Jim Calhoun is suspended for the first three games of the Big East schedule, but it likely won't matter. The Huskies won at South Florida last night and have St. John's and Seton Hall before Calhoun is allowed to coach again. That's a very favorable schedule under the circumstances. When Pitt was at the top of the league last season the conference gave the Panthers UConn in the conference opener. The Huskies are not scheduled to play a team currently in the rankings until Feb. 1.
*Georgetown, after a couple of down seasons, appears to be back among the nation's elite. The Hoyas went to Louisville last night and beat the previously unbeaten Cardinals, who were No. 1 on my AP ballot. Goes to show you what the preseason polls mean. The Hoyas were not even on anyone's radar in October and they'll be in the top 10 next week. Pitt was preseason top 10 and they won't be in the top 25.
*I'm not ready to push the panic button on the Panthers just yet. The three games against Cincinnati, DePaul and Rutgers can get the Panthers feeling good about themselves again. They have a very tough stretch after that, so these three games are very important.
*I actually contemplated for a moment whether to put Seton Hall in my top 25 over the weekend based on its 11-1 record. Glad I didn't. Syracuse smoked the Pirates last night.
No chat today. We're going to try to resume it after the New Year if there is interest from all of you.
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