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College Basketball Rankings: Pitt Falls Seven Spots In AP Poll As Panthers Enter Conference Play

The Pittsburgh Panthers dropped seven spots in the eighth edition of the 2011 AP men's basketball poll. The Panthers were expected to take a tumble after the pre-holiday home upset by Wagner. At 11-2, they are now ranked No. 22 in the country, according to the AP voters.

They bring up the rear among five ranked Big East teams, with undefeated Syracuse still carrying the banner at number one in the country. Conference play begins this week with the Panthers traveling to Notre Dame on Tuesday night.

1 Syracuse (54) 13-0
2 Ohio State (5) 12-1
3 Kentucky (4) 11-1
4 Louisville (2) 12-0
5 North Carolina 11-2
6 Baylor 12-0
7 Duke 10-1
8 Missouri 12-0
9 Connecticut 10-1
10 Florida 10-2
11 Wisconsin 11-2
12 Georgetown 10-1
13 Indiana 12-0
14 Marquette 11-1
15 Mississippi State 12-1
16 Michigan State 11-2
17 Kansas 8-3
18 Michigan 10-2
19 UNLV 13-2
20 Murray State 13-0
21 Creighton 10-1
22 Pittsburgh 11-2
23 Virginia 10-1
24 Harvard 10-1
25 San Diego State 11-2

For more on the Panthers basketball team, visit Cardiac Hill. For more on the Big East, please visit Big East Coast Bias.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.