Ryter's Block: Top 25 Thoughts

    
November 24th, 2008

The Story: North Carolina is the unanimous No. 1 team in this week’s ESPN/USA Today’s coaches’ poll. After receiving 30 out of 31 first place votes last week, UNC regained its unanimous status at No. 1 this week. Connecticut and Louisville remain No. 2 and No. 3 respectively. Pittsburgh jumped up two spots to No. 4 to give the Big East majority rule among the top 5. Pittsburgh took UCLA’s place at No. 4 after UCLA, 11th in this week’s poll; fell to Michigan at Madison Square Garden. The Big East has four teams in the top 10 and seven in the top 25—No. 8 Notre Dame, No. 15 Marquette, No. 16 Georgetown, and No. 22 Villanova. Xavier, No. 20, is the sole newcomer to the poll this week. They upset Memphis 63-58 in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off championship game. Here is a look at both the ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll as well as the AP poll:

 

 

AP

1. North Carolina (72) 3-0 1,800
2. Connecticut 4-0 1,694
3. Louisville 2-0 1,646
4. Pittsburgh 4-0 1,423
5. Michigan State 2-0 1,402
6. Texas 2-0 1,355
7. Duke 6-0 1,330
8. Notre Dame 2-0 1,291
9. Gonzaga 2-0 1,222
10. Purdue 4-0 1,161
11. Oklahoma 4-0 1,094
12. Tennessee 3-0 1,005
13. UCLA 3-1 916
14. Arizona State 3-0 767
15. Marquette 3-0 735
16. Xavier 5-0 600
17. Florida 3-0 535
18. Memphis 4-1 500
19. Wake Forest 2-0 414
20. Villanova 3-0 356
21. Georgetown 2-0 349
22. Miami (FL) 2-1 272
22. Kansas 2-0 272
24. Davidson 3-1 238
25. Wisconsin 4-0 214

ESPN

 1. North Carolina (31) 3-0 775
2. Connecticut 4-0 730
3. Louisville 2-0 697
4. Pittsburgh 4-0 635
5. Duke 6-0 625
6. Michigan State 2-0 615
7. Texas 2-0 576
8. Notre Dame 2-0 551
9. Purdue 4-0 516
10. Gonzaga 2-0 481
11. UCLA 3-1 437
12. Tennessee 3-0 434
13. Oklahoma 4-0 415
14. Arizona State 3-0 343
15. Marquette 3-0 284
16. Georgetown 2-0 251
17. Memphis 4-1 246
18. Florida 3-0 238
19. Wisconsin 4-0 171
20. Xavier 5-0 166
21. Miami (FL) 2-1 146
22. Villanova 3-0 143
23. Kansas 2-0 125
24. Wake Forest 2-0 123
25. Davidson 3-1 100

 

Ryter’s Block: The season is still young but the Big East has been impressive so far. They have almost half of their teams ranked in the top 25. I think Syracuse can also make a case to be the 8th team from the Big East to get into the top 25. UCLA is ranked a little high for my liking. I think they should have fallen lower after losing to Michigan.

 

Here are some games worth watching that may impact the rankings next week:

 

Monday 11/24: No. 2 UConn at No. 19 Wisconsin

Monday 11/24: No. 23 Kansas vs. Washington

Monday 11/24: Syracuse at No. 18 Florida

 

Wednesday 11/26: Boston College vs. No. 9 Purdue

Wednesday 11/26: UAB vs. No. 13 Oklahoma

 

Thursday 11/27: Maryland vs. No. 16 Michigan State

Thursday 11/27: Oklahoma St. vs. No. 10 Gonzaga

 

Friday 11/28: No. 4 Pittsburgh vs. Texas Tech