Bracketology 2012: Seton Hall Still In NCAA Tournament Field Entering Big East Tournament

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Bracketology 2012: Seton Hall Basketball Still In NCAA Tournament Field Entering Big East Tournament

The Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball program's attempt to solidify the NCAA Tournament will begin Tuesday, when they face the Providence Friars in the first round of the Big East Conference Tournament at Madison Square Garden (7 p.m. on ESPNU).

The Pirates enter the contest needing a victory that would help them get off the March Madness bubble. As of Tuesday, Bracketologist have Seton Hall making 68-team field, however, all that could change if the No. 15-seeded Friars upset the No. 10 Pirates.


Seton Hall's Precarious NCAA Tournament Position

Here's a composite look at what the Bracketologists are projecting for Seton Hall basketball entering Big East Tournament play on Tuesday:

SB Nation's Dobbertean: No. 12 seed vs. UNLV
SI.com's Glockner: No. 12 vs. No. 5 Cheighton Blue Jays
CollegeHoops.net: No. 12
ESPN's Lunadri: No. 12, first-round contest vs. No. 12 Xavier Musketeers

For more on Seton Hall basketball, check out the SB Nation blog South Orange Juice. If you'd like some more Bracketology fun, visit Blogging The Bracket, while this SB Nation New York StoryStream will keep up dated on the latest rankings and NCAA Tournament projections.

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Bracketology 2012: Seton Hall, South Florida Benefiting From UConn's Struggles

Ones team's misfortune is another team's road to the NCAA Tournament, and that's the case for the Seton Hall Pirates and South Florida Bulls men's basketball programs Wednesday after the Providence Friars upset the Connecticut Huskies, 72-70, on Tuesday.

The loss was UConn's ninth in 12 tries and has puts the Huskies (17-12, 7-10 Big East) on the NCAA Tournament bubble.

The UCONN loss is more damaging. There's really no excuse losing to a 4-13 Big East team when they're playing for nothing but pride. UCONN is now the last team in the field, whereas coming into the today, they were somewhat sturdy 11 seed. A win by UCONN over Pitt to close the regular season doesn't really change their fate much. They need a good showing in NYC and other teams to falter.

Meanwhile, Seton Hall (19-10, 8-9), which defeated UConn in early Jan., 75-63, is reaping the benefits from UConn's struggles, as its basically secured a first-round bye in the Big East Tournament -- beat the DePaul Blue Demons on Saturday and its official -- and now can basically say to the NCAA Tournament selection committee, "Hey! We have a better conference record and we weren't as bad as them at the end of our regular season. We're better than them!." And all of that would be true because of UConn's loss on Tuesday.

As of Wed., almost every Bracketologist has the Pirates in the NCAAs, however, there's very little room for error because that Jan. victory over UConn, which was then a March Madness resume builder, is no longer considered a badge of honor, instead, its more like earning a Cub Scout patch for tying your shoes. (SI.com's Andy Glockner, Feb. 28.)

With the West Virginia and UConn home wins weakening rapidly, the Pirates' profile is not that good. They have to win at DePaul in the finale and then make the Big East quarters and see.

As for USF, its the ultimate bubble team considering that SB Nation's Chris Dobbertean (No. 13-seed as a play-in) and ESPN's Joe Lundari both have them in, while CollegeHoopsNet.com's Shawn Siegel has them out.

Of course, that could all change Wed. when the Bulls visit the No. 19-ranked Louisville Cardinals (7 p.m. on SNY).

All-in-all, this "you need to continue to win" attitude will make for amazing Big East Conference Tournament, March 6-10.

Until then, hold on for your jock straps because its going to be one incredible ride.

For more on Seton Hall basketball, check out the SB Nation blog South Orange Juice. If you'd like some more Bracketology fun, visit Blogging The Bracket, while this SB Nation New York StoryStream will keep up dated on the latest rankings and NCAA Tournament projections.
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Bracketology 2.27.12: Big East Regular-Season Finales Could Sort Out NCAA Tournament Statuses

The Big East Conference will wra -up its men's basketball regular-season schedule this week, and for a lot of schools there's a lot to play for. Currently, just the No. 2-ranked Syracuse Orange basically know their post-season fate -- a No. 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament -- but many others are still trying to improve their March Madness resume before Selection Sunday, March 11.

