Posted on: December 1, 2009 5:30 pm
Sunday night I came out with my first top-25 rankings of the season. Now, I generally think I do a good job, and I know I'm not perfect (Notre Dame at #23) but there are a few things in this week's rankings that I just do not agree with.
#25/NR Portland Pilots
- Okay, Portland, don't get me wrong. You deserve to be in the hunt for the top 25 especially after your great weekend in Anaheim, knocking off #16/22 Minnesota. But. You crushed a very down UCLA team, and let's not forget that in the championship game you folded big time against a good West Virginia team. If Portland had been within single digits then I would have certainly considered them for my top 25. Keep winning, Portland, and maybe beat Gonzaga while you're at it. Then you'll show me what you are made of.
#NR/25 California Golden Bears
- I don't understand how you can put in a 2-loss team such as Cal and shove out teams like Oklahoma State 6-0 and Florida State 5-1. Maybe it's just my way of thinking, but Florida State has only lost to Florida, who is now ranked pretty good, and Cal has beaten no one of significance yet.
My Last 5 out
26. Cincinnati 4-1
27. Georgia Tech 4-1
28. Butler 4-2
29. BYU 5-0
30. UNLV 5-0
I don't think it's right to put a 2-loss team in the polls this week, and Butler fits into that category. The only reason I have Miss at 25 and not Cincy is that Cincy lost to Gonzaga, while Miss lost to Nova, who is ranked higher than Gonzaga.
Also, if Kentucky can get past their two huge games this week, expect them to jump up into the top 3 in my rankings this week.
Watch for North Carolina to upset Michigan State at home tonight. Here are my picks for the evening:
Florida vs. Florida A&M
Purdue vs. Wake Forest
Cincy vs. Texas Southern
Indiana vs. Maryland
Notre Dame vs. Idaho State
UNC vs. Michigan State
Overall Record: 0-3
Conference Games: 0-0
Ranked vs. Ranked: 0-1
Ranked vs. Unranked: 0-1
Unranked vs. Unranked: 0-1
I'll get better I promise.
Posted on: November 29, 2009 11:42 pm
Hey all, so here is my first set of Top 25 rankings of the season. I'll post here every Sunday night with the rankings, and every Monday night with a critique of the AP/Coaches Poll as well as some of my explanations, so don't complain that I don't explain my picks, you'll just have to wait a day. So without further ado, here they are:
Week 3 (November 30-December 6)
1. Kansas 5-0
2. Villanova 6-0
3. Texas 5-0
4. Duke 6-0
5. Syracuse 6-0
6. Purdue 5-0
7. West Virginia 5-0
8. Kentucky 6-0
9. Michigan State 5-1
10. Tennessee 5-1
11. Connecticut 4-1
12. Ohio State 5-1
13. North Carolina 6-1
14. Florida 6-0
15. Washington 5-0
16. Gonzaga 5-1
17. Louisville 4-1
18. Georgetown 4-0
19. Florida State 6-1
20. Texas A&M 5-1
21. Clemson 6-1
22. Marquette 6-1
23. Notre Dame 6-1
24. Oklahoma State 6-0
25. Mississippi 5-1
Posted on: November 25, 2009 6:54 pm
To start off I am very excited that this week I'm going to come out with my first top 25 rankings of the season. The first few weeks are really hard to rank since no one really has a body of work, but with the preseason tournaments in full swing we are starting to see a few teams really separate themselves from the pack, and a few teams really start to falter.
#6/6 Purdue: 4-0 (0-0)
- I get concerned with highlighting Big Ten teams because I'm not always sure that the conference has enough offense in it, but their win against #9/11 Tennessee was pretty big in the Paradise Jam. Look for Purdue to be a contender down the stretch.
#10/9 Syracuse: 5-0 (0-0)
- Syracuse is arguably the hottest team in the nation right now. I can't say best, but in terms of body of work they certainly have the best wins around. Throttling #13/12 California and #6/4 UNC is no laughing matter. If the Orange stay consistent look for them to be dancing deep into March.
#23/NR Notre Dame 5-0 (0-0)
- Notre Dame will be a disappointment if they do not run the table in their non-conference schedule. They are playing well, but I'm really interested to see what this team looks like going into Big East play. Their toughest non-conference opponent is a down-trodden UCLA team.
