Who’s the No.1 team in college hoops now?
by Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
In case you were out partying (likely) or going to bed early to get up for church (semi-likely) last night, there was some college basketball you missed.
There was this this incredibly boring game between No. 12 Louisville and Notre Dame. That was the first 39 minutes. Then came the last minute of regulation and a whopping five overtimes. That part was epic.
Now that the NFL season is over, it’s time to embrace the madness that precedes March on the hardwood:
1. The No. 1 team should be Miami:
Imagine this: Five of the top 10 teams in the country lost last week and the highest-ranked team remaining out of those five teams that didn’t lose is a team that lost by 27 points to a team that has clearly been the best team in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Enter the No. 11 Miami Hurricanes, who made North Carolina their latest victim in an 87-61 rout on Saturday to move to 10-0 in the ACC. Miami Heat players LeBron James and Dwyane Wade watched courtside. Jim Larranaga’s group hasn’t reached celebrity status, but with two of the NBA’s best players taking notice, it’s the perfect wake-up call for the rest of the country to start taking notice.
“Miami is the best team in the country,” ESPN analyst Jay Bilas said. “I think they’re capable of beating absolutely anybody. They’ve proven that.”
Odds are, Duke will become the No. 1 team in the country on Monday in both polls. But voters will certainly have to scratch their head when they have a Miami team that’s so hot right now (like Hansel). Duke’s resume-lifting November is what makes them No. 1. But let’s not mistake the Ryan Kelly-less Blue Devils for the best team in the country, especially when they’re not the best team in the ACC. Just do me a favor and look at the top 10. Then find me a team that’s better than Miami. Exactly. Told you. Now listen to Will Smith.
2. Meet the Sherman-ator, Notre Dame’s new star:
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