Here's a quick Bracketology rundown for the final week.

Marquette Golden Eagles (24-5, 13-3)

ESPN's Lunardi (Feb. 27): No. 3 vs.No. 14 Middle Tennessee St.
SB Nation's Dobbertean (Feb. 27): No. 3 vs. No. 14 Belmont
Remaining schedule: at Cincinnati (Wed.), vs. Georgetown (Sat.)
Quick take: After struggling out of the Big East gate with a 1-2 start, Marquette has won 12 of its last 13 contests and are ready to make a run at a No. 2 seed, possible No. 1, in the NCAA Tournament.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (20-9, 12-4)

ESPN's Lunardi (Feb. 27): No. 5 vs. No. 12 BYU Cougars
SB Nation's Dobbertean (Feb. 27): No. 5 vs. No. 12 Long Beach St.
Remaining schedule: at Georgetown (Monday), vs. Providence (Friday)
Quick take: There's no argument that Irish are the biggest surprise of the year, however, there's still doubt surrounding a program that's just 4-4 in the last two postseasons.

Georgetown Hoyas (21-6, 11-5)

ESPN's Lunardi (Feb. 27): No. 3 vs. No. 14 Belmont
SB Nation's Dobbertean (Feb. 27): No. 3 vs. Akron
Remaining schedule: vs. Notre Dame (Mon.), at Marquette (Sat.)
Quick take: Picked to finish 10th in the conference in the preseason, the Hoyas are trying to make a push for, at least, a No. 3-4 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

South Florida Bulls (18-11, 11-5)

ESPN's Lunardi (Feb. 27): First Four Out
SB Nation's Dobbertean (Feb. 27): No. 13 vs. No. 13 Xavier (First Four Round)
Remaining schedule: at Louisville (Wed.), vs. WVU (Sat.).
Quick take: The Bulls have an impressive league record, but they need an impressive victory to earn a NCAA Tournament bid.

Cincinnati Bearcats (20-9, 10-6)

ESPN's Lunardi (Feb. 27): No. 10 vs. No. 7 San. Diego St. Aztecs.
SB Nation's Dobbertean (Feb. 27): No. 11 vs. No. 6 Florida Gators
Remaining schedule: vs. Marquette (Wed.), at Villanova (Sat.).
Quick take: The Bearcats are looking just to "win baby", as a NCAA Tournament outright bid will be tough to earn without a string of victories.

Louisville Cardinals (22-7, 10-6)

ESPN's Lunardi (Feb. 27): No. 4 vs. No. 13 Iona Gaels
SB Nation's Dobbertean (Feb. 27): No. 4 vs. Middle Tennessee St.
Remaining schedule: vs. South Florida (Wed.), at Syracuse (Sat.).
Quick take: The Cardinals could go one of two ways in the next few weeks, as they could become postseason ready or a favorite to be upset in round two of the NCAA Tournament.

Seton Hall Pirates (19-10, 8-9)

ESPN's Lunardi (Feb. 27): No. 11 vs. No. 6 Murray St.
SB Nation's Dobbertean (Feb. 27): No. 11 vs. No. 6 Murray St.
Remaining schedule: at DePaul (Sat.).
Quick take: The victory over Georgetown, Feb. 21, seemed to be the one that would help the Pirates get into the tournament until a loss to rival Rutgers on Sunday killed post-season momentum. Now, its don't lose to DePaul!

Connecticut Huskies (17-11, 7-9)

ESPN's Lunardi (Feb. 27): No. 10 vs. No. 7 Gonzaga Bulldogs
SB Nation's Dobbertean (Feb. 27): No. 10 vs. No. 7 New Mexico
Remaining schedule: at Providence (Tues.), vs. Pittsburgh (Sat.).
Quick take: The loss to Syracuse on Sat. has put the Huskies in two most-win situations to end the regular season. A loss in the next two games could end back-to-back national championship hopes.

