As we expected, when the polls came out Monday, there were the beginnings of a move away from Kentucky as a unanimous #1: Virginia moved up to #2 and got two votes.
|Tuesday's ACC Action|
|Virginia Tech @ Louisville||7:00||RSN|
|Clemson @ Virginia||8:00||ACCN|
|Wake Forest @ Syracuse||8:00||ACCCN|
|Miami @ Duke||9:00||ESPNU|
It might have been a bigger move had Duke not lost to NC State (and then fallen to #4 in both polls).
Virginia got two votes in the AP poll and one in the coaches poll (now stop that Bennett!).
Louisville is #6. Notre Dame is #12 in both, UNC is #15 and #16
Syracuse got four votes in the coaches poll, but that was before word got out about Chris McCullough's ACL injury. He's out for the year, which really makes life more difficult for the 'Cuse.
It also pretty much guarantees he'll be back next year. It's asking a lot for a team to take a chance on a still unproven freshman with a balky knee. He'd be much better off with another year to prove he's sound.
There's a fair amount of turmoil among the top teams around the country. Wisconsin's Traevon Jackson is out for six weeks with a fractured foot. Frank Kaminsky has a concussion and we're not sure that Sam Dekker has fully recovered from his ankle woes.
And at Kentucky, there is a possible point guard controversy as Tyler Ulis is currently outplaying incumbent Andrew Harrison, who, for now, retains his role in the backcourt alongside twin brother Aaron. John Calipari:
"Have we lost our edge? Have we lost our swagger? Have we lost a little bit of our focus? ... And the question becomes, how do we get it back? And if we lost it, what are the reasons that we lost it?
"We're not exactly where we were, and that's all good because I don't want us to be like it's March right now."
Fair in most respects, but don't think for a minute that Calipari is suggesting, as he seems to be, that Kentucky's struggles are a positive.
If it were a question of putting the brakes on, he could just move the starters around, change the rotation a bit, but he's not doing that.
Like Kentucky, Duke is also not where it was, and Arizona has really fallen off a good bit. Calipari's essential point is correct: except for perhaps Wisconsin, there's plenty of time.