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Posted at 8:35 AM ET, 01/13/2011

Duke falls to Florida State, Georgetown's slide continues vs. Pittsburgh

By Eric Prisbell

What mattered Wednesday:

1) Duke goes down. Known for its defense, Florida State held Duke to 31.1 percent shooting and found enough offense to beat the Blue Devils, 66-61. The Seminoles, who still have that horrid loss to Auburn on their resume, jumped 19 spots in the RPI after the win against Duke. After the game, Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski said: "I have said all along, we are not a great team since [Kyrie Irving's] injury. We've got a chance to be a good team."

2) Georgetown's slump continues. The Hoyas fell to 1-4 in Big East play after a 72-57 loss to Pittsburgh. The Panthers built a double-digit lead early and controlled the game throughout. Now it's time for the Hoyas to win some conference games because the schedule softens. The next three games: at Rutgers (10-6), at Seton Hall (8-9) and another chance against St. John's (10-5).

3) Maryland earned its first ACC win with a 74-55 win over Wake Forest. This was a game the Terrapins absolutely had to have. They pulled away with a 15-0 run midway through the second half. The next three games all figure to be difficult: at Villanova, Virginia Tech, Clemson.

What to watch for Thursday:

1) Virginia Tech at North Carolina: Both of these teams have hopes of finishing at least second in the ACC. And both are capable of doing so. The Hokies need this one more than the Tar Heels.

2) Old Dominion at Drexel: A matchup of two of the six CAA teams in the RPI's top 100. The CAA could see two teams reach the NCAA tournament, but the margin for error is slim for each contending team.

3) Purdue at Minnesota: This promises to be a competitive game. Minnesota is 1-3 in Big Ten play, but the Golden Gophers played three of its first four league games on the road, losing all of them.

By Eric Prisbell  | January 13, 2011; 8:35 AM ET
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WVU/Providence is on espn or espn2 tonight as well.

Posted by: WrongDog | January 13, 2011 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it interesting, Maryland was rated 14th in the Pomeroy and then lost to Duke and moved up to 13th. After their win last night the moved up to 11th. That's ahead of 3 of the 5 schools they have lost to: Illinois, Temple and BC. Duke is 2nd and Pitt 6th. Our opponent on Saturday, Villanova is 10th.

Posted by: petecard | January 13, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

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