NCAA Men's Basketball Top 25 Teams: Curse or Parity?
Just take a look at this past week’s scores as evidence of this. There were 18 games where a Top 25 team lost. At this point, teams have to be wondering if being ranked as a Top 25 team is a good thing or a curse!
Now to be fair, three of the teams that lost “should have lost” – that is, they lost to teams that were ranked ahead of them. But that’s still sixteen games where a Top 25 team lost that “shouldn’t have” lost. The #1, #3, and #5 teams all lost this week (#5 Louisville lost twice!).
Below are the scores of those 18 games in which a Top 25 team played in and lost from last week:
Week 12 Games in which a Top 25 Team Lost:
21 Cincinnati loses 55-57 to 3 Syracuse
24 Notre Dame loses 47-63 to Georgetown
11 Kansas State loses 55-59 to 3 Kansas
5 Louisville loses 64-73 to Villanova
18 NC St loses 84-86 to Wake Forest
1 Duke loses 63-90 to 25 Miami
9 Butler loses 53-54 to La Salle
12 Minnesota loses 48-55 to Northwestern
17 Creighton loses 69-74 to Drake
6 Arizona loses 73-84 to UCLA
19 VCU loses 74-86 to Richmond
3 Syracuse loses 71-75 to Villanova
5 Louisville loses 51-53 to Georgetown
11 Kansas St loses 67-73 to Iowa St
12 Minnesota loses 45-44 to Wisconsin
15 New Mexico loses 34-55 to San Diego St
19 VCU loses 61-69 to La Salle
13 Michigan St loses 70-75 to 7 Indiana
A few notable observations from last week’s scores: #5 Louisville lost two times to unranked teams, Villanova beat two top five teams, La Salle and Wisconsin both beat two ranked opponents, and VCU lost two games.
At 19-1, Michigan will likely be ranked as the #1 team in the country when the rankings are released this afternoon. With all of the musical chairs being played among the top teams in the country, the season will continue to be full interesting and exciting twists. There are no guarantees when it comes wins this year. Whether you want to call it parity among teams or a curse for those who are ranked is irrelevant, what’s important is that there has been – and will continue to be – a lot of great basketball games to watch.