The Washington Times - March 13, 2009, 09:45AM

ATLANTA —- Apologies for the late start; like many others, I stuck around the Georgia Dome to watch the end of the UConn-Syracuse game last night.

And stuck around.


And stuck around.

Really one of the most compelling games imaginable, even if there wasn’t all that much on the line. Both teams are safely in the tournament field, and it was a conference quarterfinal.

No one will remember that, though. They’ll remember six overtimes and two Hall of Fame coaches and … well, six overtimes.

Anyway, just trying to piece this together before heading to the dome for the day. It will be updated again at some stage today or tonight; Oklahoma comes back and replaces Missouri on the big board; also, New Mexico says adios to its at-large chances.

And a note for Maryland fans who are unhappy with their team’s placement vis-a-vis Virginia Tech: Check out the Hokies’ road victories. That could be a huge difference between the teams, though both should be in good shape with victories today.

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


31. Florida
32. Virginia Tech
33. Maryland
34. Arizona


35. San Diego State
36. Saint Mary’s
37. UNLV
38. Southern California


39. South Carolina
40. Creighton
41. Auburn
42. Providence


43. Miami
44. Baylor
45. Davidson
46. Kentucky

—- Patrick Stevens