Pages

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

College Hoops Top 25 (1/10)


"When March Madness spills into April, that's the gravy. So get on the boat. The gravy boat!" Homer Simpson

You gotta love when Homer Simpson can do your talking for you, and for me, in the latest episode of The Simpsons, he did exactly that. OK, maybe I doctored the quote a tiny bit to cut through to the essence of the thing, but it's still encouraging to hear that even a football fan as big as Homer Jay can recognize how beautiful, and how downright American it is to be on board with college hoops. Even when the NFL is right in the juiciest part of it's schedule. Granted, he's a cartoon, and I'm pretty sure I'm the only one I know that still watches that show, but I think the overall point should still have no problem resonating with the masses. Or not. Either way, I'm always pumped for a positive college hoops reference in pop culture, and there was little chance I was going to hear that line and not somehow incorporate it into this week's Top 25. Not to mention he said it while wearing a gravy boat on his head and having his arm wrapped in support around Ted Nugent. Yeah, exactly. You would have tried to work it in there, too...

Top 25, friends. Hope on the boat, and let's have at it...

College Hoops Top 25
1. Ohio St. (15-2) 1

Two 30 point wins (Nebraska, Iowa) last week, but if they're to remain at #1, they'll probably have to sweep two tough ones this week as they travel to Illinois and get a chance at revenge when they host #8 Indiana...

2. Syracuse (17-0) 2

A tad bit disconcerting that the Orange came out so flat in the 2nd half against Marquette, but reassuring that they were able to hold on despite their sloppy play and still walk away with a 7 point win. Not saying Villanova will be a walkover, but between traveling to Philly and then hosting PC, there's no reason we shouldn't be sitting here next week talking about how the Orange are 19-0...

Oh, and hey. Remember that Bernie Fine thing? Yeah, nobody else seems to be actively remembering it, either. Funny / kinda sad how winning can do that. Oh well, what kind of person would I be if I wasn't adequately take advantage of and find joy in someone else's horrible misfortune? I wouldn't be an American, I'll tell you that. At least not the kind that Ted Nugent would want to associate with...

3. North Carolina (14-2) 3

4. Kentucky (15-1) 5

5. Baylor (15-0) 4

The Bears seem to play down to their competition, which will probably spell their demise in March, but a win @ Kansas St. would really legitimize their place as a top tier team. Something they should be, considering the monstrous 1-2 punch of Perry Jones III & Quincy Acy, who are both averaging better than 12 & 7 per contest...

6. Duke (13-2) 6

I'd love to hate on the loss @ Temple, but it's just not a real bad loss. Teams lose games, and when you lose  a game to a legitimate team on the road, it's far from the end of the world. I'm sure Coach K would like to see a lot more consistency from his Blue Devils, but I bet he can get them to gel before they have to start playing for all the marbles...

7. Michigan St. (14-2) 10

8. Indiana (15-1) 11

9. UNLV (16-2) 16

Only losses on the year are @ Wichita St. and @ Wisconsin. Not to mention they still have that win over then #1 UNC. Top 10 in the NCAA in both points per game (81.3) and assists per game (18.8), they're flat out dangerous. Not to mention they have a very skilled and unheralded go to guy in senior Chace Stanback, who's averaging 15 points, 5 rebounds, and hitting from better than 46% from downtown...

And yes, that's his mugshot from when he was arrested in Vegas back in May on suspicion of DUI. Hey, what can you say? Vegas gonna Vegas, right?...

10. Louisville (13-3) 7

11. Missouri (14-1) 9

12. Kansas (12-3) 18

OF all the elite prospects in the country, KU's Thomas Robinson has definitely taken the biggest step forward in this his junior season. His minutes have doubled, and Bill Self and friends have reaped the rewards. He averaged 8 & 6 a year ago, now he's averaging 18 and 12. Pretty impressive...

13. Michigan (13-3) 17

14. Marquette (12-4) 13

15. Georgetown (13-3) 12

16. UCONN (12-4) 8

In the same old story for the Huskies, who seem to get stymied by the zone defense time and again, as if they've never gone up against it before. Then again, that was this team's same problem last year, and we all saw how that worked out...

17. Kansas St. (12-2) 23


18. Creighton (13-2) NR


19. San Diego St. (13-2) 22

They'll have a chance to prove their worth when the host UNLV on Saturday, and it would probably be in their resume's best interest if they took care of business. Unlike UNLV, SDSU has had plenty of chances, but losses to Creighton and Baylor do more to damage their legitimacy as a Top 25 team than wins against Cal and Arizona do to help it. A quality team, don't get me wrong, but that match up with UNLV should go a long way towards telling is how good they really are...


20. Murray St. (16-0) 20

21. Gonzaga (13-2) NR


22. Virginia (14-1) NR

The Cavaliers are one of 4 new teams to join the rankings this week, and should they win this week at Cameron Indoor, I'd expect them to climb a lot higher. They're not gonna win that game, though. You know it, I know it, and that rat lookin' coach knows it. Coach K, that is. I don't think Tony Bennett (above) looks all that much like a rat...

23. West Virginia (12-5) NR

24. Wisconsin (12-5) 14

Speaking of Tony Bennett, his dad's old crew is struggling mightily to find their offense these days and I wouldn't be shocked if they never do. I'm still betting they'll be a major factor before all is said and done, though. At least in terms of the Big 10...

