Monday, January 28, 2008

Vinny Pezzimenti Moment -- Week 11

Villanova moved up a bit last week, but on the heels of a terrible week of play, the Wildcats will most likely be out of the Top 25 when both polls are released later today. All I can say at this point is "Thanks for your support Vinny and maybe the 'Cats will get back there later next month." It was a good run, but there is more work for this squad to do...

My Big East Blogger Poll for this week:

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

Player of the Week: Brian Laing, Seton Hall

Rookie of the Week: Mike Coburn, Rutgers

Who's Up...Who's Down...
Georgetown survived another week atop the Big East. After an overtime home win over Syracuse on Monday the Hoyas traveled to Morgantown and beat the Mountaineers. That road win, by a single point, means the only (Big East) blemish on the Hoya's record is the 9 point loss at the hands of the Panthers. Pittsburgh on the other hand dropped a 13 point decision (at home no less) to the suddenly surging Scarlet Knights of Rutgers. Villanova, suffering through a terrible week of basketball, joins Marquette, Providence along with Pittsburgh in a downward move on my ballot. Given their two wins this week, I think it is unwarrented to list Rutgers last in the Big East. That dubious honor goes, this week anyway, to St. John's, who lost 2 games last week, which brings their conference record to 1-6. I have also moved South Florida, who is also riding a losing streak, down one spot. The Bulls are the new #15 on my ballot. Those teams moving up: Notre Dame, Connectcut (who went into Cincinnati and won, something neither Pittsburgh nor Villanova could do, and then capped the week with a win over #8 Indiana), Louisville and Seton Hall.

This week's OWs...
Mike Coburn of Rutgers got my vote for the ROW candidate given his 40 point week. Mike hung 23 points on Villanova in a very efficient 8-13 shooting night (PPWS of 1.31), followed with a 17 point run on 5-9 shooting (PPWS of 1.43) at Pittsburgh. Mike also had 8 assists, 7 rebounds, 1 blocked shot and 2 steals.

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