Pittsburgh Panthers (17-7, 6-6)
Last week: Lost 85-64 to UNC
Last rank: 5th
Pitt drops two spots this week after losing their two contests in their current three game losing streak. Earlier in the week they nearly beat Miami on the road, which is next to impossible. They followed that up with a road thumping in what was probably UNC’s most complete game of the season. When you play chicken with a freight train, the train usually wins. Pitt catches a break this week when they welcome in a Wake team that hasn’t seen a win since early January.
Syracuse Orange (18-8, 8-5)
Last week: Won 75-61 against Boston College
Last rank: 6th
On Saturday, the committee chairman said they would consider the record without Boeheim but wouldn’t completely ignore it. That is a big statement because the Orange are 4-5 without Boeheim and 14-3 with him. That with him record includes wins over Texas A&M and Duke. They are also 8-2 in ACC play with him on the sideline, with those two losses being to UNC and Virginia. Those records would probably have Syracuse somewhere in the top 15 in the nation. The Orange will look to add to their Boeheim resume when they travel to take on an ailing Louisville team Wednesday Night.
Duke Blue Devils (19-6, 8-4)
Last week: Won 63-62 against Virginia
Last rank: 7th
Is Duke back? Everybody thinks so, particularly after their latest four game win streak. Of course breaking down that win streak shows wins against two bottom feeders, a Louisville team who has just one win since they banned themselves, and the questionable home win over Virginia. But of course it is Duke so that is enough to get them ranked and to declare them final four worthy once again. Oh did I also mention three of those four wins came at home where Duke rarely loses? Well the Blue Devils will get plenty of opportunities to prove me wrong when they travel to take on North Carolina in round one of the greatest rivalry ever constructed.