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College Basketball Rankings, Week 4

Posted on: December 8, 2008 2:20 pm
 
If you wish to know the reasoning, please read my blog entry about the Philosophy of Rankings.

1    North Carolina    (8-0)
2    Connecticut    (8-0)
3    Gonzaga    (6-0)
4    Oklahoma    (8-0)
5    Duke    (8-1)
6    Pittsburgh    (9-0)
7    Tennessee    (6-1)
8    Texas    (6-1)
9    Syracuse    (8-0)
10    Xavier    (7-0)
11    Wake Forest    (7-0)
12    Villanova    (8-0)
13    Ohio State    (5-0)
14    Notre Dame    (6-2)
15    Michigan    (6-2)
16    Georgetown    (5-1)
17    Memphis    (5-1)
18    UCLA    (5-2)
19    Baylor    (7-1)
20    Purdue    (6-2)
21    Clemson    (9-0)
22    Dayton    (8-0)
23    Marquette    (7-1)
24    Kansas    (7-1)
25    Davidson    (6-1)

New this week: Ohio State, Michigan, Marquette, Davidson.
Dropped out: Illinois, Michigan State, Miami(FL), Florida.

Next five:
26    Illinois    (7-1)
27    Wisconsin    (6-2)
28    West Virginia    (6-1)
29    Miami (Fla.)    (5-2)
30    Michigan State    (5-2)
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Ohio State added two impressive wins to their resume, beating Miami and Notre Dame. Michigan outplayed Duke with great enthusiasm, and proved that beating UCLA was no fluke.

Losing to Duke is no sin; getting discombobulated is. Purdue doesn't have good wins, thinning patience drops them to 20.  Michigan State is dismantled by UNC, which makes me re-evaluate the Maryland loss as not an anomaly. They will collect themselves later in the season, but right now, there is nothing in their resume that justifies ranking them.  Same goes for Miami(FL).

Clemson is tugging along unbeaten, adding a good win over Illinois on the road.  Their pressure defense wears opponents down.  They are definitely a top 25 team at the moment.

Pittsburgh, Villanova and Wake Forest are rolling their light schedule.  Wake Forest does have a signature win over Baylor, but everything else on their schedule is fluff. Against Indiana their offense was overpowering, but they allowed too many easy plays and offensive rebounds to a team that was clearly overmatched.  Pitt and Villanova have some decent wins, but no real proof of belonging to the top yet.  Villanova is playing Texas this week.
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Rankings
 
Comments

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2008 11:40 pm
 

College Basketball Rankings, Week 4

Too many words and numbers.....next week can you just put up some pictures with some graphs and pie charts.  Make it easier. really, though, thanks, it looks great.  im glad there is actuall someone out  there withmore free time than me!!



Since: Feb 28, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 2:17 pm
 

College Basketball Rankings, Week 4

Pretty good rankings here, based on who they have played also I like that too. But a couple teams that should be up there are Illinois probably, and maybe even Minnesota Gophers, they are 7-0 with there win against Cornell on Saturday, or Sunday i forgot. But overall I like these rankings, pretty accurate. Great job.
Thanks :)

I considered Illinois, they just were missed on my list.  But I am an Illinois fan and I saw most of their games, and that Clemson loss was really ugly, I was mad at them for not even getting a shot off at the end with two points down.  Also, they don't look like a top 25 team in most of their games. 

Minnesota has a very light schedule, it is all fluff, the only thing I can count for them is a win over Virginia, and even that, Virginia is very weak this year.  So I don't think I'll rank the Gophers until they get into Big Ten schedule and get some good conference wins.



Since: Feb 28, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 2:13 pm
 

College Basketball Rankings, Week 4

I admire your thorough analysis ... especially the moxie to drop MSU & Miami out entirely.Thanks.  I give them lee-way, but if there is someone more deserving, they will move down on the list. 


I think Texas is slightly low. I still have them as as 1 seed (barely), with OU & Gonzaga as a 2.The exact placement is always a judgment call.   I saw Gonzaga and they impressed me a lot more than Texas.  Texas also has a loss - I don't penalize them for losing to Notre Dame, but when it comes to comparisons, Gonzaga is unbeaten, and has a couple decent wins over Oklahoma State and Maryland, in addition to beating Tennessee, while Texas has beaten UCLA for their "good win" and only Oregon for a "decent" one.  Basically, the teams above Texas all have more and/or better wins and/or no losses.



Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2008 9:26 pm
 

College Basketball Rankings, Week 4

Pretty good rankings here, based on who they have played also I like that too. But a couple teams that should be up there are Illinois probably, and maybe even Minnesota Gophers, they are 7-0 with there win against Cornell on Saturday, or Sunday i forgot. But overall I like these rankings, pretty accurate. Great job.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2008 8:25 pm
 

College Basketball Rankings, Week 4

I admire your thorough analysis ... especially the moxie to drop MSU & Miami out entirely.

I think Texas is slightly low. I still have them as as 1 seed (barely), with OU & Gonzaga as a 2.

Good work, though ... love seeing other people's ranking process.



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