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Poll rankings not worth much

Posted on March 2nd, 2010

Such a predictable reaction to this past weekends events in the world of college basketball. Sorry, but just because the top team loses, doesn’t mean they’re still not the top team. And in this case, Kansas is still the top team. Quote me on it. But it’s no surprise (although certainly eye-rolling) to see Syracuse top the ESPN poll.

What exactly did they do to get there? Beat the No. 8 team? That’s a nice achievement, but hardly worth leapfrogging over both Kansas and Kentucky. So ‘Cuse is going on to play St. Johns and Louisville, both at home. Both games they should win handily, so I don’t seeing Kansas regaining the top spot at this point unless Syracuse blows another game.

Why not? Because that’s how these predictable polls work, and they’re almost getting to be as useless as the BCS in my opinion. And I certainly don’t go by what the AP or USA Today say when deciding how I’m going to approach my sports wagers for the week.

And trust me, I’m not a Kansas fan. But that’s a raw deal. OSU beat them for one half – one half – of a game. Admittedly, OSU – while above average – is far from a great team, and is barely above .500 in conference play.

If I were a gambling man (and I am), I’d wager Kansas is going to be out for revenge and set to prove they are the best team in the nation. Who knows, if they happen to lose one more game – perhaps when the Big 12 Conference tournament rolls around – will that cost them a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament?

The Jayhawks have back to back rival games against K State and Mizzou. Both teams are good, but the Kansas State game on Wednesday should be full of lightning. KU at home will be favored by 4, and it’ll be damn close. I’ll pick Kansas to cover by a hair.