Sister Jean has another top-notch Loyola team to support, and even the non-Gonzaga portion of the WCC has impressed.
With Porter Moser leaving for Oklahoma and All-American Cameron Krutwig departing following his senior year, it would have been understandable if the Ramblers had dropped off.
Coach Drew Valentine has Loyola (9-2) atop our poll, with non-conference wins over Arizona State, DePaul and Vanderbilt. The Ramblers' two losses are to Michigan State (by 2) and Auburn (by 9) -- both currently AP Top 10 teams -- and both on consecutive days, in the Bad Boy Mowers Battle for Atlantis."
It gets no more impressive than what Bob McKillop has accomplished in 33 seasons of coaching at Davidson. Nine conference coach of the year honors, national coach of the year honors in 2008 and nine trips to the NCAA tournament. This season could be No. 10 given the Wildcats' (11-2) start.
A current 9-game win streak, including a pre-Christmas stunner over Alabama, has eased the burn of two early season L's to San Francisco and New Mexico State.
vs. Rhode Island (Saturday)"
No back-room bribes from Woj were taken in the making of this pick.
The Committee spent hours debating the merits (and faults) of the Bonnies. Still, as dreadful as they looked against Virginia Tech, the ultimate decision was made to keep Coach Mark Schmidt's team (8-3) in the Top 10.
Wins over Boise State, Clemson, Marquette and Buffalo happened, and we believe Kyle Lofton
and the Bonnies are more that
team than the one we saw against the Hokies.
vs. Saint Louis (Saturday)"