A few comments before this week's ballot. Last season, the Irish trailed at halftime and struggled throughout before eventually defeating 2-5 Lehigh. The Mountain Hawks finished the season 10-19 with a first round loss in the Patriot League Tournament. Notre Dame, of course, rebounded to defeat Maryland and Alabama in the next ten days and the rest is history. Just an interesting historical note for anyone discouraged by last night's performance.
In addition, I have purchased Basketball on Paper by Dean Oliver. Looking forward to some good Christmas reading. Special thanks to the man I sat with at the game last night, a frequent reader of this blog, whose financial contribution made the book's purchase easier. A very merry Christmas to him.
- Pittsburgh- Beat Duke, watch the Hoyas lose, move into the top slot
- Marquette- Lost to Duke by 4, beat a ranked opponent, climb over Georgetown
- Georgetown- First sign of weakness in their first real contest of the season
- West Virginia
- Notre Dame
- Seton Hall
- South Florida
- St. John's
Freshman of the Week- DeJuan Blair- Pittsburgh
Robinson earned his award with a 32 point, 11 rebounds performance against Maine. Blair was excellent (15 points, 20 boards) before fouling out in the big win over Duke.