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Thursday / August 13.
  • With Big East action now in full swing, here are Five Questions for the upcoming games:

    1. Can Pitt beat Georgetown?

    The Hoyas are coming off a thorough beating of No. 2 UConn, the preseason favorite to win the conference, in Hartford on Monday. Now the No. 3 Panthers come to town Saturday (noon, ESPN) and could give the Hoyas trouble. Georgetown beat UConn with Greg Monroe taking Hasheem Thabeet away from the basket and then dishing off for backdoor cuts. But Pitt has a lot of big, physical defenders in DeJuan Blair, Tyrell Biggs and Sam Young, which should make it harder for the Hoyas to score on backdoor cuts. Will the same strategy work?

    The new year brings an updated edition of the National Prep Poll…and the nation has a new top ranked team.

    #1 Patterson School – Lenoir, North Carolina, 20-0, 50 points, Five 1st place votes

    Chris Chaney’s squad earned all five first place votes after knocking off Hargrave 79-76 in an early December match-up. Patterson has fire power at all five positions with the likes of Rashanti Harris, Clarence Trent, and Arsalan Kazemi on their frontline and DeAndre Kane and Hunter McClintock in the backcourt.

    #2 Hargrave Military Academy – Chatham, Virginia, 12-1, 45 Points

    Previously unbeaten and top ranked Hargrave Military Academy slips to the second spot. Despite their loss to Patterson they already have a handful of quality wins against Winchendon, Bridgton, New Hampton, and Fork Union. And you can bet Kevin Keatts n’company are hoping for a rematch with Patterson in the national championship game.