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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: December 15, 2009 1:56 pm
 

Saturday Can't Come Soon Enough!

If you are a fan of college basketball, you'll know that we are entering those few weeks of the season before conference play when the absolute cupcake weeks of the schedule happen. Until Saturday, no ranked team plays another ranked team, making for a boring week of basketball. If you have the patience to wait until Saturday, however, you are in for quite a treat. Here is the listings of quality matchups for Saturday:

#10/10 North Carolina @ #2/2 Texas - 2:00 PM
ESPN

Xavier @ #21/17 Butler - 2:00 PM
ESPN2

#15/15 Gonzaga vs. #7/7 Duke - 4:00 PM
CBS - Game Played in New York City

Portland @ #24/21 Washington - 10:00 PM
all times Eastern.

The only reason I am including the Portland game is that they are one of those teams that you need to prepare well for and watch because if teams just brush them off they will come out to get you. Just look at the Anaheim Tournament, which earned them a spot in the AP Top 25 for one week.

Also, keep watching out for Temple in the future. They've got #1/1 Kansas coming in on Jan. 2, and that should be a pretty good game. They are in the area of 28-30 in both polls, so we could end up with a matchup of ranked teams. The A10 always has some sleepers in it, and by the way Temple beat Villanova and was close to taking down GTown, don't sleep on this team.

Early Saturday Picks:
Texas
over UNC*
Butler over Xavier in a very very close one.
Duke over Gonzaga
Washington over Portland

*I am picking Texas here, but if there is a team that is going to get upset this weekend, I think that this is the game where we will see it.

My Pick Stats:
Overall: 5-4
Conference Games: 0-0
Ranked vs. Ranked: 0-1
Ranked vs. Unranked: 4-1
Unranked vs. Unranked: 1-2



Posted on: December 8, 2009 2:32 pm
 

A Few Explanations

First off, my last post was a test of the pictures that have not been working lately, but oh well enough about that.

For this week's "exCUSE me!" Top 25 poll, here are my explanations as to what I did.

#3 Syracuse Orange
      - The reason that I bumped up Syracuse to the 3 spot is because of the absolute dominance that they have shown. They have won all 8 games to this point by double digits, and are averaging about 90 points per game. Until they lose or stop being so dominant they will remain near the top, and not just because I go there.

#6 Florida Gators
      - Florida is an impressive 8-0, winning their preseason tournament in Atlantic City, and dispatching Michigan State pretty easily. This ranking is optimistic, so I'm hoping that Florida can live up to it, although they have a ridiculously tough one coming up against Syracuse.

NR Washington Huskies
      - "One loss and they're out of the top 25? What gives?" First off I'd like to say that I think the Pac-10 is a relatively average conference this year. They are weak in terms of BCS conferences and until some team gives me a reason to believe otherwise that is my stance. I had them up near the rankings in the first place because they were undefeated and ranked in the polls, so the first opportunity they gave me when they lost to Texas Tech (a very winnable game in my opinion) my chance had arrived.

#20 Wisconsin Badgers
      - Wow that game against Duke was impressive. I'm not sold on them yet, but they showed a great commitment to defense which I hope to see more in the future. They will have success in the Big Ten if they keep it up in a conference which I feels defense seems to come first.

#24 Texas Tech Raiders
      - Do I think they'll be around for long? Nope. But they did beat Washington, and they are 8-0 so they deserve some love.

Scroll back to the rankings for my ideas about the UNC/Ohio State debate, user Spanky J brought up a good point there.

Enjoy! Like my rankings? Hate my rankings? Let me know!!

Posted on: December 1, 2009 5:30 pm
 

Cal? Really?

Sunday night I came out with my first top-25 rankings of the season. Now, I generally think I do a good job, and I know I'm not perfect (Notre Dame at #23) but there are a few things in this week's rankings that I just do not agree with.

  #25/NR Portland Pilots
      - Okay, Portland, don't get me wrong. You deserve to be in the hunt for the top 25 especially after your great weekend in Anaheim, knocking off #16/22 Minnesota. But. You crushed a very down UCLA team, and let's not forget that in the championship game you folded big time against a good West Virginia team. If Portland had been within single digits then I would have certainly considered them for my top 25. Keep winning, Portland, and maybe beat Gonzaga while you're at it. Then you'll show me what you are made of.

  #NR/25 California Golden Bears
      - I don't understand how you can put in a 2-loss team such as Cal and shove out teams like Oklahoma State 6-0 and Florida State 5-1. Maybe it's just my way of thinking, but Florida State has only lost to Florida, who is now ranked pretty good, and Cal has beaten no one of significance yet.

My Last 5 out

  26. Cincinnati 4-1
  27. Georgia Tech 4-1
  28. Butler 4-2
  29. BYU 5-0
  30. UNLV 5-0

I don't think it's right to put a 2-loss team in the polls this week, and Butler fits into that category. The only reason I have Miss at 25 and not Cincy is that Cincy lost to Gonzaga, while Miss lost to Nova, who is ranked higher than Gonzaga.

Also, if Kentucky can get past their two huge games this week, expect them to jump up into the top 3 in my rankings this week.

Watch for North Carolina to upset Michigan State at home tonight. Here are my picks for the evening:

  Florida vs. Florida A&M
  Purdue vs. Wake Forest
  Cincy vs. Texas Southern
  Indiana vs. Maryland
  Notre Dame vs. Idaho State
  UNC vs. Michigan State

My Stats
Overall Record: 0-3
Conference Games: 0-0
Ranked vs. Ranked: 0-1
Ranked vs. Unranked: 0-1
Unranked vs. Unranked: 0-1

I'll get better I promise.




 
 
 
 
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