Texas Longhorns, UCLA Bruins Shaking up Top 10
The women’s top 10 for college hoops was just updated, but a couple Monday results were big ones for next week already in NCAA basketball.
It’s getting pretty close to March Madness time and that means that swings in the rankings have increasing relevance for playoff seeds in the national tournament. The Baylor Bears and the Stanford Cardinal were both comfortably inside the top 10 on Monday, February 6th for the Associated Press’ Poll. They’ll remain there for the balance of the week, however both teams are likely to slip down the rankings come next Monday. Baylor dropped a game to the Texas Longhorns while the UCLA Bruins defeated Stanford on February 6th.
For Baylor, the loss is very unlikely to knock them out of the women’s top 10 so long as they beat TCU on February 12th. The Bears fell to 23-2 and the other loss they have on the season was only to top-ranked Connecticut, the consensus No. 1 in both polls. Even if the Bears improve to 24-2 before the voting for next week, they should stay well within the top 10, perhaps falling down to 4th or 5th.
Stanford have two games remaining this week against Colorado and Utah. They should both be wins although Colorado did get some votes in the rankings this week and their February 10th contest may prove difficult. Furthermore, Stanford lost a home game on Monday when they lost to UCLA. That result saw the Cardinal decline to 20-4 and, with Texas winning at Baylor, the Longhorns are an early-week pick to get into the Top 10 next week, perhaps supplanting Stanford.
Another big result already this week saw No. 7 Notre Dame host and beat No. 12 Louisville. That’s a good win to start the week for the Irish, with Georgia Tech coming up this weekend. Muffet McGraw’s side can certainly hope for some teams above them to cough up a bad loss and maybe get into the Top 5 next Monday.
When it comes to the very top, UCONN have Cincinnati and SMU up this week, two unranked teams. With Baylor already losing, No. 3 Maryland and No. 4 Mississippi State have to be eyeing improvement. Maryland has Illinois and Michigan State this week while Mississippi State has Vanderbilt and Ole Miss.