In today's ESPN/USA Today poll the Hoyas are the number 10 team in the nation. I had hoped that our win over Pitt would push us past Nevada to the number 9 spot, but such is life. The Wolf Pack only have two losses thanks to their extremely easy conference schedule. If Pitt had been ranked a few spots higher, or if we had played a better game, maybe it would have been enough. Instead, the Hoyas and the Panthers merely flip-flopped; Pitt is now ranked 12.
Also, and in my mind more interestingly, the Hoyas are now projected as a number 2 seed in Joe Lunardi's Bracketology. Lunardi will be doing daily updates to his brackets for ESPN.com from now until Selection Sunday. Tonight's game against Syracuse will go a long way in helping us to solidify that position. That being said, I'm pretty nervous about tonight's game. It's always hard to play on the road on such a quick turnaround. And the Hoyas have never played well at the Carrier Dome. Throw in the fact that this would be a major win for the Orange and their quest for an NCAA birth (some might call it a must win) and this game has all the markers of a major let down.
Let's hope that the team's desire to set a school record by winning 12 straight Big East games is enough to get them up for this game.