Saturday, December 16, 2006

Pitt Loses to Wisconsin

Pittsburgh went into Madison looking for a marquee win and left with big questions about the program. Wisconsin outplayed the Panthers for 40 minutes on both ends of the floor. Center Brian Butch overwhelmed All-American candidate Aaron Gray with 10 rebounds and 6-6 Forward Alando Tucker scored 32 as both players had double doubles.

Pitt was coming off of a three-point win over Buffalo, who previously dropped a game at Evansville by 30. The Panthers must regroup for December 21, vs. Oklahoma St. Now Connecticut becomes the only undefeated team in the Big East and clear frontrunner for the league title. UCONN's only ranked nonconference game comes against #15 LSU on January 6th. The Huskies also have two tough matchups playing Indiana and at Georgia Tech later in the year.

As the Irish reach the cooldown part of their nonconference schedule, it becomes more and more apparent that the Big East is wide open this year. Notre Dame holds the best RPI wins in the league and will be condsidered among the conference's best if other big teams keep falling.

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