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Duke might be better than UConn, but it's close

Posted on: January 25, 2009 12:58 am
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Duke Blue Devils will be the nation's new top-ranked team.

But should they be?

It's a fair question after Connecticut's 69-61 win at Notre Dame, because the Huskies have a comparable body of work considering they have now beaten three teams ranked in the latest AP poll (No. 19 Notre Dame, No. 20 Villanova and No. 23 Gonzaga) just like Duke has beaten three teams ranked in the latest AP poll (No. 12 Georgetown, No. 15 Xavier and No. 18 Purdue). UConn's lone loss was to No. 12 Georgetown; Duke's lone loss was at unranked Michigan. So though I'm not stating that Connecticut should be ahead of Duke, what I am stating is that the bodies of work are closer than the gap will be between the two schools when the AP and Coaches polls are released Monday.

Anyway, here are the bodies of work ...

-- Duke Blue Devils --

Overall record: 18-1
Best six wins: No. 12 Georgetown, No. 15 Xavier, No. 18 Purdue, Davidson, Michigan, Florida State
Lone loss: Michigan

-- UConn Huskies --

Overall record: 18-1
Best six wins: No. 19 Notre Dame, No. 20 Villanova, No. 23 Gonzaga, Miami, Wisconsin, West Virginia
Lone loss: No. 12 Georgetown

Given that information, which team should get the No. 1 spot?

Duke?

Or UConn?

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Category: NCAAB
Tags: Connecticut, Duke
 
Comments

Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2009 1:55 am
 

Duke might be better than UConn, but it's close

No love for Pitt?

They haven't lost at home and while they lack the quantity of quality wins, they have high quality wins, one on the road against the team that knocked off the Huskies at home.

Also, they're loss on the road is the most understandable (esp. if Lousiville manages to string together some wins) compared to a road loss at Michigan and home loss to Georgetown.

I think the amount of quality wins since their loss will help Duke take the top spot, but if UConn deserves some thought for #1, I think Pitt does too...but as is always  the case in January, rankings don't matter.




Since: Jan 21, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2009 1:53 am
 

Duke might be better than UConn, but it's close

Parrish adds Wisconsin as a good win to Uconn but not Virginia Tech or Florida St to Duke. The Badgers although usually formidable are now 12-7 this year.  While you guessed it the Hokies and Noles are having better starts. Uconn has had good wins but Duke will be the new No.1 to go with the top RPI ranking they have held for a couple weeks already. Duke will have to prove their metal this week against the Deacs anyway to try to again show people who is boss.




Since: Oct 10, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2009 1:46 am
 

Duke might be better than UConn, but it's close

It's kind of hard to fathom UNC-Asheville putting up more points against Duke than the likes of ACC foes Maryland and VTech, and matched Michigan w/56 in their loss to the Blue Devils. Sure, their defense has really come around as of late, but that's not something to be overlooked when considering the current #1 team in NCAA B-ball...

      
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