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March 11, 2008
The List
Week of March 10, 2008

by Joe Sheehan

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The rankings have stabilized over the last couple of weeks, and Iím as comfortable with this ranking as with any Iíve done this year. Theyíre also getting closer to the objective metric, at least towards the top. There are outliers, but I look at this and Iím comfortable.

An ordinal list doesnít give you a sense of tiers, of course. Thereís a break after North Carolina, with the top four teams in their own league. Thereís another after Texas, with Xavier on an island. Then thereís a large clutch of similar teams; I have Wisconsin 10 spots ahead of Purdue, and thereís an argument that because the Boilermakers swept the Badgers, thatís insane. Itís not a great argumentóitís two gamesóbut itís an argument.

This is the last ranking of the season, since a week from now the teams will be in the only order that matters. Iíll start The List earlier next season, but not much; I still think preseason and early-season rankings are essentially meaningless in a sport where a third of the participants turn over from year to year.

As always, all records are Division I games only, through Sunday, and the second number in parens is a teamís rank in last weekís poll. No comments this week, either.

  1. Memphis (28-1) (1).
  2. UCLA (25-3) (2).
  3. Kansas (25-3) (3).
  4. North Carolina (27-2) (4).
  5. Tennessee (25-3) (5).
  6. Georgetown (25-3) (7).
  7. Duke (24-4) (6).
  8. Texas (25-4) (10).
  9. Xavier (24-4) (8).
  10. Wisconsin (23-5) (12).
  11. Connecticut (24-4) (11).
  12. Stanford (24-4) (9).

  13. Washington State (24-6) (15).
  14. Butler (27-3) (14).
  15. Louisville (22-7) (13).
  16. Drake (20-7) (18).
  17. Marquette (23-6) (16).
  18. Gonzaga (23-4) (19).
  19. Notre Dame (24-6) (21).
  20. Purdue (24-5) (17).
  21. Indiana (22-6) (20).
  22. Southern California (24-5) (NR).
  23. Davidson (24-5) (24).
  24. Brigham Young (22-6) (NR).
  25. West Virginia (20-7) (NR).

Writing Nasty Letters: Kansas State, Oklahoma, Ohio State, New Mexico, Syracuse

Leaving: Vanderbilt (22), St. Maryís (23), Clemson (25)

The ďnumbers onlyĒ ranking

  1. Memphis
  2. North Carolina
  3. UCLA
  4. Kansas
  5. Duke
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Tennessee
  8. Georgetown
  9. Texas
  10. Louisville
  11. Xavier
  12. Washington State
  13. Stanford
  14. Marquette
  15. Michigan State
  16. Indiana
  17. Connecticut
  18. Drake
  19. Clemson
  20. Notre Dame
  21. West Virginia
  22. Gonzaga
  23. Southern California
  24. Kansas State
  25. Purdue

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