Beyond The Rankings: The Real Top 10 Teams in the Nation

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Beyond The Rankings: The Real Top 10 Teams in the Nation

I love the ranking system we use right now in college basketball and I don't think the system could get any better than what we have. However, even though these polls do a great job of showing the public where teams stand and how they have been playing, the AP polls and the ESPN today polls are not meant to judge how good teams will be when the tournament comes around.

Rankings like these don't account for teams with a lot of talent that come together at the end of the year and really do well in the tournament. They don't account for veteran leadership that can lead a team through the big dance.

They don't account for players who can step up and make big shots down the stretch when their teams need it. They don't account for teams that step up in clutch games, teams that play down to opponents, or teams that have attributes that will get them far in the tournament like great defense and point guard play.

Those things that ranking polls don't necessarily take into account can make a huge impact on how well teams do in the tournament. These ten teams have all these tournament attributes and more. That’s why I think these should be the top ten most feared teams to play when March Madness finally begins.

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