Cincinnati 4-0 (0-0)
- If Cincy beats Gonzaga tonight there is absolutely no way they are not a Top 25 team. Wins against all ranked teams in the Maui Invitational should boost them to around 17-20 I would say.
#21/22 Maryland 4-2 (0-0)
- Just as quickly as they burst into the top 25, they are going to freefall right back out of them. Beating New Hampshire and Fairfield by 30 points is all well and good, but when you play the bigger boys, you have to show up and Maryland clearly has not, losing to Cincy and now Wisconsin.
#NR/23 California 3-2 (0-0)
- Injuries have pestered the team so far this year, but losing twice to ranked teams isn't going to help them later on during the year. Are they still the favorites for the Pac-10? Who knows this year. Just remember when thinking about California is that teams that live by the 3 also die by the 3.
Dayton 2-2 (0-0)
- Starting off the season ranked is pretty good for Dayton, being in a non-BCS conference, but their consecutive losses to Villanova and Kansas State have them reeling a bit. I still like Dayton, and I think they will make a splash this year in March. The good news is that their losses have been close.
#5/5 Kentucky 5-0 (0-0)
- Okay, don't get me wrong here, I think Kentucky has the potential to go very far this year, but they still need to prove that to me. If they beat UNC on December 5th or UConn on December 9th, Kentucky will not only be taken off of this list, they will shoot right up my rankings. I'm a big advocate of 'prove it on the court' and that is how I base my rankings, so until they do that against a quality opponent I don't think they should be anywhere close to #5 in the nation.
#8/8 West Virginia 2-0 (0-0)
- More so than Kentucky, WVU not only hasn't played a quality opponent yet, they have barely played anyone yet! The 76 Classic in Anaheim will show what they are made of.. there are some good teams in that tournament. I fully expect them to get beaten by Purdue in December, and end up in the middle of the Big East at the end of the year. Please, Mountaineers prove me wrong.
#18/19 Georgetown 3-0 (0-0)
- I'm worried that the Georgetown can't score. I've been worried that Georgetown can't score for the past 3 years. They always play great defense, but I don't think that they're going to be able to outscore opponents this year. Every team has bad games, but a 46-45 win over Temple? Just barely getting by Temple is one thing, but only scoring 46 points is absolutely abysmal.
** I would put Maryland on this list as well, but the new week's rankings don't come out until Monday, and I'm pretty sure they won't be in them, so I can't really say that they are overrated based on that.
Game of the Night - Wednesday
Maui Invitational - Championship Game - Honolulu, Hawaii
Cincinnati 4-0 (0-0) vs. Gonzaga 4-1 (0-0)
10:00 PM - ESPN
Game of the Night - Thursday
76 Classic - Quarterfinals - Anaheim, CA
#22/16 Minnesota 3-0 (0-0) vs. #12/10 Butler 3-0 (0-0)
8:30 PM - ESPN2
Game of the Night - Friday
Legends Classic - Semifinals - Atlantic City, NJ
#2/2 Michigan State 4-0 (0-0) vs. Florida 4-0 (0-0)
My Picks 0-0 on the season, 0-0 in conference games
- I know that's a lot to swallow for one post, but enjoy it, and expect to hear a lot more from me this year on college basketball.
Posted on: March 8, 2009 4:19 pm
Great weekend of basketball this weekend, from the Duke/UNC matchup to the Syracuse/Marquette game to the Pitt/UConn game all the way down to the Missouri Valley Conference Championship between Illinois State and Northern Iowa. The Big East Tournament is all set, the 16 seeds are locked, so it's time to look at the matchups and see who is going to be able to make a run to the top.
The Tuesday games in the first round should be no brainers, at least I think.
9 Cincinatti vs. 16 Depaul - 12PM - Depaul has not won a conference game this year, don't expect that to change, although Cincy has been slipping all over the place lately
12 Georgetown vs. 13 St. Johns - 2PM - This one should be interesting. St. John's is playing at home, coming off of a win over Georgetown last week, but expect the Hoyas to give the Red Storm enough trouble to win that game.
10 Notre Dame vs. 15 Rutgers - 7PM - Be careful of Notre Dame. If they can shoot the ball over 40 percent they could be very dangerous.
