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A Couple of critical swing voters had a change of heart from a week ago, moving Cincinnati, a blowout winner over Louisville, back to the top seed in the Midwest and demoting Maryland, which needed overtime to dispatch Clemson. But that wasn't even the hottest topic among our merry pollsters. The big debate is over the top seed in the East.
The argument: If Connecticut and Duke both run the table (or win at roughly the same pace as they have to date), which deserves the cushy convenience of playing in the East? Proponents of the ACC as the toughest conference say the Blue Devils ought to open in Charlotte and move on to the Meadowlands, site of some of their biggest wins. Big East boosters say the Huskies ought to open at the FleetCenter in Boston before going to the Meadowlands (and they'll sell a ton of tickets in both places). The next two Saturdays, when UConn plays road games at St. John's and then at Stanford, will reveal a lot about the Huskies.
As for the turbulent week gone by, we say so long to New Mexico, loser to New Mexico State and UTEP, and we not only welcome back Ohio State, which beat Purdue and Minnesota, but we're also sticking the Buckeyes in the East so they too can play at the FleetCenter. We'd relish seeing coach Jim O'Brien's return to the Hub while his former school, Boston College, (winless in the Big East) watches.
1. Connecticut (17-0)
1. Duke (19-1)
1. Cincinnati (18-1)