Currently ranked #6 and #4 in the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls respectively, the Demon Deacons are looking to get back to the top spot in college basketball, a position they held just one week ago.
And not only are they beating good teams, they are doing it in the most difficult of circumstances.
As if Brigham Young isn’t underrated enough as it is, you also have to consider that the Deacons 94-87 win on January 3 came in front of a raucous crowd of 23,000 and ended the Cougars 53 game home winning streak, then longest in the nation. Wake then beat arguably the most talented team in the nation, defeating
Three days later, Wake went to
With arguably Wake’s worst offensive and worst defensive games coming at the same time, the Deacon’s had no answer for the consistent shooting of Virginia Tech, who ended Wake’s undefeated season and short-lived #1 ranking.
But Wake hasn’t been the only team who had trouble holding on to college basketball’s top spot. After UNC was ranked #1 from the preseason all the way to week seven, the title has been plagued, changing hands three times in 2009 already, and will likely change again next Monday with #1 Duke losing tonight.
So the question presents itself, who should be the new #1?
And while Wake’s good wins look even better the more you look at them,
And if their good wins are looking bad, their only loss is looking really bad. The Huskies sole blemish, an 11-point loss to then #8 Georgetown, keeps looking worse and worse as Georgetown has dropped off the map, losing six of their last eight including losses to Seton Hall and Cincinatti.
Based on the voting patterns of the voters this week,
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