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Panthers ranked No. 1 for first time

Updated: January 5, 2009, 10:35 PM ET
ESPN.com

Pittsburgh has the Steelers pursuing a Super Bowl XLIII berth, one of the brightest young stars in the NHL in Sidney Crosby, and, well, we'll just skip the Pirates.

Now, the city also claims the top-ranked men's college basketball team in the country as its own.

For the first time in 101 seasons of Pitt basketball, the Panthers are No. 1, making the jump from third in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' rankings on Monday after previously unbeaten North Carolina (to heavy underdog Boston ...

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