Thursday, February 28, 2013
Behind The Scoreboard
Hard to find SEC in rankings
The strength of the schedule seems to be the prevailing criteria on which the collegiate rankings are based.
As stated some weeks ago in this column, it is still treacherous at the top.
At the present time, the Hoosiers are at number one and occupied the position last week. Indiana received 43 first-place votes, 20 more than its closest competitor, Miami (Fla.). Indiana has an overall record of 24-3. Admirable, true, but Duke is also listing a record with the same numbers. Each won its last game, the former a four-point win over Michigan State (72-68) and the latter a 21-point (89-68) over Boston College. Now the number six Blue Devils were ranked number two last week.
But if you are looking for a real head-scratcher, check out Gonzaga. Now we all know that the “Zags,” in comparison, are relatively new but their 27-2 record cannot be denied – record which is better than any other in the top 25.
They did move up from five to three this week. They beat their last foe by 31 (81-50).
In case you are looking, it will be pretty hard to find SEC teams in the top rankings. Florida is still hanging on and moving up two slots to number five. Kentucky had to relinquish the 25th slot after last week.
The Gators are not only holding their own in the NCAA but they are also ruling the roost in the men’s SEC. They added another click with a win over Arkansas last weekend.
The Wildcats got to move up into a two-way tie with the Crimson Tide, when the latter was upset by LSU.
Ole Miss is on the fringe of the top four. The Rebels gave their coach, Andy Kennedy, an important milestone and his own slice of history by beating Auburn for his 145th victory, the best in school annals.
At this juncture, the Gators seem to have a firm lock on the SEC.
Since they are such good neighbors and playing their last season in the CUSA, (plus eldest daughter Veronica Ann works there), we are proud to mention that the University of Memphis Tigers clinched their regular season title over the weekend.
The Tigers are rated number 21 overall and we just hope that it will carry them deep into “March Madness.”
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