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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

College Hoops Top 25 (3/6)


As if March could have gotten any better. Now, on the eve of my birthday and the release of the Cool
Ranch taco, and mere weeks before the start of the NCAA tournament, comes word of a Kate Upton doppelganger! Granted, she's Russian. And that rabbit impression she's workin' around the mouth area ain't helpin' her cause. But still, I'm thinkin' that having the knowledge that even one more woman is out there in the world with a strong resemblance of everyone's favorite buxom blonde is a pretty decent score for mankind...

Speaking of scores, college basketball has been, per usual, continuing to provide a massive stash of entertainment worthy of George Jung. Or at least worthy of those geniuses that built a Meth lab in a golf course outhouse. More so the latter after last night's victory by Ohio St. I mean, is shit fucked up, or what? Here we were, all set in thinking that the Hoosiers were the clear cut favorites to cut down the nets and BAM! They get handled at home by a team that does it's best to set offensive basketball back to the days of drunken Dennis Hopper. So, what now? Does that mean the Zags are the best team in the country? A team that hasn't played much a schedule for the past 2 months?

Eh, guess you're about to find out. I already know, because I wrote it. But shouldn't stop you from scrolling down and seeing what it does...

Enjoy, my friends. IT's the beginning of the end. AKA The jump off. And you don't wanna mess anything. Ya know, because in doing so, you;re likely to miss everything at the same time. And you don't wanna do that. That's how you end up lookin' like Bunny Uptonslova up there come tourney time. Not sure what that means, exactly. But I really wanted to use that name...

OK, let's go!

College Hoops Top 25



1. Indiana (25-5) 1

2. Gonzaga (29-2) 2

Here's the thing about the end of the college basketball season, and why it's become so difficult to get a good read on teams heading into the NCAA tournament. It's Senior Night. Some of the most pivotal games of the season, being played in an emotional soup that's bound to affect different players and teams in many different ways. Last night, it seemed to fuck with the Indiana Hoosiers. We're used to scrappy underdogs feeding off the emotion of their last home game, but I've seen it work the opposite way, as well. With last night being the latest example...

Point is, some of the season's most important games aren't played in a situation that you're likely to see duplicated in any conference tournament or NCAA tournament game. Which makes them hard to analyze and predict future success. Long story short, it's the main reason as to why I still have Indiana ranked #1, with hotter Bulldogs still hanging around at #2. Indiana may have been losing more often, lately. But they've been losing tougher games, to tougher opponents and in tougher environments than Gonzaga. That, combined with the fact that I'm still fairly sure in my belief that Indiana has the most talented lineup, should keep them at the top until Selection Sunday barring another major setback...

3. Louisville (25-5) 3


4. Miami (23-5) 9

5. Duke (26-4) 6

Speaking of emotion, the Dukies were riding high off the return of Ryan Kelly. And despite his career best performance, they still were barely able to sneak by the confident Hurricanes at Cameron Indoor. That's why Miami gets the bump back above the Devils. I mean, is there really any doubt that Miami would have won that game on a neutral court. Not in this guy's mind...


6. Michigan St. (22-7) 7

7. Michigan (24-5) 4

Same thing that applies to the 2 teams above applies, to the two squads from Michigan. I also give the edge to Sparty, despite their loss, because of the outstanding play of late by Adreian Payne. Kid is a versatile beast, and I wouldn't at all surprised if his coming out party coincides with another sneaky Final Four appearance for Tom Izzo...

8. Georgetown (23-4) 5

The Hoyas didn't lose, yet they still dropped. Mostly because I trust all of the teams above to score more than I do Georgetown. All of those teams can defend, too...

Don't be surprised if the Cowboys and the Wolfpack, 2 teams that battled back in
November, are two of the last teams left standing come March...
9. Oklahoma St. (22-6) 8

10. St. Louis (23-5) 11

11. NC State (21-8) 13

The Wolfpack are another team that has all the offense it can handle, but will need to play better defense coming down the stretch if they're to meet my lofty expectations. And they have been. Granted, not against the stiffest of competition. But it's a start...

12. Kansas (26-4) 10

13. Florida (23-5) 15

14. Ohio St. (22-7) 17

IF the Buckeyes can find enough offense, like they did last night in their season defining win over Indiana. Then they could become one of the most dangerous teams in the tournament. That's a big IF, but That Motta's done more with less before. So I wouldn't be surprised if yet another one of his teams decides to overachieve down the stretch...

15. UNLV (22-7) 20

16. New Mexico (25-4) 14



17. VCU (23-6) NR

The Rams are the perfect example of a team that, if they can force you to play their style, then they're likely going to beat you. No matter the talent disparity. Butler found that out this week, and a lot of other teams are likely to find that out once Shaka Smart's boys are through. Winners of 7 of 8, they're peaking at the right time. And considering their past results, that should be striking fear into the entire prospective tournament field...

18. Marquette (22-7) 19

19. Wisconsin (20-9) 12

20. Pittsburgh (23-7) 25


21. St. Mary's (26-5) NR

22. Oregon (23-6) NR

23. UCLA (22-7) NR

Three West coast teams jump into the rankings, this week. St. Mary's for the 1st time all year. And while I don't get to see these teams play nearly as often as I'd like, I do know this. Each year, one West coast team that nobody was expecting ends up making some serious noise in the tournament. This year, I'm betting that team will ultimately end up coming from this 3some. Not sure which one, but be be prepared to say I told you so when one of these unknowns ends up busting your bracket...

...and likely my bracket, too. Bastards...

24. Butler (22-7) 15

25. Kansas St. (24-5) NR 


just missed: Creighton; Middle Tennessee St.; Notre Dame; Missouri; Syracuse; Virginia; Arizona

dropped: (18) Arizona; (21) Wichita St.; (22) Akron; (23) Syracuse; (24) Colorado St.


First time in a long time that I can remember Syracuse not making the cut. But when you can't score and defend your home court, these things are gonna happen. Thankfully, they're decline hasn't coincided with my own when it comes to picking games. Granted, I'm not as hot as I once was. But last time I checked, my nearly 61% clip till puts me in some pretty elite company when it comes to picking winners. Maybe not "Mensa" elite, but at last "Playboy mansion access" style. I mean, hey. They're lettin' in Dennis Rodman and Tom Sizemore, I'm pretty sure I could slide by the door guy. Most likely around the time when Rodman and Sizemore start fighting about which one of them has done more blow with tyrannical dictators...

Twitter Picks: 93-59-8 (.606)


Hope you enjoyed, friends. And I hope you're ready for one hell of a March. I know I am. Or at least I will be once I clear a little more space for a few of those Cool Ranch tacos. Yeah, gross. But whatever. It's my month, bitches. 2 Kate Uptons, delicious green milkshakes, fantastical tacos, all the college hoops I can eat and apparently some less than necessary toilet humor. Yep, it's my time. And not even a slice of delicious horse in my birthday taco is gonna break my spirits...

So. Next week, my final Top 25. Then, the dance. Get ready, kids. And I'll catch you on Wednesday...  


Teddy Williams...
100...

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