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College Basketball Top 25: Everything The Light Touches Belongs To Syracuse
Each week we’ll bring you the AP’s college basketball rankings along with serious, measured, professional analysis. Let’s get to Week 13!
1. Syracuse (65)
The Wildcats beat Stanford and lost to Cal last week. In a surprising show of emotion, Sean Miller fought back violent sobs as he explained that he had hoped to go undefeated because he hates Wichita so much. When asked to clarify, he said, “The truth will come out soon enough.”
The Gators beat Mississippi State and Texas A&M last week. I do not believe the atmosphere in Starkville matched the atmosphere in the Carrier Dome.
4. Wichita State
The Shockers beat Loyola (IL) and Evansville. As a city name zealot, this is the only Loyola I recognize.
5. San Diego State
The Aztecs beat Colorado State last week. The win against the Rams was Steve Fisher’s 300th at the school, but only his 47th since he began coaching in full Aztec dress.
The Wildcats beat Georgetown and Temple last week. Seriously, the new ACC is amazing, even if it means Nova has to tread water for so much of the season.
The Bearcats beat Louisville and South Florida last week. Unfortunately, the bearcat population has ballooned out of control and hunting season has been re-opened. This team’s collective availability for future games remains very much in doubt.
The Jayhawks beat Iowa State and lost to Texas last week. Setting a new record, the last five minutes of the Longhorns game lasted approximately seven hours and 16 minutes.
9. Michigan State
The Spartans beat Iowa and lost to Georgetown in MSG last week. Hopefully this will begin a new tradition of these teams playing in the Super Bowl host city the day before the game.
The Wolverines beat Purdue and lost to Indiana last week. Yogi Ferrell had 27 points for the Hoosiers, exploiting Michigan’s frequent inability to cover religious leaders.
The Blue Jays beat St. John’s last week. This ranking is far too low for them, but thankfully they have the humility to take it in stride.
13. Saint Louis
The Cardinals lost to Cincinnati and beat UCF last week. Additionally, Rick Pitino acknowledged last week that he can be an asshole. No argument here.
The Longhorns beat Kansas last week using the ingenious “shut down Andrew Wiggins and demoralize Joel Embiid” strategy. More teams should try it.
16. Iowa State
The Cyclones lost to Kansas and beat Oklahoma last week. More importantly, they moved into #1 in the National Iowa Basketball Rankings.
The Hawkeyes lost to Michigan State and beat Illinois last week. They’re in good company though, apparently every other team in the country but Syracuse lost last week.
The Wildcats lost to LSU and beat Mizzou last week. They could not keep the latter Tigers down though.
19. Oklahoma State
The Cavaliers beat Notre Dame and Pitt last week, surging into the rankings but acting awfully disinterested about it.
The Sooners beat Oklahoma State and lost to Iowa State last week, because everyone can beat everyone else in the Big 12. Except for TCU, they’re awful.
The Huskies crushed Houston last week, and we are finally prepared to let them in from the cold.
The Bulldogs beat Santa Clara and San Francisco last week, riding into the rankings on the good will the Seahawks have built up for the northwest.
The Tigers beat UCF and lost to SMU last week. The Mustangs remained perfect at home, further burgeoning Moody Coliseum’s reputation as the toughest place to play in basketball.
The Panthers lost to Duke and Virginia last week. I have been instructed to say that this ranking is too low, that Pitt has been robbed, and that the ACC simply can’t handle the Panthers. Please send help.
Also receiving votes: Gasoline humor, Sacramento State’s 3/4 court heave, McKillop Court, lowering your standards, getting stuck, Psycho T, the hi-top fade, Brent Musburger, Travis Bader, Syracuse’s record crowd, math!
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