GW had a pretty good showing in the Barclays Center Classic this weekend, beating Tennessee 73-70 and then losing a tight one to #24 Cincinnati, 61-56. That means the Colonials are 6-1 with their only loss coming to a ranked team, and a win over then #6 Virginia. That's a pretty great place to be, so far.
So, will GW be ranked? In last Monday's poll, the good guys were unofficially #27 in the AP top 25, receiving 85 votes, just behind Utah's 95 in the "also receiving votes" section. In the USA Today Coaches Poll, GW was farther down the "also receiving votes," coming up at #31.
For the teams in the AP top 25, most did well this week, but LSU lost two and Wichita State lost three, presumably dropping those teams from the rankings. UConn also lost two, but one was to #10 Gonzaga, so I don't see a huge drop there.
However, there's the feeling I've heard from some people that GW isn't well-known enough to get consideration unless there's another huge win. I'm not sure that's true, given the 85 votes already and if the Colonials had knocked off Cincy, I think they'd definitely be in the rankings.
I guess we'll see what happens on Monday. I personally don't think GW will be ranked, though I sure hope they are.
And it's also pretty great to be having this discussion. Raise High!
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