Trophies For Everyone

Trophies

Who wants a trophy? How about you? Sure you do. Trophies for everyone! Wading through the men’s college basketball rankings is like going into a bar just as a stranger barks, “drinks for everyone”. You don’t know them, you’re not sure what you are drinking to but hey, everyone gets one so it can’t be all bad, right? It’s the same way when everyone gets a trophy. What’s the catch? This might be where a red flag should pop up.

That red flag moment should apply to the two teams that are splitting up the top dog trophy in men’s college basketball. When you’re sitting at the top you have more to lose. Further to fall. The pressure’s on to maintain that mythical ‘King of the Hill’ status. Nonetheless, neither team has an option when it comes to accepting. Embrace the trophy but be careful not to flaunt it.

Duke and Virginia in some ways are cursed to be splitting up the top spot among the rankings. Between the AP Top 25, USA Today Coaches Poll, Pomeroy Ratings and NCAA NET Rankings each team owns two number one spots. Now they have to defend those crowns.

Trophies For Everyone

Here comes the inevitable Jack and Jill moment where somebody has to tumble down the hill. The clock is ticking. There’s a showdown between the two top teams in the ACC and the nation on January 19. But, let’s not get too distracted because somebody else has noticed your swag guys. Duke will have to take care of Syracuse and Virginia must dispatch Virginia Tech first. These are two matchups that neither team can remotely afford to look past.

The Orange and Hokies are like wolves staring down a 64 ounce prime cut steak. Jim Boeheim and Buzz Williams are sitting at the table with their napkins tucked in, knife and fork in hand and ready to go.

Trophies For Everyone



AP Top 25

  • #1 Duke
  • #4 Virginia
  • #9 Virginia Tech
  • #11 Florida State
  • #13 North Carolina
  • #17 NC State
  • RV – #26 Louisville

USA Today Coaches Poll

  • #1 Virginia
  • #2 Duke
  • #7 Virginia Tech
  • #11 Florida State
  • #15 North Carolina
  • #16 NC State
  • RV – #28 Louisville

Trophies For Everyone



Pomeroy Ratings

  • #1 Duke
  • #2 Virginia
  • #7 Virginia Tech
  • #10 North Carolina
  • #19 Florida State
  • #26 NC State
  • #27 Louisville
  • #40 Syracuse
  • Effective through January 13, 2018

NCAA NET Rankings

  • #1 Virginia
  • #2 Duke
  • #9 Virginia Tech
  • #10 North Carolina
  • #16 NC State
  • #23 Louisville
  • #26 Florida State
  • Effective through January 13, 2019

Trophies For Everyone


What do we know for sure after looking at four different rankings/ratings of men’s college basketball? There’s a lot of good teams in the ACC. Even with that more than obvious statement we can say this definitively. After this week we’ll know who the top ranked team in the country will be. How long will it last? That’s anybody’s guess. Perhaps we’ll know who the best team is at the end of the NCAA Tournament? Maybe but as always we’ll argue about it until next season.


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