Top 25: The Final Week in Review

Written March 12th, 2013 by Gary Russell II

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In a season that has been total chaos, the final week of the regular season did not disappoint.  Key conference battles rounded out the year and set up seedings for their conference tournaments. More than half of the Top 25 lost at least one game during all the madness this past week.  A couple of the mid-major conference tournaments have wrapped up already and the winners of those tournaments are just waiting for their March Madness fate.  The Big East and The Big Ten continued to beat up on each other (thanks Michigan for choking in the last minute against Indiana). Despite all that, the two conferences combine for 11 of the Top 25 teams.  Let’s take one last look at the Top 25 to see where everyone finished and prepare for the Madness that is……March Basketball!

Here’s a look at the Top 25 Week in Review:

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Top 25: The Week in Review & The Week Ahead

Written March 3rd, 2013 by Gary Russell II

Ridiculously Happy Valley

Heading into the final week of the season we still do not have a clear cut favorite to win the National Championship.  That, my friends, is exciting news! This past week continued to be just like the many weeks before. There were more Top 25 losses, more new additions, and more shocking developments. This week’s “biggest loser” award goes to the Michigan Wolverines.  Apparently, they thought because Penn State had not won in the Big Ten yet, that this would be a cakewalk! Well, after blowing a huge lead, they left Happy Valley losers and the Nittany Lions celebrated their first conference win.  If a season like this has not heightened your love for college basketball, nothing will.  Well, enough of me of me celebrating a Michigan loss……..lets’ dive in shall we?

Here’s a look at the Top 25 Week Ahead and Week in Review:

1.       Indiana (25-4, 13-3) Previous Rank: 1

Past Week: 2/26 @ Minnesota, L 73-77 & 3/2 Iowa, W 73-60

Upcoming: 3/5 (16) Ohio State

Apparently Indiana thought a couple of weeks at Number One were long enough so they decided to lose on the road to Minnesota.  This week they will host Ohio State in a late season battle.

2.       Gonzaga (29-2, 16-0) Previous Rank: 3

Past Week: 2/28 @ BYU, W 70-65 & 3/2 Portland, W 81-52

Upcoming: Regular Season is complete

As much as I think the voters hate this, I don’t think they have a choice at putting Gonzaga number one after this week’s shenanigans.  The Bulldogs finished their regular season with two more wins and will now wait for their conference tournament.

3.       Duke (25-4, 12-4) Previous Rank: 6

Past Week: 2/24 Boston College, W 89-68 & 2/28 @ Virginia, L 68-73 & 3/2 (5) Miami (FL),W 79-76

Upcoming: 3/9 Virginia Tech

The Blue Devils most likely lost their shot at the top spot this week by losing to Virginia.  A strong win against Miami (FL) helped them rebound though.  They host the Hokies in their final regular season game.

4.       Michigan (23-5, 10-5) Previous Rank: 7

Past Week: 2/24 Illinois, W 71-58 & 2/27 @ Penn State, L 78-84

Upcoming: 3/3 (9) Michigan State & 3/6 @ Purdue

Someone forgot to tell Michigan that just because you are up by 15+ points the game isn’t over.  A huge comeback by Penn State shocked the Wolverines.  Michigan is now 3-4 in their last 7 games.  They don’t have time to think about that though as Michigan State comes to town.

5.       Miami (FL) (23-5, 14-2) Previous Rank: 2

Past Week: 2/27 Virginia Tech, W 76-58 & 3/2 @ (3) Duke, L 76-79

Upcoming: 3/6 Georgia Tech & 3/9 Clemson

After embarrassing Duke in the first game, the Hurricanes fell to them in the rematch.  Two home games to close out the regular season before the ACC tournament starts. Read More

Top 25: The Week in Review & The Week Ahead

Written February 17th, 2013 by Gary Russell II

B1G! B1G!

