Brad Wanamaker and Co. will have a difficult time holding onto that No. 4 ranking without Ashton Gibbs (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
The top five for both the AP media and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls remained the same this week. That means Pitt stayed at fourth after winning its only game last week against Cincinnati.
I was thinking Pitt get some more votes and get a bit closer to No. 3 Texas after a week to think about it. Pitt, after all, did beat Texas head to head on a neutral court this season and has one fewer loss than the Longhorns. But the Panthers actually slipped a bit more behind Texas this week.
Despite beating up on each other quite a bit, the Big East's dominance is alive and well. Six of the top twelve teams in the AP poll are from the Big East (Pitt, Notre Dame, Villanova, UConn, Georgetown, and Syracuse).
Throw in Louisville and West Virginia in that poll and a total of eight Big East teams are in the top 25 - that's just under a third. Next is the Big 12 with only four.