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Dear Gary (on ranking St. John's)

Posted on: December 21, 2009 1:19 pm
 

Here's Monday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: Do you seriously think St. John's is one of the best 25 teams in the country?

-- A.S.

I seriously don't know.

And I can understand why you'd be skeptical.

But based on what's happened, how can St. John's not be ranked?

The Red Storm are 9-1, and the lone loss came by nine points at Duke, which is notable because Duke has shown its capable of blowing out opponents. Just ask Charlotte and Gonzaga. Meantime, St. John's has wins over a Siena team that was ranked in the preseason, a Georgia team that just beat Illinois, and a Temple team that is now ranked 21st thanks to wins over No. 8 Villanova, Virginia Tech and Seton Hall.

So what's not to like?

Could St. John's lose its next game to Cornell?

Yes.

Could St. John's start Big East play 1-2 with losses to Georgetown and Louisville?

Yes.

Could St. John's go on to finish in the bottom half of the Big East?

Of course.

But right now, based on what's happened to this date, the Red Storm deserve to be ranked.

So that's why I ranked them.

And that's why others should've ranked them, too.
Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2009 6:35 am
 

Dear Gary (on ranking St. John's)

That was short lived.

Welp, see ya later.



Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2009 5:17 pm
 

Dear Gary (on ranking St. John's)

St. John's clearly deserves a ranking.  They might be destined to lose it, but their record and their performances against Duke and Temple warrant a top 25 bid more than any conference allegiance.  Sometimes, having a good record is all that really matters early in the season when only a few teams have played multiple quality opponents.



Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2009 2:57 pm
 

Dear Gary (on ranking St. John's)

He needs to fill the Big East vacuum, Cincy got the boot so St. John's was next on the list. 



Since: Dec 21, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2009 2:55 pm
 

Dear Gary (on ranking St. John's)

Gary, I am with you on this.



Since: Aug 16, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2009 1:38 pm
 

Dear Gary (on ranking St. John's)

You put too much emphasis on 'rankings' when determing where to rank others
"wins over a Siena team that was ranked in the preseason" ? Who cares? Siena is 6-4 now. That preseason ranking has no effect on the ranking of teams this week.

Not disagreeing with St. Johns being ranked.. just a trend I noticed.


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