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UConn, Villanova move up in team rankings

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The Big East improved its stock in the 2010 team recruiting rankings with a couple high-profile commitments following the early signing period. The ACC, on the other hand, saw two teams fall out of the top 25.
Connecticut jumps into the rankings at No. 16 with its addition of top-40 prospect Roscoe Smith. Four-star prospect Jayvaughn Pinkston's commitment to Villanova puts the Wildcats at No. 24.
Maryland's addition of three-star guard Pe'Shon Howard was not enough to compensate for the loss of top-50 prospect Terrence Ross, so the Terrapins fell out of the top 25. The addition of Connecticut and Villanova also pushed Florida State out of the rankings.
The shift in the rankings tightens the race between the conferences. The ACC is still the top conference with five teams represented, but that is only one more team than the Big Ten, Big East and SEC - which have four teams each in the top 25.
The Big 12 is represented by three teams, while the Pac-10 and Atlantic-10 each have two teams in the rankings.
Conference USA only has one representative, but it is Memphis - which controls the No. 1 spot.
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