Tag:Top 25 (and one)
Posted on: June 23, 2008 10:12 am

Dear Gary ...

Here's Monday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: Why not at least put Davidson in the list of teams to miss the cut? I understand the loss of Jason Richards is going to be tough on the Wildcats, but Stephen Curry is back and he has done nothing but produce. A little respect would have been nice.

-- Matt

You know, I really wish I would've ranked Davidson in the Top 25 (and one).

Honestly, I do.

Granted, the Wildcats did lose two starters and three of their top four scorers to graduation, which makes their omission reasonable. But I doubted Davidson's worth all last season, and because I was proved so wrong on such a grand level it would've been nice -- as you put it, Matt -- for me to give the Wildcats the benefit of the doubt and make them play themselves out of the rankings instead of force them to again play their way in.

In other words, I'm not a hater.

Just a skeptic.

But when it's time to update the rankings before the start of the season I plan to give Davidson a fresh look and the benefit of the doubt, and if I can make sense of it I'll place them in the Top 25 (and one), I promise. In the meantime, does it help that I'll have Stephen Curry as a first team All-American?

Posted on: June 20, 2008 11:36 am
Edited on: June 20, 2008 11:37 am

Dear Gary ...

Here's Friday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: I doubt anyone with any sense can argue with North Carolina being No. 1 in your poll, but the defending national champions not being on the list at all? Really? Leaving them off is just shock value, right?

-- David

I'm not really a shock-value kind of guy, David.

I just sorta try to do what I think is right, and it's not all that crazy to leave Kansas unranked because what the Jayhawks did last season has almost nothing to do with what might happen this season. You heard about all the personnel losses, right? Mario Chalmers, Darrell Arthur, Brandon Rush, Darnell Jackson, Russell Robinson and Sasha Kaun are gone, meaning Kansas is missing five starters and six of its top seven scorers from the team that won the national title.

Ask Florida how simple it is to recover from that?

And that's what this situation is like, the Florida situation last preseason. There were people blasting me for not ranking Florida at this time last year, and for all the same reasons -- because the Gators were the reigning champs, because Billy Donovan is a Hall of Fame coach, because the recruiting class was strong, so on and so forth. In the end, however, I was correct for not underestimating the challenge in front of the Gators, and I'm predicting Kansas could have a similar adjustment -- though I should acknowledge Sherron Collins is a better piece than anything Florida returned last season.

Either way, if I was ranking a Top 30 I'd have the Jayhawks ranked.

They're just on the fringe of the Top 25 (and one).

And I think that's reasonable.

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