In this week's Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls, Connecticut is ranked third and Villanova is fourth. The ESPN/USA Today poll has Louisville sixth while AP has the Cardinals seventh. Those three clubs are still unbeaten – Connecticut (5-0), Villanova (3-0) and Louisville (1-0) -- along with Pittsburgh (4-0).
Three Big East Squads On ESPN This Saturday
Big East teams are on the afternoon schedule on ESPN and ESPN2. Notre Dame hosts Michigan at 2 p.m. EST on ESPN2. At 3 p.m., Cincinnati hosts Memphis on ESPN followed by Oklahoma at Villanova at 5 p.m.
Twelve Big East Players Make The Preseason Naismith List
The Big East has the most players -- 12 of 50 -- on the 2005-06 Naismith Award Preseason List. The Naismith Award is given to the nation's most outstanding player. The Big East group includes: Josh Boone, Connecticut; Brandon Bowman, Georgetown; Taquan Dean, Louisville; Mike Gansey, West Virginia; Rudy Gay, Connecticut; Jeff Green, Georgetown; Eric Hicks, Cincinnati; Carl Krauser, Pittsburgh; Gerry McNamara, Syracuse; Kevin Pittsnogle, West Virginia; Allan Ray, Villanova; Curtis Sumpter, Villanova.
UConn, Marquette Returned To The Mainland As Champions
Connecticut and Marquette each won prestigious tournaments last week outside of the "Lower 48." The Huskies took the EA Sports Maui Invitational, edging Gonzaga in the title game, 65-63. Marquette won the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, stopping South Carolina in the final, 92-89 in overtime.
Boeheim Named To USA Basketball National Team Staff
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim has been named an assistant coach of the USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team staff. He is the only college coach invited to assist head coach Mike Krzyzewski of Duke. The other assistants are Mike D'Antoni of the Phoenix Suns and Nate McMillan of the Portland Trail Blazers. The USA Team will compete in the 2006 World Championships and the 2008 Summer Olympics.