Friday, March 14, 2008


Word is the ACC is weak this year – having a down year with only two teams in the top ten and nothing much under the high wire act of the Tar Heels and Blue Devils. We don’t disagree that Clemson and Virginia Tech aren’t as good as some #3 and #4 teams in the past, but it seems a little early to send the ACC home in a box while singing the praises of other leagues.

The media darlings of the way out west, the PAC 10, have been heralded as the top league all season, while the Big East consistently gets more love than they might deserve because they live and work in right here in the big east.

Having said that, to demonstrate how the parity that made last year’s college football season so entertaining is also prevalent in collegiate hoops, both the Pac 10 and the Big East have but one team each in the top 10 – UCLA and Georgetown.

The Big East leads (or, perhaps we should say, led) with three more teams ranked 11 through 20 while the Pac 10 only had Stanford at #11 in the polls. Poll riders #13 Louisville, #14 Notre Dame and #15 UConn all lost yesterday’s opening round games at MSG.

Out west, squads who have been surfing the bubble using conference strength to ride the waves lost opening round games as well. Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon all made early exits. In the SEC, multiple champ Florida (the Baby Gators), who may have needed a tourney win to advance, lost to unheralded Alabama.

Those losses probably breathed a little life in to somebody else’s Big Dance dream.

Fasten your seat belts, it’s March.

PHOTOS: Stanley Robinson #21 of the Connecticut Huskies reacts to a play. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) and Jerel McNeal #22 of the Marquette Golden Eagles goes to the net against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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