Archive for November, 2010

Week 2 Notes and Ballot
November 24, 2010

I was thinking that Maryland might move it’s way into the top 25 following a trip to New York. And if they had discovered how to shoot free throws against Pittsburgh, they may very well have. Early thoughts on the team now with a little bit of a resume go like this:
-The team has great perimeter depth, therefore I’d like to see more pressure applied defensively. They rarely pressed against either Pitt or Illinois, allowing their opponents to dictate tempo.
-Jordan Williams has hands of which even Anquan Boldin could envy.
-Williams also has a very soft touch on little jumpers, therefore his Shaq like stats at the free throw line remain a Lochness sized mystery.
-Cliff Tucker and Adrian Bowie will provide some tremendous moments this season but their inconsistent play may prevent a serious run in the tournament.
-Terrell Stoglin and Pe’Shon will drive Gary Williams to a record high dry cleaning bill but will also absolutely thrill the fans along the way.

Elsewhere, Morgan State continues to build a solid foundation. Two wins away from East Baltimore already, both games for which they were the ones getting paid. Todd Bozeman amazes.

And after watching Duke just flat out dominate Kansas State, I feel simultaneously secure and sickened by having the Devils at the top spot of my ballot. Here’s the rest:

1. Duke
2. Kansas State
3. Pittsburgh
4. Michigan State
5. Ohio State
6. Kansas
7. Kentucky
8. Villanova
9. Purdue
10. Syracuse
11. Missouri
12. Washington
13. Florida
14. Minnesota
15. Georgetown
16. Temple
17. Memphis
18. Baylor
19. San Diego State
20. Gonzaga
21. Texas
22. BYU
23. Butler
24. Virginia Tech
25. Illinois

Week 1 Ballot
November 15, 2010

I looked through the A.P. Top 25 results this week, and to the surprise of nobody, none of the teams lost. Some had not yet even played, so I chose not to make any changes. I did though consider moving Maryland into the ranking. A 3-0 record of course looks good, but needing a last second shot to beat the College of Charleston at home kept me from pulling the trigger.

C.O.C. may prove to be a very good team, and this may end up being the kind of win that helps their tourney chances. Or it’s a sign of trouble, that they needed Pe’Shon Howard’s heroics to knock off a team picked to finish third in the Southern Conference.

I know for certain that Jordan Williams is one of the best post players in the ACC, if not the country. A dedicated off season leaves him in terrific shape, his touch is better, and he has put together five straight double doubles (dating back to last season). That latter ties a school record he now shares with Joe Smith.

A trip to Madison Square Garden this week and dates with 5th ranked Pitt and either 13th ranked Illinois or Texas will offer us a better idea of where this team stands.

So here’s how it shapes up one week into college basketballs season, according to one man:

1. Duke
2. Kansas State
3. Pittsburgh
4. Michigan State
5. Ohio State
6. Kansas
7. Kentucky
8. Villanova
9. Florida
10. Syracuse
11. North Carolina
12. Purdue
13. Missouri
14. Gonzaga
15. Washington
16. Virginia Tech
17. Memphis
18. Butler
19. Illinois
20. Baylor
21. Temple
22. Georgetown
23. Wisconsin
24. San Diego State
25. North Carolina State

Back for another vote
November 1, 2010

I thoroughly enjoyed my first journey through a season of voting for the Men’s A.P. Top 25 Basketball Poll. It forced me to play closer attention to a sport I dearly love, and allowed me to add another tier to my sports package at home.

But what I hated last season, and hate once again, attempting to compile a pre-season poll. Thanks to dozens of underclassmen leaving early for the NBA, there is more turnover year to year in college hoops than any other sports. And in no other sport do freshman make a greater impact. Plus, we have no idea who really improved, or simply ate pizza all off season. It’s ridiculous to think we can rank teams, with any real credibility, without judging a body of work for the current crop.

Even more ridiculous, picking a preseason All America team.

So, without further adieu, my effort ridiculousness..

1. Duke
2. Kansas State
3. Pittsburgh
4. Michigan State
5. Ohio State
6. Kansas
7. Kentucky
8. Villanova
9. Florida
10. Syracuse
11. North Carolina
12. Purdue
13. Missouri
14. Gonzaga
15. Washington
16. Virginia Tech
17. Memphis
18. Butler
19. Illinois
20. Baylor
21. Temple
22. Georgetown
23. Wisconsin
24. San Diego State
25. North Carolina State

All America Team

Kyle Singler
Austin Freeman
Jacob Pullen
JaJuan Johnson
Malcolm Delaney