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Ready for a rematch

UConn, Rutgers on top heading into Monday's game

Posted: Tuesday February 26, 2008 4:07PM; Updated: Tuesday February 26, 2008 4:07PM
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Connecticut held off LSU 74-69 on Monday, to stay at No. 2 and set up a showdown next week with No. 1 Rutgers, which beat the Huskies earlier this season. Here's a look at the latest power rankings.

NCAA Basketball Power Rankings
Rank LW School
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Rutgers Scarlet Knights (22-4)
The Scarlet Knights suffered another huge blow when they lost Myia McCurdy to an ACL injury last week. Coach C. Vivian Stringer noted McCurdy's importance on the defensive end, where she "has been a vital part of our defense, the top of our '55.'" McCurdy's absence didn't hurt the Scarlet Knights in Saturday's 62-43 win over Providence, but with the roster down to eight, she'll surely be missed when the Scarlet Knights reach the postseason.

Next three: 2/27 vs. DePaul; 3/1 vs. Syracuse; 3/3 at Connecticut
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UConn Huskies (27-1)
When asked if super-frosh Maya Moore was a worthy candidate for national Player of the Year, Geno Auriemma said that many people will vote for a junior or senior rather than the freshman. Still, award or not, much of the Huskies one-loss season is due in large part to Moore. UConn gets a chance to avenge its only loss against Rutgers at home next. And after scoring 29 against LSU on Monday, there's no reason to think Moore won't use that game to inch a lot closer to breaking the UConn freshman record of 538 points. She needs just 51.

Next three: 3/1 at DePaul; 3/3 vs. Rutgers; 3/8-11 at Big East Tournament
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Tennessee Lady Vols (25-2)
The Lady Vols seem to be their own enemy, and they know it. They've lost just twice without playing a full 40 minutes of good basketball. "We have to learn to play up," senior Alexis Hornbuckle said about her team's 27-22 halftime lead against Mississippi State on Sunday. "In postseason, we won't have time to flip a switch when we are in that position." If they take Hornbuckle's advice, the Lady Vols will find themselves back in the championship game. If not, they've proven vulnerable.

Next three: 2/28 vs. Florida; 3/2 at Georgia; 3/6-9 at SEC tournament
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North Carolina Tar Heels (26-2)
Winners of nine straight, the Tar Heels have to be feeling good going into Sunday's season regular-season finale against Duke, especially after the way they dominated the Blue Devils in their previous meeting. My prediction: this one will be closer than the 17 points that separated them the last time, but North Carolina will maintain its perfect conference mark.

Next three: 3/2 vs. Duke; 3/6-9 at ACC tournament
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Maryland Terrapins (28-2)
The Terps got a special visit from new mom Brenda Frese for Senior Day on Monday, when she stopped by to honor the class that has won the most games of any other class in Maryland women's hoops history. Crystal Langhorne put on a show for her coach, as she grabbed 21 points and 11 rebounds in an 92-84 win over Florida State, before watching her jersey be hung above the rafters at the Comcast Center. "Our Senior Day would have been really different if [Coach] wasn't here, just knowing that she recruited all of us," Langhorne told the Baltimore Sun.

Next three: 3/2 at N.C. State; 3/6-9 at ACC tournament

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