ACC FIVE-YEAR STANDINGS
This ranking tries to answer a simple question: Who has been the best team in the ACC over the last five years?
Don't like how CHN is ranking teams? Here's what the major annual preview magazines have to say, including a consensus average based on all three. Note some of the variance of opinions about teams like Duke, Michigan State, Texas, Oklahoma, and USC.
SN = Sporting News
*Our State of '08 journey finally ends today with Wisconsin. If you've missed any of the earlier states, spend some time clicking through the links provided below.
INTRO: Now that I've rolled out the last of the Rise & Fall articles, its time to move onto something bigger & better (or at least slightly different).. a state by state ranking of D1 men's basketball programs.
Last year I unveiled the Siegel Quality Ranking. The concept is simple: College basketball scheduling is so amazingly uneven, that pure records mean nothing. The only wins that should count in determining a team's stature are "quality" wins against "quality" opponents, and losses should only hurt if they're against bad teams.
A "quality" game is one of three things: A home game against a Top 50 RPI team, a Neutral game against a Top 100 team, and a Road win against a Top 150 team. Such wins are hard to come by and only the real NCAA Tournament contenders are able to win many.