College Basketball: Top 25 Commentary
The Story: Kansas and Texas remain in the top two spots as the AP and Coaches’ poll agree on the top 5 teams in the land. Kansas received all 31 first place votes in the Coaches’ poll and landed 62 out of 65 first place votes in the AP poll. Texas (No. 2), Villanova (No. 3), and Syracuse (No.6/7) each received one first place vote in the AP poll. Kentucky is No. 4 in both polls after beating its toughest test, North Carolina, 68-66. The Tarheels fall to No. 10/11 after taking the loss at Rupp Arena. Purdue rounds out the top 5 with wins over Wake Forest and Buffalo this week. Washington (No. 17/16) dropped a few spots this week after losing a thriller in overtime at Texas Tech. Wisconsin (No.20/23) got a huge win and some respect by beating Duke this week in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Joining Wisconsin as newcomers in this week’s AP poll are Texas Tech (No. 23), Georgia Tech (No. 24), and Mississippi (No. 25). Three guards were out as Louisville got blown out at home by Charlotte and drop from both polls this week. Clemson, Florida State, and Portland all fell from the AP poll and California was dropped out of the Coaches’ poll. Previously unranked Vanderbilt is now No. 25 in the Coaches’ poll.
This Week's Polls: AP & Coaches
Ryter’s Block: Where’s the love for Texas Tech in the Coaches’ poll? The Red Raiders have the most votes out of any unranked team in the Coaches’ poll, but I thought after that win against Washington that they would have cracked the rankings in both polls. No one expected this team to start the season off 8-0; they should be rewarded for that. UNLV, who last week were ranked for the first time in December since 1992, picked up a huge road double overtime victory over Arizona. If they can beat Kansas State at home this Saturday, they will continue to climb in both polls. Another team in the Mountain West that should not be overlooked is New Mexico. The Lobos beat California and if they beat Texas A&M this week, should be ranked in next week’s polls. Florida and Duke should switch rankings in the AP poll. I realize that Duke lost on the road to a tough Wisconsin team; however Florida is 8-0 and has beaten Michigan State this year. At the very least, Florida should be ranked ahead of North Carolina in the Coaches’ Poll.
Can Ohio State win with Evan Turner out? Here are some game’s to look out for this week…
Tuesday, December 8
#22 Butler vs. #15 Georgetown
Wednesday, December 9
#4 Kentucky vs. #14 Connecticut
Thursday, December 10
#7 Syracuse vs. #10 Florida
Saturday, December 12
#15 Georgetown at #16 Washington
#13 Ohio State at #22 Butler
Who will come out on top this week? How do you think the Buckeyes will perform without Evan Turner?