PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
I'm not surprised OSU is still behind Indiana in the polls, but the Hoosier-hysteria brought on by the media is simply baffling to me.
I said it before the season, and I'll say it again - IU is good, but they aren't a top 5 (and maybe not even top 10) team and I think over the course of the season that will be seen.
Defensively, they are not good, and if you can bang on Zeller, you can really take them off their game. They are insanely good at home, really getting revved up by their crowd (and some crazy home-cooking). But on the road, in tough environments where they don't get every single call and they don't have the crowd backing, they really still don't impress me.
It will be interesting to see how the pollsters react to OSU should they beat Kansas at home. One loss, on the road, to the #1 team in the country. Methinks that makes for the top-ranked one-loss team in all of college basketball. We shall see after Saturday.
"What we do in life echoes in eternity"
Remind me again how a loss on the road at duke (#1 in the country) is worse than a loss to Butler (who lost by double digits to Xavier and Illinois) in Indianapolis...?
Totally understand what you're saying, but OSU hasn't played ANYBODY yet except Duke and lost ( yes, only by 5, but still a loss). Indiana has played against beter compeition thus far and has beaten Georgetown and UNC sp far this year. And yes their loss came to an unranked (at the time) Butler team, but based on competition thus far, I'd give IU the edge.
I agree, but with how early in the season it is, everything is based on perception of how good a team is/should be/has been traditionally. UNC is not a top 25 team yet this season. They may be ranked, but let's be serious. G'Town is in a similar situation - they are perceived as being a good team, but have done absolutely nothing noteworthy to earn that praise.
So, based on pre-season perception, yes IU has some good wins that Ohio State does not. I think as the season goes on those wins will look less and less impressive, but either way it doesn't matter. In college basketball, the championship is won on the court, not in the polls. Luckily we'll get to see OSU challenge for the hardwood title this year.
I agree, it's early and perception carries a lot of weight (too much actually). And IU will get the benefit of the doubt since they were the perceived "best team in the country" coming into this season. And yeah, UNC and Georgetown wins shouldn't carry that much weight, but right now they do. If OSU had gotten to play Marquette, it would've been their "best" game besides Duke. And obviously the Kansas game on Saturday will carry a lot of weight.
To tell you the truth, while I look at the rankings for basketball, they don't mean they much to me. One thing is for sure though, the B1G conference is REALLY good. It should be a great race for the title this season. I'm pretty excited about it.
I am fine with Indiana being rated higher than us still. They are still working those two suspended guys into their rotation so they will also improve as the season rolls along. Both teams are clearly works in progress.
On the flip side, I like what Matta is doing with his bench right now but I need to see if he will continue to give Ross, Williams, and Scott minutes when the pressure is on in big games. Its one thing to play those guys against "NorthWestSouthDakotaOfIllinoisFortWayne State" and quite another to trot them out in a close game against Duke, Kansas, or *ichigan State. This is a new season and I am content to wait things out to see what Thad does before worrying about the rankings.
What I can say is that I am starting to really get excited about this season.
The EFFs I could give about polls in December
Someone explain to me how the Sun and Blue are ranked this high?
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