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Posted on: December 5, 2010 2:33 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 12:57 pm
 

Rankings 1 - December 6

Well folks, I told you they would come and here they are. Sundays will be my heartfelt 'this is how I see it' rankings while I have developed a mathematical ranking system which I will explain and leave for Mondays this year. Hope you enjoy.

1 Duke 8-0
2 Pittsburgh 9-0
3 Ohio State 6-0
4 Kansas 7-0
5 Connecticut 7-0
6 Kansas State 7-1
7 Syracuse 8-0
8 Georgetown 8-0
9 Tennessee 6-0
10 Missouri 6-1
11 Baylor 6-0
12 Michigan State 6-2
13 Minnesota 7-1
14 Memphis 7-0
15 San Diego St. 8-0
16 Villanova 6-1
17 Kentucky 5-2
18 Illinois 8-1
19 BYU 8-0
20 UNLV 8-0
21 Notre Dame 8-0
22 Purdue 7-1
23 Texas 6-2
24 Washington 5-2
25 Louisville 6-0

Notes:
- Yes, UNC's win against Kentucky was a big win, but I'm going to need to see another quality win before I put them in my rankings. 
- Vanderbilt is my 26th team for the week. Just missed.
- I don't necessarily think that Syracuse has won by enough in their games to justify a top 10 ranking, but the upside is there so I'm going to leave them at 7 for the time being. Could easily be down in the 15's but they just keep winning. We'll see how they do against Michigan State at the Garden on Tuesday.
- Butler put up more of a fight than I expected them to against Duke, but Duke is far and away the best team in the nation and I don't forsee them losing anytime soon.
- I am still very unimpressed with Baylor.
- Washington is still a quality team no matter how low they drop in the rankings. Losing to KTY and MST and blowing out other opponents by averaging 93.7 PPG.
- Anyone who thinks about giving Gonzaga a vote is a fool. 4-3 with an RPI ranked 143? I don't think so.

Best 2 conferences this year in no particular order are clearly the Big East and the Big Ten (12) this year. I don't want to hear the arguments for other conferences because they just aren't good enough. Sorry.





Posted on: March 4, 2009 12:23 pm
 

Syracuse vs. Rutgers

So in my previous post, I outlined the fact that Notre Dame, Georgetown, and Syracuse need to get off their slides, Georgetown more than any of those teams, but only one team has proven that they deserve to be in the tournament and that is Syracuse. Granted, the schedule has been a little lackluster, but their three consecutive blowout wins are exactly what the Orange needed to do to solidify a spot in March.

The game last night was particularly impressive for Syracuse, if you erase the fact that the first half actually existed. The Syracuse defense was lackluster, they weren't getting the rotation in the zone that they needed, and Rutgers started the game up 14-6. It looked like the Orange's offense was very still, and their drives to the hoop were getting rejected by the big men. The defense started to clamp down at about the 10:00 mark, allowing only 6 points the rest of the half. Cuse went into halftime down 20-19.

Boeheim must have said something at halftime, because Syracuse came out in the second half and outscored Rutgers 51-20 in the second. Paul Harris had a game high 18 points, with about four really nice slams and moves that would make the highlight reel. Senior Kristof Onganeat really stepped up his game and scored in double digits for the first time in a long time. The crowd has been recently rallying behind him ever since he got ejected from the game against Georgetown. The walk-ons came in at about the 4:00 mark left in the game, and all of the seniors on the team scored.

Rutgers looks so bad right now. They can't play a full 40 minutes, they have no offense, and they barely have a defense. The program isn't looking real good right now.

My favorite moment of the game was when the starters were all on the bench. They took their shoes off, signed them, and then started chucking them into the stands. It was quite dangerous, but the guy in front of me got one of Arinze Onuaku's shoes. It was pretty awesome.

Syracuse 22-8 (10-7) has put themselves into good position to lock up anywhere from a 5-7 seed in the tournament. Georgetown has absolutely no shot after losing to St. John's and Notre Dame has an outside chance of making it in. If the committee puts Notre Dame in the tournament and leaves Providence out, I will probably riot. And if anyone tells me that Georgetown deserves to be even in the discussion come to New York so that I can slap you in the face, please.

 

 

Posted on: February 24, 2009 3:49 pm
 

Spiraling

The conference tournaments are a few weeks away, leaving teams about 4-5 games each left to help or hurt their seedings for the conference tourney. I'll be closely following the Big East tournament, as that I am currently in the heart of Big East country. Oh, and I go to Syracuse. That too.

Speaking of the suprising and absolutely terrifying Big East Conference, three teams stand out to me as the teams who could play their way out of the tournament easier than the rest.

1. Georgetown Hoyas 14-12 (5-10)
          The Hoyas, in my opinion, are already out of the tournament, pending that they don't win the Big East tournament, and I don't see how that could happen. They've gone from 12-3, nationally ranked in the top 10 to an abysmal 5-10 conference record, including a season sweep by the Cincinnati Bearcats. Some nights they come to play, but most nights they don't play the full 40 minutes. The Hoyas are probably the biggest suprise in the Big East this year, and if they get into the tournament it would be nothing short of miraculous.

2. Notre Dame Fighting Irish 15-11 (6-8)
           
The Irish have shown that they are capable of beating good teams, none more impressive than their absolute beatdown of Louisville not so long ago, but their terrible 7-game losing streak, in my opinion has them out of the tournament. The only way I see them getting an at-large bid would be by beating either UConn or Nova, AND making it to at least the semifinals of the Big East Tournament. That's probably a stretch.

3. Syracuse Orange 19-8 (7-7)
          Syracuse is a really interesting case. They played extremely well in their non-conference schedule, and the fact that Memphis and Kansas keep winning is really going to help them on Selection Sunday. In conference play, the Orange have looked as average as their record looks. The team has been mostly healthy, it's just a question of which Syracuse team will show up. Will the team that beat Memphis and Kansas come to play, or is this the team that showed up for the Cleveland State loss take the court. That being said, barring any major mistakes (like losing to Rutgers) I have Syracuse in the tournament. Seed will be interesting.

 

I'm going to be paying attention to the Big Ten tournament, because my good friend (Cyclops007) goes to school there. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend either of those conference tournaments this year.

 
 
 
 
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