For the second straight week, the Big East can boast of six teams in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls. In fact, all six squads are in the top 20. Five of those teams will appear on CBS or ESPN this Saturday. CBS will carry Duke at Georgetown at 1:30 p.m. EST followed by West Virginia at UCLA at 3:45. The Mountaineers are ranked 12th by AP and 17th by ESPN/USA Today. Villanova (8th AP/7th ESPN/USA Today) hosts Syracuse (20th/20th) at 6 p.m. on ESPN. ESPN's Gameday show will be at Louisville where the Cardinals (17th/15th) will host Connecticut (3rd/3rd) at 9 p.m.
Pittsburgh Remains Undefeated
The Pittsburgh Panthers are one of college basketball's amazing stories this season. Unranked in the preseason and picked seventh in the Big East's preseason coaches' poll, the Panthers stretched their record to 15-0 with a 76-68 triumph at Rutgers on Wednesday. The 15-0 mark ties the school record for the third best start in history. Third-year head coach Jamie Dixon also directed Pitt to an 18-0 beginning in 2003-04, his first season as Pitt's headmaster. The only other undefeated clubs are Duke and Florida.
Only Pitt, West Virginia Still Unbeaten In League Play
The overall strength and depth of the Big East can be seen in the league standings where only the previously mentioned Panthers and the West Virginia Mountaineers are unbeaten in conference play. WVU is 5-0 while Pitt is 4-0. St. John's is the next league opponent for both squads. The Panthers play the Red Storm in Madison Square Garden on Saturday. The Mountaineers play there on Jan. 29.
Home Hasn't Been That Sweet In Big East Games
Traditionally, it's been tough to win on the road in Big East play. This season, however, the homecourt has not provided a significant edge. Home teams are only 18-16 in conference games going into this weekend's action.
Sellouts For First Place Mountaineers
West Virginia has announced that all ticketshave been sold for its five home games. Foes in those contests are Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville and Pitt.