Another week, another team taking a turn at No. 1.
It started with Indiana, until the Hoosiers were stunned by Butler in overtime. Next up was Duke, and then NC State took down the Blue Devils.
Louisville had a short stint in the top slot before Syracuse won at the KFC Yum! Center over the Cardinals. Duke went back to numero uno but was blasted by Miami.
Michigan took its turn but lost in Bloomington on Saturday. Kansas might have moved up but its 18-game win streak and 33-contest home win streak went by the boards thanks to Oklahoma State.
So for now, Indiana and Florida appear to be on top of the wacky world of college hoops with a wild March Madness ahead.
Being No. 1 right now is a point of school pride. Fans get excited about the polls because of bragging rights. Having a good ranking also helps for seeding come tournament time. Just look at how many top seeds have won the national championship over the years and you understand the importance.
But the key is to finish No. 1 when it is all said and done. It is nice to be No. 1 in February, but you don't hang a banner up in the rafters, and you don't cut the nets down unless you are numero uno in April, baby!
Indiana has as good a chance as anybody to win six games in March Madness. The Hoosiers do the little things that you don't always see in the box score. Tom Crean's team makes hustle plays, finding ways to get key baskets at crunch time. The Hoosiers also get to the foul line more than anybody in America and they are so tough down the stretch because they convert.
This is a team that plays together. They are unselfish, play hard and have balance. I was so impressed with the athleticism of Victor Oladipo, and he has really improved his shooting, as well.
They have perimeter players like Jordan Hulls and Yogi Ferrell that contribute. They have the guy in the middle in Cody Zeller; they build their offense off of him. He creates space for everybody else because defenders have to help on him.
My friends, we are working our way to an incredible March Madness. Indiana is No. 1 for now in my book, though road tests with Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota and a rematch with the Wolverines in Ann Arbor are still on the docket.