Dear Gary (on Curry)
Posted on: July 14, 2008 4:41 am
Edited on: July 15, 2008 3:18 pm
Here's Monday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: My, my, my. The column about Davidson's Stephen Curry, I agree 100 percent with you. But, Gary, you left Davidson out of your Top 25 (and one) all last season before the NCAA tournament and I emailed you and told you of your mistake. Then they beat the Big Ten Champs, Big East champs and should've beaten Kansas. Then you ranked them in the final Top 25 (and one). At least you OWN up. Good job.
First off, I think it's been well-documented that I had Davidson pegged incorrectly last season -- though it's worth mentioning everybody had Davidson pegged incorrectly unless you know somebody who believed the Wildcats were a Top 10 team before the NCAA tournament began. That said, I still think my decision to not rank the Wildcats during the regular season was backed by sound logic, which was that before the NCAA tournament began they had lost 13 consecutive games to Top 100 opponents, including five in the 2007-08 season. Put another way, Davidson had not beaten a Top 100 opponent since Nov. 26, 2005 and was 0-5 against the Top 100 heading into the NCAA tournament.
So was Davidson a Top 25 team?
It proved to be in the end, no doubt. But whether the Wildcats should've been ranked during the regular season based on their body of work is a totally separate issue, and the No. 10 seed they got in the NCAA tournament suggests I was probably correct to have Davidson unranked at that time. Either way, that's all in the past. I'm officially down with Davidson now -- as I think that column on Curry showed -- and I plan to include the Wildcats when I update the preseason Top 25 (and one).
So yeah, I'm owning up, as I always try to do.
It helps offset the times I spend bragging about how I was right about something else.