Sunday, January 25, 2015

My AP Top 25 ballot this week

Nothing more fun on a Sunday night than to completely ignore the Pro Bowl and figure out my AP Top 25 after another nutty week of college basketball.

It doesn't take much for me to bounce a team from the rankings. There's simply too much parity, too many good teams in the four-, five- and even six-loss club that merit consideration. Really, there are about 25 teams that could fill any of the final 10 or 12 spots in the Top 25, and none would be wrong.

Anyway, this week I say goodbye to Oklahoma (two losses), Stanford (loss to Arizona), San Diego State (loss to Colorado State), Dayton (17-point loss to Davidson) and Seton Hall (goodbye forever). I've added Georgetown, Baylor, Miami, Ohio State and Providence.

Watch out for the Friars, people. Any team that has two great players (Kris Dunn, LaDontae Henton) can do serious damage come tourney time.

Once again, I seriously considered Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane are 14-5 overall, 7-0 in the AAC and boast nice wins over Memphis, Temple and, of course, UConn. Tulsa could easily get to 10-0 over the next two weeks, before hosting SMU, then playing UConn at Hartford on Feb. 12.

The Huskies, of course, have a long way to go before they're ranked again. But I'm sensing Cincinnati could be vulnerable on Thursday night. The loss of Mick Cronin has to hurt them at some point, right? If UConn wins that one, it could easily have a nice little seven-game win streak heading into its Feb. 14 showdown at SMU.

1. Kentucky
2. Virginia
3. Duke
4. Wisconsin
5. Arizona
6. Gonzaga
7. Villanova
8. Wichita State
9. Notre Dame
10. Kansas
11. Louisville
12. Utah
13. Iowa State
14. Maryland
15. West Virginia
16. VCU
17. North Carolina
18. Georgetown
19. Baylor
20. Northern Iowa
21. SMU
22. Miami
23. Ohio State
24. Providence
25. Texas



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vauging the esp n designating the new world champion to dethrone the UCONN HUSKIES; meet your fifteen throne perchers: The Georgetown University HoyaDestroya. Wear your well earned belts with humility G-Men and best wishes to you.

January 26, 2015 at 7:58 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What ever happened with the UNC and Syracuse violations? If the UNC violations are so massive and damning, why isnt the NCAA taking a proactive stance and saying you are suspended from tournament play till we figure out all the facts and a more suitable punishment? You dont even hear from ESPN or the NCAA in terms of updates or letting us know every 5 seconds about the violations like had been done to Uconn.

January 28, 2015 at 5:42 PM 
Blogger David Borges said...

UConn played the entire 2011-12 season knowing about the possibility of future violations. The NCAA is slow in these cases, but I'm sure we'll know about UNC's and Syracuse's fates by this spring. It obviously wouldn't affect their NCAA tournament status for this season, anyway.

January 28, 2015 at 7:32 PM 

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