West Virginia Mountaineers (17-12, 7-9)

ESPN's Lunardi (Feb. 27): No. 12 vs. No. 5 Florida St. Seminoles.
SB Nation's Dobbertean (Feb. 27): No. 12 vs. No. 5 Temple Owls
Remaining schedule: vs. DePaul (Tuesday), at USF (Sat.).
Quick take: A few weeks ago, WVU seemed a long to earn a trip to March Madness, but losses in seven of last nine games have ended all of that talk. Mountaineers can't slip up now.

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College Basketball Rankings, Feb. 6: Syracuse Steady At No. 2

The Syracuse Orange men's basketball team retained its position at No. 2 in Week 14 of the college basketball rankings on Saturday, trailing only Kentucky in both major polls.

Syracuse received two out of 65 first-place votes in the AP Top 25 poll, but Kentucky received the other 63. The Wildcats were a unanimous decision atop the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, followed by Syracuse, Ohio St., Missouri and North Carolina.

Syracuse won its only game during the past week, blasting St. John's 95-70 on the road in the return of Fab Melo. Melo returned from a brief academic leave to score a career-high 14 points while adding three rebounds and two blocks against the Red Storm.

The Orange next meet Georgetown on Wednesday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

SB Nation's blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician is all about the Orange. For more on Big East basketball, visit the SB Nation blog Big East Coast Bias. If you're a college basketball nut, SB Nation's college basketball hub will solve your hoops cravings.

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College Basketball Rankings, Week 13 Projections: Syracuse Moves Up To No. 2; UConn Drops Out

The Syracuse Orange men's basketball program should move up to No. 2 in the college basketball rankings, which will be released later Monday afternoon (approximately 1 p.m. ET). The Orange (22-1, 9-1 Big East) earned two solid victories this past week downing the Cincinnati Bearcats on the road, Jan. 23, and then edging the West Virginia Mountaineers Saturday, 63-61. Combine that with the loss of the Missouri Tigers losing to the Oklahoma St. Cowboys Wednesday, 79-72, and Syracuse should move up to No. 2 in the AP Poll.

The Kentucky Wildcats will remaining No. 1, while Ohio St. Buckeyes, Baylor Bears, North Carolina Tar Heels and Michigan St. Spartans should all move up a bit because the Kansas Jayhawks loss Saturday to the Iowa State Cyclones.

Two programs cracking the top 25 will be the Gonzaga Bulldugs and Vanderbilt Commodores, while the Connecticut Huskies and Kansas St. Wildcats will each fall out of the rankings.

Here's how I think the polls will look Monday afternoon (note: projections are based of last week's rankings in the AP Poll and the opinion of the author):

1.) Kentucky Wildcats (21-1)
2) Syracuse Orange (22-1)
3) Ohio St. Buckeyes (19-3)
4) Baylor Bears (19-2)
5) North Carolina Tar Heels (18-3)
6) Duke Blue Devils (18-3)
7) Michigan St. Spartans (17-4)
8) Missouri Tigers (19-2)
9) Kansas Jayhawks (17-4)
10) Murray St. Racers (21-0)
11) UNLV Runnin' Rebels (20-3)
12) Florida Gators (17-4)
13) Marquette Golden Eagles (18-4)
14) Creighton Bluejays (20-2)
15) Virginia Cavaliers (17-3)
16) St. Mary's, Calif. Gaels (21-2)
17) Georgetown Hoyas (16-4)
18) Wisconsin Badgers (17-5)
19) San Diego St. Aztecs (18-3)
20) Indiana Hoosiers (17-5)
21) Michigan Wolverines (16-6)
22) Mississippi St. Bulldogs (17-5)
23) Florida St. Seminoles (14-6)
24) Gonzaga Bulldogs (17-3)
25) Vanderbilt Commodores (16-5)

Out: Connecticut Huskies (14-5); Kansas St. Wildcats (14-4.