25. Purdue (13-4) 25


just missed: Stanford; Vanderbilt; New Mexico; Florida; St. Mary's

dropped: (15) Harvard; (19) Florida; (21) Mississippi St.; (24) Stanford


Games to Watch
1/10
Baylor @ Kansas St.
Ohio St. @ Illinois

1/11
Syracuse @ Villanova
Missouri @ Iowa St.
LSU @ Alabama

1/12
Virginia @ Duke
Wisconsin @ Purdue

1/13
Creighton @ Illinois St.

1/14
PC @ Syracuse
Kentucky @ Tennessee
UCONN @ Notre Dame
Texas @ Missouri
Alabama @ Mississippi St.
UNLV @ San Diego St.
NC State @ Wake Forest
LSU @ Arkansas

1/15
Indiana @ Ohio St.

1/16
Baylor @ Kansas
Pittsburgh @ Syracuse
Louisville @ Marquette


Check back Friday for my NFL picks. Went 3-1 this past weekend, so either I'm due for an 0-4 or...Weeeeeeee!


Teddy Williams...
100...

#$>

9 comments:

lin liyi said...

While you create your body and mind to acquire a present, opt for little one's water resistant replica watches uk in these are stronger which enable it to always be donned throughout every season. There are many involving capabilities for each and every particular person enjoy. It is rather imperative you decide on the one which are going to be for anyone. Delivering a wrist watch for you to little ones on the 1st birthdays, getaways as well as a number of big day does have rolex replica sale individual allure when they find weighed down using enjoyment immediately after acquiring a common enjoy while surprise. The idea often turns into tough to decide on the top designer watches pertaining to little ones because market place can be brimming with far reaching types. You'll want to assess precisely what capabilities are going to be therapeutic for anyone ahead of you choose on precisely what enjoy to acquire. Should you be delivering a wrist watch to your little one as being a hublot replica uk about to catch merely delivering your ex a fairly easy surprise and also delivering your ex which has a tool that might support your ex figure out how to explain to occasion. No matter what always be age your current little one, it is going to surely come up with a wonderful surprise in spite of her or his get older. In case young children are experiencing their unique rolex replica sale, it will surely always be a thrilling time for the children along with throughout potential positive aspects these people for more info speedily. As a result of makes, these materials will be in popular way too.

Unknown said...

nba jerseys wholesale
dallas cowboys jersey
lebron james shoes,lebron 12,lebron 12 shoes,lebron sneakers,lebron iv,lebron 11,lebron 10
christian louboutin shoes
prom dresses
chanel handbags
vans sneakers
nike free run uk
mulberry sale
tory burch handbags
boston celtics jersey
blake griffin jersey
ugg boots
beats headphones
carmelo anthony jersey
kansas city chiefs jerseys
nike running shoes
michael kors handbags
the north face outlet
north face outlet store
custom mlb jerseys
cheap ugg boots
nike air huarache,nike huarache,nike huarache sneakers,nike huarache shoes
lebron shoes
ravens jerseys
kate spade handbags
new orleans saints jerseys
the north face outlet store
futbol baratas
nike sneakers
wei20150625

Minko Chen said...

canada goose outelt
fitflop sale
new england patriots
michael kors handbags
true religion canada
new york jets
miami dolphins
prada sneakers
hermes outlet store
hollister uk
louis vuitton outlet store
nike foamposite
cheap football shirts
snow boots
arizona cardinals
ed hardy clothing
michael kors outlet online
winter jackets
oakley outlet store
1105minko

Hua Cai said...

cheap nfl jersey
cheap nba jerseys
ralph lauren,polo ralph lauren,ralph lauren outlet,ralph lauren italia,ralph lauren sito ufficiale
michael kors uk
mcm backpack
air force 1 shoes
burberry outlet online
nike roshe run
ralph lauren
michael kors outlet
michael kors handbags
michael kors outlet
christian louboutin outlet
mlb jerseys
nike air max 90
nike air force 1
michael kors handbags
tiffany outlet
air jordan shoes for sale
soccer jerseys wholesale
swarovski crystal
michael kors outlet
nike tn pas cher
soccer jerseys
20160401caihuali

Anonymous said...


Nike Air Max Shoes
Nike Air Force 1 Alto
Sales promotio Monster Energy Caps Sale 0677
Yeezy Boost 350 Black
2df1hdr8

raybanoutlet001 said...

fitflops sale clearance
michael kors handbags
kobe 9
converse trainers
michael kors handbags
toms shoes
chaussure louboutin pas cher
michael kors handbags
kobe 9 elite
nike trainers uk

LCc 03 said...

kobe bryant shoes
longchamp handbags
michael kors handbags
nike huarache
fitflops outlet
cheap jordans
michael kors handbags,michael kors handbags clearance,michael kors clearance
michael kors handbags
cheap nfl jerseys
lacoste outlet

LCc 03 said...

michael kors outlet online
cheap rolex watches
michael kors outlet
oakley sunglasses,oakley outlet sunglasses
michael kors handbags
cheap tiffanys
ray ban sunglasses
ralph lauren online
yeezy
cheap air jordan

raybanoutlet001 said...

canada goose outlet
cheap nfl jerseys
ray ban sunglasses
kansas city chiefs jerseys
gucci handbags
cincinnati bengals jerseys
miami heat jersey
ugg outlet clearance
baltimore ravens jerseys
michael kors outlet store

Post a Comment