11 Seton Hall vs. 14 South Florida - 9PM - There is no reason why Seton Hall should lose this game. We shall see.
This would put 9 Cincy vs. 8 Providence, 5 Marquette vs. 12 Georgetown, 7 West Virginia vs. 10 Notre Dame, and 6 Syracuse vs. 11 Seton Hall. I like Providence, Marquette, Notre Dame, and Syracuse. (Notre Dame is my upset team for this tournament)
In the third round, we have then 1 Louisville vs. 8 Providence, 4 Villanova vs. 5 Marquette, 2 Pittsburgh vs. 10 Notre Dame, and 3 UConn vs. 6 Syracuse. I have Louisville, Pitt, Nova, and UConn all winning here, but don't be suprised at all if Marquette and Syracuse advance to the semifinals.
In the Semis, Louisville vs. Nova and Pitt vs. UConn. Pitt clearly will beat UConn again and I like Villanova over Louisville. Pittsburgh should win the whole thing somewhat easily, with their toughest test coming vs. UConn in the semis. I say that Marquette could upset Villanova, and this is true, but if Villanova wins that game then I think they could beat Louisville if they play well and play defense.
Another thing, if you did not watch the Missouri Valley Conference Championship, you missed one heck of a basketball game. Northern Iowa got off to an early lead in the first half, only to see Illinois State claw its way back into the game through halftime. The entire second half was back and forth trading of leads, and absolute slugfest. The Illinois State run was led by Osiris Eldrich, hitting three circus-type threes in a row to give the Redbirds the lead. Northern Iowa is a higher seed despite Ill. St. having a better overall record. Ill. St. got the last possession of regulation, tied up at 48, and forced up a terrible-looking three which sent the game into overtime. Northern Iowa eventually won it in a shootout-type overtime period - but it goes to show you that when you're playing for a tournament berth the games are just going to get better and better.
Posted on: March 4, 2009 12:23 pm
So in my previous post, I outlined the fact that Notre Dame, Georgetown, and Syracuse need to get off their slides, Georgetown more than any of those teams, but only one team has proven that they deserve to be in the tournament and that is Syracuse. Granted, the schedule has been a little lackluster, but their three consecutive blowout wins are exactly what the Orange needed to do to solidify a spot in March.
The game last night was particularly impressive for Syracuse, if you erase the fact that the first half actually existed. The Syracuse defense was lackluster, they weren't getting the rotation in the zone that they needed, and Rutgers started the game up 14-6. It looked like the Orange's offense was very still, and their drives to the hoop were getting rejected by the big men. The defense started to clamp down at about the 10:00 mark, allowing only 6 points the rest of the half. Cuse went into halftime down 20-19.
Boeheim must have said something at halftime, because Syracuse came out in the second half and outscored Rutgers 51-20 in the second. Paul Harris had a game high 18 points, with about four really nice slams and moves that would make the highlight reel. Senior Kristof Onganeat really stepped up his game and scored in double digits for the first time in a long time. The crowd has been recently rallying behind him ever since he got ejected from the game against Georgetown. The walk-ons came in at about the 4:00 mark left in the game, and all of the seniors on the team scored.
Rutgers looks so bad right now. They can't play a full 40 minutes, they have no offense, and they barely have a defense. The program isn't looking real good right now.
My favorite moment of the game was when the starters were all on the bench. They took their shoes off, signed them, and then started chucking them into the stands. It was quite dangerous, but the guy in front of me got one of Arinze Onuaku's shoes. It was pretty awesome.
Syracuse 22-8 (10-7) has put themselves into good position to lock up anywhere from a 5-7 seed in the tournament. Georgetown has absolutely no shot after losing to St. John's and Notre Dame has an outside chance of making it in. If the committee puts Notre Dame in the tournament and leaves Providence out, I will probably riot. And if anyone tells me that Georgetown deserves to be even in the discussion come to New York so that I can slap you in the face, please.
Posted on: February 24, 2009 3:49 pm
The conference tournaments are a few weeks away, leaving teams about 4-5 games each left to help or hurt their seedings for the conference tourney. I'll be closely following the Big East tournament, as that I am currently in the heart of Big East country. Oh, and I go to Syracuse. That too.
Speaking of the suprising and absolutely terrifying Big East Conference, three teams stand out to me as the teams who could play their way out of the tournament easier than the rest.
1. Georgetown Hoyas 14-12 (5-10)
2. Notre Dame Fighting Irish 15-11 (6-8)
3. Syracuse Orange 19-8 (7-7)
I'm going to be paying attention to the Big Ten tournament, because my good friend (Cyclops007) goes to school there. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend either of those conference tournaments this year.