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Wake Forest deserves the No. 1 ranking

Posted on: January 17, 2009 9:51 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2009 9:57 pm
 

CLEMSON, S.C. -- It'll be a debate, because people love to debate.

But there really shouldn't be any debate at all.

So go ahead AP voters -- and you too, coaches -- and slot Wake Forest No. 1 on your ballots now that top-ranked Pittsburgh has lost at Louisville. Why? Because otherwise you'll be wrong, that's why. Dino Gaudio's team is 16-0 with wins over No. 5 North Carolina, No. 10 Clemson and No. 21 Baylor. One of those games was at home (UNC), one was on the road (Clemson) and the other came on a neutral court (Baylor) -- meaning the Demon Deacons have proved they can beat you here, there or over yonder, and they have all the ingredients of a traditional No. 1 team.

A star?

Yes.

His name is Jeff Teague.

At least three future NBA players?

Yes.

Their names are Jeff Teague, Al-Forouq Aminu and James Johnson.

A strong defense?

Yes.

They have one of the five most efficient defenses in the country, according to KenPom.com.

So while I like Duke, Connecticut and Pittsburgh plenty -- you have my permission to rank them second, third and fourth, if you want -- the reality is that none of them can match Wake Forest's body of work, if only because Wake Forest's body of work doesn't include a loss. The lone one-loss team that can even try to make a case for the No. 1 spot is Duke, which is 16-1 overall and 4-1 against schools currently ranked in the AP Top 25; that's impressive, no question. But Wake Forest is 16-0 overall and 3-0 against schools currently ranked in the AP Top 25, and that's the difference, to me.

Duke and Wake Forest both have good wins.

But Duke lost at Michigan.

And Wake Forest hasn't lost anywhere.

So that's why the Demon Deacons deserve to be No. 1 in any respectable ranking.

And you can rest assured that's where they'll be in mine -- i.e., the Top 25 (and one) -- come late Sunday night.

Comments

Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2009 6:06 pm
 

Wake Forest deserves the No. 1 ranking

I guess it means that Duke craps out Clemson?




Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2009 3:09 am
 

Wake Forest deserves the No. 1 ranking

I know we lost a few that we shouldn't have in the beginning of the season.    I know we beat #13 notre dame at home and last night beat #1 pittsburgh at home.   We can beat anyone in the country.  If there is anyone out there who thinks different, let me know.  If I hear no response, then I think that you all know that Louisville is the team to beat come final four time.    Go Cards!!!!!

kymike35, no one is responding to your post not because louisville is the team to beat, but because no wants to waste their time talking to an obvious retard like you. the only reason i even bothered is because i didnt want you embarrasing yourself like that ever again. point blank kid.....any team in any of the major confrences that gets beat by 14 by the hands of western kentucky (AT HOME!!!!) should be worried more about convincing their AD (Thats Athletic Director...I kno probably would've had to google that or somethin) shutting the program down and much less about being ranked numero uno 




Since: Dec 31, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2009 12:26 pm
 

Wake Forest deserves the No. 1 ranking

grewuponacc: "Duke has been eating the real deal.  Clemson has sustained themselves on cupcakes, Wake ate Clemson so what does that mean?"

So if Wake ate Clemson.... Clemson ate Illinois which ate Michigan which ate Duke....  What does that mean for Duke? 




Since: Oct 12, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2009 9:36 pm
 

Wake Forest deserves the No. 1 ranking

I don't always agree with you, Gary, but you got it right this time -- Wake deserves to be #1 based on results so far and their record.  However being #1 in January isn't that important.  Now that UNC has shown they are vulnerable despite predictions to the contrary by numerous "experts" I think the #1 spot in the polls is going to get passed around for awhile.  Anyway let's see how Wake responds after they lose their first game.  And let's see what happens in March.  And April.



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2009 9:30 pm
 

Wake Forest deserves the No. 1 ranking

the uconn girls, wow ur funny. not only does duke not have a chance at the championship but when was the last time they even won one. weswillis your an idiot. plus the last two times duke should have won the championship who'd they lose to? O yea thats right, it was UCONN.



Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2009 8:09 pm
 

Wake Forest deserves the No. 1 ranking

This week Wake will be #1. Their SOS is not very good so it appears that they may be a 3rd 4th, 5th place in the ACC,....3rd most likely... Good to see them up there.



Since: Jan 18, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2009 6:54 pm
 

Louisville deserves the No. 1 ranking

I know we lost a few that we shouldn't have in the beginning of the season.    I know we beat #13 notre dame at home and last night beat #1 pittsburgh at home.   We can beat anyone in the country.  If there is anyone out there who thinks different, let me know.  If I hear no response, then I think that you all know that Louisville is the team to beat come final four time.    Go Cards!!!!!

 

 




Since: Jan 9, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2009 6:47 pm
 

Wake Forest deserves the No. 1 ranking

Wake deserved to ranked number 1 before the win over Clemson.  That win merely adds punctuation!!!!



Since: Jan 18, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2009 4:17 pm
 

Wake Forest deserves the No. 1 ranking

Wins over Georgetown, Purdue, Xavier, Davidson and Michigan.  Wake's win over baylor does not mean anything compared to those wins.  Baylor = Michigan is toughness of win.




Since: Jan 18, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2009 4:09 pm
 

Wake Forest deserves the No. 1 ranking

I am a diehard DUKE fan and I agree that Wake Forest should be no. 1.



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