Swish! UConn Is The New Number One!


NCAA Men's Basketball

The men’s college basketball season is in the heat of conference races, with most teams having already completed the first half of their conference schedules. February is traditionally the month when schools wind down their schedules with conference tournaments held in early March.

Like most years, the NCAA men’s standings continues to change as top team after top team gets knocked off, replaced by a new number one squad. UConn is the latest team to take over the top spot and, at 20-1, they are in third place in the Big East behind Louisville and Marquette.

Although four of the top ten teams are from the Big East, the conference “only” has two other teams in the Top 25, down from a season high of eight which they had most of the year.

Brutal conference schedules has ensured that Notre Dame and Georgetown, both 12-8 teams fell out. In fact, both teams have been surpassed by West Virginia (15-6) and Cincinnati (14-8) which could hamper their dreams of an NCAA bid. There is still a lot of games left for these teams to make up; besides there is no telling who will emerge on top once the Big East Tournament is held.

Following UConn in the poll this week is Oklahoma (21-1), North Carolina (19-2), Duke (19-2) and Louisville (17-3). Louisville and UConn battled last night, after this article was written.

Just at UConn and Oklahoma are 1-2 in the men’s poll, the schools are also 1-2 in the woman’s poll.

Looking ahead, the Field of 65 is beginning to take shape, making “bracketology” all the more worth following. In case you aren’t certain what that term means, you can read what I posted about that topic on this site last year. Here is an excerpt from An Introduction to Bracketology 101:

Bracketology is a made up term, one crafted by Joe Lunardi while he was with the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, a publication that tracks NCAA Men’s basketball. Each March, 65 teams are picked to go to the annual tournament, with a complicated bracket structure deciding which school would be placed in what regional and against which teams they would play. The science behind determining this methodology is called bracketology, something Lunardi carried with him when he went to work for ESPN a few years later.

If you want to keep tabs on how bracketology is impacting your favorite team, then visit ESPN for an up to date break out on which teams are in, which teams are out, and which ones are on the bubble.

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