Monday, February 23, 2009

Pitt Back on Top in the Polls

As was widely expected, our Pitt Panthers hoops team ascended back to the number 1 spot in the nation, their second stint at the top this season. This is the third week they have been voted number 1, which is something they'd never previously achieved in either the AP or the Coaches' poll prior to this year. Pretty amazing times to be a fan of Pitt hoops.

Also in the rankings, UConn, whom the Panthers knocked off last Monday at the Huskies home court, came in at number 2, followed by Oklahoma and North Carolina. I was a little surprised Memphis didn't leapfrog either UNC or Oklahoma given that they haven't lost since mid-December and 3 of the 4 teams in front of them lost.

What was also weird was that UConn had a vote in each poll and Oklahoma had 2 votes in the AP poll. I've got to assume the UConn press writer and Jim Calhoun are to blame for the Huskies getting a vote in each. As for Oklahoma getting two votes, I can't figure how you could get a second writer justify voting for them. Gotta be another Big 12 guy looking to prop up his conference right? What a joke. Whatever.

Also in the polls, the Big East lands 3 additional teams in the AP Top 10, giving them an amazing half the top 10. Louisville is at 6, Marquette at 8 and Nova at 10. Amazing. Unfortunately that was the end of the Big East squads in the top 25 even though I guarantee squads like Syracuse and West Virginia could knock off everyone in the last 10 spots in both polls. The records just hurt them too much I guess.

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