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Show weakness, and even the best 68 teams can lose

The traditional powers are among the best and highest-ranked teams in the country, which is not a surprise. As it is in that sadistic, ground-acquisition game that ended in Tampa on Monday night, there is no such thing as "parity." It is a myth trotted out by small minds to explain an upset. "Parity" is as mythical as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster or only one more when you're with Bill Raftery. Look at the top 25 and the top 50: They are chock-full of the same teams as always. And as always, if you don't play really hard and really well on the road, you can and will lose.

The big shots are really good, but every team has a hole or a weakness that keeps it from getting to and keeping the top spot. As The Bilastrator told you early on, every team will lose games. Once the unwashed masses get out of the college football mentality of "lose and you're out," you can better identify the best teams and why they win and how they can lose.

Of course, the best resource to measure basketball ability, achievement and potential is The Bilas Index, the most comprehensive, complete and unassailable compilation of basketball knowledge this planet has ever known. The Bilas Index is based on all the most reliable analytics, the voluminous work of ESPN Stats and Information and an overwhelming amount of game film. Such a mountain of material would engulf and overcome most humans and computers, but once it is all run through the incredibly powerful brain of The Bilastrator, it is made simple enough for anyone to understand. As always, you're welcome.