Analyzing all 9 Undefeated College Basketball Teams

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Nine undefeated teams left in all of college basketball. And none of them are named Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Duke (I listed them twice because ESPN loves them so much), Ohio State, Florida or Kansas.

In other words, if you’re still undefeated at this point of this season, you are legit- at least to some extent. By mid December, pretty much everyone has played in a conference “challenge” event and participated in a Holiday tournament. if you didn’t pick up an L in either of those situations, then you likely suffered a setback in some quality opponent non-conference scheduling.

Yes, most of the games up to this point have been cupcakes, but no one has really been able to feed on just  cupcakes for over a month. Let’s run through the 9 remaining perfect teams, in order of AP poll ranking.

#1 Syracuse Orange (10-0)

How they’ve stayed undefeated despite all the distractions of the Bernie Fine mess is quite an accomplishment. Jim Boeheim’s perfect record has quieted those calling for his head. Not saying it’s right, moral or ethical, I’m just saying it is. The University showed how to handle crisis management in cutting ties with Bernie Fine; or at least they look like PR experts when compared to Penn State.

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#4 Louisville Cardinals (9-0)

Exceeding preseason expectations, as our college basketball expert David Kay had them at #13. The man in the ice cream suit will endure a rugged Big East conference schedule in a couple weeks. Of course, the league won’t be as tough as years past. We’ll learn more Saturday when they take on Memphis, and on the 28th versus Georgetown.

#7 Baylor Bears (7-0)

Highest ranking in school history. Between this and the Heisman going to Robert Griffin III, Baylor revenue producing sports are at an all-time high. The basketball Bears had a very impressive win at a then undefeated Northwestern team last week. Go here to learn more about their long and lean front court trio of Quincy Acy, Quincy Miller and Perry Jones III

#8 Xavier Musketeers (8-0)

A nationally relevant team, they disgraced themselves, the league and the sport with that brawl Saturday. Granted much of that is the Cincinnati Bearcats fault. But a couple XU players did themselves no favors by making thuggish ruggish comments in the postgame press session.

#10 Missouri Tigers (10-0)

Best Mizzou team ever? Of our generation? Kay had them 23rd in the preseason, but Marcus Denmon has them outplaying everyone’s expectations.

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 #11 Marquette Golden Eagles (9-0)

As this territory is David Kay’s house, I’ll refrain from passing any judgment/making any commentary here. My knowledge of the team is 1/10 quadrillionth of his

#18 Indiana Hoosiers (9-0)

This is Drew Allen’s house, so you can get his thoughts on the team here and here.

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#19 Illinois Fighting Illini (10-0)

They’ll likely get past UNLV at their second home (the Chicago Bulls house, the United Center) on Saturday, but I doubt they’ll beat Mizzou in the “Braggin’ Rights” game in St. Louis. They’re much better than any of us expected, but I still don’t see them as a second weekend of the NCAA Tournament kind of team. Meyers Leonard is still raw, but he’s been dominant at times, and if this keeps up, he may bolt early for the NBA after this year, not next.

How was that for objective, even-handed analysis of one’s undefeated alma mater?

#24 Murray State Racers (10-0)

The win over Memphis was impressive. Decent win over Dayton too. The Ohio Valley conference slate should be a breeze, don’t be shocked if they finish the season with only 3-4 losses.

Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, an official Google News site that generates millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Walter Football.com, Yardbarker, and Fox Sports

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  1. love this article… I’ll get some Marquette love going when I get back from vacay… but love the grittiness and intensity of MU… worried about the mounting frontcourt issues especially when we play better talent like LSU, Vandy in the up-coming weeks…

    btw, just saw Kentucky lost today while checking the inet in the lobby of our resort and gasped out loud…

  2. I came up with the idea during the ILL- Coppin st game, then upon writing it realized everyone’s going to expect to see your byline up at the top instead of mine.

    it’s even better now that I fixed the typos in the previous version.

    looking forward to your MU stuff. pretty sweet that we have 3 TSB teams, alma maters of you, me, and Drew comprising 1/3 of the nations undefeated teams.

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