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Georgetown (12-6, 3-4) paid dearly for its recent back-to-back losses to unranked teams in the latest Associated Press poll, dropping from 12th to 25th.

After being upset at home by West Virginia, 75-58, Georgetown traveled to Newark, N.J., on Sunday and lost its third consecutive game, to Seton Hall, 65-60.

The resulting 25th ranking is the lowest of the season for the Hoyas, who debuted at No. 22 and climbed as high as ninth on Jan. 5.

Notre Dame, which saw its nation’s-best 45-game home winning streak snapped by Connecticut on Saturday, fell out of the AP poll entirely. The Irish had reached as high as seventh in December.

The Hoyas have a chance to solidify their place in the rankings Wednesday, when they travel to Cincinnati (13-7, 3-4). A fourth consecutive loss would surely dump them from the poll. Georgetown was last unranked in Week 12 of the 2006-07 season.

With Notre Dame’s ouster, this week’s AP poll includes seven Big East teams: No. 2 Connecticut, No. 3 Pittsburgh, No. 7 Louisville, No. 8 Marquette, No. 15 Syracuse, No. 21 Villanova and No. 25 Georgetown.

By Liz Clarke  |  January 26, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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