The college basketball season is halfway gone and there are some coaches who have some ‘splainin to do.
Each college across the NCAA has a pretty good idea of how its season should play out before the season starts. Some schools have national championship aspirations. Some schools aspire to watch the tournament on TV.
The point is that before the season starts, schools are already positioning themselves for ranking and prestige. This helps getting nationally televised games, which helps with exposure. Exposure leads to better recruiting.
In the Big East, for example, the coaches of the league each cast a vote predicting how the league standings will play out. This year, they picked a tie between Syracuse and Connecticut. While they may have been spot-on with Syracuse, UConn is stumbling a little bit.
But they’re not the only ones.
Plenty of schools get high preseason rankings, whether from the national pollsters or from their own conferences. Many live up to the hype and many are just hype.
Now, bear in mind that these are just predictions. If a team doesn’t live up to the ranking, it doesn’t mean that they are a bad team, just not as good as advertised.
Here’s a list of the this season’s biggest offenders (in no particular order).