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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

College Hoops Top 25 (1/23)


It's true what they say, about being a fan of a good team that makes the playoffs that finally loses. It's like being on a steaming locomotive that abruptly comes to a screeching halt. That is, if trains even run on steam, anymore. I know Doc Brown's flying time machine train ran on steam, so that's good enough for me. But the truth is, I think they're burning the dead homeless as fuel for trains, these days. Either that, or it's electricity and/or some sort of combustible fuel. Perhaps a better analogy would be that it's like being cleated in the junk? That works, too. Although if I used that then I wouldn't get to mention Doc Brown's flying train. Which makes it fantastic for me that I already did...

Point is, as a Patriots fan, my season is suddenly over. And while I'd love nothing more than to sit here and bitch about that fact, I really don't have much to say on the topic. The Patriots played like shit, so they lost. End of story. There are no major changes that need to be made for them to get better. They're still one of the league's elite teams and they'll be right back in the same place next year. Eight years, 10 years, whatever. I don't care how long it's been since they've won a Super Bowl. They're still an elite franchise. And anyone thinking anything remotely different is obviously high on drugs. And probably not even a normal drug. They're probably smoking a hash like substance made of of Ray Lewis' body fluids. Yeah. Think about that. Bet the batches with hair stink your place up something wicked. Oh, I mean. I bet it SMELLS LIKE GREATNESS. What a sick and twisted legend that guy is. Just a beauty...

But, yeah. So with my NFL season pretty much over, and with 2 weeks til the HarBowl, it's time to talk some college hoops. And by "talk some college hoops", I mean defend my position on North Carolina State, and offer a warmhearted mea culpa to my Syracuse Orange. Enjoy...

College Hoops Top 25


1. Michigan (17-1) 2

Has the nickname GR3 caught on and I've missed it? I certainly hope so, because Glenn Robinson III is what makes this Michigan team special. Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr are great, but without Robinson's athletic versatility, the Wolverines would never have a shot at the #1 spot. He's tailed off the past few games during conference play, but if the "Little Dog" can continue to average the 13 & 6 he's currently putting up, Michigan should continue to be listed as the favorite to win not only the Big 10, but the National Championship as well...

2. Kansas (17-1) 3

3. Duke (16-1) 4

The Blue Devils are still the best team in the land when they're completely healthy. They're just not completely healthy, right now...


4. Florida (14-2) 8

There are very few people in the world of college basketball analysis that I actually "look up" to, but the one that consistently impresses me the most is Ken Pomeroy. His KenPom Ratings are renowned for their accuracy come tournament time, something I particularly admire seeing as my main goal is to consistently rank teams as if the tournament were starting "today"...

So, what does this have to do with the Florida Gators? Well, he's got them listed at #1, right now. Which means I likely haven't been giving the Gators enough credit. So, yeah. I'm more or less boosting the Gators based on someone else's opinion. But Pomeroy is a boss, with numbers to back him up. I'm a boss, too. I just don't have time to develop my own formulas. Ya know, too busy tweeting out how MeatSpin and Deaspin both end in Spin.com. Time well spent, if you ask me...

5. NC State (15-4) 5

I'm well aware that the Wolfpack lost to Wake Forest, last night. Don't care. Again, I'm ranking this as if I were filling out my bracket. And it would take a really tough draw for me to not be moving NC State into at least the Elite 8. They're just that talented. Sure, they play down to their competition. But that shouldn't be a problem come tourney time. Nor should be a lack of motivation. These aren't good traits to be exhibiting so regularly, don't get me wrong. But that's just how talented I think this group is. And it's going to take more than a few lazy losses to convince me otherwise...

6. Indiana (16-2) 6


7. Syracuse (18-1) 13

OK, my bad. I thought Syracuse was going to get smoted by Louisville like a stale Marb Red, and I was very very wrong. Brandon Triche played out of his mind in the first half, MCW in the last 7 minutes. And here we are, sitting on the most surprising win since the 2006 Big East tourney...

