The Georgetown Hoyas lost for just the second time in the 2011/12 season during the second week of Big East play, contributing to their falling from No. 9 to No. 11 in the Associated Press Top 25 NCAA basketball rankings. The West Virginia Mountaineers handed them a 72-64 defeat Saturday despite 20 points from Hollis Thompson. On the positive side, the Hoyas also picked up a win, downing the Marquette Golden Eagles by shooting a blistering 62.8 percent from the field.
Among Big East teams, the Hoyas' No. 11 ranking is second-best in the Top 25, trailing only the No. 1 Syracuse Orange (17-0), who garnered 60 of a possible 65 first-place votes. The Louisville Cardinals (No. 14, 13-3), Connecticut Huskies (No. 7, 12-3), and Marquette (No. 25, 12-4) also represent the Big East in the Top 25.
Syracuse, the Kentucky Wildcats (15-1), North Carolina Tar Heels (14-2), and Baylor Bears (15-0) maintained their places in the top four, but changes elsewhere abound. Georgetown joins the Duke Blue Devils, Missouri Tigers, and Connecticut among teams from last week's Top 10 to tumble.