I agree with you, it doesn't matter who's ranked No. 1 or No. 2 during the season. It has no bearing on the Tournament or the final outcome of the season. I'm with you 100% on that.
But you know what...it still feels DAMN GOOD to be ranked No. 1 in the AP for the first time since 1990. Take off your devil's advocate hat for a moment and just enjoy it.
Today's Associated Press has the Orange jumping four spots to No. 1. This comes after last week's top three teams -- Kansas, Kentucky and Purdue -- all suffered losses while Syracuse beat No. 7 Villanova before a record-breaking crowd in the Carrier Dome.
The Orange were the runaway, receiving 59 first-place votes from the national media panel to make the jump from fourth. This is their first time on top since a six-week run during the 1989-90 season.
Seems crazy, right? The last time SU was ranked No. 1, Mike Hopkins was still playing for the team instead of coaching it.
Tom Keegan of the Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas), who is not at all biased. Nope. And even puts SU at #3. THREE!
Update: SU also No. 1 in the Coaches Poll. Orange receive 23 first-place votes, Kansas receives 7 and Duke receives one. Coach K...you can't do that...