Thursday, February 11, 2021

The Top Teams in College Basketball Today, in the Style of Sports Illustrated in the 1970's.

EAST:  1.  Villanova (13-2)  2.  Virginia (14-3)

MIDEAST:  1.  Michigan (13-1)  2.  Illinois (13-5)

MIDWEST:  1.  Baylor (17-0)  2.  Houston (17-2)

WEST:  1.  Gonzaga (19-0)  2.  USC (15-3)

25 comments:

  1. I don't agree with all the folks who think that a down year for the Blue Bloods is bad for college basketball. The most famous season in my lifetime featured a Final Four of Michigan State, Indiana State, Penn, and DePaul. The second-most famous season had a Final Four of North Carolina State, Houston, Louisville, and Georgia.

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  2. Kentucky has fallen to number 62 on Ken Pom. That's below the 2013 team, which finished at number 55. But still above the 2008 team, which finished at Number 78. The 2008 Wildcats went to the NCAA Tournament and their coach was the SEC co-coach of the year.

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  3. UK is number 105 on offense, number 23 on defense, and number 354 in "luck." Personally, I think they prove every game that it's not luck at all.

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  4. Ken Pom projects UK as a 72-70 winner over Auburn in its next game. I have to say I don't see that happening at all. If UK wins, it won't be that close.

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  5. Here are the plus/minus scores for UK's starters in the Auburn game:

    Sarr: 11
    Mintz: 10
    Jackson: 7
    Boston: 4
    Askew: -1

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  6. Updated rankings for UK:

    Overall: 62d in the country
    Offensive efficiency: 99th
    Defensive efficiency: 25th
    "Luck": 348th

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  7. I don't understand Tennessee. The Vols go to LSU and are pounded by 13 points, 78-65.

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  8. Alabama beats Georgia 115-82. It's been a long time since anyone scored 115 points in an SEC game.

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    1. Alabama is now ranked number 8 on Ken Pom: 28th in offensive efficiency, and number 1 (ONE) in defensive efficiency.

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    2. Over the last 20 years, it has been rare to see any SEC team besides UK and Florida in Ken Pom's top 10.

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  9. Ken Pom had Mizzou beating Arkansas 76-75 today. They finished in a 73-all tie, and are heading to overtime.

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  10. Creighton is burying Villnova under a barrage of three-pointers. The Blue Jays lead 72-55 with 6 minutes left.

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  11. Belmont has now won 25 consecutive regular season games in the OVC. That ties the record set by Western from 1965 to 1967. Personally, I was opposed to letting Belmont in the OVC, and I think I've been proven right.

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  12. Speaking of Western, the Hilltoppers (14-4) are going for their sixth win in a row. In Bowling Green, they currently lead Rice 45-28 with 19 minutes left in the second half.

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  13. Going into today, the AP had Mizzou number 10, and Ken Pom had them at number 38. Ken Pom is justified, as Arkansas goes into Columbia and comes away with the 86-81 victory in overtime.

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  14. Creighton drubs Villanova 86-70. You never want to play Creighton when they are hot.

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  15. Western rolls over Rice 89-66. Hilltoppers are now 8-2 in C-USA.

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  16. Western went 14-28 from three-point range today. The Hilltoppers are now up to number 79 on Ken Pom. UK is at 61.

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    1. As you might imagine, the Tops appear to be a lot better than No. 79 in the country, based on the posts that come up for me on Facebook and Twitter.

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  17. Loyola of Chicago is 18-3. The Ramblers have won 11 games in a row, and are up to number 10 in Ken Pom.

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    1. K-Pom thought Loyola would beat Drake 70-64 today. But Drake won 51-50 in OT. So Loyola will fall a few spots.

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    2. John Feinstein loved this game.

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  18. Kentucky now has 2,324 wins, and Kansas has 2,317 wins.

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