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02:55  03 december  2019
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Duke climbs to No. 1 in AP poll following Kentucky’s loss

  Duke climbs to No. 1 in AP poll following Kentucky’s loss Duke has moved to No. 1 in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll following Kentucky’s surprising loss to Evansville. The Blue Devils received 52 first-place votes from a 65-member media panel in the poll released Monday. No. 2 Louisville received eight first-place votes and No. 3 Michigan State, the preseason No. 1, had four. Kansas and North Carolina rounded out the top five, with No. 7 Virginia receiving the final first-place vote.Kentucky moved up to No. 1 last week after knocking off top-ranked Michigan State to open the season. The Wildcats fell flat a day later, losing 67-64 to unranked Evansville in Lexington and dropped to No. 9 in this week’s poll.

But there is no one in college basketball that has proven to be better at finding a way to entirely remake a roster year after year that Chris Beard. Because as flawed as Michigan State is at the moment, they are still one of the best teams in the sport and Virginia Tech went out and beat them in

In many years , it is debatable whether the team that won was truly the best in college basketball that season. With this win, Villanova stands atop college basketball and deservedly takes their place among the top programs in men’s college basketball , along side traditional powers such as Kansas

In the first month of every college basketball season, pundits and fans alike joke about how “nobody is good this year,” due to ranked teams, and occasionally the No. 1 team, losing games early in the season. Who is the best team? Where are the dominant blue bloods we’re used to seeing? But this year feels different. If my research checks out, nine top-10 teams have lost in the first four weeks of the season, including the No. 1 ranked team three times.

a crowd of people watching a football game: Evansville Purple Aces guard K.J. Riley (33) celebrates with forward DeAndre Williams (13) after defeating the Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena© Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports Evansville Purple Aces guard K.J. Riley (33) celebrates with forward DeAndre Williams (13) after defeating the Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena

No. 20 Colorado out to end long skid at No. 2 Kansas

  No. 20 Colorado out to end long skid at No. 2 Kansas The last time Colorado beat Kansas at storied Allen Fieldhouse, Buffaloes 56-year-old head coach Tad Boyle was playing for the Jayhawks. Boyle's Buffs are off to their first 7-0 start since 1982-83, which is the last time Colorado won in Lawrence, 75-74 on Feb. 10 of that season. "We have an opportunity on Saturday to go into a special place in college basketball history and make a little history of our own," Boyle said of the showdown between his 20th-ranked Buffaloes and the No. 2 Jayhawks. "It isn't going to be easy and we aren't going to do it by turning the ball over and getting sped up.

So with that all going on, what would be a better time to talk about some of the best prospects in college basketball this season? Considering just about every NBA team associated with Barstool has a chance for a top pick this year , it’s worth noting the top of this draft is extremely loaded.

They have one of college basketball ’s breakout stars in Ochai Agbaji headlining a plethora of quality wing pieces Vernon Carey is going to be a very good college basketball player. Same with Matthew Hurt. LSU looked like they could be one of the worst teams in the SEC heading into this year .

  • No. 2 Kentucky beat No. 1 Michigan State
  • Evansville beat No. 1 Kentucky (In Lexington, no less)
  • Stephen F. Austin beat No. 1 Duke (In Durham, too)

So, what in tarnation is going on? Is any game really a “safe win” when even teams like Kentucky and Duke are losing to unranked teams at home? And how could this impact the NCAA Tournament down the road?

Reason #1 - All the best players are leaving school early

This isn’t a recent development, as the “one and done” movement arrived over a decade ago. Can you blame them? If you’re a potential first round pick, there’s no incentive to stay in school and get your degree if you could also go make millions in the NBA.

However, does the loss of top players drop teams like Kentucky and Duke to the level of Evansville and Stephen F. Austin? Absolutely not. On paper, Kentucky and Duke should have each won their games by 30 points. The talent on Duke and Kentucky is incredible, but where they lack is experience and leadership. In close games, coaches lean on more experienced players to grab the wheel and guide their teams through rocky waters.

Hold on tight: UK season will be a roller-coaster ride, Vitale says

  Hold on tight: UK season will be a roller-coaster ride, Vitale says Four No. 1-ranked teams in the first month of the season should send a message, longtime ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale said Wednesday. The message: No team will dominate; all teams will experience adversity. "There's no doubt in my mind you're going to have a rocky road in terms of up-and-down roller coaster," Vitale said on a teleconference. "There are a lot of good teams. But there are no dominant teams.” Vitale, who worked his first college basketball game for ESPN 40 years ago Thursday, said that label of good, if not great fits Kentucky.“This Kentucky team is going to be a good team,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt.

Basketball is a team sport in which two teams , most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball

We ’ re officially starting college basketball season. It’s wide open and there ’s not a clear 2nd best team in the conference. The question for this conference will be how many teams actually feel like 2nd It’s always been the best conference in college basketball and that’s not changing this year .

Duke is a perfect example of a team who lacks experience and thus may struggle in tight games. Let’s take a look at Duke’s starting lineup against Stephen F. Austin to examine how old these guys are:

  • Matthew Hurt, Freshman (F)
  • Wendell Moore Jr., Freshman (F)
  • Vernon Carey Jr., Freshman (C)
  • Cassius Stanley, Freshman (G)
  • Tre Jones, Sophomore (G) - The old man of the group at age 19!

