The Washington Times - February 23, 2009, 09:31AM

If you’re looking for some Maryland tournament analysis, wait until later in the day. The blind taste tests of early January are about to return.

If you want a full top 45 (in which Maryland makes its return toward the bottom), then read on.

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No. 1 this week should be Pittsburgh. Seems pretty clear cut.

After that, it’s time to argue.

Of course, the rankings don’t matter that much. It’s just worth it to toss it out there for the sake of transparency:

1. Pittsburgh (25-2)
2. Connecticut (25-2)
3. Oklahoma (25-2)
4. North Carolina (24-3)
5. Louisville (21-5)
6. Memphis (24-3)
7. Duke (22-5)
8. Villanova (22-5)
9. Michigan State (21-5)
10. Wake Forest (20-5)
11. Clemson (22-4)
12. Missouri (23-4)
13. Arizona State (21-5)
14. Marquette (23-4)
15. Kansas (22-5)
16. Purdue (21-6)
17. Gonzaga (21-5)
18. Xavier (22-5)
19. West Virginia (19-8)
20. Louisiana State (23-4)
21. Washington (20-7)
22. Florida State (21-6)
23. Syracuse (19-8)
24. Texas (18-8)
25. Illinois (22-6)

26. Utah (19-7)
27. UCLA (20-7)
28. Arizona (18-9)
29. Dayton (23-4)
30. Florida (21-6)
31. Butler (23-4)
32. Kansas State (19-8)
33. California (20-7)
34. Creighton (23-6)
35. Ohio State (17-8)
36. Wisconsin (17-10)
37. Siena (22-6)
38. Maryland (17-9)
39. South Carolina (19-6)
40. Utah State (25-3)
41. Minnesota (20-7)
42. Boston College (19-9)
43. Brigham Young (20-6)
44. Penn State (19-8)
45. Kentucky (19-8)

Patrick Stevens