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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

College Hoops Top 25 (2/27)


He's posed topless with a goat, rocked a suspect faux-hawk, and now he's taking less money to help out his team. I mean, seriously. Is there anything Tom Brady can't do without still somehow walking away looking like the world's greatest trendsetter? OK, maybe his dabbling in goat-a-filia and that Flock of Seagulls haircut weren't big hits, and I wouldn't expect taking "less money" to all of a sudden become a trend. But you get what I mean. Tom's the man, and no matter what he does, he seems to come away smelling like he's just been between the sheets with a heavenly scented supermodel. That's just how he rolls...

I for one would like to thank him for being the boss pimp that he is. Not only for making life as a Patriots' fan so much fun, but also for making life as a fan of pretty much any other team relatively unbearable because of your suave demeanor and nearly unprecedented success. Mostly the latter, actually. Because I know how pissed I'd be if the Jets and Patriots were to switch positions. And I revel in the fact that more of my friends than not have to deal with that pain. What can I say? I'm a sick bastard. But you knew this already. Probably the reason you even wandered into this little Interweb space to begin with. For which I thank you...

And I have no idea what the Patriots plan to do with this new found salary cap space. Won't even venture a guess. Why? Well, because I'm not in the business of trying to get inside Bill Belichick's head. I've got enough issues fluttering around in my own hooded dome to be worried about what that crazy bastard is up to. Hope it's good stuff, though. As I'm sure it probably will be...

But enough about football. Though much like MLB, the NFL is trying to make it so that their league is always in the news with their stretched out new schedule, that doesn't mean I have to oblige. Especially when we're right in the middle of what's gotta be the best college basketball regular season in recent memory. The efforts of my Orange not withstanding...

Now, without further dudes. My latest Top 25. Enjoy...

College Hoops Top 25

1. Indiana (24-4) 1

I understand that they lost last night at Minnesota, but what do you want from me? The Hoosiers are still the most complete team in the country, and the one that, when properly motivated, should prove to be the favorite to cut down all the nets...

Oh, and here's a little factoid for ya: The 2 previous #1 ranked teams Minnesota beat in Big 10 play both ended up in the Final Four ('53 Indiana & '89 Illinois). So the Hoosiers have that goin' for 'em. Which is nice...

2. Gonzaga (27-2) 3




3. Louisville (22-5) 8

On Saturday afternoon, noted college basketball soothsayer, Ken Pomeroy, tweeted that he would take Indiana, Louisville & Florida vs the field in the upcoming NCAA tournament. A statement I'll assume he meant to include, "if the tournament started today". And it got me to thinkin'. I'd probably have Louisville in the Final Four if I filled out my bracket today, wouldn't I? And yeah. Yeah I would. So here they are. And while they might not be having the regular season that many such as myself thought they'd have, they're still a complete, experienced team that will have a problem finding it's equal come March...

Pretty much, they're Indiana Jr. Sure, they may lose a game here or there. But when it comes to nut cutting time, their a team I'd count on more than most. And no, that wasn't supposed to say "net cutting", though they'll probably be cutting some of those along the way, too...

4. Michigan (23-4) 5


5. Georgetown (21-4) 11

When Georgetown can score, they're dangerous. I'm still concerned that they won't be able to do enough of that coming down the stretch, but their defensive efficiency and the play of Otto Porter are just too much to be denied, right now...

6. Duke (24-3) 6

7. Michigan St. (22-6) 4

8. Oklahoma St. (20-6) 10


9. Miami (22-4) 2

I'm beginning to think the Hurricanes may have peaked a little too early. In the last week or so, they barely escaped with wins against Clemson and Virginia, only to finally get throttled by Wake Forest. Not exactly a murderers row, right there. There's still no denying this team's talent, but unless they return to the high level they were playing at a few weeks back, they'll be little more than chum come the ACC tourney and beyond...


10. Kansas (24-4) 13

There's something to be said for a team that always seems to come out on top in close games. But there's also something to said for team's that get handed victories by the officials. That's what happened to Kansas @ Iowa St., on Monday night. The Big XII has even admitted as much...

