The Washington Times - March 10, 2009, 04:52PM

Cincinnati exposed itself as a fraud earlier this afternoon. There’s no excuse for losing to a team that was 0-for-2009. None. But that’s what the Bearcats did, falling to DePaul in a result that dooms them and seriously hinders the Blue Demons’ next opponent (Providence).

Georgetown, meanwhile, should be some farmer’s prize possession at this point given the number of eggs the Hoyas have laid. Losing twice to St. John’s at the Garden in eight days? That isn’t even NIT caliber, though the Hoyas will probably land there.

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So for those wondering when the at-large board would start shrinking, the answer is “this afternoon.” And as a result, he’s a look at the updated big board now that a pair of Big East blunderers have been expunged:

1. Pittsburgh
2. Connecticut
3. Oklahoma
4. Wake Forest
5. Duke
6. Villanova
7. Missouri
8. Florida State
9. Clemson
10. Illinois
11. UCLA
12. Syracuse
13. Purdue
14. Arizona State
15. Texas A&M
16. Marquette
17. West Virginia
18. California
19. Texas
20. Oklahoma State
21. Brigham Young
22. Ohio State
23. Tennessee
24. Wisconsin
25. Dayton
26. Boston College
27. Minnesota
28. Michigan
29. Arizona
30. Florida

LAST FOUR IN

31. Penn State
32. UNLV
33. Miami
34. Saint Mary’s

LAST FOUR OUT

35. Maryland
36. South Carolina
37. New Mexico
38. Providence

NEXT FOUR OUT

39. Southern California
40. Virginia Tech
41. Creighton
42. Auburn

ON THE MARGINS

43. San Diego State
44. Kansas State
45. Northwestern
46. Davidson
47. Notre Dame
48. Kentucky

Patrick Stevens