Have no fear, I'm still here. I had to take a little time off due to other commitments, but am ready to pick back up with my thoughts, opinions and analysis of events in the sports world. So, where am I going to start? Would you believe college basketball?
Believe it or not, that is where I am starting. I have a big problem with the latest round of college basketball rankings. The new rankings saw the Indiana Hoosiers remain in the number one position followed by the Duke Blue Devils at number two. Yes, the season is only a month or so old, but Duke should have jumped Indiana in the rankings.
In the last 15 days, Duke had defeated the then second, third, and fourth ranked schools in the country – Louisville, Kentucky, and Ohio State respectively. How is this not good enough to jump Indiana for the top spot in the nation? Were some of the teams overrated? It sure seems that way, but don't make preseason polls if you are going to ignore them when a team starts picking off other high ranked squads. Instead of ignoring what happens early in the season, don't make a poll until a month has passed and you have a better idea of who is a contender and who is a pretender.
I believe Indiana is the better team, but polls are not what we believe. They are based on the results of the games. If it is going to be what we believe, then let's say it is and stop shuffling teams based on when they lost and how many losses they have suffered. Let's keep a 4-3 Kentucky team in the top 25 and remove an undefeated but untested 8-0 Wichita State squad. Until the eye test is the new way to rank teams, we have to reward, or penalize, teams for on the court performance.
What makes this worse is that ranking Duke one for now has no effect on anything. This is not college football where it plays a huge role in a team having a shot at the National Championship. Indiana has time to climb back to number one with victories and/or Duke losses. Even in the extremely unlikely event both went undefeated; Indiana would still have a one seed in the NCAA Tournament. It is not like they won’t have a chance to win a championship.
After their recent run Duke deserves to be number one. It's a joke that they are still sitting at number two. It may not mean anything in the long run, but it diminishes to the credibility of the process.