Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Separating the Pretenders from Contenders....

I know it's only December, but as the year draws to a close it's time to stake stock of the unbeatens in college basketball. Grant Wahl of SI does a good job of breaking down who's for real and who has yet to be tested beyond cupcakes.

Check out his article and see where your favorite unbeaten squad ranks amongst the rest of no-loss teams to date.

With quality wins over Xavier, North Carolina, Oregon, Wichita State, and Georgetown -My ILLINI are definitely exceeding early-season expectations. You don't just hand the DUCKS a 30-point loss at the Garden in front of 16K fans, the worst loss in Pape` Jam history, unless you are for real. Right now we're trending as a #3 seed in the big-dance come March. That could improve as the year matures and more pretenders are removed from the pack of unbeatens.

Starting out the pre-season ranked ~ 20th, we're currently at #9 and moving up fast. Our next big test comes against Michigan State in early January.

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