The college basketball season is winding down but that doesn’t mean that the excitement is too.  More over time games, more losses, and more surprises continue to be story of the season.  Duke kept the streak of Top 5 teams losing by dropping their game to Maryland.  The Miami Hurricanes continue to turn heads and move up the polls and will most likely do the same this week after beating Florida State.  The Big East and Big Ten are proving to be the two best conferences in the nation as they continue to beat up on each other.  The week of games are becoming too much for me to wrap up in a paragraph so I will stop rambling so you can see how everyone did last week.

Here’s a look at the Top 25 Week Ahead and Week in Review:

1.       Indiana (23-3, 11-2) Previous Rank: 1

Past Week: 2/10 @ (13) Ohio State, W 81-68 & 2/13 Nebraska, W 76-47 & 2/16 Purdue, W 83-55

Upcoming: 2/19 @ (8) Michigan State

So the Hoosiers lose and stayed number one this past week……No love to the Hurricanes.  After knocking off Ohio State in Columbus they now travel to East Lansing to face a scorching hot Michigan State team.

 

2.       Duke (22-3, 9-3) Previous Rank: 4

Past Week: 2/10 @ Boston College, W 62-61 & 2/13 North Carolina, W 73-68 & 2/16 @ Maryland, L 81-83

Upcoming: 2/21 @ Virginia Tech

Duke held their own on home court in college basketball’s biggest rivalry after beating North Carolina.  They followed it up with a disappointing loss at Maryland.  They hope to bounce back when they face Virginia Tech on the road. Read More

Top 25: The Week in Review & The Week Ahead

Written February 10th, 2013 by Gary Russell II
We Blew It!

We Blew It!

The revolving door that is known as the Top 25 continued to revolve this week.  4 of the 5 Top 5 teams all loss, including Kansas who has now lost three in a row.  In addition to the top 5 teams laying an egg, 14 of the 25 teams lost at least one game this week, with 5 of them not even picking up a single win.  All was not bad though in the Top 25 world.  There were several great games and several overtime games, including a stunning 5 overtime in the Big East.  The Miami Hurricanes continued to come on like gang-busters and very well could be in the Top 5 when all is said is done with the polls this week.  This week doesn’t look like it will let us down as there are quite a few Top 25 matchups and tough games against un-ranked opponents.  Only time will tell how this week will end up but in the meantime, I am just going to sit back and enjoy one of the most exciting college basketball seasons that I can remember.

Here’s a look at the Top 25 Week Ahead and Week in Review

1.       Indiana (20-3, 8-2) Previous Rank: 3

Past Week: 2/7 @ Illinois, L 72-74

Upcoming: 2/10 @ (10) Ohio State & 2/13 Nebraska & 2/16 Purdue

The Hoosiers were the latest Number One team to fall.  A beautifully ran inbounds play by Illinois sunk Indiana.  It doesn’t get any easier this week as they travel to Columbus to face the Buckeyes.

 

2.       Florida (19-3, 9-1) Previous Rank: 4

Past Week:  2/5 @ Arkansas, L 69-80 & 2/9 Mississippi State, W 83-58

Upcoming:  2/12 Kentucky & 2/16 @ Auburn

Florida lost its chance to be the top ranked team with a loss to Arkansas earlier this week.  A trip to Lexington to face Kentucky could spell out another loss this week. Read More

Top 25: The Week in Review & The Week Ahead

Written January 6th, 2013 by Gary Russell II

Please Don't Let the Basket Count!

Last week when I said we can get this party started, I had no idea the party would be quite like this.  Most conferences opened up conference play (the SEC is a week behind) this past week and it was total mayhem!   The Top 25 teams were all over the place this week.  New Mexico was welcomed back in the rankings after beating Cincinnati only to work their way back out after losing to St. Louis.  Two Top 25 teams failed to win a game this week.  Arizona lost their first game of the year only to have the refs controversially waive off Colorado’s game winning basket. And we haven’t even spoken of the Big Ten yet.  If the first week of the B1G schedule is any indication of what this season will be, all I can say it “we are in for bumpy ride”.  I’m done ranting for now so let’s jump into this week’s report.

