NCAA Bracketology: Syracuse Seeded No. 1, St. John's In 68-Team Field

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NCAA Basketball Bracketology: Syracuse Still No. 1 Seed; St. John's In 68-Team Field

A day after the No. 3-ranked Syracuse Orange lost to the Pittsburgh Panthers (No. 5 in the AP poll and No. 4 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll) in a mid-season, Big East Conference contest, the Bracketologists released their latest 68-team NCAA Tournament fields. Currently, the Orange (18-1, 5-1) are seeded No. 1 in two major brackets and No. 2 in two other brackets. The St. John's Red Storm (11-4, 4-2), who haven't made an NCAA Tournament since 2002, are seeded No. 8 in two brackets and No. 7 in two others. The Big East is slated to earn between 10 and 11 teams to the dance.

According to Bracketology 101 and SI.com's Andy Glockner, the Orange deserve a No. 1 seed. However, Bracketology 101's results were posted on Monday, before the 'Cuse lost to Pitt, 74-66. But on Tuesday, after the game, Glockner believed that both programs have done enough to earn top seeds. Also, both brackets had the St. John's at No. 7.

The other two brackets, ESPN's Joe Lunardi and SB Nation's Blogging The Bracket by Chris Dobbertean, which both were posted Tuesday, has SU earning a No. 2 seed and Pittsburgh (17-1, 6-0) at No. 1. Also, both brackets have the Red Storm at No. 8.

Here's a breakdown of the Big East:

ESPN's Lunardi (11 Big East teams): Pitt (No. 1 seed), Syracuse (2), Connecticut Huskies (2), Villanova Wildcats (3), Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4), Louisville Cardinals (6), West Virginia Mountaineers (7), Georgetown Hoyas (7), STJU (8), Cincinnati Bearcats (9) and Marquette Golden Eagles (12).

Bracketology 101 (11): Syracuse (1), Pitt (2), UConn (2), 'Nova (3), ND (4), WVU (4), Louisville (5), Georgetown (5), STJU (7), Cincy (10) and Marquette (11).

Glockner (10): Pitt (1), SU (1), UConn (2), 'Nova (3), WVU (4), ND (4), Georgetown (5), Louisville (6), STJU (7) and Cincy (9).

Dobbertean (11): Pitt (1), SU (2), 'Nova (2), UConn (2), ND (4), WVU (5), Louisville (5), Georgetown (6), STJU (8), Cincy (10) and Marquette (11).

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Big East Basketball Power Rankings, Week 10: Loss To Pittsburgh Slides Syracuse To Second

The No. 3-ranked Syracuse Orange played admirably in Monday night's loss, 74-66, to the Pittsburgh Panthers (No. 5 in the AP poll and No. 4 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll) but it wasn't enough to save their top-spot in the latest SB Nation Big East Basketball Power Rankings released on Tuesday. The Panthers (17-1, 6-0) selection for the No. 1 spot came after it's ninth straight victory over the Orange (18-1, 5-1), who haven't beaten Pitt since the 2006 Big East Tournament championship game.

The UConn Blog's Andrew Porter gives the layout of the rankings:

"Pittsburgh had the first perfect week of the year, collecting all 10 first-place votes," wrote Porter Tuesday. "Syracuse followed them despite the loss (a sign of well-deserved respect), while UConn edged out Villanova for the third spot thanks to their win yesterday."

"Louisville and St. John's each stepped up a spot in the polls (the Cardinals are having a hell of a season by the way, I feel like they're never mentioned). West Virginia and Marquette both stepped up too. You can't say that for Notre Dame though, who fell from No. 4 to No. 7 after a pair of 15+ point losses and Georgetown who continues to struggle."

Read the complete 16-team rankings and who Porter gave the Homer and Hater votes to at SB Nation's The UConn Blog.

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NCAA College Basketball Rankings, Week 11: Syracuse Moves Up To No. 3 And Big East Earns Nine Spots

Last week, the Syracuse Orange earned two solid Big East victories and the former No. 1-ranked Duke Blue Devils lost. That meant an opportunity for the Orange to move up in the weekly college basketball rankings. SU (18-0, 5-0) did just that moving from No. 4 to No. 3. The Ohio St. Buckeyes earned the nation's top spot in both the AP and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls while the Big East Conference had nine teams earn Top-25 spots in the AP poll.

Last week, SU beat the St. John's Red Storm, 76-59, Wednesday then defeated the Cincinnati Bearcats, 67-52, on Saturday. Duke, which is ranked No. 4 in the AP poll and No. 5 in the USA Today/Coaches poll, lost to the unranked Florida St. Seminoles Wednesday but beat the Virginia Cavaliers Sunday.

The rankings shift, which has Kansas at No. 2 in both polls, the Pittsburgh Panthers No. 5 in the AP poll but No. 4 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll; sets up a intriguing Big Monday, Big East showdown between No. 3 Syracuse and No. 5/4 Pittsburgh (7:30 on ESPN). Syracuse will also host the No. 7 Villanova Wildcats on Saturday (noon on ESPN). If the Orange can, somehow, earn two victories against Top-10 squads in the same week. One has to think that SU will have a shot at the No. 1 spot come next Monday. But here's to wishful thinking.

Pittsburgh (17-1, 5-0) beat both No. 23 Georgetown Hoyas and the Seton Hall Pirates with ease last week. However, Pitt's currently seven-game win streak, which features beating opponents by an average of 15.7 points, wasn't enough for them ahead of Duke in the AP poll.

'Nova, which beat the No. 19 Louisville Cardinals and non-conference opponent the Maryland Terps, stayed at No. 7 in both polls. The No. 8 Connecticut Huskies moved up two slots in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll and one spot in the AP poll.

After that both polls went almost in completely opposite directions when it comes to Big East teams.

The AP poll had: Notre Dame Fighting Irish (No. 16), Louisville (19), West Virginia Mountaineers (21), Georgetown Hoyas (23) and Cincinnati (25) all ranked in the Top 25. That's NINE league teams in the Top 25!

However, the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll just had Louisville (15) ahead of Notre Dame (16); and Georgetown (23) -- only seven teams in the Top 25.

The St. John's, which lost to Syracuse but collected a convincing victory against the Fighting Irish on Sunday, was ranked No. 36 in the AP poll but was left out of the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll.

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