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The top 10 is stacking losses, one after another

Posted on: February 19, 2011 5:30 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2011 5:49 pm
It started last Saturday when Ohio State fell at Wisconsin. Then Kansas lost at Kansas State on Monday. Then Georgetown lost at Connecticut on Wednesday while Wisconsin lost at Purdue. And then, on Saturday, Pittsburgh lost at St. John's, Notre Dame lost at West Virginia and Texas lost at Nebraska, meaning we've seen the schools ranked first, second, third, fourth, eighth, ninth and 10th in the latest AP poll lose over the past eight days.

Four of those losses were to unranked teams.

All of them were on the road.

So, more than anything, this stretch is a reminder that winning road games is difficult without exception. But it also highlights how vulnerable even the so-called best of the best are this season, and it should make for an interesting NCAA tournament because the top seeds aren't going to seem invincible. Assuming it's true that believing you can win is the first hurdle an underdog must jump, let's go ahead and acknowledge that the eight and nine seeds will have more realistic dreams than usual of the second weekend because they're going to see the one seeds as beatable.

Take the schools projected as one seeds now, for instance.

The Pittsburgh Panthers? They've lost to two currently unranked teams. The Texas Longhorns? They've lost to two currently unranked teams. The Kansas Jayhawks? They've lost to a currently unranked team. The Ohio State Buckeyes? Well, they haven't lost to any currently unranked teams. But they have played one-possession games with three currently unranked teams (Penn State, Northwestern and Minnesota), and that alone suggests they're capable of losing to almost anybody even if they beat almost everybody.

In other words, who's scary good?

Who scares you?

Though neither Kansas nor Kentucky made the Final Four last season, both were intimidating outfits heading into March Madness. Nobody wanted any part of those rosters, and it was a major surprise when the Jayhawks and Wildcats were eliminated early. This March nothing will be a surprise. Any of the one seeds could make the Final Four or lose in the opening weekend. Granted, the former is more likely than the latter. But I've seen enough so-called elite teams lose over the past week to know nothing is guaranteed.

Since: Feb 8, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2011 3:04 pm

The top 10 is stacking losses, one after another

Duke ok, but SDSU and BYU???? GET REAL!

Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2011 7:06 pm

The top 10 is stacking losses, one after another

sully, I can't argue with the strength of the BEast. And I would never argue SDSU would go without more than a few losses in that conference, but you know you can only play who is on your schedule. Duke, Arizona, and Washington pulled out of commitments to play the Aztecs, so we had to fill in with lesser quality teams.  That's no excuse, but you would be mistaken to take them lightly.  Both UConn and SDSU have 11 wins vs. Top 100 teams.  But SDSU has just one loss.  Whether we like it or not, that makes all the difference to the committee. 

Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2011 3:38 pm


 For real.

Since: Mar 20, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2011 3:28 pm

The top 10 is stacking losses, one after another

Lenny-- Maybe you should have waited until after the Purdue game to respond.  The useless nuts just got beat by 13 on the road.  OMG, what is wrong with OSU; they can't win on the road against good teams.  (he said with a sarcastic tone).

Like I said in my initial post, there are NO scary talented teams this year.  I like OSU and think they are a fine team, but I don't really care if they are the No. 1 in UK's bracket. 

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2011 1:09 pm
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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2011 12:25 pm

The top 10 is stacking losses, one after another

here is a question for you out there - if St Johns keeps playing as well as they are now, where will they be seeded in the tourney? Clearly they should be ranked this week after beating Pitt and Marquette.  (Sj has won 4 in a row, and 6 of 7)
They are playing great.  They started off slow, a new coach and all - but Lavin has brought them around.  A TON of experience on the roster.  A  couple of nice big men.  A slew of guards to throw at a time.  Their press will cause teams lots of trouble. 
  They pounded the crap out of Duke, beat Pitt, beat Notre Dame, UConn, Geogetown, WVU, Cincy, Marquette - clearly they can play with and beat the best. 

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2011 11:58 am

The top 10 is stacking losses, one after another

St. John's is the perfect picture of this season. Beat one top 20 team after another, but lost to Fordham.

Since: Dec 14, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2011 11:47 am

The top 10 is stacking losses, one after another

whar easy road did Duke get??

Since: Mar 9, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2011 11:40 am

The top 10 is stacking losses, one after another

Who are you talking to?  Just my opinion, but if debating someone specifically, you should mention them. Because I have no idea on who you are talking to.. or if you are talking to me, since I just commented.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2011 11:36 am

The top 10 is stacking losses, one after another

You need to look at the numbers before you speak. The top 9 teams in the Big East have a combined 9 losses out of conference.
Are you seriously suggesting that SDSU or BYU could survive a Big East schedule without 5 or 6 more losses!!!
BYU bearly beat South Florida on a neutral court. SDSU has played nobody out of conferance and is 0-1 against the top 25.

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