Monday, December 05, 2005

Bracketology 101's "Best Week, Worst Week"

This new weekly feature on Bracketology 101 will recap the week that was in college basketball. We will rank the five teams, players, conferences, etc. that had the best week, as well as those that had a week they would like to forget.

Five Best Weeks
Coming off a week in which they lost to VCU at home, the Cougars come from behind to win at LSU and then shock Arizona at home. Maybe someone will be able to compete with Memphis in C-USA afterall.

They won 6 out of 11 in the Big Ten-ACC challenge and they are on top in the first conference RPI poll to come out. They also have more ranked teams then any other conference.

Picked up a big win against Oklahoma, which should answer the questions as to whether or not they would still be a top 5 team without Curtis Sumpter.

Played Illinois very tough on Tuesday and then won at Kentucky on Saturday. This team may be young but they definitely look like a tournament team so far. Roy William's stock continues to rise.

Were able to beat Gonzaga for the first time since 1997. They are the only undefeated team left in the Pac-10 and also the only one ranked in the top 15.

Five Worst Weeks
This week was supposed to be a trip to the bakery for Stanford, but the cupcakes didn’t exactly cooperate. The Cardinal were blown out by Montana and lost to previously winless UC-Davis (remember, Stanford also lost its opener to UC-Irvine). All this from a team that was ranked in the top 10 in some pre-season polls.

Big 12
It wasn’t a very good couple days for the middle of the pack in the Big 12. Iowa State, Nebraska, Texas Tech, Kansas State, and Missouri all lost, and Kansas gave up 35 points to Nick Fazekas in a loss to Nevada. That crashing sound you heard is the conference’s RPI.


So much for the conference’s pre-season favorites. UNLV has lost three in a row (including two this past week to Oklahoma State and Oregon State), Utah lost a heartbreaker to Rice, and San Diego State lost at San Diego. Colorado State (6-0) looks like the only MWC team worth talking about at this point.


The first weekend in December has not been kind in recent years to the Wildcats. Losing early season games to UConn and Michigan State is acceptable, losing to Houston isn't.

Virginia Tech
Not a good 24 hours for Hokie football and basketball fans. But, hey, the men's and women's pole vault teams won the VMI Invitational. That should help ease the pain.

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