Weekly Top 25 Review: How is Georgetown Top 10?

    
February 16th, 2010

The Story: Kansas and Kentucky remain the top two teams in the Coaches’ poll this week, while every other spot within the Top 25 changed. Kentucky also moved up one spot to earn No. 2 honors in the AP poll. Villanova, No. 3 this week, has already been upset at home by Connecticut and will likely drop out of the top 5 in next week’s polls. Purdue, after an impressive performance at Michigan State, is No. 4, while Syracuse falls to No. 5 after losing at home to Louisville. Ohio State (No. 9/12) moved up four spots in both polls and are riding a six game winning streak. However, the Buckeyes face a tough week as they play host to Purdue (Wednesday, 2/17) before traveling to Michigan State (Sunday, 2/21). Georgetown drops to No. 10 in both polls after losing at Rutgers. Fellow Big East powerhouse, West Virginia, drops out of the top 5 to No. 8 after losing to Villanova and Pittsburgh. Georgia Tech and UNLV have dropped from both polls. Cornell has fallen from the Coaches’ poll after losing at Penn. The Quakers, 4-16 on the season, defeated the Big Red by fifteen points last week in a game that’s being dubbed “upset of the year.” Northern Iowa, previous No. 19 in the AP poll, has dropped from the rankings after losing at Bradley. Texas A&M and Wake Forest are newcomers in both polls this week, while Richmond (AP) and Baylor (Coaches’) each join in separate polls.

 

Polls: AP and Coaches’

 

Ryter’s Block: This is a huge week for Ohio State. After watching All-American Evan Turner fall during a dunk attempt earlier in the season, it seemed as if we could count out the Buckeyes for making a run in the Big Ten. Turner then came back earlier then expected and currently sit ½ a game out of first place behind Michigan State and Purdue, both of whom they play this week. Can they get mentally prepared for both games? Buckeyes fans sure hope so. Realistically, they can take one of two, however I see them winning both and shaking up the Big Ten race. Is Texas finally out of their “slump”? It seems as if the Longhorns have been heading in the wrong direction ever since they earned a No. 1 ranking. They face a very tough Mizzou team this Wednesday. Hopefully they can build off of their 40 point win against Nebraska. How is Georgetown ranked in the top 10? They may be the most schizophrenic team in the nation. They beat up on Duke, lose to South Florida (at home), beat Villanova, and struggle against Providence, before finally losing at Rutgers. You can’t lose to Rutgers and still be ranked in the top 10. You just can’t.

 

Here are some games to watch this week…

 

Wednesday, February 17:

#4 Purdue at #12 Ohio State

#17 Texas at Missouri

 

Thursday, February 18:

#5 Syracuse at #10 Georgetown

 

Saturday, February 20:

#2 Kentucky at #19 Vanderbilt

Illinois at #4 Purdue

#7 Kansas State at Oklahoma

Siena at #13 Butler

 

Sunday, February 21:

#3 Villanova at #21 Pittsburgh

#12 Ohio State at #11 Michigan State