unvaccinated players would be punished, and I was fine with teams like that being punished.

But I was wrong.

We are in a different place with this pandemic now. The Omicron variant is so contagious that teams that are 100% vaccinated — like Ohio State and Long Beach State, for instance — have missed games because of breakthrough cases. And I’m not sure how anybody could intelligently argue that it’s sensible to punish teams that are 100% vaccinated for breakthrough cases that seem unavoidable. In other words, every conference with a forfeit policy on the books needs to revisit and reverse that policy, ASAP. I suspect, in time, they will.

Anyway …

The only game on Tuesday’s schedule between two teams both included in Tuesday morning’s updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings is Xavier at Villanova. The Musketeers are 20th in the Top 25 And 1. The Wildcats are 24th. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

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