And while I'm still not completely sold on my Orange as a legitimate title contender, I do like the fact that they're rotation seems to be coming into focus. Mostly, that Dajuan Coleman has found himself on the bench at the expense of the more athletic, versatile and confident Jerami Grant (my new mans 'n them). At the start of the season, Grant lacked confidence and Coleman lacked athleticism and awareness. Now, Coleman is still struggling, but Grant has found himself a nice niche. Granted, it's basically as the athletic spaz that chucks his body all over the place. But that's a valuable role that needs filling, and he's doing it quite nicely...

Still not sure what James Sutherland's deal is, but I'm just assuming at this point that they'll have to play the rest of the season without him. Disappointing, but it shouldn't prove to be the reason as to why the Orange will or will not win the National Championship. Mostly because they weren't going to win it, anyway...

Go ahead. Feel free to prove me wrong on that one, too. I'd love to see it...

8. Louisville (16-3) 1

The Cardinals still have all the pieces to be the best team in the country, but they need to start taking better shots. It's as simple as that. Fact is, you live by the Meth Ferret, and you die by the Meth Ferret. Something Ricky Whitesuit knows all too well...


9. Butler (17-2) 11

10. Gonzaga (17-2) 7

Epic finish between Gonzaga and Butler on Saturday night. One of the best of the year. And Butler did it all without leading scorer, Rotnei Clarke. Impressive. And I continue to be confused as to what Butler didn't receive more preseason love. They're a Top 25 program, folks. And they're going to be one as long as Brad Stevens is their on the sidelines fighting off puberty. So get used to it, and start giving this program the respect it deserves...

11. Minnesota (15-3) 9

12. Creighton (17-2) 12

13. Arizona (16-1) 14

14. Ohio St. (14-4) 10

15. New Mexico (16-2) 15

16. VCU (16-3) 16

17. Michigan St. (17-3) 19

18. UNLV (15-4) 17


19. Wichita St. (17-2) NR

Big win for the Shockers at home against Creighton. Carl Hall, who had 17 & 13 against the Blue Jays, is a force inside and his return after a 7 game absence should ensure that Wichita St. fights for the Missouri Valley title right up til the end of the season. AKA We haven't seen the last of the Shockers and Blue Jays playing each other down to the sire like they did on Saturday...

20. Kansas St. (15-3) 22


21. Missouri (14-4) 18

Enjoy the Tigers in the Top 25 while you can. Looks like heavy sanctions could be on the horizon. Frank Haith is being investigated for "ethics violations", and that's never good. Personally, I'd like to take this time to again apologize for choosing Missouri to win last year's National Championship. Pretty sure this is all just more fallout from that. You know, because I indirectly control the sports world through my whims, triumphs, defeats and near misses. I'm a wizard, like that. Or "paralusional". A term I created to describe a mixture of being paranoid and being delusional. "Delunoid" just didn't have the same ring to it...

22. Marquette (13-4) 24

23. Cincinnati (16-4) NR

24. Ole Miss (15-2) NR

25. San Diego St. (14-4) 23


just missed: Oregon; Notre Dame; Miami; Colorado St.; Wisconsin; Oklahoma St.; Pittsburgh

dropped: (20) Wisconsin; (21) Illinois; (25) UCLA


Not a ton of action on Twitter the past few days. I balked at taking Michigan St., last night. But I also decided against taking Kansas St. So I guess that all worked out. You won't find a ton of picks coming from my feed (a few per week), but what I lack in volume I make up for in results. It may not be what the gambling degenerate wants, but it's what he needs. Speaking of, I've already begun to scour the web for the best Super Bowl prop best, so be sure to check back before the "big game" for all the comical gambling madness that's sure to ensue. I'm just hoping there will be monkeys riding dogs at halftime, and some way in which that can be gambled on...

NFL Picks

Last Week: 2-1-1

Overall: 170-119-9 (.586)

Twitter Picks: 35-13-2 (.720)

Might not hear from me Friday, friends. With the lack of NFL action. But you'll hear from me soon. So until then, be good. And remember. If your house smells like greatness, it's probably because you just inhaled the pube fumes of an alleged murderer...

Be good...


Teddy Williams...
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