Daily Dribble: Biggest Surprises

    
February 10th, 2007

I was already thinking this morning about how this Sunday's Top 50 ranking would pan out after some of this past week's results. While looking at last week's ranking I was surprised at how low some of the current Top 50's were ranked in the preseason.. but also how similar a lot of the teams were as well.

What I decided to do was to compare all of our current Top 50 team's with their preseason ranking.. and also compare the preseason Top 50 with our current ranking. Then for kicks, I made some comparisons between the CHN Top 50 and the RPI and Sagarin ratings.

Teams Unranked in Preseason, Now Ranked
In order of Rise.

Washington State - Was 173 - Now 13 = + 160
VCU - Was 165 - Now 45 = +120
Butler - Was 106 - Now 11 = +95
Notre Dame - Was 87 - Now 21 = +66
Oregon - Was 56 - Now 15 = +41
UNLV - Was 71 - Now 32 = +39
Stanford - Was 65 - Now 27 = +38
Virginia Tech - Was 59 - Now 22 = +37
Vandy - Was 63 - Now 29 = + 34
Winthrop - Was 77 - Now 43 = +34
WVU - Was 64 - Now 33 = +31
Maryland - Was 70 - Now 40 = +30
Clemson - Was 54 - Now 28 = +26
Purdue - Was 68 - Now 47 = +21
UMASS - Was 51 - Now 38 = +13
Kansas State - Was 57 - Now 50 = +7

Teams That Have Dropped 15+ Spots
In order of drop. ("-#+" = dropped at least # spots)

LSU - Was 9 - Now Unranked = -41+
Syracuse - Was 11 - Now 49 = -38
Louisville - Was 18 - Now 55 (in "Next 5 Out") = -37
Washington - Was 16 - Now Unranked = -34+
Georgia Tech - Was 22 - Now Unranked = -28+
Hofstra - Was 29 - Now 55 (in "Next 5 Out") = -26
Boston College - Was 34 - Now 10 = -24
Illinois - Was 28 - Now Unranked = -22+
Arizona - Was 8 - Now 26 = -18
UCONN - Was 33 - Now Unranked = -17+
Alabama - Was 14 - Now 30 = -16
Xavier - Was 35 - Now Unranked = -15+

Teams in Preseason Top 50 - Now Unranked
LSU - Was 9 - Now Unranked
Washington - Was 16 - Now Unranked
Louisville - Was 18 - Now 55 (in "Next 5 Out")
Georgia Tech - Was 22 - Now Unranked
Illinois - Was 28 - Now Unranked
Hofstra - Was 29 - Now 55 (in "Next 5 Out")
UCONN - Was 33 - Now Unranked
Xavier - Was 35 - Now Unranked
Wichita State - Was 41 - Now Unranked
BYU - Was 44 - Now 51 (in "Next 5 Out")
Florida State - Was 45 - Now 52 (in "Next 5 Out")
Michigan - Was 46 - Now Unranked
GW - Was 47 - Now Unranked
Oklahoma - Was 48 - Now Unranked
Houston - Was 49 - Now Unranked
San Diego State - Was 50 - Now Unranked

Top 50 Teams Within 2 Spots of Preseason
Florida - Was 1 - Now 1 = 0
Wisconsin - Was 4 - Now 3 = +1
UNC - Was 2 - Now 4 = -2
Ohio State - Was 7 - Now 5 = +2
Duke - Was 15 - Now 16 = -1
Southern Illinois - Was 19 - Now 20 = +1
Indiana - Was 23 - Now 23 = 0
Texas Tech - Was 42 - Now 42 = 0

Lowest Ranked Teams To Have Been Ranked in Top 50 at One Point
In order of rise. ("+#+" = rose at least # spots)

Washington State - Was 173 - Now 13 = +160
Davidson - Was 206 - Now 53 (in "Next 5 Out"), Last Ranked Week 9 = +156+
Appalachian State - Was 188 - Now Unranked, Last Ranked Week 11 = +138+
VCU - Was 165 - Now 45 = +120
Butler - Was 106 - Now 11 = +95
Notre Dame - Was 87 - Now 21 = +66
Missouri - Was 105 - Now Unranked, Last Ranked Week 3 = +55+
Dayton - Was 97 - Now Unranked, Last Ranked Week 5 = +47+
Georgia - Was 89 - Now Unranked, Last Ranked Week 6 = +39+

Current RPI Top 50, Not in Current CHN Top 50
Xavier - 39 RPI - Dropped out of Top 50 last week
Illinois - 42 RPI - Last in Top 50 Week 7
Drexel - 47 RPI - Dropped out of Top 50 last week
Bradley - 49 RPI - Never been in CHN Top 50
Appalachian State - 50 RPI - Dropped out of Top 50 last week

Current Sagarin Top 50, Not in Current CHN Top 50
Florida State - 23 Sag - Currently "Next 5 Out"
Georgia Tech - 24 Sag - Last in Top 50 Week 10
Georgia - 41 Sag - Last in Top 50 Week 6
BYU - 48 Sag - Currently "Next 5 Out"
Illinois - 49 Sag - Last in Top 50 Week 7

Non-RPI Top 50, In CHN Top 50
Notre Dame - 53 RPI - CHN 21
Gonzaga - 54 RPI - CHN 36
Texas - 55 RPI - CHN 24
UMASS - 59 RPI - CHN 38
Syracuse - 62 RPI - CHN 49
Winthrop - 76 RPI - CHN 43
New Mexico State - 80 RPI - CHN 35

Non-Sagarin Top 50, In CHN Top 50
Vanderbilt - 54 Sag - CHN 29
Texas Tech - 56 Sag - CHN 42
Syracuse - 63 Sag - CHN 49
UMASS - 64 Sag - CHN 38
New Mexico State - 81 Sag - CHN 35

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