2012-13 Big East Power Rankings

With Peyton Siva leading the way, Louisville could win a national championship this season. Christopher Hanewickel/US Presswire

The 2012 season was a good one for the Big East but not one of its best. In years past, the top of the Big East had been truly dominant nationally, and the league had set records for NCAA tournament berths.

Winning the conference regular-season title is one of the toughest gauntlets to run in sports, and winning the Big East tournament can often be more difficult than winning the national championship.

This year, with the loss of West Virginia to the Big 12, will be bittersweet. The Big East should bounce back a bit in performance, but it will likely still fall a bit short of the tremendous power the league flexed in 2009 through 2011, and the backdrop will be somber. It will, sadly, be the last hurrah of the most powerful basketball conference ever assembled.

Here's how the Big East teams stack up in the 2012-13 season:

1. Louisville Cardinals