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College: Top 50 Rankings, Stud or Dud?

We see which teams we hit on and which ones we missed on as the NCAA tournament continues this weekend.

Texas started at No. 2 in our Pre-Season Top 50 and earned a Top 4 seed for the NCAA Tournament. See how the other 49 teams measure up. (Courtesy of Texas Athletics)

Texas started at No. 2 in our Pre-Season Top 50 and earned a Top 4 seed for the NCAA Tournament. See how the other 49 teams measure up. (Courtesy of Texas Athletics)

The college season hasn’t quite ended, with the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight on tap Friday and Saturday.

Back in August we released our Pre-Season Top 50, so we thought it would be a good idea to check to see which program are still alive.

And where we were a stud or a dud.

Spoiler alert.

Not studly.

Check it out:

  1. Nebraska
  2. Texas
  3. Wisconsin
  4. Hawaii
  5. Kansas
  6. UCLA
  7. Minnesota
  8. Stanford
  9. Penn State
  10. Illinois

ConclusionNot a stud or dud

Considering seven of the Top 10 teams are alive and one didn’t even make the field, that’s a so-so showing for a Pre-Season Top 10. There’s no credit in having Nebraska No. 1. That was an obvious call and would need some explaining if the Huskers weren’t No. 1. Texas and Wisconsin earned Top-4 seeds. Kansas was a surprise not to reach the Sweet 16, as was Illinois not getting in the field at all. But Hawaii caught a bad draw, needing to play Minnesota in the second round. I don’t think that was a bad call despite Hawaii not reaching the Sweet 16. That’s because we had a Pre-Season No. 4 and No. 7 meeting in Round 2. UCLA, Stanford and Penn State are all in the Sweet 16, but would need to win to hold rank.

  1. Texas AM
  2. Washington
  3. Michigan State
  4. Oregon
  5. Ohio State
  6. USC
  7. Missouri
  8. Florida
  9. Florida State
  10. Louisville

ConclusionMostly dudly, with one stud

There are a few bad misses, like Texas A&M which lost in the first round. Louisville had injury struggles but clearly never played at a No. 20 level. USC was off too. Those three would be nice to have back. Michigan State wasn’t too far off, as the Spartans lost in the second round in five games and were close to being in the Sweet 16. Not much credit for Washington starting off at No. 12, though Ohio State was a good call at No. 15. The Buckeyes are in the Sweet 16. The pick that helps save face and was a great call was picking the Tigers at No. 17, as they are in the Sweet 16.

  1. Kentucky
  2. Creighton
  3. North Carolina
  4. Iowa State
  5. Arizona
  6. Western Kentucky
  7. Michigan
  8. BYU
  9. Purdue
  10. Long Beach State

ConclusionNot a stud or dud

Long Beach State at No. 30 turned out to be bad. Kentucky at No. 21 was high, as was Iowa State at No. 24. But neither far off that it can be labeled a bad call. That Purdue and Iowa State had to play in the first round was tough, because it makes it look like one was over-ranked, but not by much in reality. Western Kentucky turned out to be over-sold, as the Hilltoppers went out in the first round. Creighton, North Carolina, Arizona, Michigan and BYU are all alive in the Sweet 16, so those five squads were under-sold to start with.

  1. San Diego
  2. Kansas State
  3. Washington State
  4. Colorado State
  5. TCU
  6. Colorado
  7. Marquette
  8. Utah
  9. Maryland
  10. Arizona State

ConclusionMore dud than stud

Until San Diego lost to Baylor in the first round, it looked like the Toreros should’ve started much higher. But with the defeat to the Bears, now it looks like San Diego started off over-ranked. Kansas State and Washington State both going out in the second round is right on par with their Pre-Season spots. TCU also lost in the second round, so at No. 35 was a pretty good call. With Washington State and Marquette playing in the first round, that was tough. Marquette played like a Top 40 team most of the season, so that was a good spot to start for that school. Colorado, Maryland and Arizona State didn’t make the tournament. As for Utah, the Utes were playing much better than their Pre-Season No. 38 spot until getting upset in the first round by UNLV. So both Utah and San Diego were under-ranked based on their regular season results. But with only four good calls out of 10, it’s more dud than stud.

  1. Georgia Tech
  2. Duke
  3. Wichita State
  4. Miami
  5. Pitt
  6. LMU
  7. Villanova
  8. Santa Clara
  9. Xavier
  10. Arkansas State

ConclusionDud and a half

With eight of the final 10 programs not making the postseason field, it was a big dud. Georgia Tech had a case to make it, so that wasn’t a bad call. Duke at No. 42 wasn’t even that bad, all things considered. Wichita State made the second round, so it could have be ranked a bit higher to start the year based on that. Pitt made the second round too, so the same with the Panthers. The final five were all swings and misses. Though Xavier did pick up a pair of victories over Marquette at the end of the season, while Villanova also beat Marquette during conference play. All in all, not a good pick of 10.

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