Cal Christoforo’s Weekend Takeaways: A lot of overrated teams

1.Baylor isn’t ready for primetime 

With a non-traditional basketball power like Baylor at the top of the rankings, the question is always whether they can withstand the pressure of being one of the best teams in the country. For large portions of their game with Kansas, the Bears did seem overwhelmed by the moment, trailing by double digits on their home court. Although they came back late, Baylor did not seem to be playing like the #1 team in the country, and one has to wonder whether Baylor is ready for primetime. 

2. SDSU is not a one seed

Overreacting to San Diego State’s first loss of the year is easy to do, and while this takeaway isn’t saying that the Aztecs are complete frauds, I do think losing on their homecourt to an extremely mediocre UNLV team makes it evident that this squad is not and should not be a 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Aztecs were still listed on the top line in Joe Lunardi’s bracketology in the latest projections, but that will hopefully change, because San Diego State is not one of the best four teams in the country. 

3. Penn State should never have been within the top 10

The recency bias on this ranking was horrific. Penn State had won eight straight games, several by single digits and several over some pretty bad Big 10 teams. At no point during the stretch did they play like a top-10 team, and they proved their ranking was unjustified with an extremely ugly week, losing at home to an unranked Illinois squad and dropping another contest at Indiana. It was a hideous week and proved that while Penn State is a tournament team, they should be nowhere near the top 10.

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