Top Ranked College Basketball Teams I Follow on Twitter!
Feb 16, 2010
March Madness is getting closer by the day. My calendar is on count down, ticking off the days until the brackets are set and college basketball teams all over the country are unleashed to prove their worth in stadiums full of loyal fans. If you're a b-ball fanatic like me, or even a bit curious how some of these elite teams will fare, then it's worth a Twitter follow for updates on their progress.
Love'em or hate'em, Duke b-ball is here to stay. With a rich hoops legacy, a serious recruitment program, and Coach K's notoriety, Duke is always in contention for the NCAA Championship. Though their ego has often outstripped their performance, Duke has still managed to pull a top ranking this year (No.6 in the AP Top 25). Duke has won 37 straight home games against unranked teams. They've lost to Georgia Tech, Georgetown, Wisconsin, and North Carolina St.
No. 10 on the AP Top 25, Georgetown shut Duke down with a 89-77 win 2 weeks ago, but with recent losses to USF and Rutgers GTown has lost some of that luster. If they can get President Obama to give commentary during the rest of their games, like against Duke, then who knows?
The Longhorns started out really strong and have recently lost five games (against Baylor, Connecticut, Kansas State, Oklahoma, and Kansas). Nevertheless they are ranked as a No. 15 on the AP Top 25. It's hard to tell how strong Texas really is when their conference is so strong.
The Badgers are in a very competitive Big Ten conference and showing why they should be No. 14 in the AP Top 25. With a recent loss to Illinois, Wisconsin has to reestablish themselves in a top-tier conference that will easily field its top 5 teams in the NCAA tourney postseason.
On a six-game hot streak, the Buckeyes are on a roll. The pollsters at the AP have definitely noticed by giving them a No. 9 ranking in the nation. Tied for 1st in the Big Ten conference, Ohio State is ripe for a strong tournament run on the road to the Final Four.
Villanova can be so powerful and explosive! Scottie Reynolds is usually the all-star to watch. However, watching the this No. 2 team lose atrociously to No.8 Georgetown a week ago made me wonder just how skilled this previously "undefeated in conference play" team really is. The Big East is definitely the conference representing this year, but there's a lack of consistency. Recently losing to an unranked but dangerous UConn is not the way to resolve the issue, but look for No. 3 Nova to be a force come tourney time.
Beating a lowly Penn State team after losing to three of the cream of the Big Ten crop isn't the best way to convince those Spartan doubters out there. But with a tie for the top spot of their conference, No. 11 Michigan State has some time to figure out what ails them.
On a 7-game win streak, Purdue is proving to the nation why they should be No. 4 on the AP poll. Their record is a tribute to the Boilermaker's premier play from Moore and Hummel, there's no reason why they can't finish their season with another six wins.
The Owls have shown some resurgence by being in the top of the class of Atlantic 10. But to show their conference who really belongs in the tourney the No. 21 Owls have to finish the season without any more losses. The only other contenders in the A10 are Richmond, Charlotte, and Xavier and they have a lot more experience down the stretch.
Despite showing early promise at the beginning of the season, the Vols have lagged lately. Tennessee is barely holding onto their No. 20 ranking and will slip out altogether unless their only remaining loss is to the high-flying Kentucky Wildcats.
BC really isn't representing this year, but I have my alumni pride. It would be a shame not to at least show them some support! They played Duke a week ago and really made it a show, rallying back at the end of the game to almost take it! It was at least fun to watch. If only they could consistently score, they might have a chance.