Pitt finally cracks Top 25
Talib Zanna has helped lead Pitt to its first spot in the Top 25 rankings this season. The Panthers are now ranked No. 22.
Arizona and Syracuse remain No. 1 and 2 in the Associated Press college basketball poll for a sixth straight week and six newcomers joined the Top 25.
The Wildcats (17-0) received 61 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel while the Orange (16-0) got the others.
After 11 ranked teams lost at least one game, the changes started at No. 3 where Wisconsin moved up one spot to replace Ohio State, which lost two games and dropped to 11th. Michigan State was fourth followed by Wichita State, Villanova, Florida, Iowa State, Oklahoma State and San Diego State.
No. 19 Cincinnati, No. 20 Creighton, No. 22 Pitt, No. 24 Saint Louis, and Oklahoma and UCLA, which tied for 25th, all moved into the rankings this week, replacing Oregon, Missouri, Gonzaga, Illinois and Kansas State.
There was a five-week stretch earlier this season in which the same 25 schools were ranked.
Only Creighton and UCLA were ranked earlier this season – the Bluejays for two weeks and the Bruins for five. Cincinnati, Pitt and Saint Louis all were ranked last season.
Syracuse and Pitt (15-1) – two of only three ranked teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference – meet Saturday in a game that will have plenty Big East nostalgia to it.