Blog Entry

It's a big night for some disappointing teams

Posted on: December 29, 2011 4:19 pm
 
By Gary Parrish

There are exactly 10 schools that were ranked in the preseason AP poll that are no longer ranked.

The schools are:
  • No. 7 Vanderbilt
  • No. 11 Memphis
  • No. 14 Xavier
  • No. 16 Arizona
  • No. 17 UCLA
  • No. 19 Alabama
  • No. 20 Texas A&M
  • No. 21 Cincinnati
  • No. 23 Gonzaga
  • No. 24California

Those schools have gone from ranked to unranked for a variety of reasons -- injuries, suspensions, dismissals, fights, overscheduling, etc., -- but the fact remains that on Nov. 7 those 10 teams were ranked and on Dec. 29th they are not. And I just realized that six of those 10 play tonight.

So let's call Thursday Night of the Underachievers.

Here's the list of games:

  • Vanderbilt at Marquette
  • Robert Morris at Memphis
  • Arkansas Tech at Texas A&M
  • USC at California
  • Jacksonville at Alabama
  • Oklahoma at Cincinnati

Can Vandy avoid its fifth loss by getting a marquee win?

Can Memphis stay undefeated against unranked opponents?

Can Cincinnati keep winning with four guards and without Yancy Gates?

Will any of these schools prove good enough to enter the Top 25 again this season?

The answers to those questions (in my opinion) are probably not, probably so, probably so and almost certainly yes. But either way, this is a big night for six schools that've gone from ranked to unranked in a span of seven weeks. So wish them luck. Because, to date, they haven't had much.

Comments

Since: Dec 30, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 2:34 pm
 

It's a big night for some disappointing teams

Final scores:

Vanderbilt 74, at Marquette 57
Robert Morris 57, at Memphis 64
Arkansas Tech 58, at Texas A&M 76
USC 49, at California 53
Jacksonville 55, at Alabama 72
Oklahoma 55, at Cincinnati 56



Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2011 11:22 pm
 

It's a big night for some disappointing teams

Vandy destroyed Marquette. At Marquette, a very very tough place to play. Huge quality win for the Commodores.

And for you Big East haters out there == what about Rutgers at 8-5? Beats #10 Florida in double overtime!!



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2011 9:06 pm
 

It's a big night for some disappointing teams

So, Memphis beat Robert Morris. And what was your point about the "big night" again, Gary?



Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2011 8:01 pm
 

It's a big night for some disappointing teams

At least Memphis has only lost to ranked teams, and only one at home.  With that said, it has been disappointing to watch and they need to rebound and play as a team.  Go Tigers Go!



Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: December 29, 2011 5:47 pm
 

It's a big night for some disappointing teams

Remember Vandy, Gary? Vandy? Seriously, Gary?



Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2011 5:19 pm
 

It's a big night for some disappointing teams

Pitt could be on the list, but the list is of teams that were ranked and no longer so.



Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2011 4:47 pm
 

It's a big night for some disappointing teams

You can add Pitt to the list.  Losses to Wagner and LB St at home and at ND is pathetic.  As opposed to Arizona, who's losses are to ranked Miss St in NY and at Florida, Gonzaga and SD St.  Shouldn't you have Cal and Stanford before Pitt as well, based on the quality of losses?


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