For those of you just checking in with the men’s NCAA basketball season, it has been fantastic so far. I know everyone thinks of buzzer beaters as the only cure for March Madness, but they’re healthy for you like the green Naked Juice and just as delicious. So you should eat up as many as you can. The same goes for knocking off number one ranked teams. The 2012-2013 season has already seen five changes at the top of the big board, with four different teams occupying the top spot. Let’s run through some of the highlights.
Preseason to Week 6 (Week beginning December 17): Indiana
Indiana starts the year as preseason number one and in an opposite-USC football manner proceeds to play like it. Cody Zeller begins what has become a 16-8 season and Indiana rolls until manboy Brad Stevens and Butler decide they’ve had enough of Indiana’s ridiculous, vertical striped warm up pants:
And this wouldn’t be even be Butler’s most miraculous outcome of the season as the Bulldogs would go on to beat Gonzaga in amazing fashion in January. Goodbye number one Indiana, hello number one dook.
Weeks 7 through 10 (Weeks beginning December 24 through January 7): dook
dook would have a respectable defense of their number one ranking, having just defeated Elon and going on to beat powerhouses Santa Clara, Davidson, Wake Forest, and Clemson. Then our dookies ended up in Raleigh at the wrong place at the wrong time and this happened:
That court storming at the end nearly resulted in tragedy. Did you notice that kid in the wheelchair being pushed to center court from the right baseline? Well his chair was turned over in the melee and he was almost trampled, had CJ Leslie not picked him up and continued to celebrate. dook was humbled but their lowest point was still to come eleven days later when they would wake up and find themselves in Miami, unable to remember how to play basketball. Through it all though, we here in the ALTTAB Dome never stopped remembering why they are just the worst. (And neither did Warren Sapp, apparently.) Goodbye number one dook, hello number one Louisville.
Week 11 (Week beginning January 14): Louisville
Yeah, that’s not what you want.
Goodbye number one Louisville, welcome back number one dook.
Week 12 (Week beginning January 21): dook
Wait, didn’t we already talk about this? Who cares– we’re watching again.
Goodbye number one dook, hello number one Michigan.
Week 13 (Week beginning January 28): Michigan
Michigan polishes off Northwestern, famed only Division 1 team never to have made the NCAA Tournament, in their first defense of number one– only to run into Indiana three days later on the road:
Tim Hardaway Jr. is having a great year but sometimes order just needs to be restored to the universe. Thus, preseason number one Indiana reclaims its crown. Goodbye number one Michigan, welcome back number one Indiana.
Week 14 (This week): Indiana
Hmm. So much for order in the universe:
And that is absolutely Victor Oladipo’s fault. Guarding the guy with the ball out of bounds on the baseline and allowing a bounce pass underneath to a cutter? He’ll be running sprints.
So that’s where we’re at. This year’s Tournament looks wide open. Ole Miss has also been making noise. And TCU recently got their first win in the Big 12 against number five Kansas. And Carolina and Kentucky are both down this year. There are also only three teams west of the Rockies, Arizona, Gonzaga, and Oregon, in the AP’s Top 25. Wide open.