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Dear Gary (on the next No. 1)

Posted on: January 27, 2010 11:21 am
Edited on: January 27, 2010 11:39 am
 

Here's Wednesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: You know that no matter who you have at the No. 1 spot next week, you will hear it from the fan bases of the other one-loss teams.

-- Cody


The best thing that could happen (in the spirit of simplicity) is for Kansas to win Saturday at Kansas State. That would push the Jayhawks to 20-1 with road wins over No. 11 Kansas State and No. 15 Temple, and the lone loss would be a close loss at No. 14 Tennessee. That's strong -- slightly stronger, I think, than Syracuse and Villanova. Syracuse, barring a slip-up at DePaul, will be 21-1 with a home win over No. 7 Georgetown, a road win over No. 9 West Virginia, and a lone loss by double-digits at home to No. 17 Pitt. Meantime, Villanova, barring a loss to Notre Dame, will be 19-1 with a home win over No. 7 Georgetown, a neutral-site win over No. 18 Ole Miss, and a lone loss by double-digits at No. 15 Temple.

(NOTE: Even if Kentucky beats Vanderbilt this weekend to improve to 20-1, I don't think the Wildcats can match the bodies of work of Kansas, Syracuse and Villanova. They would have wins over No. 19 UConn and No. 21 Vandy, but the lone loss would be at unranked South Carolina. So Kansas, Syracuse and Villanova would have better wins and a better first loss, which is why I'll be picking between Kansas, Syracuse and Villanova as long as none of those schools lose between now and Sunday night. And, no, this does not mean I'm giving up on Kentucky. I'll pick the Wildcats to win the national title when the time comes. But at this point of the season, I try to rank by putting a lot of emphasis on bodies of work, and I don't think UK's body of work is going to measure up Sunday night. Anyway ...)

So if Kansas wins, Kansas should be No. 1.

If not, we'll see.

But here's a more important question: Does anybody want this stupid No. 1 ranking?

The AP's top-ranked team has, after all, lost its past three games. First No. 1 Texas lost to Kansas State, then No. 1 Texas lost to UConn, then No. 1 Kentucky lost to South Carolina. If the Wildcats lose to Vanderbilt, that'll be four straight losses for the nation's top-ranked team. That could be some sort of record, but I can't say for sure. Either way, the good news is that if KU moves to No. 1, its first game as the top-ranked team will be against Colorado, and I'm not even sure a phone call from President Obama could jinx Kansas into losing to Colorado.
Comments

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2010 8:11 pm
 

Dear Gary (on the next No. 1)


You're right with mentioning that loss to Pitt. But KU should beat any team that has four missing starters on the road or at home.



I know this thread is old.  I also don't really care which of the teams discussed is ranked #1 by Parish.  However, I would like to point out one fact.  Tennessee was not missing 4 starters when they played Kansas.  They were missing 1 starter (Tyler Smith) and 3 back-ups, one of which (Brain Williams) only saw the floor due to Tennessee's lack of depth in the front court. 



Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2010 5:31 pm
 

Dear Gary (on the next No. 1)

Please put the Cuse as #1 as a kansas fan I hate being at the top everyone is gunning for you and all the idiots say you shouldn't be ranked #1 that Texas and Kentucky are better at least we lost to a top 20 team and how else did everyone else fair as the top team one week and done!!  At least we spent 10 weeks at the top spot and didn't blow it against an unranked team.  I don't see why everyone cares who #1 is the only reason it would matter is to get a #1 seed come march.  The only time I'd want to be #1 is in April PERIOD!!!



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2010 2:00 am
 

Dear Gary (on the next No. 1)

Syracuse should be #1. They certainly pass the eyeball test and they are #1 in the RPI and they play in the league that is really the BIGEAST.Wink



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2010 1:12 pm
 

Dear Gary (on the next No. 1)

Agreed. Your team has only been scratching the surface when it comes to playing up to its potential. Although, I can't tell if you if KU will be playing better in the weeks to come. For all we know, this team won't ever play to its potential.. or they could start playing to their potential starting their next game. Who knows?  Either way, I don't see a 15-1 conference record.

You're right with mentioning that loss to Pitt. But KU should beat any team that has four missing starters on the road or at home. Especially when you lost to them with that #1 ranking, and only dropped two spots in the polls. We lost to a team that was on a roll, while KU lost to a depleted team facing problems and chemistry issues. We should just agree to disagree.



Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2010 11:57 am
 

Dear Gary (on the next No. 1)

I have no problem with putting Syracuse at #1.  I will say if you're going to say KU shouldn't be #1 solely b/c they lost to a depleted Tenn team on the road then I could easily argue that anyone that loses by double digits at home (to anybody) shouldn't be #1.  My criteria could be different than yours and we could agree to disagree.  Whatever.

I also don't need a lesson on the KU schedule.  I'm aware of who they play and where, but history shows me that Bill Self teams play their best basketball during conference play (and in the last 3-4 years this level of play has continued into the postseason).  My eyes also tell me that this team has only scratched the surface.  They will be MUCH better in the weeks to come.  I predicted 38-2 to start the year and I'm sticking with it.



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2010 6:48 pm
 

Dear Gary (on the next No. 1)

Btw, you can't call the Big 12 the best conference in America until you bring facts to the table.

You won't be 15-1 in the conference, and finish the season with two total losses. Count on that.  Texas and Kansas State have proven to be tough foes this year. And Kansas has three total games against them this season. Two of those games are on the road. So don't be giving Kansas a 15-1 record in conference play just yet.

Gary, where is your backup with predicting Kentucky to win the national title?   This team just lost to South Carolina, struggled against Auburn, Stanford and UK's best wins are against a mediocre UNC team and a decent UConn team. And they barely even won.





Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2010 6:42 pm
 

Dear Gary (on the next No. 1)

The #1 spot should go to the team with the #1 RPI, multiple quality wins... including a pair of top 15 (one on the road) and a 20-1 record. Syracuse should be the #1 spot.

Kansas didn't show up to a Tennessee team with four players suspended, and lost. They don't deserve the #1 ranking.



Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2010 3:02 pm
 

Dear Gary (on the next No. 1)

I'll pick the Wildcats to win the national title when the time comes.


Will you still pick UK after the following happens:

KU punches up a 15-1 record in the best conference in America
UK loses 2-3 more games in a decent league

Before you answer I would remember what happened last time Bill Self and John Calipari squared off with similarly talented teams.  Calipari had the best player on the court that day too, but in the end Sherron Collins was good enough.  I predict he will be again.


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