SB Nation's blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician is all about the Orange. For more on Big East basketball, visit the SB Nation blog Big East Coast Bias. If you're a college basketball nut, well, SB Nation's college basketball hub will solve your hoops cravings.

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NCAA Tournament 2012 Bracket Busters: Iona, Stony Brook, Long Island, Manhattan In The Mix

March Madness 2012 is quickly approaching, so here's a quick look at the status of the SB Nation New York Bracket Busters -- Long Island, Iona, Stony Brook and Manhattan.

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College Basketball Rankings, Jan. 23: First Loss Drops Syracuse To No. 3 In AP Poll, No. 4 In USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll

The latest college basketball rankings have been released, and the Syracuse Orange men's basketball team fell from the top spot in both the AP and USA Today/Coaches polls to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. The Orange (20-1, 7-1 Big East Conference) had their school record 20-game win streak snapped Saturday at the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 67-58.

Meanwhile, the Kentucky Wildcats are No. 1 in both polls, while the Missouri Tigers are No. 2. The Ohio St. Buckeyes are No. 3 in the Coaches' but No. 4 in the AP, while the Kansas Jayhawks round out the top five.

As for the Big East, the Georgetown Hoyas moved up to No. 10/9, the Marquette Golden Eagles are to No. 18/17 and the Louisville Cardinals are No. 25 in the Coaches' but not ranked in the AP. Surprisingly, the Cincinnati Bearcats and West Virginia Mountaineers are not ranked in either polls.

Here's the AP Poll.

1.) Kentucky Wildcats (19-1)
2) Missouri Tigers (18-1)
3) Syracuse Orange (12-1)
4) Ohio St. Buckeyes (17-3)
5) Kansas Jayhawks (16-3)
6) Baylor Bears (17-2)
7) North Carolina Tar Heels (16-3)
8) Duke Blue Devils (16-3)
9) Georgetown Hoyas (16-3)
10) Michigan St. Spartans (16-4)
11) Murray St. Racers (20-0)
12) UNLV Runnin' Rebels (18-3)
13) San Diego St. Aztecs (17-2)
14) Florida Gators (15-4)
15) Creighton Bluejays (18-2)
16) Indiana Hoosiers (16-4)
17) Marquette Golden Eagles (15-4)
18) Mississippi St. Bulldogs (16-4)
19) Virginia Cavaliers (15-3)
20) Michigan Wolverines (15-5)
21) St. Mary's, Calif. Gaels (19-2)
22) Kansas St. Wildcats (14-4)
23) Florida St. Seminoles (13-6)
24) Connecticut Huskies (14-5)
25) Wisconsin Badgers (16-4)

Here's the USA Today's Coaches poll:

1.) Kentucky Wildcats (19-1)
2) Missouri Tigers (18-1)
3) Ohio St. Buckeyes (17-3)
4) Syracuse Orange (12-1)
5) Kansas Jayhawks (16-3)
6) Duke Blue Devils (16-3)
7) Baylor Bears (17-2)
8) North Carolina Tar Heels (16-3)
9) Murray St. Racers (20-0)
10) Georgetown Hoyas (16-3)
11) Michigan St. Spartans (16-4)
12) San Diego St. Aztecs (17-2)
13) Florida Gators (15-4)
14) Creighton Bluejays (18-2)
15) UNLV Runnin' Rebels (18-3)
16) Mississippi St. Bulldogs (16-4)
17) Indiana Hoosiers (16-4)
18) Marquette Golden Eagles (15-4)
19) Connecticut Huskies (14-5)
20) St. Mary's, Calif. Gaels (19-2)
21) Virginia Cavaliers (15-3)
22) Michigan Wolverines (15-5)
23) Harvard Crimson (16-2)
24) Kansas St. Wildcats (14-4)
25) Louisville Cardinals (15-5)
25) Wisconsin Badgers (16-4)

SB Nation's blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician is all about the Orange. For more on Big East basketball, visit the SB Nation blog Big East Coast Bias. If you're a college basketball nut, well, SB Nation's college basketball hub will solve your hoops cravings.

