Villanova remained at the head of the polls this week as Xavier (8/7) dropped into the lower reaches of the top 10. Frankly, that seems a fair destination for a team that played one really good game and one really bad game this week. Providence at 23/20 rounds out the Big East's representation in the polls. After the top three teams in both polls, things are pretty wide open. The parity of college basketball has been a recurring theme this year and looking at the polls shows why. There is no juggernaut that is the odds on favorite to win the tournament. Is there even a team in the top 10 that can be ruled out?
AP Top 25
|1||Villanova Wildcats (44)||22-3||1601|
|2||Kansas Jayhawks (21)||21-4||1578|
|5||North Carolina Tar Heels||21-4||1343|
||Michigan State Spartans||21-5||1174|
West Virginia Mountaineers
Iowa State Cyclones
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Duke Blue Devils
USA Today Coaches PoIl
Doofus of the Week:
What do you say to a ballot that has both SDSU and Hawaii ranked? Fletcher Mackel pulled off that improbable feat today, possibly not by using darts. Hawaii is 20-3, with three of their losses coming to three of the only four top 100 KenPom teams they've played. Their lone decent win is over #98 Northern Iowa and it came last calendar year. The Rainbow Warriors also have not one but two wins over non-D1 opponents. Somehow, they have an even better argument than SDSU who this very week lost to a very bad Fresno State squad and is a glittering 3-5 against the RPI top 100. Amazingly, Fletcher rates those teams as better than, say, Providence or Notre Dame. Well Fletcher, we rate you as a...