Monday, January 14, 2008

College Hoops Rankings

Golden College Basketball rankings for 1/14/08

Top Gainer: Delaware - With four wins over 8, 8, 9 and 11 win teams, two of them on the road.
Biggest Loser: IPFW, with two bad losses to South Dakota State and previously winless Ball State
Big Upsets: Charlotte's ten point win at Clemson. This is actually a familiar pattern for the Tigers. Last year they were the last team to lose a game, starting out 17-0, before losing to highly ranked Maryland and North Carolina teams and then tanking the rest of the way, going 4-10 down the stretch.
-Northern Colorado, who lost to a bad Idaho State team a week earlier, winning at 13-3 San Diego State.
Bad box scores, take one: George Washington beats St. Louis 49-20. St. Louis only scored 7 points in the first half, and shot 7-48 in the game.
Bad box scores, take two: Not to be outdone, MSU and Iowa produced one of the ugliest games in recent Big Ten history (and that's saying a lot). The two teams combined to go 27-92 from the field, 17-33 from the free throw line and had 26 turnovers. Iowa was slightly less ugly, 43-36.
Biggest Home Court Advantage: From a numerical perspective, no one can beat little Presbyterian College, who is 0-20 away from home, and 2-0 at home. Check out their story here.
And then there were three: Washington State, Vanderbilt, and Mississippi State all lost their first games of the year, leaving North Carolina, Kansas, and Memphis as the only teams without a blemish. The Wazzou loss at UCLA was understandable, and the Cougars will still compete for the Pac Ten title. Mississippi and Vanderbilt were probably over achieving a little, and might come back to earth when they reach the heart of the SEC schedule. Kansas and UNC, while among the best teams in the country, are not going to go undefeated through their respective conferences. Memphis, on the other hand, just might. They are so far ahead of the rest of the Conference USA, it will be an upset if anyone stays within 10.

Conference Rankings:
UCLA, Washington State, Oregon, & Stanford lead the Pac Ten to the top.