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College Basketball Rankings, Week 12 Projections: Syracuse Falls To No. 3; Kentucky New No. 1

The new college basketball rankings will be released Monday afternoon and because of a bunch of upsets, including No. 1-ranked Syracuse Orange losing to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish; No. 4 Duke Blue Devils losing to Florida State Seminoles; and No. 3 Baylor Bears losing twice this past week, there will be a bunch of shuffling.

I do expect that the Big East Conference's Louisville Cardinals will drop out in both the AP and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll, while the West Virginia Mountaineers and Cincinnati Bearcats will (finally) get it.

I have the Indiana Hoosiers, who had issues with Big Ten Conference basement dwellers this week (a loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers and a scare from Penn St. Nittany Lions) fall all the way to No. 25.

So without further delay, here's my Week 12 College Basketball Rankings projections:

1.) Kentucky Wildcats (19-1)
2) Missouri Tigers (18-1)
3) Syracuse Orange (12-1)
4) Ohio St. Buckeyes (17-3)
5) Kansas Jayhawks (16-3)
6) North Carolina Tar Heels (16-3)
7) Baylor Bears (17-2)
8) Georgetown Hoyas (16-3)
9) Michigan St. Spartans (16-4)
10) Duke Blue Devils (16-3)
11) Murray St. Racers (20-0)
12) UNLV Runnin' Rebels (18-3)
13) San Diego St. Aztecs (17-2)
14) Virginia Cavaliers (15-3)
15) Michigan Wolverines (15-5)
16) Florida Gators (15-4)
17) Creighton Bluejays (18-2)
18) Marquette Golden Eagles (15-4)
19) Mississippi St. Bulldogs (16-4)
20) Connecticut Huskies (14-5)
21) West Virginia Mountaineers (15-5)
22) Cincinnati Bearcats (15-5)
23) St. Mary's, Calif. Gaels (19-2)
24) Kansas St. Wildcats (14-4)
25) Indiana Hoosiers (16-4)

SB Nation's blog South Orange Juice has everything on the Pirates, while Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician is all about the Orange. For more on Big East basketball, visit the SB Nation blog Big East Coast Bias. If you're a college basketball nut, well, SB Nation's college basketball hub will solve your hoops cravings.

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NCAA Tournament 2012 BracketBusters: Iona, Albany, Stony Brook, Long Island All In Running For Automatic Bids

The Big East Conference is not the only league in the nation that holds possible NCAA Tournament prospects. SB Nation New York gives an update on the New York-New Jersey BracketBusters for 2012.

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Big East Bracketology 1.18.12: Syracuse Unanimous No. 1 Seed; Seton Hall No. 4

The Syracuse Orange men's basketball program earned their 20th consecutive victory Monday night by defeating the Pittsburgh Panthers, 71-63, in a Big East Conference game at the Carrier Dome. The Orange (20-0, 7-0 Big East) remain unbeaten and according to the latest Bracketology rankings they're the favorite to earn the No. 1-overall seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

Out of four separate Bracketologist from different websites -- ESPN.com's Joe Lunardi, SB Nation's Chris Dobbertean, SI.com's Andy Glockner and CBSSports.com's Jerry Palm -- Syracuse is a unanimous No. 1 seed.

As for the Seton Hall Pirates (15-3, 4-2), they're without a doubt going to be a part of March Madness, receiving seeds of No. 6 through No. 4. Palm, who released his latest Wednesday morning, and Dobbertean, released Tuesday, both had the Pirates slotted as a No. 4 seed, while Lunardi had them as a No. 6 and Glockner had them as a No. 5.