Here’s a look at the Top 25 Week Ahead and Week in Review

1.       Duke (14-0, 1-0) Previous Rank: 1

Past Week:  1/2 @ Davidson, W 67-50 & 1/5 Wake Forest, W 80-62

Upcoming:  1/8 Clemson & 1/12 @ (23) N.C. State

After being tied at halftime with Davidson, Duke pulled away to stay unbeaten.  This week a trip to N.C. State will prove to be their first test in the ACC. Read More

Top 25: The Week in Review and The Week Ahead

Written December 30th, 2012 by Gary Russell II

Let's Get This Party Started

Just because there wasn’t a bunch of action this week on the hardwood, doesn’t mean that there wasn’t anything interesting that happened.  Two Top 10 teams fell, one undefeated team dropped their first game, and two new teams were welcomed to the party (Sorry New Mexico, your fall from the Top 25 will keep me from giving you any attention for beating someone….finally!). This week will feature the opening of conference schedules which include Top 25 matchups as well.  With the conference play starting we can finally get this party started.

Here’s a look at the Top 25 Week Ahead and Week in Review.

1.       Duke (12-0) Previous Rank: 1

Past Week:  12/29 Santa Clara, W 90-77

Upcoming:  1/2 @ Davidson & 1/5 Wake Forest

The Blue Devils pulled away from Santa Clara late and will open up ACC play this week against Wake Forest. Read More

Top 25: The Week in Review and The Week Ahead

Written December 23rd, 2012 by Gary Russell II

Don't worry, Be Happy

And then there were 4! While I love to sit here and talk about the Syracuse Orangemen falling from the ranks of the unbeatens, Christmas came a week early for me. Three teams lost their first game of the season - Syracuse, Illinois, and (No….I do not have my shocked face on at this one) New Mexico.  In addition to these upsets, several other ranked teams lost at least one game this week.  Some teams lost in surprising games and others to fellow ranked squads (I thought the madness was in March).  Wichita State fell from the Top 25, as expected, and made room for Butler after their amazing win over Indiana.  This week many teams take a very light schedule to spend time with their families and gear up for their conference runs.  So, without further delay, let’s see what happened this week.

Here’s a look at the Top 25 Week Ahead and Week in Review.

 

1.       Duke (11-0) Previous Rank: 2

Past Week:  12/19 Cornell, W 88-47 & 12/20 Elon, W 76-54

Upcoming:  12/29 Santa Clara

Duke spent their first week at Number One with easy wins over Cornell and Elon.  Santa Clara visits Cameron Indoor this week but Duke should win this one easily. Read More

Top 25: The Week in Review & The Week Ahead

Written December 16th, 2012 by Gary Russell II

Walk-On Alex Barlow hit the most critical shot of the season so far.

Down goes Indiana. I repeat…Down goes Indiana!

Ok…..so they weren’t the only ones to lose this week but it’s always fun to say the number one team lost unless it’s the Buckeyes! This past week featured no newcomers to the dance but did feature some games that will surely mix things up in the Top 25 and probably make some room for one or two new teams. Looking ahead to this upcoming week two feature matchups put (9) Kansas traveling to meet our 7th ranked Buckeyes and (10) Illinois visiting (12) Missouri. There are some other interesting games as well so let’s dive in!
Here’s a look at the Top 25 Week Ahead and Week in Review.

1. Indiana (9-1) Previous Rank: 1
Past Week: 12/15 Butler, L 86-88 OT
Upcoming: 12/19 Mount Saint Mary’s & 12/21 Florida Atlantic
Indiana brought their home cooking to the road this week but couldn’t overcome Butler as they lost to the Bulldogs in OT! No worries though they face no one that can challenge them this week though.
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