Top 25 Commentary: 3 New Teams
The Story: The Kentucky Wildcats are the No. 1 team in the nation for the first time in six seasons. Coach John Calipari (Memphis and UMass) joins Frank McGuire (St. John’s, UNC, South Carolina) as the only coaches to get three different schools to the top of the polls. With Texas losing twice in six days, Kentucky is the only remaining unbeaten team in Division I. The Longhorns, lost to Kansas State and Connecticut, and drop to No. 6. Kansas, Villanova, Syracuse and Michigan State follow Kentucky in rounding out this week’s top 5. North Carolina has fallen off the polls for the first time since January 2006. The Tarheels have lost three straight ACC games and are 1-3 in conference play. They are this week’s only team to drop off of the Coaches’ poll and are replaced by Vanderbilt. Clemson, Northern Iowa and Mississippi State join the Tarheels in falling off of the AP poll. Connecticut had a monster week in beating St. John’s and Texas to earn a No. 19 ranking in both polls. Vanderbilt, New Mexico and UAB are the other three newcomers to the AP poll.
Polls: AP & Coaches’
Ryter’s Block: When will Kentucky lose? I say “when”, because they won’t run the table. Don’t get me wrong, Kentucky is scary good, but we will ever see another team go undefeated for an entire season. It’s nearly impossible. There is entirely too much talent and a team would have to have every bounce/call go there way. There is added pressure also now that they are the No. 1 team and the sole unbeaten team in the country. Teams will be gunning for them. Last week’s No. 1, Texas, had a bad week, but can take away some positives. They played two tough teams on the road and their tough schedule, including out of conference games this year (Pitt, UNC, UConn, USC, and Michigan State) will only help them in the long run. The Longhorns will be well prepared come tournament time. It’s nice to see another team aside from Memphis be atop the Conference USA standings. Newly ranked UAB and Tulsa are both 5-0 in conference play and square off Tuesday night.
It was an extremely tough week for Clemson. After beating North Carolina and being ranked No. 17 in the AP poll, the Tigers lost two straight games to Georgia Tech and Duke. They have fallen off this week’s AP poll and are ranked No. 21 in the Coaches’ poll. Clemson also had to endure watching Digger Phelps dance with one of their cheerleaders over the weekend. Please watch him in action.
Here are the game’s to watch this week…
Tuesday, January 26:
Tulsa at #25 UAB
Wednesday, January 27:
#10 BYU at New Mexico
#23 Vanderbilt at #14 Tennessee
Thursday, January 28:
#16 Wisconsin at #12 Purdue
Saturday, January 30:
#23 Vanderbilt at #1 Kentucky
#2 Kansas at #13 Kansas State
#7 Duke at #11 Georgetown
Will Kentucky (@SC and vs. Vandy) lose this week? Can they go undefeated? Post your thoughts below.