Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Cardinals Rise

The biggest game last night was probably Duke versus Kentucky, which Duke won thanks to Jasmine Thomas's 24 points and three blocked shots. But the biggest game in terms of movement in the College Women's Hoops S-Factor was Louisville versus St. John's.

St. John's has yet to beat a team ranked in the top 50 in RPI, and prior to last week, their biggest marquee game was arguably against Marist in the season opener. But St. John's had amassed an impressive-sounding 12-1 record, and were ranked in the AP poll. They lost at Maryland in a game Maryland never trailed, and now have lost to Louisville. Their next two games: DePaul and Connecticut. St. John's may start the Big East season 1-3 (the one win coming from a Seton Hall game in the beginning of December).

Louisville, meanwhile, is in the process of turning the ship around after losing to both Marist and Houston in the Duel in the Desert. In this win over St. John's, four Cardinals scored in double-digits, including a double-double the hard way for Shoni Schimmel (11 points, 11 assists). Next up for them is a less-than-dominant Pittsburgh and a challenging-but-beatable Notre Dame. Two wins will serve Louisville's tournament resumé quite well.

Now in: Georgia, LSU
Now out: Oklahoma State, St. John's

Conferences with multiple bids:
Big East: 9
ACC: 7
Big 12: 6
Big Ten: 6
PAC-10: 5
SEC: 5
Atlantic 10: 2

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