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While making their claim for “Best Team in the Land,” Pittsburgh went to Connecticut’s house and dominated the Huskies, led by a 20-20 (22 points, 23 rebounds) from DeJuan Blair, who indicated last night was one of the most physical games he’s ever played in. During the game, Blair and UConn center Hasheem Thabeet got tangled up going for a rebound, and in a show of dominant strength, Blair flipped Thabeet off of his back and down to the floor. It’s safe to say Blair got the best of that exchange, furthering the whole “beast mode” meme.

While Blair’s dominance gets the headlines — rightfully so — guard Levance Fields finished the Huskies off by scoring 10 points in the final three minutes of the game. Apparently, Blair’s play was the body blow and Fields’ shooting provided the knockout. UConn’s loss also puts the Oklahoma Sooners in a position to take over the number one ranking when the new polls are released next week.

As for Pitt/UConn, a game like last night’s indicates we will be in for one hell of a Big East tournament. While Pitt and the Huskies will be the favorites, Louisville and Marquette will have a say, too. And then we have teams like Villanova and Syracuse, who can beat any team in America on any given night.