Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 3/4/13
The new polls came out today and as expected Gonzaga is the new #1 team in the country. I’m having a hard time excepting that fact. Sure they own an impressive 29-2 record, but it was largely built by romping through a weak West Coast Conference. Gonzaga has racked up 17 wins against teams ranked 101st or lower in the RPI. Their two losses were against Butler and at home to Illinois. They have ascended to the top of the polls not because of any impressive wins, but because teams that play in real conferences have been losing games. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the last 12 games on the regular season schedule for Gonzaga and Michigan. Gonzaga Michigan BYU San Francisco Loyola-Marymount San Diego Pepperdine Loyola-Marymount St. Mary’s San Francisco Santa Clara San Diego BYU Portland Illinois Northwestern Indiana Ohio State Wisconsin Michigan State Penn State Illinois Penn State Michigan State Purdue Indiana Kelly Olynyk That’s not exactly a killer stretch for Gonzaga. San Francisco was good once, back when Bill Russell starred for the dons. The San Diego on that schedule is not to be confused with San Diego State, a team that is actually good. St. Mary’s isn’t as good as they’ve been the last few years and last time I checked Steve Nash no longer plays for Santa Clara. Pepperdine has a basketball team? Do you think the Zags would have run off 12 straight wins if they flipped schedules with the Wolverines? Do you think Michigan would have gone 3-4 in February with Gonzaga’s schedule? Meanwhile Michigan State is about to wrap up this 4-game stretch: vs Indiana, at Ohio State, at Michigan and vs Wisconsin – all teams ranked in the Top 25. I can’t help but wonder how many losses the Bulldogs would have if they played in the Big Ten. Instead they roll through a soft conference and get to claim a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament? That makes no sense. How would they fare if they were in the ACC? They can have the #1 ranking, but it’s that top seed in the NCAA Tournament that I really can’t wrap my head around. It just seems to me that the teams in the power conferences are going to be punished for having to play tough conference schedules. Give Indiana Gonzaga’s schedule and I’m pretty confident the Hoosiers would be sitting at 31-0 right now. Instead they’ve gone through the grind in the Big Ten and dropped 3 conference games (they also lost to Butler in a non-conference tilt). Unless something shocking happens in the West Coast Conference tournament, Gonzaga will be a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The problem is there will be a team more deserving of that seed, slotted as a #2 because they played in the Big Ten or ACC.  
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Sean Payton responds to rumors he might leave the Saints

NFL denies DeAngelo Williams’ request to wear pink all season

Arby's offers to cater Steve Spurrier's retirement party

WATCH: Antonio Gates catches 100th career TD pass

The Cubs win Game 3 loudly, set MLB record with six home runs

Report: Steve Spurrier retires as head coach of South Carolina


Blue Jays push ALDS to Game 5 with 8-4 victory over Rangers

Mike Moustakas fired up Royals with expletive-laced speech

Report: Big Ben wants to play, but longshot for Week 6

Ex-Celtic Terrence Williams denies ties to Louisville scandal

Did the NFL get major sports blog Twitter accounts suspended?

Clayton Kershaw: MLB 'bullied' into Chase Utley suspension

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Citi Field gave Chase Utley chilly reception

Mike Moustakas fired up Royals with expletive-laced speech

Clayton Kershaw: MLB "bullied" into Chase Utley suspension

Michael Jordan really likes Jeremy Lin

Texas governor makes embarrassing Astros flub

Ruben Amaro Jr. looking to become MLB manager

Steve Sarkisian fired by USC

USC enabled and snitched on Steve Sarkisian

Colin Kaepernick believes the 49ers could still go 12-4

Tommy Lasorda calls for rule change following Chase Utley incident

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker