If you’re expecting a regurgitation of the AP Poll here, I suggest you to any number of college basketball sites that will give you that. That’s not how we do it at OSF. No, at OSF, we don’t base our poll off of the preseason poll. Why? We don’t have one. These are the way the teams should be ranked according to our carefully formulated balance between results and potential. Barring an upset (which could happen) Kentucky (calm down, ‘Cat fans, you’re just an example) will be in the top 5 once again next week. It won’t matter if they turn it over 50 times and win by a total of five points against Sam Houston State and Rider. The AP and Coaches Polls will see Kentucky won twice, and see no reason to drop a team that is 4-0. The OSF T25D will see a young team struggling to find it’s footing, while others win impressively.
You see, those polls are based off of last week’s polls. Which are based off of last week’s polls. Which are based off of…you get the point. And where are all these polls coming from? The infamous Preseason Poll, which is entirely speculative in nature. At OSF, you’re rewarded for winning and doing it in impressive fashion. Not necessarily winning by 50, but by limiting turnovers, looking crisp on offense and playing tough defense. Between myself and fellow poll contributor Daniel Evans, no college basketball games fly off our radar. So rest at ease, little guys. If you put on a show and you’re in Division One, you’ll be noticed.
Our poll is unique in the sense that it includes 27 teams. The top 26 are who we feel are the best 26 teams in the nation-again, based on a combination of results and potential (primarily results). The 27th is our Flavor of the Week pick, the forgotten squad who performed well but won’t receive any AP Poll votes. We live in a world where small market teams are bamboozled by the BCS every year. While the college basketball landscape provides every team with a legitimate shot at the title a chance, the schools that perform very well in the opening weeks are shortchanged. The schools that start off high remain high, through lackluster performances, through close wins against bad teams and through contests that should be won handily-but aren’t.
What else does the T25D bring? How about comments from people who actually watch the teams they rank? Crazy, huh?
The top 5 in the poll are....1. Kansas (1-0): Just what the T25D likes to see, a top team taking care of business in its opener. Not only did the Jayhawks win by 46 in their opener, but they also turned it over only 12 times while shooting 40.7% from the three point line.
2. Michigan State (1-0): Tom Izzo may have found his big man of the future in a lambasting of Florida Gulf Coast. Freshman Derrick Nix totaled 11 points and 14 caroms in just 15 minutes of action. Up next, a pesky Gonzaga squad.
3. Texas (1-0): The Longhorns, like their Big 12 counterparts Kansas, put on a show against UC Irvine. The Anteaters shot just 27.4% against the stiff Texas defense. Something tells us, Mack Brown would be proud.
4. Purdue (1-0): The Boilers knocked off Northridge fairly easily despite having a whole bunch of foul calls leveled on them in rapid succession. A telling stat-Purdue connected on 30 shots from the field. 24 were assisted.
5. Ohio State (2-0): If you haven’t seen Evan Turner play, shame on you. Through two games he’s averaging 19.0 PPG, 17.0 RPG, and 7.0 APG. Through one week of the season, he’d be be the Player of the Year.You can see the rest here .
Latest Daily Bracketology : I haven't made any changes yet (probably going to wait until at least tomorrow's games to change teams seeds around), but you can check it out.
Tomorrow's Picks : At this point I'm still waiting on a few more lines, but will get them up in the morning.