Women's Basketball Rankings
Following Sunday's win at a 'neutral site' (LOL) against UConn on Sunday, and some help from some other teams, Louisville Women's Basketball jumped in the AP Poll from #6 to #3. The #3 ranking is the highest of the season for the Cards, now 10-1.
South Carolina (11-0) retained the top spot in the rankings. The Gamecocks are the clear early season favorite for the title. Their schedule is already full of Top 15 wins against NC State (at Raleigh), Oregon (neutral site), pre-Buckers injury UConn (neutral site), Maryland (in Columbia), and Duke (at Durham). Their next game comes against current #2 Stanford tonight at 7:00 on ESPN2.
Stanford (8-2) has been back-and-forth against ranked opponents this season, but did move up to the #2 ranking following a win at Tennessee. Their other big wins have come against Indiana and Maryland while their not-so-bad losses have been to Texas and South Florida. The losses have been by a combined eight points.
Louisville (10-1) has won 10 straight following a season opening loss to Arizona. The Cards have been hot and have climbed from #10 in Week Four to #3 in Week Seven. The Cards have good wins against Michigan, Kentucky, and UConn with the latter two coming by a combined 11 points. Louisville is in the early stages of an 11-day break before returning to action against Boston College on Dec. 11.
Arizona (10-0) remained at #4. Besides their season opener against the Cards, Arizona has played a less-than-stellar non-conference schedule after their game against Texas over the weekend was cancelled. Besides the Wildcats and Stanford, the Pac-12 has not proven to be much of a threat this year.
NC State (11-2) rounds out the top five. They fell in overtime at home to a mid-ranked Georgia team over the weekend and have fallen to 2-2 against ranked teams. A road win against Indiana and a neutral site location against Maryland have been their big wins.
Maryland (9-3) moved back up a few spots to #6. Tennessee (9-1) stayed put at #7. Indiana (9-2) moved up to #8. Michigan (11-1) jumped up several spot to #9. Baylor (9-2) fell from fifth down to #10 after falling to Michigan over the weekend.
The ACC has four other teams in the AP Poll including Duke (#16), Georgia Tech (#17), Notre Dame (#20), and North Carolina (#25). In-state rival UK sits at #22.
Favorite Christmas Movies
After discovering Disney+ added a few more Home Alone movies to their streaming service, I realized that the Home Alone arsenal is up to six movies. The first two follow the happenings of Kevin McAlister while the third one shifts to a new cast and plot. The fourth one semi-reverts back to the first two. The fifth goes in a different direction. The sixth installment, which was released this year, happens in the same universe as the original two with only Buzz McAlister reprising his role.
Although, I enjoy the first three installments, everything after becomes cheesy and disappointing. Besides the Home Alone films, some of my other favorite Christmas movies include National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, The Santa Clause (original one), and Elf as well as many of the animated or claymation films. Do you have any favorite Christmas movies? Also, do you consider Die Hard a Christmas movie?
There are no wrong answers to the questions above.
Happy Tuesday and Go Cards!