Cards Remain #2 in Rankings
Guess what we have to talk about today?! Not much. The only Louisville team (of 21 D1 teams) playing right now is our men's basketball team, which does us no good here at Cardinal Couple.
UofL women's basketball is still stuck in COVID-19 protocol a wee bit longer and their next scheduled game isn't until December 31. We did see the new AP rankings come out yesterday. Despite the Cards not having played in 16 days, they did hold the #2 ranking. Louisville also received a first place vote.
Stanford continues to dominate the rankings with the #1 spot. They improved to 6-0 on the year and have received 26 of the 30 first place votes. UConn, who has battled their own COVID-19 issues, remained at #3 and earned a first place vote. NC State has continued to impress the basketball world as they improved to 8-0 on the year to keep their #4 spot. The Wolfpack took the final two first place votes.
South Carolina and Arizona remained at #5 and #6. Baylor and Oregon, who were tied at #7 last week, fell in at #7 and #8, respectively, as the Top 8 remained unchanged. Texas A&M climbed a spot to #9 as did Maryland, who rounds at the Top 10 at #10.
Kentucky reached the #9 spot last week but fell to #13 following a loss to DePaul. Syracuse also dropped a bit down to #23 after their loss to North Carolina, Wake Forest, and Georgia Tech all found themselves in the receiving votes category as the ACC did not see much love this week.
The SEC owns 20% of the rankings with five teams in. The Pac-12 saw four teams ranked. However, it's the Big 10 taking charge of the Top 25 with six teams in including the 14-17 spots.
Oh yeah, the next AP rankings? They come out on Dec. 28 and the Cards will still be sitting at their 5-0 record. Of course, Louisville is incredibly good this year, but how many weeks can they go without playing before the AP voters start having doubts or "forget about the Cards?
|Could we just go back to Indy again?|
Now when it comes down to it the rankings really don't matter much until late in the season as teams battle for one of the top 16-seeds. Even then, with the entire NCAA Tournament scheduled to happen all in San Antonio, there isn't a home field advantage to work with. IF Louisville finds themselves dancing deep in the tournament- many things can change between now and then such as a tournament cancellation, the Cards dropping out due to positive cases, or the Cards falling to another team- don't expect any Cardinal Couple representatives out there. There are so many factors involved with that such as distance, risk of travel due to COVID-19, and the limited number of approved media due to the pandemic. We will be there in spirit though!
Anyways, make sure to finish up your holiday shopping. Happy Tuesday and Go Cards!