There Should Be a New No. 1 in College Basketball

By bertdesalvo
Gonzaga Bulldogs
James Snook-US Presswire

What a week in college basketball.

Upsets were abound to say the least.

It started on Tuesday when the The No.2 team in the nation, the Florida Gators, lost to the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Then No. 5 team, the Kansas Jayhawks, had an embarrassing outing against the TCU Horned Frogs on Wednesday evening.

The No. 1 team in the land was next to fall the follow night, as the Indiana Hoosiers lost to the Illinois Fighting Illini.

Now today, the No. 3 team in the country, the Michigan Wolverines, dropped an overtime thriller against Bo Ryan’s Wisconsin Badgers.

With all these upsets, who will be the next No. 1?

Assuming that the No. 4 Duke Blue Devils handle the Boston College Eagles and adjust to Winter Storm Nemo and any havoc it has reeked on Duke’s travel plans, the Blue Devils will most likely be the next No. 1.

However, what about the No. 6 Gonzaga Bulldogs? The Bulldogs are an impressive 22-2 and 9-0 in West Coast Conference play heading into tonight’s game against the Loyola Marymount Lions, who they beat up 88-43 just a few weeks ago.

Gonzaga’s only two loses have been to the ranked No. 13 Illinois in early December and a buzzer-beater loss against the No. 13 Butler Bulldogs in mid-January (No. 13 apparently was not lucky for Gonzaga).

Having a new No. 1, especially a mid-major, would be great for college basketball. It would give hope and bring excitement to many programs around the country that  they too could be ranked No. 1 someday.

It seems as though Indiana, Michigan, and Duke have all had their chance to be the No. 1 team in the country and have not been able to hold on to the top spot.

It is time to give Gonzaga this opportunity that they have earned. The voters can make this one of the most memorable college basketball seasons of all time if Gonzaga gets this ranking because that precedent will last forever in college basketball.

Follow Bert DeSalvo on Twitter @CoachDeSalvo


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