Monday, December 31, 2007

Vinny Pezzimenti Moment -- Week 7

Vanderbilt managed to leapfrog Villanova in last Monday's poll. The 'Cats stayed at #16 as the unbeaten Commodores jumped from #17 to #15 in the 12/24 poll. Vinny remained true to Villanova as he ranked the Wildcats one spot above the Commodores on his ballot last Monday. But Nova's standing is hurt by the nine voters who continue to leave Villanova off their ballots completely. Mid-teens is probably close to the ceiling for a team that can't get at least a #25 ranking on every ballot.

My Big East Blogger Poll for this week:

1 - Marquette
2 - Georgetown
3 - Pittsburgh
4 - Villanova
5 - Louisville
6 - Connecticut
7 - West Virginia
8 - Providence
9 - Notre Dame
10 - Seton Hall
11 - Syracuse
12 - South Florida
13 - DePaul
14 - St. John's
15 - Rutgers
16 - Cincinnati

Player of the Week: Jerome Dyson, Connecticut

Rookie of the Week: Corey Fisher, Villanova

Who's Up...Who's Down...
The top 3 rotated again as Pittsburgh dropped a 15 point game at Dayton on Saturday. Far worse than the losing the game, the Panthers have lost another starter, this time Levance Fields, their pg who scored the winning points in their win over Duke. Fields will be out 5+ weeks with a fracture in his foot. Marquette moves up to #1 while I moved Georgetown up to #2. Teams #1 through #4 all have one loss now. The 1/06/08 Villanova -- Pittsburgh game in the Pavilion (Villanova's homecourt) looms very large for both teams now, but especially for Pitt as they now have 40% of their starting lineup on the shelf. I swapped spots for Louisville & West Virginia. The Mountaineers dropped their 2nd game of the season to Oklahoma while the Cardinals got Palacios back (and maybe some good news about injured David Padgett). #8 through #16 stay pretty much the same as Cincinnati

This week's OWs...
Dar Tucker had another good performance, this time against Detroit. But Villanova's Corey Fisher turned in another outstanding game, this time against Big 5 opponent La Salle. So I am voting for Corey this week. As for the Player of the Week, I voted for Paul Harris of Syracuse. He had an impressive 19 point, 15 rebound performance against Northeastern on Sunday.

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