Meanwhile, the Big East is getting between eight and seven teams into the NCAA Tournament, as the West Virginia Mountaineers (13-5, 4-2), Georgetown Hoyas (15-3, 5-2), Louisville Cardinals (14-5, 2-4), Marquette Golden Eagles (15-4, 4-2) and Connecticut Huskies (14-3, 4-2) are currently all shoo-in to be a piece of March Madness.

The only Big East team that is currently on the outside possibly looking in is the Cincinnati Bearcats (14-4, 4-1). So far, Dobbertean and Lunardi have the Bearcats in, while Glockner and Palm have them out.

Here's the breakdown of the Big East Conference bracketology results to give you an idea of where teams stand with each Bracketologist.

SB Nation's Dobbertean (8): SU (1), Georgetown (3), UConn (3), Seton Hall (4), West Virginia (5), Marquette (6), Louisville (7) and Cincinnati (9).

ESPN's Lunardi (8 teams): SU (1), UConn (3), Georgetown (3), WVU (6), Seton Hall (6), Marquette (7), Louisville (8) and Cincinnati (12).

SI.com's Glockner (7): SU (1), Georgetown (2), UConn (3), WVU (4), Seton Hall (5), Marquette (7) and Louisville (9)

CBSSports.com's Palm (7): SU (1), Georgetown (4), Seton Hall (4), UConn (6), Marquette (6), WVU (7) and Louisville (10).

SB Nation's blog South Orange Juice has everything on the Pirates, while Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician is all about the Orange. For more on Big East basketball, visit the SB Nation blog Big East Coast Bias. If you're a college basketball nut, well, SB Nation's college basketball hub will solve your hoops cravings.

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College Basketball Rankings, Week 11: Syracuse Still No. 1; Seton Hall Out Of Top 25

For the sixth straight week the Syracuse Orange men's basketball program is ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll, released Monday afternoon. The string atop the college basketball rankings ties a school record, which was set during the 1989-90 season. The Orange (19-0, 6-0 Big East Conference) earned 60 of the 65 first-place votes, as the Kentucky Wildcats got four while the Baylor Bears received one.

Last week, Syracuse earned a road victory at the Villanova Wildcats, Tuesday, and then defeated the visiting Providence Friars at home Saturday. On Monday, the Orange put their unblemished record on the line as they host the Pittsburgh Panthers in a ESPN "Big Monday" showdown at the Carrier Dome (7:30 p.m.).

Meanwhile, the Seton Hall Pirates (15-4, 4-2) were left out of the AP poll after earning the No. 24 spot last week. That was the first time the Pirates were ranked in the top 25 since Jan. of 2011.

On Friday, Seton Hall lost at the South Florida Bulls, 56-55.

Here's the complete AP Poll:

1.) Syracuse Orange (19-0)
2) Kentucky Wildcats (17-1)
3) Baylor Bears (17-0)
4) Duke Blue Devils (15-2)
5) Missouri Tigers (16-1)
6) Ohio St. Buckeyes (16-3)
7) Kansas Jayhawks (14-3)
8) North Carolina Tar Heels (15-3)
9) Michigan St. Spartans (15-3)
10) Georgetown Hoyas (14-3)
11) Indiana Hoosiers (15-3)
12) Murray St. Racers (18-0)
13) Connecticut Huskies (14-3)
14) UNLV Runnin' Rebels (16-3)
15) Virginia Cavaliers (14-2)
16) San Diego St. Aztecs (15-2)
17) Florida Gators (14-4)
18) Mississippi St. Bulldogs (15-3)
19) Creighton Bluejays (16-2)
20) Michigan Wolverines (14-4)
21) Marquette Golden Eagles (14-4)
22) Illinois Fighting Illini (15-3)
23) Louisville Cardinals (14-4)
24) St. Mary's, Calif. Gaels (17-2)
25) Kansas St. Wildcats (12-4)

SB Nation's blog South Orange Juice has everything on the Pirates, while Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician is all about the Orange. For more on Big East basketball, visit the SB Nation blog Big East Coast Bias. If you're a college basketball nut, well, SB Nation's college basketball hub will solve your hoops cravings.

