Monday, January 6, 2014

No UConn in My AP Top 25 for First Time This Season

Remember a couple of years ago, when Texas wanted to secede from the United States? UConn probably wishes that had gone through after this past week.

Losses at Houston and SMU knock UConn out of my AP Top 25 ballot. The SMU loss is somewhat understandable, but it's the Houston loss that likely will not look good come Selection Sunday. I don't think the Cougars are all that good -- especially down three starters -- though they certainly shot the lights out in the first half on New Year's Eve against the Huskies.

Anyway, UConn doesn't deserve to be ranked this week, but it can work itself back in the discussion rather quickly. There's a very good Harvard team on Saturday, and after UCF on Saturday, the following week's two-headed monster of Memphis (on the road) on Jan. 16 and Louisville two nights later in Storrs.

Also gone from my ballot this week are North Carolina, George Washington and Toledo. Joining the fray are Colorado, Kansas State, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

1.       Arizona
2.       Syracuse
3.       Ohio State
4.       Michigan State
5.       Wisconsin
6.       Louisville
7.       Oklahoma State
8.       Wichita State
9.       Iowa State
10.   Villanova
11.   San Diego State
12.   Florida
13.   Duke
14.   Oregon
15.   Kentucky
16.   Gonzaga
17.   Baylor
18.   Colorado
19.   Massachusetts
20.   Illinois
21.   Kansas State
22.   Cincinnati
23.   Pittsburgh
24.   Memphis
25.   Kansas


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