NCAA Basketball Rankings: B/R Experts' Week 17 Poll

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NCAA Basketball Rankings: B/R Experts' Week 17 Poll
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It's amazing how much one whistle can change the perception of a team.

When Jim Boeheim was asked how his players would handle two straight losses on Saturday after the loss at Duke, he joked that they might as well just quit playing.

It's hard not to overreact to the result of such a marquee game, but let's remember that had Tony Greene called a block instead of a charge, Boeheim would not be a YouTube sensation right now and his team would still only have one loss.

A year ago, Syracuse lost seven of its final 12 regular-season games and ended up in the Final Four.

Our power rankings are supposed to be a snapshot of how we perceive the teams right now. I still had the Orange at No. 3 this week. My colleagues Jason King and Kerry Miller had them lower, and I can understand why, especially after that Boston College loss.

But what happened last season with Syracuse is a reminder of how quickly a season can turn around in college basketball. Just look at how North Carolina—winner of nine straight—is playing right now after losing to Belmont, UAB and Wake Forest earlier in the season.

If there were ever a year where multiple teams that have looked awful for a stretch ended up in the Final Four, this would be it.

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