That being said, the fact that Kansas was even in that game after watching Iowa St. hit 17 3's tells you that the Jayhawks aren't a squad that's easily put down. Their offensive inconsistency still concerns me, but the more big, close game experience they get. The more I'm starting to come around on their chances for success...


11. St. Louis (21-5) 20

Told you to watch out for the Billikens, didn't I? Yeah, I did. And you're going to want to continue doing so until further notice. I've already started to hear talk of them as a chic Final Four pick. And while it's too early for any of that nonsense, I can't say that talk is completely out of line. They'll go for their 10th straight win tonight, and should finish a relatively easy schedule with a good chance to lay claim to a rather lofty seed on Selection Sunday...


12. Wisconsin (20-8) 22

The Badgers may play a boring style, but there's nothing boring about winning. Winners of 5 of their last 6 in the stacked Big 10, we should get a great idea of where Wisconsin is in terms on "neutral court strength" when they travel to Lansing on March 7th. Which just so happens to be my 30th birthday. AND the debut of the Cool Ranch Doritos Locos taco! I know, right? If a day could get any better...

Oh and did I mention I won't be able to enjoy any of these things because I'll be working a hockey game? Hahaha. Yeah. Welcome to me... #PfortheC

13. NC State (19-8) 7

14. New Mexico (23-4) 16

15. Butler (22-6) 9

16. Florida (22-5) 12

While I'm with Pomeroy on Louisville, I can't say the same about Florida. I get that they're the only team in the country that's ranked in the top 5 in both offensive and defensive efficiency. But those numbers just don't seem to translate when I watch them play. Maybe it's because the SEC is perceived as "down" because of Kentucky's demise? I don't know. I just know that I haven't been nearly as impressed with the Gators as a lot of analysts with which I usually see eye to eye...

17. Ohio St. (20-7) 15

18. Arizona (23-4) 18

19. Marquette (20-7) 21



20. UNLV (21-7) NR

Yep, I'm back on the UNLV train. The Rebels have won 5 of 6, including wins against Colorado St, SDSU and New Mexico. And they appear to be back at the level which saw them climb much higher in this poll in the early going. Their struggles on the road (5-6) still give me pause for concern. But when those are fellow tourney teams you're losing to, and in hostile environments (the Mountain West has some feisty venues), then they tend not to be so much of a worry. Especially if the team can prove again that it's playing up to its talent...

21. Wichita St. (24-5) 24

22. Akron (22-4) 25




23. Syracuse (22-6) 14

There's just no consistency to this offense. I mean, even when they score, it seems to be by accident. Which is obviously never a good sign. They're still talented enough, and good enough defensively, to belong in the Top 25. But as you can see, their margin for error is get slimmer by the week. Hey, maybe they'll shock me again this week with a home win against Louisville. Certainly wouldn't be out of character for a team that never seems to look the same from one game to the next...

24. Colorado St. (21-6) 17

25. Pittsburgh (21-7) 19


just missed: VCU; Kansas St.; Oregon; Notre Dame

dropped: (23) VCU


Twitter Picks: 78-51-5 (.601)

That Iowa St./Kansas game was par for the course for me, lately. ISU covered in a dominant fashion the entire game, only to shadily lose both the game and the cover in the final seconds. But that's cool. I'd rather that be my typical loss than the one I took last night with Indiana (-5). Thankfully, those tank jobs have been few and far between. So stick with me. If for no other reason than you get to watch me implode when the zebras screw with my winning %. Those showboating rat bastards...


Hope you enjoyed, friends. And I'll catch you next week...


Teddy Williams...
100..

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

No love for Iowa State yet?

Brett Ferruccio said...

Eh. Even if you give them that win against Kansas, they're still at best a borderline top 25 team. 9 losses, only 6-4 in their last 10. They're great at home, but I'm pretty sure they won't get to play there come tourney time.

Oh and PS. Duke sucks. #BOOM

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