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Dreaming Of An Orange Christmas

Never doubt the power of the Internets. No sooner had I ranted about the state of affairs in the Big East then did the conference pull itself together and put together a very quality weekend.

The Conference went 11-1 on Friday and Saturday, with only South Florida not holding up its end of the bargain. That includes Syracuse righting the ship against Hofstra, Cincy beating NC State, DePaul beating Cal and Louisville completing the football/basketball sweep of Miami. Syracuse took 40 foul shots in the game, outscoring Hofstra 33-7 from the line.

The Orange made 19 straight foul shots in the second half, one off the school record. They also had a patented 8-minutes scoring drought in there as well. Nichols led the way with 20 points and was 3-5 from beyond the arc. Eric Devendorf returned to form with 16 points, 4 assists and 2 steals. Harris and Wright each contributed 12.


Alas, it wasn't enough to keep Cuse in the
polls. The Orange only received 24 votes in the AP and were shut out in the ESPN/USAToday after losing to Drexel earlier in the week. Big East teams that did get ranked include UConn (#12, #9), Pittsburgh (#10, #11), Marquette (#18, #22) and Notre Dame (#19, #24). Georgetown received votes in both polls and West Virginia got a handful in the ESPN/USAT poll.

The
Big East Bloggers Weekly Power Poll has the week off and will return next week, which is good cause I really don't want to have to put UConn #1. It's up to you, Coppin State.