So, not to rag on the Dookies, but they’re just too perfect an example of why we’ll probably see less “dominant” teams going forward. Is Duke talented? Absolutely. Will they win 30 games this year? Probably! Could they beat anybody in the country on any given day? Without question. But could they also lose to a 15 seed in March if the game is close down the stretch? Yes.

Reason #2- Fewer of the top players in the class of 2019 committed to the traditional “blue bloods”

Are coaches dropping money bags or do kids just really want to play close to home? Is it that players really want to play for a specific coach, regardless of which school they’re at? Whatever the case, the top of the 2019 class didn’t gravitate towards the traditional blue bloods like Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, etc. Heck, some players chose to go overseas and play professionally instead of playing college basketball completely! Here is a snapshot of where the top ten players in the class of 2019 went, courtesy of ESPN’s recruiting database:

NCAA is wide open this season, and NCAA tourney will be better for it

  NCAA is wide open this season, and NCAA tourney will be better for it There are no great teams in men’s college basketball this year.Duke’s loss to Stephen F. Austin is the biggest upset in college basketball in the last 15 seasons, according to @ESPNStatsInfo. Duke was favored by 27.5.

Best player: It's actually gotta be Tyrone Wallace. The anonymous junior guard has been outstanding for the Golden Bears this year . I think Newbill is so good /valuable that not getting a First Team Big Ten honor this year would be a shock. He's tremendously effective for how many minutes he plays.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL TALKCBT Select Team . There are a number of really, really talented big men in college basketball this season. Hunter was the best basketball player not named Zion Williamson in college basketball last season.

a screenshot of a cell phone© Data from ESPN recruiting database

Cole Anthony is at North Carolina and Vernon Carey Jr. is dominating for Duke, but aside form those two, none of the other top 10 committed to play at your traditional powerhouses. The No. 5 player in the class, R.J. Hampton, chose to play in New Zealand professionally this season to prepare for the 2020 NBA Draft. James Wiseman (No. 1) and Anthony Edwards (No. 4) both chose to stay in-state and play for their local universities. Washington was able to reel in a couple top-10 commits in Isaiah Stewart (No. 3) and Jaden McDaniels (No. 7). Amidst a cloud of FBI controversy, Sean Miller and Arizona quietly bagged the No. 8 and 9 prospects, guards Josh Green and Nico Mannion.

With fewer of the nation’s elite freshmen playing at traditional powerhouse schools, the talent is sprinkled all over the map, rather than getting concentrated all at the top. After watching Duke steamroll teams with Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett, and Cam Reddish last year, it’s been nice to watch programs like Georgia and Memphis get revived with the injection of some of these top recruits. It’s especially fun when recruits stay in-state and play for their local schools. Anthony Edwards had offers from Kansas, Kentucky, and North Carolina, but chose to stay and play for Tom Crean at Georgia. How can you not root for a guy who who stays home?

UNC's Anthony could be 'best' he's ever seen

  UNC's Anthony could be 'best' he's ever seen If you haven't had a chance to watch Cole Anthony yet, you're missing out. The freshman guard for North Carolina is a phenom. He's only played four games so far, but has dominated in every one of them, already solidifying himself as a top three pick in the upcoming NBA draft.

Texas Tech men's basketball team , the parents of America salute you. Our country's coaches also These Red Raiders aren ’t just a very fine basketball team that will face Michigan State in Saturday’s Texas Tech’s third- year coach, Chris Beard, already has no love for cell phones: he bans them at

There were lots of compelling, startling and mystical numbers marching down the college basketball street the past few days, like 1 and 2 in the nation, but might not even be the best teams in their own states at the moment. He has covered college basketball for 43 years , including 39 Final Fours.

How this impacts March Madness

Simply put, it makes it even more unpredictable. No pick is a safe pick. We’ve officially seen a No. 1 seed lose to a 16-seed, so we know anything can happen. One bad game, and your season is over. But because the metaphorical wealth is spread across so many teams this year, rather than having a few powerhouse teams that stick out above the others, picking a “chalk” Final Four isn’t as safe as it once seemed.

The last time a No. 1 seed was not in the national championship game was 2014, when Shabazz Napier and the 7th seeded Connecticut Huskies marched all the way to the final game and beat the 8th seeded Kentucky Wildcats to win it all. It has been five years since then, and each year a No. 1 seed has made it to the final game. This may be the year that changes.

So no, there may not be any teams this year that are head and shoulders above the rest. But the next time you see No. 1 get beat, it isn’t because that team isn’t great, it’s actually because there are so many great teams this season. The chaos of college basketball is what draws us in and keeps us coming back for more. Like the legend Jon Rothstein says time and time again, this isn’t anarchy, it’s just college basketball.

MSU basketball's Cassius Winston thanks team, fans for support following brother's death .
Cassius Winston thanked his team and fans for their support following his brother's death after the MSU vs. Charleston Southern men's basketball game.

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