Week 1 Ballot

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

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