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Monday / December 18.
  • Pitt Tops Both Polls; 5 Big East Teams Ranked

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    For the second time in school history and third week this season, the Pittsburgh men’s basketball program is ranked No. 1 in the weekly Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN coaches’ polls, both announced on Monday.

    Pitt ascended to the consensus No. 1 ranking after entering the week ranked No. 4 in both polls. On Monday, Pitt defeated No. 1 ranked Connecticut, 76-68. On Saturday, No. 3 North Carolina lost an 88-85 overtime decision to Maryland and No. 2 Oklahoma dropped a 73-68 loss at Texas.

    The Big East, which at one point had nine teams in the Top 25, had just five this week: No. 1 Pitt, No. 2 UConn, No. 6 Louisville, No. 8 Marquette and No. 10 Villanova. Syracuse, which dropped out of the poll, and West Virginia also received votes.

    ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi projects both Pitt and UConn as No. 1 seeds with eight Big East teams in the Big Dance, including Georgetown. He has Cincinnati and Notre Dame among the first four out.

    **Also here’s a feature on former UConn guard Nate Miles, now averaging 22.8 points and 5.0 rebounds at the College of Southern Idaho.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

    • I think after last night Mr. Lunardi must reconsider Georgetown.