Dear Gary (on Butler's ranking)
Posted on: December 30, 2009 12:21 pm
Here's Wednesday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: Explain to me how Butler can possibly be ranked in anyone's Top 25? I just don't get it.
I didn't rank Butler for the first time all season, but I don't have a huge problem with those who did. The Bulldogs' 8-4 record doesn't look too hot, I admit. But none of the losses are bad losses, and they've got two good wins.
Take a look:
----- BUTLER -----
Notable wins: No. 15 Ohio State (home), No. 25 Northwestern (away).
Losses: No. 13 Georgetown (neutral), No. 21 Clemson (neutral), No. 24 UAB (away), Minnesota (neutral)
If you want to look at this positively, you'd point out that Butler has what appears to be a nice road win at Northwestern, and no losses to teams that aren't on pace to make the NCAA tournament. That's good. On the other hand, the win over Ohio State came while Ohio State was missing its best player, the UAB loss was lopsided, and a real Top 25 team probably ought to be able to get either Georgetown, Clemson or Minnesota on a neutral court.
I can see both sides.
So if you want to rank Butler, I'm OK with it.
If not, that's fine, too.
In reality, the Bulldogs are probably in that 20 to 35 range.