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1. Will No. 1 go down in college basketball when Duke faces Kansas State?
If we're talking about a big game between Duke and Kansas State, well, we're probably not talking football. It's a little early for college basketball to be in the spotlight, but No. 1 Duke facing No. 4 Kansas State on a "neutral" court hours from the latter's campus deserves the spotlight. Which team will win the showdown?
It's a good night to sit in front of the television and watch college basketball, but you may want to make sure your laptop is handy.
Notre Dame and Connecticut play what looks an awful lot like an NCAA tournament elimination game to get things started on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET. That's followed by Duke visiting Maryland at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN with a chance to claim the outright ACC regular-season title with a win.
But that's not the only thing on the line for the Blue Devils, which is where that laptop may come in handy. Kansas hosts Kansas State at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN 360, and a win for the Wildcats would give them a sweep of the season series and at least a claim to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Andy (Topeka, KS)
I would think that K-State has the ability to win out and lock up the #1, not Duke. If they can beat my Jayhawks [Wednesday], then I'd have to bump them into the last #1. Their overall profile looks better than Duke's in my opinion.
Andy: Good point about K-State. I've been saying on several radio shows this week that the Wildcats are the team nobody is talking about but should be. But I'm not sure the overall profile is better than Duke's. Beat Kansas in Lawrence and then we can talk. Full transcript
Tony (Spokane, WA)
I realize your Bracketology is a snapshot in time, but is Duke really that much more deserving to be a No. 1 than K-State? KSU's losses are to better teams (RPI-wise) and both teams have collected impressive wins, except KSU has done more of it over ranked teams in its own conference.
Not "much more," no. I have Duke No. 4 and K-State No. 5. Leading a major conference, as opposed to trailing by two games, is also a factor. Full transcript
you wildcats fans that keep saying you will be loose because you have nothing to lose..... Try a possible share of your first big12 title and possibly a #2 seed in the tourney you my friends have eveything to lose. Martin is an idiot for adding even more pressure by telling his team this is a must win, and the biggest game of this teams and schools lives! Wow now that is playing like you have nothing to lose.....” -- gasman333
I am a KSU fan and I hope we win but in the Phog on senior night with KU coming off a loss its hard to imagine them losing again but the spread is like 9.5 points and I definitely dont see it being a blowout like that... its going to be a close one, it depends if Clemente and Pullen are on tonight, if they both get hot KSU wins, if one of them is hot we would need Sutton, Samuels or Kelly to really step up and if neither of them bring their A-game its goodnight...” -- ibcrazy3933
These are good days for the color purple. Brett Favre and the Vikings are a win away from the Super Bowl. Michael Wilbon's Northwestern Wildcats recently knocked off Big Ten heavyweight Purdue and could be headed toward their first NCAA tournament. Grape Ape and Yogi Yahooeys dominated the Laff-A-Lympics the other night (although that one might have been a repeat broadcast). And Monday night, Kansas State knocked No. 1 Texas from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Considering 47 percent of SportsNation already thought Kentucky was the No. 1 team before Kansas State's win, it's safe to assume the Wildcats from Lexington will benefit most from the Wildcats of Manhattan winning. But what about the rest of the top five?
How you are ignoring UK's weak schedule amazes me. There is no chance a #1 seed Kentucky goes to St. Louis over a #1 seed KU team. Kentucky has risked less than any other top ten team on the court - being undefeated with that schedule is not some great feat.
Bracketologist Joe Lunardi
Kentucky has played seven games away from home, more than any of the current No. 1 seeds. I'm just not buying this argument. Don't blame UK because KU couldn't beat a team with six scholarship players (and very nearly lost to one with NO scholarship players). Is Kansas better in March? Probably. Have they done more than Kentucky to date? Absolutely not. Full transcript