I’m glad I found out Houston has another game before us. Let them take their anger out on North Carolina A&T…
Nice breakdown of AP voting based upon last week. Read through the full thread
Supports the Hoos moving to #1
Insane that the team we watched struggle at home against JMU could very well be #1 in the country.
I’d put UConn number 1, but that’s me.
Hey, it beats the year we became the only team in history to advance to #1 despite losing our prior game (that awful OT loss to VT. I was there with younger daughter and it may have been the most agonizing hoops game I’ve ever watched in person).
Uconn has been the most impressive over all their games
I was at that game, too. Brutal.
I could be wrong but hadn’t Uconn only beaten 1 top 25 team? I do agree tho that Uconn has looked good. But I’ll go with the Hoos as #1 …
I have this crazy idea, which I don’t think is shared by many people, that the team voted #1 should be the “best” team. And I think the only reasonable way to define best would be to define it as the team most likely to win the sport’s championship, which is a single elimination tourney taking place in March (mostly).
I don’t currently think that’s UVa, but others who follow my logic (so, basically nobody) and think that’s UVa should vote UVa #1.
I’m bad at predictions, especially predicting behavior, especially human behavior, but with that caveat, I think there’s a 51% chance the voters put as at 1, using whatever nonsensical methodology they typically use.
Is that good? I don’t know. I’ve traditionally thought it’s an unreservedly good thing to be ranked #1, but for reasons that I can’t quite enunciate, I would sort of prefer UVa to be somewhere from 3-10 or so.
There is seemingly little downside to being #1. The main downside is seemingly that it can exacerbate the embarrassment of a bad loss. But we have already had our Chaminade.
I’m not necessarily expecting to be #1, but on the whole, it would probably be a good thing.
I can buy that, I guess. Certainly adds some juice to the Houston game.
There are so many teams out there that have never been #1 and would love to be in our position, and we’re like nah we’re good at 2 or 3, ha
Becoming #1 on the heels of an in-season recruiting weekend? Why wouldn’t we want that? Screw under the radar.
I guess some fear that we’ll get ranked #1 and then suffer an embarrassing loss. But that’s still better than not being ranked #1 and then suffering the same embarrassing loss. Accept the spotlight.
I think the staff is gonna have a really good game plan for Houston. Houston is tough tough tough but very beatable. Staying out of embrassing loss range early is the key
Fear of competing due to risk of losing is not a hallmark of a winning program. Glad we rose up to the challenge of Baylor, Illinois, and Michigan on our schedule. It’s why we’re poised for a #1 spot.
We’ve got 11 days between games, they have 4 (with travel). We better have a really good game plan given all that prep time. As long as Reece is healthy, “Houston, you have a problem.”
I think TB is gonna make them shoot it to beat us, I expect him to pull the defense back inside of the arc more than he’s normally done so far this year. If they’re hitting their 3’s then you tip your cap and hope that you’re doing the same on the other end, but if we allow their athletic guards open driving lanes to the basket then we’re fucked regardless.
Honestly I wish that we weren’t playing Houston after a loss, feel like it would’ve been to our advantage had we played them while they were still the #1 team in the country. Now the pressure is shifted more towards us.
If the talking heads on TV and the buzz in the media are any indication, I imagine it will be UConn. However, it is worth remembering that it’s still December, and being #1 isn’t all that significant. You might recall that in the 2017-18 season, Virginia was ranked 16th at this point in the year, but ended up #1 in the final AP poll. Just sayin’, the rankings will take care of themselves. Eventually.