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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?


His name is Jeff Teague.

At least three future NBA players?


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

A strong defense?


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

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.


Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2009 12:25 am

Wake Forest deserves the No. 1 ranking

Please excuse the dumbass above me.

Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2009 11:04 pm

Wake Forest deserves the No. 1 ranking

HERE HE IS LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! Gary, MASTER OF THE OBVIOUS!  Come see the FIRST to say the ONLY QUALITY NCAA TEAM to remain UNDEFEATED this week DESERVES a to be ranked #1.  Let's all bask in his glow and resite the mantra "DUH".

Since: Jan 27, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2009 10:46 pm

Wake Forest deserves the No. 1 ranking

"Gary Parrish is's college basketball columnist. He has never shot himself in the leg at a NYC nightclub. Or any nightclub, really."

I've never noticed that before. Brilliant.

As for Wake Forest, there's no doubt they should be ranked number one. I don't know that they're the best team in the country (I think there are several teams that could make a case for that title), but they certainly have the best resume. It'll be interesting to see if another team snags any of the first place votes. I don't see how they could after the 10-point loss the Deacs handed to a previously-undefeated Clemson team in Littlejohn Coliseum.

Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2009 10:31 pm

Wake Forest deserves the No. 1 ranking

If anyone other then Wake Forest is ranked #1 then its wrong!  The only undefeated team left in college basketball they should be #1 especially with wins over North Carolina, Clemson, and Baylor.  Although this could be time for Clemsons yearly slide, but hope it doesnt happen this year.

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2009 10:16 pm

Wake Forest deserves the No. 1 ranking

You're the only fool that does not have Louisville ranked, you're the same fool that created an all-star tournament and made fun of Kentucky fans for voting their team to the championship, then proclaiming UCLA actually won because you thought they were better.  You should not be the voice of CBS's cbb ranking!

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