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Big East Basketball Power Rankings: 11/29

1. Pitt (6-0) (LW: 1)

Last week: Beat Florida State (88-66)
This week: vs. Robert Morris (11/29)

Panthers continued to impress by dismantling previously unbeaten Florida State last Friday. Are an Ohio State loss to North Carolina Wednesday away from moving to #1 in the AP poll.

2. Marquette (7-0) (LW: 5)

Last week: Beat Duke (73-62), Beat Valpo (65-62)
This week: vs. Northwestern State (12/1)

Sophomore all-conference point guard Dominic James scored the final 18 points for Marquette and hit the game winning three-pointer with just three seconds left to help the Golden Eagles avoid an upset loss to Valpo coming off of their huge wins over Texas Tech and Duke.

3. Uconn (5-0) (LW: 2)

Last week: Beat Albany (86-55)
This week: vs. Texas Southern (12/3)

Freshman Gavin Edwards scored 16 points, and sophomore Marcus Johnson had 14 in leading the 18th-ranked Huskies to a 86-55 win over the Great Danes on Sunday. Last spring, in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Connecticut had to overcome a 12-point deficit in the final 11 minutes to win, 72-59.

4. Syracuse (7-0) (LW: 3)

Last week: Beat Canisius (81-71), beat Holy Cross (72-64)
This week: vs. Wichita State (12/2)

The Orange survived a pair of scares, but get their first real test of the season when 17th ranked Whichita State comes to the Carrier Dome on Saturday. The Shockers upset LSU last weekend.

5. Georgetown (4-1) (LW: 4)

Last week: Beat Fairfield (73-60), beat Ball State (69-54)
This week: vs. Oregon (11/29), at Duke (12/2)

Hoyas get the chance to prove the Old Dominion game was a fluke by looking impressive at home against Oregon and against the Dukies in Cameron on Saturday.

6. Notre Dame (4-1) (LW: 9)

Last week: Beat Lehigh (93-87)
This week: vs. Winston Salem (11/29), at Maryland (12/3)

The six spot is really up for grabs, but we're going with the Irish because of how much better that two-point loss to Butler looks a week later. We'll excuse giving up 87 points to 2-6 Lehigh after impressive back-to-back performances at Maryland and against Alabama this Sunday and next Thursday.

7. Villanova (3-1) (LW: 7)

Last week: Beat Navy (70-61)
This week: at Stony Brook (11/30), at Penn (12/2)

'Nova led Navy 33-19 at the break, and the game really wasn't as close as the score would indicate. The Wildcats play the first of four "Big Five Classic" games at Penn on Saturday.

8. Louisville (1-1) (LW: 6)

Last week: Lost to Dayton (64-68)
This week: vs. Sacramento State (12/2)

Derrick Caracter gets his first chance to prove he's the difference maker for a team desperate for a go-to-guy on Dec. 5 against Arizona.

9. West Virginia (5-1) (LW: 10)

Last week: beat Montana (73-56), beat Western Michigan (79-54), lost to Arkansas (64-71)
This week: No scheduled games

The Mountaineers, expected to struggle mightily after the loss of nearly all their point production from a year ago, looked surprisingly impressive in the Old Spice Classic before falling to undefeated Arkansas in the championship game.

10. South Florida (4-0) (LW: 12)

Last week: beat Stetson (77-62)
This week: No scheduled games

Absolutely nothing to talk about here other than the fact that they're undefeated.

11. Cincinnati (4-1) (LW: 11)

Last week: Lost to Wofford (90-91), beat Central Michigan (60-50)
This week: vs. Oakland (11/29), vs. UAB (12/2)

The bottom portion of the conference is so weak this year that you can lose to Wofford and not drop.

12. Seton Hall (3-1) (LW: 13)

Last week: Beat Morgan State (83-63), beat St. Peter's (80-60)
This week: vs. St. Mary's (12/2)

Junior Brian Laing is averaging just over 18 points, 8 boards and 37 minutes for SHU whose only blemish remains a home loss to Fairleigh Dickinson.

13. Providence (4-1) (LW: 15)

Last week: Beat George Washington (86-67), beat Columbia (81-55)
This week: vs. Rhode Island (12/2)

Pounding on GW and a lower-level Ivy League school doesn't make up for losing to Brown...by 10...at home. Rhode Island should be a good test for the Friars who are preaparing to be annihilated at Florida on Dec. 6.

14. St. John's (3-3) (LW: 8)

Last week: Lost to Illinois State (65-78), beat LIU-Brooklyn (64-48)
This week: vs. Marlyand Baltimore County (12/1)

Illinois State eh? Christ.

15. Depaul (2-4) (LW: 14)

Last week: Lost to Purdue (73-81)
This week: vs. Kansas (12/2)

Hopefully the Maui experience and this weekend's game against #5 Kansas will work wonders for the fighting Jerry Wainwrights.  

16. Rutgers (1-4)

Last week: Lost to Bradley (72-101), lost to Miami (OH) (44-57)
This week: At Temple (11/29), vs. Nebraska (12/2)

So we don't play these guys this year? Awesome, just checking.