UConn back on top; Pitt, UNC, Louisville, Memphis round out top 5

Connecticut Huskies (26-2)
On the night UConn coach Jim Calhoun claimed his 800th win, becoming the seventh D-I coach to do so, the unfortunate subhead was that another star guard from a Big East contender had been lost. Marquette floor general Dominic James broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot during the 93-82 loss to the Huskies, ending his college career and more than likely ruining the Golden Eagles’ shot at making a Final Four run with their all-senior backcourt of James, Jerel McNeal and Wes Matthews. Backup Maurice Acker isn’t bad, but he’s not the same caliber of player as Kemba Walker, whom the Huskies have filling in for Jerome Dyson, the guard they lost to a season-ending injury on Feb. 11. Between James, Dyson and Oklahoma’s concussed star, Blake Griffin, the race for No. 1 seeds is being heavily affected by ailments.

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2/26/09