Gonzaga Bulldogs is still holding strong as the No. 1 team in the country, but it’s not a consensus. Villanova Wildcats still has three first-place votes in the latest Coaches poll. Kansas Jayhawks is third, Arizona Wildcats fourth and UCLA Bruins fifth. UCLA and Arizona play on Saturday. The biggest jump within the polls is Duke’s bump from 14th to 11th. Wichita State Shockers makes its run at the rankings once again, as it’s 25th in this week’s poll. The Shockers are an interesting bubble team, because they have a good record and good computer metrics, but they lack a sack of notable victories. Here’s the coaches poll in full, with a league-by-league tally below: Coaches poll The top 25
Jim Boeheim has never been a man that’s shied away from saying what he feels, even if that results in him going after a reporter during a press conference. On Sunday night, Boeheim did just that, when he was clearly unhappy about being asked whether or not his team was ‘impatient’: Boeheim had reason to be upset beyond that particular line of questioning: Not only did his team lose a tough road game thanks to a pretty bad call in the final 20 seconds, but that loss might be what costs them a spot in the NCAA tournament.
Two weeks ago it looked like it was over, for both Arkansas and Mike Anderson. The Razorbacks capped a stretch where they lost three of four games by getting smacked at home by Vanderbilt and losing to Missouri. They looked like a longshot to get into the tournament, not necessarily because they didn’t have the profile to earn an at-large bid at the time, but because any team that can lose at Missouri can lose to anyone, anywhere, any time. The kicker? Missing the tournament could very well be the end of Anderson’s tenure with Arkansas. There’s a reason he was on just about every hot seat list entering the season, and it looked like Arkansas was on the verge of fulfilling that prophecy. Until