CBB Rants and Rambling: Week 16

We are a day over a month away from the start of March Madness and the bracket is starting to take shape. I really don’t know if there is a solid favorite to win it, but there are definitely a short list of teams that have a high chance at a deep tournament run.

Let’s recap the weekend in college basketball and look at the latest AP Top 25 poll.

Kentucky crushes Tennessee and the Vols drop all the way to #5.  There is only one coach that has a winning record against #1 teams, and that man is John Calipari. I can’t say I saw a blow out coming, because I didn’t. After Kentucky’s loss to LSU, I thought maybe Kentucky wasn’t as good as everyone thought. Boy did they prove me wrong. That was something you can’t fake.

Tennessee got waxed by the Cats at Rupp and drop from #1 to #5. The Vols now have to prove themselves once again. They will get a chance at revenge on March 2nd, when the Wildcats head down to Knoxville.

Michigan goes 1-1 this week and drops one spot. You might be thinking that the Wolverines dropping one spot after going 1-1 isn’t bad, but when I say they lost to Penn State, does that change your mind?

However, the Wolverines were able to beat #24 Maryland on their home floor, but you can’t lose to a bottom-tier Big Ten team and drop only one spot.

Louisville almost blew another late lead.  I was curious to see how Louisville would respond after giving up a 23-point lead in the blink of an eye to the Duke Blue Devils, and well, they got the win. They were down nearly the whole game, then went on an 8-0 run to take the lead. The Tigers fought back, cutting it to 1, then Louisville came back and took a 7-point lead with 17 seconds left………

………they had to block a shot off a stolen in-bounds pass to win the game.

Duke is #1 again and they should be. This means we get to see more Duke highlights. YAY!!!

BREAKING NEWS: ESPN has decided to change the name “SportsCenter” to “DukeCenter.”

Take a look at the rest of the top 25:

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Game to watch this week:


#3 Virginia @ #20 Virginia Tech – 7 PM


#24 Maryland @ #21 Iowa – 8 PM

#4 Kentucky @ Missouri – 9 PM


Florida @ #13 LSU – 7 PM

#18 Louisville @ Syracuse – 7 PM

#8 North Carolina @ #1 Duke – 9 PM

#6 Nevada @ San Diego State – 11 PM


#7 Michigan @ Minnesota – 7 PM


#3 Virginia @ #18 Louisville – 12 PM

#5 Tennessee @ #13 LSU – 12 PM

Auburn @ #5 Kentucky – 1:30 PM

#19 Iowa State @ TCU – 2 PM

#16 Florida State @ #8 North Carolina – 3:45 PM

#1 Duke @ Syracuse – 6 PM

#12 Kansas @ 14 Texas Tech – 8 PM

BYU @ #2 Gonzaga – 10 PM