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Old 02-13-2011, 02:04 PM   #382
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Following Ohio State's first loss, who should be the new No. 1?

No. 4 Pitt (23-2 overall, 11-1 Big East, RPI: 6)

Pitt kept itself alive in this discussion by grinding out the day's most impressive road win, prevailing 57-54 at No. 9 Villanova. They snapped Nova's 46-game win streak at The Pavilion that dated back to Jan. 17, 2007.

Of the three teams waiting in the wings, Pitt is the least likely to win a beauty contest, but the Panthers just keep getting it done. While Kansas and Texas are feasting on league foes in a down year for the Big 12, Pitt has an 11-1 record in America's deepest conference, which is just ridiculous.

What makes it even more impressive is that, this week, Pitt won road games at West Virginia and at Villanova without arguably its best player junior guard Ashton Gibbs.
And don't forget the Panthers also own a 68-66 neutral-court win over Texas in the title game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic way back on Nov. 18.

But is that enough to push them past two teams?

If you're going by the 'What have you done for me lately?' method, Pitt should be the new No. 1. If you take the 'Look at the entire body of work' approach, Kansas gets the nod.

I prefer the former, but won't be surprised at all when the Jayhawks are unveiled as the new top-ranked club on Monday.
It's still up for debate.
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