Who is the true Beast of the East?

Right now, it's up in the air. With Georgetown getting a big win at Pittsburgh Wednesday night, the Big East has become wide open.

Villanova (17-1, 6-0 Big East) has the keys to the car now. But the Wildcats still have games at Georgetown, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and CIncinnati and home dates with Connecticut and West Virginia. As well as Villanova has played, we can't see them getting through that gauntlet unblemished. But you can't deny the play of backcourt mates Scottie Reynolds and Corey Fisher.

Syracuse (18-1, 5-1) probably has played the most impressive non-conference schedule with wins over California, North Carolina and Florida. Wesley Johnson (17.1 pts, 8.7 reb) has been incredible, while his supporting cast, led by Andy Rautins, has been excellent. This team will be the toughest out in the conference.

Georgetown (14-3, 5-2) has emerged as a real threat. Big man Greg Monroe has had an impressive season. But he's been complemented brilliantly by guards Austin Freeman and Chris Wright 

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Pittsburgh (15-3, 5-1) has been the surprise of the conference. Few people thought the Panthers would be this potent after graduating so much talent. But sophomore guard Ashton Gibbs has been brilliant. But Pitt needs to get a little tougher in the paint if they are going to challenge for the regular season and conference tournament championship. 

West Virginia is the darkhorse, while Connecticut, Cincinnati and Notre Dame will need to concentrate on getting at-large NCAA bids.   

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