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College Basketball Rankings, Week 11: Syracuse No. 1 In USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll For Sixth Consecutive Week

For the sixth consecutive week the Syracuse Orange men's basketball program is ranked the No. 1 team in the nation, a mark that ties a school record. The Orange (19-0, 6-0) was earned all 31 of the votes after collecting a road victory Tuesday night at the Villanova Wildcats and then downing the Providence Friars Saturday night to remain unbeaten

On Monday, Syracuse hosts the Pittsburgh Panthers in a "Big Monday" contest on ESPN (7:30 p.m.) and a victory would allow the Orange to set a school record of 20 consecutive victories to begin a season.

Meanwhile, the Seton Hall Pirates, who were not ranked in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll, but ranked in the AP Poll, were left out of the polls again. This is no surprise as the Pirates (15-3, 4-2) lost Friday night at the South Florida Bulls, 56-55.

Here's the complete USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll:

1.) Syracuse Orange (19-0)
2) Kentucky Wildcats (17-1)
3) Baylor Bears (17-0)
4) Duke Blue Devils (15-2)
5) Missouri Tigers (16-1)
6) Ohio St. Buckeyes (16-3)
7) Kansas Jayhawks (14-3)
8) North Carolina Tar Heels (15-3)
9) Michigan St. Spartans (15-3)
10) Murray St. Racers (18-0)
11) Connecticut Huskies (14-3)
12) Georgetown Hoyas (14-3)
13) Indiana Hoosiers (15-3)
14) Florida Gators (14-4)
15) Mississippi St. Bulldogs (15-3)
16) San Diego St. Aztecs (15-2)
17) Virginia Cavaliers (14-2)
18) Creighton Bluejays (16-2)
19) Michigan Wolverines (14-4)
20) UNLV Runnin' Rebels (16-3)
21) Louisville Cardinals (14-4)
22) Marquette Golden Eagles (14-4)
23) St. Mary's, Calif. Gaels (17-2)
24) Harvard Crimson (15-2)
25) Illinois Fighting Illini (15-3)

SB Nation's blog South Orange Juice has everything on the Pirates, while Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician is all about the Orange. For more on Big East basketball, visit the SB Nation blog Big East Coast Bias. If you're a college basketball nut, well, SB Nation's college basketball hub will solve your hoops cravings.

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College Basketball Rankings, Week 11 Projections: Syracuse Still No. 1; Seton Hall Drops Out

The new edition of the college basketball rankings will be released around 1 p.m. ET Monday, and there should be some changes at both the top and bottom of the AP poll and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll. Locally, the No. 24-ranked Seton Hall Pirates will drop out of the top 25 in the AP Poll, as they lost Friday night to the South Florida Bulls, while top-ranked Syracuse Orange will tie a school record for consecutive weeks as the No. 1 program (6), a mark that was set during the 1989-90 season.


UPDATED: Here's the latest AP Poll and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll


Nationally, the No. 3 North Carolina Tar Heels were blowout Saturday against the Florida. St. Seminoles. 90-57, and the Indiana Hoosiers lost to the Ohio St. Buckeyes, 80-63, Sunday. I don't think the loss drops them out of the top 10, but certainly puts them near the bottom.

In the Big East, the Connecticut Huskies make the biggest jump after earning two victories this past weekend in solid fashion. Meanwhile, I believe that the West Virginia Mountaineers and Cincinnati Bearcats should sneak into the top 25 in the AP poll or USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll.

