Pat Forde makes a lot of good points. A lot of Sagarins computations leave a lot to desired.
Most notably Colorado ahead of Iowa State? Nobody cares about basketball in Boulder.
Nebraska ahead of UNLV? Granted, UNLV isn't what they were, but still they have won an NCAA tournament as opposed to Nebraska which hasn't ever won a NCAA tournament game.
Northwestern ahead of Providence. As Forde points out, Providence has made it to a couple of final fours as opposed to Northwestern, which has never made the NCAA tournament. Let me repeat that, NORTHWESTERN HAS NEVER MADE THE NCAA TOURNAMENT.
Illinois ahead of Duke and Michigan State?
But we're talking about a guy whose computer rankings screw up college football every year so maybe we shouldn't be surprised.
Here is an interesting tibit about college basketball and when it started.
The first college basketball game was organized intramurally by students at Geneva College in February 1892 under the coaching of professor Charles O. Bemies, Geneva's first Athletic Director. He was a protégé of Dr. James Naismith, who is credited with inventing the sport in 1891 at the YMCA Training School in Springfield, Mass. Geneva first played in collegiate competition on April 8, 1893 using peach baskets as goals, defeating the New Brighton YMCA 3 - 0.
I thought K-State would be even higher. Their tradition under coaches like Cotton Fitzsimmons, Tex Winter, Jack Hartman and Lon Kruger is impressive.
You're right, KState actually had a very good basketball history before they fell off the basketball planet after Kruger left. They went to four Final Fours and lost the NC game to Kentucky in 1951, and won half of the conference titles in the 50's and 60's, and almost half in the 70's. The only BXII teams they have a losing record against are KU and OU. As a KU fan, I'm reluctant to admit it, but they have a pretty impressive history.
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