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The Sun’s Arizin: Big East To Forfeit Forfeits

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Happy Thursday Nova Nation! Jon Rothstein reported yesterday that the Big East is moving toward doing away with forfeits if a team goes on a COVID pause this season:

It’s the smart move given the new variants of COVID and how they can tear through even completely vaccinated teams. No one should be penalized for an illness they tried to prevent, and so I’m fully in favor of this move.

While the full details of what this looks like is still in the air, the most interesting part of Jon’s tweet to me was the “reclassify forfeitures” part. Presumably, that means turning games that had been forfeits into postponements, and wouldn’t count for or against a teams Big East regular season standings. With that in mind, let’s pull some wins and losses off the board and look at what the “true” Big East standings would look like today:

“True” Big East Standings - 12/23/2021

Team Con. Rec. Games Back Postponed Games
Team Con. Rec. Games Back Postponed Games
Creighton 1-0 0 1
Providence 1-0 0 1
Uconn 1-1 0.5 0
Villanova 1-1 0.5 0
Xavier 1-1 0.5 0
Butler 0-0 0.5 0
Georgetown 0-0 0.5 1
St. John's 0-0 0.5 1
DePaul 0-0 0.5 2
Seton Hall 0-0 0.5 2
Marquette 0-2 1.5 0

That certainly changes things up a bit. While Creighton and Providence stay atop the league standings, they each lose a win. Then there’s an 8-way tie for third place with Villanova, UConn, and Xavier holding the slight edge having played two games already. Five teams have yet to actually play a game, and that includes Seton Hall and DePaul who both have two games to make up. And then there’s Marquette. No postponements, no wins, just two losses. Ouch.

This is still all speculative, and we’ll see what the conference actually decides on. But early indicators say this is the direction we’re heading in. That would put Villanova only one game behind the conference leaders in the loss column with plenty of games remaining to prove they’re still the king of this particular hill.

In other news, the women’s team is getting an awesome recruit in Meg Olbrys, Temple puts up impressive numbers in their last game before facing Nova, and the Big East isn’t the only conference trying to figure out this newest wave of COVID.

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