With out further delay here's my projected top 25 for Jan. 26:

1.) Syracuse Orange (19-0)
2) Kentucky Wildcats (17-1)
3) Baylor Bears (17-0)
4) Ohio St. Buckeyes (16-3)
5) Michigan St. Spartans (15-3)
6) Duke Blue Devils (15-2)
7) Missouri Tigers (16-1)
8) North Carolina Tar Heels (15-3)
9) Kansas Jayhawks (14-3)
10) Indiana Hoosiers (15-3)
11) Connecticut Huskies (14-3)
12) Murray St. Racers (18-0)
13) Florida Gators (14-4)
14) Mississippi St. Bulldogs (15-3)
15) San Diego St. Aztecs (15-2)
16) Virginia Cavaliers (14-2)
17) Marquette Golden Eagles
18) Creighton Bluejays (16-2)
19) West Virginia Mountaineers (13-5)
20) Michigan Wolverines (14-4)
21) Wisconsin Badgers (14-5)
22) Cincinnati Bearcats (14-4)
23) Vanderbilt Commodores (13-4)
24) St. Mary's, Calif. Gaels (17-2)
25) UNLV Runnin' Rebels (16-3)

Out: Seton Hall, Louisville Cardinals, Kansas State Wildcats, Gonzaga Bulldogs
In: St. Mary's, Vanderbilt, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Wisconsin

As you can see, a lot of teams at the bottom of the poll dropping out and a few new teams getting in. To be honest, after the top 10 its a big crap shoot but that's how I see it for Week 11 of the college basketball rankings.

SB Nation's blog South Orange Juice has everything on the Pirates, while Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician is all about the Orange. For more on Big East basketball, visit the SB Nation blog Big East Coast Bias. If you're a college basketball nut, well, SB Nation's college basketball hub will solve your hoops cravings.

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College Basketball Rankings, Week 10: Seton Hall Ranked No. 24, Syracuse Still No. 1 In AP Poll

For the first time since January of 2001 the Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball program is ranked in the college basketball polls, as the Pirates (14-2, 3-1 Big East Conference) were voted No. 24 in the AP Poll, released Monday afternoon. The announcement of the college polls was a much anticipated one for Seton Hall basketball fans, who witnessed their program last Tuesday upset No. 17 (last week No. 8) Connecticut Huskies, 75-63, down the Providence Friars, 66-57, Saturday.

The pair of victories extended Seton Hall's current winning streak to three games, all coming in league play, and were enough to help the Pirates sneak into the AP's top 25.

"This is cause for celebration among the Pirate faithful," wrote Jason Guerette of SB Nation's Seton Hall blog South Orange Juice Monday. "A return to the Top-25 is just the latest signal of how far this program has come in just a short time under Kevin Willard, and how much hard work and leadership really do pay off."

Unfortunately, the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll did not rank Seton Hall in the top 25. Last week, the Pirates received two votes in the AP rankings but couldn't crack the list.

As for the the unbeaten Syracuse Orange (17-0, 4-0), who manhandled the Pirates, 75-49, Dec. 28, they earned the No. 1 ranking in both polls for the fifth straight week. The Orange, who last week defeated Providence and No. 25 Marquette Golden Eagles, are closing in on the program's all-time record for consecutive weeks at No. 1, which currently stands at six -- set by the 1989-90 squad.

In the AP Poll, behind Syracuse is: Kentucky Wildcats, North Carolina Tar Heels and Baylor Bears, respectively. The Ohio St. Buckeyes sneaked into the top 5 after the Duke Blue Devils lost to the Temple Owls Tuesday and dropped to No. 8 in the AP and No. 6 in the Coaches.

Other notables in the top 10 are: No. 6/7 Michigan St. Spartans, No. 7/8 Indiana Hoosiers, No. 9 Missouri Tigers and No. 10 Kansas Jayhawks. Currently, Baylor (15-0) is the only other unbeaten team in the top 10.

Meanwhile, the Big East continues to have a solid mix of programs in the top 25, as Georgetown Hoyas was ranked No. 11/11, Louisville Cardinals (No. 14/15) and UConn (17/16). Marquette is ranked No. 25 in the Coaches Poll.

For the complete rankings, visit SI.com for the AP Poll and here for the Coaches Poll.

SB Nation's blog South Orange Juice has everything on the Pirates, while Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician is all about the Orange. For more on Big East basketball, visit the SB Nation blog Big East Coast Bias. If you're a college basketball nut, well, SB Nation's college basketball hub will solve your hoops cravings.

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