There are going to be some major shakeups in the polls next week. In honor of this, I have compiled a mid-week poll, based on the personal opinion of such highly regarded… who am I kidding? This is a poll of one. This is strictly my opinion, and I don’t even play a basketball expert on TV like so many others. Of course those that do, brought you such expert predictions as #3 KState winning the Big 12, and Michigan State being a powerhouse.
Anyway, for what it’s worth, here is the list:
Upset Watch: My Top 10
#1 Ohio State (20-0) travels to Chicago to play Northwestern (13-7) on Saturday. The Buckeyes will be the seventh of ten ranked opponents that the Wildcats have faced this season, so it is doubtful that they will be intimidated by the Buckeyes- an upset is possible, but not likely.
#2 Duke (18-1) will face both Boston College (14-6) and St. John’s (11-8) this weekend. The Screaming Eagles have some quality wins this season, with victories over Texas A&M, Cal, Providence, & Georgia Tech, but also have some inexplicable losses to Yale and Harvard. St. John’s has had one of the toughest schedules in basketball since the new year, facing 6 ranked opponents alongside Providence and Cincinnati. The Red Storm are 3-5 in that stretch, upsetting both #13 Georgetown and #11 Notre Dame, and could give the Blue Devils a run for their money on Saturday.
#3 UConn (16-2) will face off against #19 Louisville(16-4) on Saturday. The Cardinals dropped from #15 last week, following a loss to streaking Providence, but bounced back with a 55-54 shellacking of West Virginia.
#4 Kansas plays in-state rival Kansas State (14-7) on Saturday. The Wildcats, who were ranked #3 at the beginning of the year, and were the consensus preseason pick to win the Big 12, have massively underachieved and made the usual suspects of experts look foolish. Still, this is a heated rivalry, and KState does have a talented squad led by Jacob Pullen.
#5 Texas (17-3) could fall to #13 Mizzou this weekend. Missouri will rise rapidly in the polls, following losses this week by San Diego State, Villanova, Pitt, and Syracuse, and could play spoiler to Texas’ run at the Big 12 title.
#6 Brigham Young (19-1) travels to New Mexico (14-7) on Saturday, and is the least likely in this list to suffer an upset. New Mexico’s best win of the season came back in December. Since then, the Lobos have suffered a string of losses to unranked teams.
#7 Pittsburgh will probably be as safe this weekend as BYU, facing off against Rutgers (12-8). The loss to Notre Dame, however, will drop Pitt to #7 overall.
#8 Missouri will be tested by Texas on Saturday night. A victory in Austin could vault the Tigers into the top 5- a loss could drop them to as low as #20.
#9 Villanova (17-3) will be challenged by #20 Georgetown (15-5) on Saturday. Villanova is currently ranked #7, but after losing to Providence earlier this week, will need a win over the Hoyas to stay in the top 10.
#10 Texas A&M (17-2) was blown out in Austin, but rebounded nicely against #24 Kansas State, knocking the Wildcats out of the top 25. The Aggies will travel to Lincoln on Saturday to face the Cornhuskers, who are coming off a heartbreaking 72-71 loss to Texas Tech. Nebraska has played well this year, beating Colorado and Iowa State, and coming within 3 points of knocking off the Jayhawks.