As we have seen in college basketball this season the number 1 ranking teams have gone down week in and week out.. From Michigan State ( who shouldn’t have been ranked that high to begin with) losing their first game of the season to Kentucky in the State Farm Champions Classic, to Kentucky the following week losing on their home floor to Evansville who in the past has not been a top tier team let alone top tier team in their conference but hats off to former Wildcat Head Coach Walter McCarty and the new regime, to the Duke Blue Devils who lost at home to a bad Stephen F. Austin team on their home floor on a buzzer beater.. Yes Stephen F. Austin in the past has made the NCAA’s under Brad Underwood who is now at Illinois but this is unheard of from Duke and Coach K who was 150-0 at home against non-conference opponents unranked.
The Curse of the #1’s
So what does this tell us being ranked this season #1? Reality it means nothing college basketball is just beginning, yes this might hurt the big programs on the inside and give the small schools a glimmer of hope but the rankings this early means absolutely nothing. What this is showing is parity within the college ranks and in my opinion makes it better for the sport and for viewership. As for the curse of the #1’s, this is just the beginning and more teams will be going down and that number 1 ranking will fluctuate throughout this fun college basketball season so far, It’s just the beginning…..