It has been upset week in college basketball. The favorites have been going down with regularity.
Duke will no longer be ranked No. 1 in the country. The Blue Devils led the upset receiver category with a pasting at Miami. Here is a sampling of others that gained a big fat “L” this week: Louisville, Arizona, NC State, Creighton and Butler. And there were a few others including Notre Dame.
As in past years, being ranked No. 1 is a dangerous spot. It looks like Michigan will take over that position next week. The Wolverines defeated a stubborn Purdue team Thursday night in Ann Arbor.
In the grand picture, these upsets are really only cooler talk. If you are a bubble NCAA team and garner an upset that will improve your resume. If you are a ranked team, it might mess with your NCAA tournament seeding. Otherwise, bubble teams try to gain more quality wins and rank teams seek to lessen the damage.
The goal is to prepare for March and win your last game. When that happens they crown you champion.