I know that will please a lot of you Gonzaga haters.
(Yeah, I know they need to beat Portland at home still.)
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Thread: Gonzaga is Your New #1
03-01-2013, 12:33 AM #1
Gonzaga is Your New #1
03-03-2013, 09:36 AM #2
I'm not convinced they are the best team, but I think they're in the top five. I also think that they earned it. It's good to see a team from outside the major conferences rise that high. There is more working against them than there is working for them, so they definitely earned the ranking. If a WCC team can be #1, then it shows that you don't have to be in a Big Six conference to get it."Save the Clock Tower!!" Some crazy white woman from Back to the Future who's biggest concern in life was the clock tower
03-03-2013, 09:49 AM #3
Gonzaga is Your New #1
Last edited by BMoreX; 03-03-2013 at 10:06 AM.In Tu We Trust
03-03-2013, 10:32 AM #4
They're SOS is pretty weak. I still would pick IU, Duke, or Miami as a #1 over them.
03-03-2013, 11:26 AM #5
03-03-2013, 11:30 AM #6
Gonzaga is 7-1 against the power conference folks. WCC blows, but their non-conference schedule was solid. Zags will be #1 tomorrow.
03-03-2013, 11:44 AM #7
03-03-2013, 11:48 AM #8
Duke has not won a true road game against a tournament caliber team. In fact, since Florida State is their best true road win, they arguably haven't won a true road game against an NIT caliber team. Many of the tournament caliber teams they've played away from home haven't just beaten them, but have clobbered them. They struggled to beat Boston College and Wake Forest on the road. When you struggle on the road once or twice, it's an off night. When you struggle on the road literally every time out, which Duke does, you shouldn't even be in the conversation of being ranked #1.
I could go on. They did beat Louisville, but Louisville was shorthanded and Duke still had trouble winning.
They beat Kentucky, but barely, and although Kentucky was highly ranked at the time, it's obvious that Kentucky was highly overrated.
Duke is good, but they're not #1 good. I'd go so far to say they're arguably not even top ten good, and haven't been since 2010 as exhibited by their constant struggle to win true road games against tournament caliber teams, and their early exits from the tournament.
Gonzaga is much closer to being legitimately #1 than Duke is to being legitimately #3. Since winning the national title in 2010, Duke has done almost nothing to merit being ranked as high as they typically are.
Last edited by xubrew; 03-03-2013 at 11:52 AM."Save the Clock Tower!!" Some crazy white woman from Back to the Future who's biggest concern in life was the clock tower
03-03-2013, 11:49 AM #9
Oklahoma, K-State and OKlahoma State are three of the top 4 teams in the Big XII. Baylor is sixth. The two teams they lost to also beat Indiana.
I think they've done plenty enough. The Duke team you'd have at #1 lost to a pretty pedestrian UVA just a few days ago.
03-03-2013, 11:53 AM #10