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1/28 rankings

Posted on: January 28, 2008 9:52 pm
 
  1. Kansas
  2. Memphis
  3. UCLA
  4. North Carolina
  5. Duke
  6. Washington State
  7. Tennessee
  8. Georgetown
  9. Stanford
  10. Michigan State
  11. Texas
  12. Indiana
  13. Wisconsin
  14. Butler
  15. Marquette
  16. Xavier
  17. Arizona
  18. Drake
  19. Louisville
  20. St. Mary's
  21. Kansas State
  22. Notre Dame
  23. Uconn
  24. Ole Miss
  25. Oklahoma
Comments

Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2008 10:45 am
 

1/28 rankings

Unbiased,

Great insite on your post above.  And the answer is YES, if Duke can hit shots, they can play with anyone.  I know there'll be a LOT of talk about Lawson missing the game, but Duke played very well...     And how about the Danny Green call on my part?  He was awful...




Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2008 10:30 pm
 

1/28 rankings

Tell me who on Duke is going to stop Tyler Hansborogh (sp)...??   If Duke had a big man that could even slow him down, I'd give them a better shot.   The only way Duke wins is if they keep the ball away from Tyler and in the hands of Green as much as possible (Danny, shoot a lot, please shoot).. We've been getting worked by almost every opposing team's bigs this year but we're still winning anyways. Psycho T is gonna make his impact, not matter how we defend him. The key to the Carolina game (and also all of our victories thus far) will be shutting down the perimeter which Duke has done successfully all season. But UNC has the best backcourt that we've seen so far. This game will be a nice barometer to tell us whether or not Duke can contend for a title without a legitimate post threat.



Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2008 9:37 am
 

1/28 rankings

Closet Dookie here...   I agree with the rankings you have though, forget the RPI, the stats, all that junk..  I  love the Duke players, their athleticism, their heart.  They play hard for 40 minutes and are gritty.  For once they are deep as well.   But, the reason I would have NC ahead of them is because of Dukes lack of a big man.   Tell me who on Duke is going to stop Tyler Hansborogh (sp)...??   If Duke had a big man that could even slow him down, I'd give them a better shot.   The only way Duke wins is if they keep the ball away from Tyler and in the hands of Green as much as possible (Danny, shoot a lot, please shoot)..



Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2008 1:15 am
 

1/28 rankings

I'm familiar with Kenpom, but I was unaware that it was the be all end all of rankings. I'll make sure to put Duke ahead of UNC then since that's what Kenpom says. Give me a break dude...

You may be right, Duke might be better than UNC. I'm just not seeing it right now, that's my opinion, end of story. Don't get your panties in a bunch over some stranger Duke-fan putting Carolina in front of Duke in their rankings.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2008 2:14 pm
 

1/28 rankings

And what have you seen?  UNC coming out flat regularly against subpar competition, particularly at home?  The RPI is a ridiculously overrated stat based upon the simple calculation of win percentage.  It has no use until the end of the season, and very little even then.  For something that actually has some statistical merit, you might want to try the Pomeroy rankings (), which takes into scoring and defense against pace, rather than mere winning %.  THOSE have Duke 3rd (SOS 12; non-con 49) and UNC 8th (SOS 16; non-con 91.)



Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2008 10:19 am
 

1/28 rankings

The stats go both ways man. UNC has that +19.4 scoring margin against the 11th toughest schedule in the nation, while Duke has that +20 scoring margin against only the 41st toughest schedule in the nation. UNC is #3 in the rpi while Duke comes in at #5. You can almost always use stats to help your argument, no matter which side you're arguing for.

But I usually don't use stats to judge teams, I use my eyes. And I know it pains you to hear this because you're a homer Duke fan, but from what I've seen, I believe UNC is the better team.



Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2008 5:54 am
 

1/28 rankings

If you want to compare stats, compare everything. You sound a little nervous.

Truth is, both teams have lost one game, each by one shot. What does that prove? That both could be undefeated coming into "the game".

This game will come down to FT's as always. Here's a stat for you, Dook is under 70% and UNC is above 76%. Enjoy the game!




Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2008 3:21 am
 

1/28 rankings

Uhh...really?
Duke and UNC both have one loss.  Duke's was on a last-second shot to a top 10 team at a neutral site closer to the other team.  UNC's was to an unranked team on it's home floor.
Against top 25 teams, Duke has gone 3-1 with all of its wins coming by at least 6 points.  UNC is 1-0, with its win coming on a last-second shot.
Common opponents: Maryland-Duke wins on the road by 9.   UNC loses at home.
Davidson-Duke wins by 6, does not trail after 9:42 mark of the first half.  UNC wins by 4 in a game they trailed in with 5:32 left.
Clemson-Duke wins by 13.  UNC wins by 2 on a last-second shot.
Scoring margin: Duke-20.0 (14.8 in ACC games)  UNC-19.4 (12.0 in ACC games)



Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2008 12:43 am
 

1/28 rankings

There really is no measure by which you can say UNC has outperformed Duke thus far.There really is no measure by which you can say Duke has outperformed UNC thus far either. UNC is the more talented team and the first Duke/UNC game is at Chapel Hill, which definitely favors the Tar Heels. We'll see next Wednesday...



Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2008 11:03 pm
 

1/28 rankings

 I don't know why you'd have UNC at 3 as a Duke fan.  There really is no measure by which you can say UNC has outperformed Duke thus far.

Spoken like a true Dookie. The measure will come next wednesday night, tune in and you'll become a believer.



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