RTC Top 25: Week 3Posted by rtmsf on November 29th, 2010
It was a very active Thanksgiving week with a lot of teams in the Top 25 playing good opponents. Here’s Week 3 of the RTC Top 25. The usual quick n’ dirty analysis follows the jump.
- Duke and Ohio State are a near-consensus #1/#2 pairing this week, with only one detractor liking Pittsburgh in the second spot. It’s a bit of a shame that the ACC/Big Ten Challenge folks slotted us with Michigan State instead of the Buckeyes as their featured game this week, but we’ll have to settle for a #1/#6 showdown instead. Somehow methinks we’ll make do. Speaking of the Devils, Coach K’s team remains the sole ACC representative, as UNC, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Clemson and some others haven’t quite proven to be worthy just yet.
- One of the biggest jumps in the RTC Top 25’s history occurred this week with Connecticut’s debut at #8 after being unranked during the first two polls of the season. Two of our pollsters had the Huskies coming in at #5 after its impressive trio of wins in Maui last week. Another high riser was Tennessee debuting at #15 after its wins over VCU and Villanova last week at the Preseason NIT. We all know that Bruce Pearl’s teams play best when their backs are against the wall. Perhaps both of these coaches are using the spectre of the NCAA as a motivating tool.
- The biggest drop of the week belongs to Purdue, a team who fell ten spots in the poll after losing to Richmond in the Chicago Invitational. Losing to the Spiders will happen to a lot of teams this year, so this precipitous drop probably reflects general unease with the Boilermakers in the wake of the Robbie Hummel injury last month. One pollster even went so far as to have Matt Painter’s team completely unranked!
- The Big East teams seem to be causing the most angst among our experts in terms of where to rank its teams. As mentioned before, #8 UConn comes in between #5 and #14 in its first week in our poll. #10 Georgetown has believers as high as #6 and non-believers as low as #16, while #16 Syracuse is all over the map — as high as #8 and as low as #23. The Orange actually dropped four spots this week despite winning all of its games — nobody seems quite clear on how good SU is going to be this year.
- Conference Call. Big Ten (5), Big 12 (5), Big East (5), SEC (3), MWC (3), ACC (1), Atlantic 10 (1), C-USA (1), WCC (1).