Unlike the AP poll or the rankings cobbled together by a panel of coaches, the Busting Brackets Top 25 is strictly results-oriented. This isn’t guesswork. The purpose of the poll is not to rank college basketball’s teams in order from 1 to 25 using arbitrary criteria as a guide. That’s a silly undertaking on a week to week basis.
The Busting Brackets Top 25 is about ordering teams, judging by performance and tangible results. As a result, our poll betrays the unwritten rule writers and coaches alike swear by: that the top-ranked team should only lose its No. 1 ranking provided it loses during the preceding week.
No. 1 Indiana didn’t lose last week. In fact, the Hoosiers notched a pair of nip and tuck wins at the Legends Classic in Brooklyn. Nevertheless, Indiana’s body of work is no longer befitting of the top team in the land. While the Hoosiers may possess the best roster in the nation–that’s a long way off from being definitively put to the test–they’re not the rightful owner of the the top spot in college hoops.
That distinction belongs to Duke, which knocked off its second top-three opponent over the weekend in the span of two weeks. In all, the Blue Devils own wins over a pair of popular Final Four favorites (Louisville and Kentucky), two more Top 25 caliber squads (Minnesota and VCU) and a fifth against Florida Gulf Coast, which upset a talented Miami (FL) squad the week before.
No team in America owns two wins over top-20 opponents as determined by Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted efficiency rankings. Duke has already bagged four. Thanks to their impressive start to the season–and Coach’s K team will have an opportunity on Wednesday to take down a third top-five opponent (Ohio State)–the Blue Devils check in at No. 1 in our latest poll.
The complete poll, to wit: (You can access the Busting Brackets Poll archive here.)
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|22||North Carolina State
|23||San Diego State