Wichita State is 30-0 and not the #1 team in the nation. Florida, a team with 2 losses, holds that spot. Some say because the Shockers play in the Missouri Valley Conference and not a traditional powerhouse conference is the reason they are not in the top spot. We are reaching a time in college basketball where complete domination by major conferences is coming to an end. With the shuffling of teams in and out of conferences (and creating them like the AAC), what it means to be in a major conference, or a mid-major, is changing. The ranking of college basketball needs to reflect that.
This team is 30-0. The first Division I men’s team to ever reach this mark in the regular season (remember St. Joe’s went 27-0 in 2003-04). While #2 in the nation is nothing to scoff at, I find the strength of schedule argument hard to take at this point. Yes, strength of schedule is something to take into consideration, but if you are at the end of March and no one has been able to take you down- you deserve the #1 spot on the poll. Especially when the team above you has TWO losses. One of Florida’s losses, against UConn, was one of the worst pieces of college basketball coaching I have seen in a long time. UConn had no time outs and Billy Donovan called one allowing the Huskies to set up a shot and ultimately win the game. That piece of coaching should, in no way, be rewarded.
Wichita State, keep doing what you are doing. Good Luck as you finish up your season and roll into March Madness!
Tonight, as UNCG lost to rival Elon (oh my- there were some whiney Phoenix sitting behind us) PJ pulled up the Syracuse- Boston College game on his phone (gotta love technology). The game was tied at 50 and they went into OT as we walked out to the car. Once in the car, we put the game on through the Bluetooth.
They were tied at 52, then BC pulled ahead. The Eagles made their final four foul shots in a row and won the game 62-59. BC, who only sits above VT at the bottom of the ACC rankings, stuns #1 Syracuse! The Orange was projected to win by 14 and they lost by three. Syracuse was surprised and BC’s celebration was written all over their surprised faces.
As the seconds ticked down in OT, PJ and I discussed the last time that BC had upset the #1 team in the nation. They beat UNC January 2009. Yes, the team that was projected to have an undefeated that season. The team that went on to win the National Championship.
As a Tar Heel fan, that was hard to watch, but what rubbed the salt in the wound is that three days later BC lost to Harvard. Yep, they beat the #1 team in the nation, the team that went on to win the NCAA Championship and dropped a game to Harvard. If I remember correctly, the question that kept being asked was: Does Harvard even have a basketball team? Fast forward 5 years later, Harvard basketball has grown and they have gotten some strong recruits, but in 2009, it was shocking to the Tar Heel soul. We lose to BC then they turn around and lose to Harvard. What was right in the world?
Good job tonight, BC? I was hoping that the Wolfpack would have knocked them off of perfect last week, but I’ll take it this week instead.