To be the top-ranked team in the country this season has been a dangerous proposition.
Indiana was the No. 1 team in the preseason but could only maintain its hold on the top spot until mid-December, when the Hoosiers fell to in-state rival Butler. Yet their six-week run at the top spot has been longer than anything their successors have “enjoyed.”
Duke was No. 1 for four weeks before its upset loss to NC State on Jan. 12. Michigan had a chance to take over the top spot with a win the following day at Ohio State, but the Wolverines couldn’t cash in. And in just its second game as the top team in the country, Louisville lost to Syracuse, ceding the No. 1 ranking back to Duke.
Don’t be shocked to see the top spot change hands a few more times this season. And don’t take that to signify the lack of credentials among this year’s contenders. Rather, take it as a sign that we could be headed for a fantastic March one year after enduring a rather snooze-inducing one.