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Steve Lappas and Pete Gillen take a week-by-week look at Tournament-worthy teams

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    Steve Lappas, CSTV Analyst Pete Gillen, CSTV Analyst
    Steve Lappas is a CSTV basketball analyst. He was the first Big East coach to move to an A-10 institution, as he went to coach UMass after nine highly-successful seasons at Villanova University, where he guided the Wildcats to a 174-110 record.

    Pete Gillen is a CSTV basketball analyst. During his six seasons at the helm of Virginia men's basketball, Pete Gillen reenergized the Cavalier hoops program with his exciting up-tempo style of play, integrity and caring attitude toward his players.

    What are three teams that are on the rise?

    1. Pittsburgh is on a roll, with seven straight wins. Incredibly, its smallest margin of victory this year has been 11 points.
    2. Clemson has won eight straight games, all in convincing fashion.
    3. Michigan is 7-0, with three impressive road wins already under its belt.
    1. Washington has risen 7 spots to No. 10 because it beat Gonzaga and a good New Mexico team at the John Wooden Classic.
    2. Temple has risen 6 spots to No. 33 because it beat Alabama at home and Princeton on the road.
    3. George Washington has risen 6 spots to No. 15 because they are undefeated and they beat a Top 20 Maryland team on a neutral court.

    What are three teams that are on the decline?

    1. Iowa has suffered two straight loses, with one of those coming against Northern Iowa. In addition, its dire injury situation will hurt it during the coming weeks.
    2. Oregon's three game slide culminated in a thrashing by Illinois last Saturday.
    3. Old Dominion had very high expectations, especially for a team that got drilled by Drexel.
    1. Kentucky has dropped 9 spots to No. 26 because it got beat by a young North Carolina team at home and it lost badly to Indiana in Indianapolis.
    2. Iowa dropped 8 spots to No. 23 because it lost twice to in-state rivals who are not ranked.
    3. Oregon dropped 8 spots to No. 54 because it lost at home to Georgetown and it lost badly to Illinois in Portland, Oregon.

    What are three teams that are below the radar?

    1. Northwestern State has won eight in a row. Its win at Oklahoma State was Eddie Sutton's third non-conference home loss ever.
    2. LaSalle, at 5-0, is off to their best start since the 1994 season.
    3. Indiana State enjoyed a huge win over in-state rival Indiana this past week.
    1. Davidson who is 5-2, beating Missouri and a good St. Joseph's team. Davidson was undefeated in Southern Conference play last season.
    2. Buffalo is 8-l and it just missed the NCAA Tournament last season. Buffalo played in the NIT last year.
    3. Northern Iowa is off to a good start and it recently defeated a Top 20 Iowa team.