It’s no secret around here that we like The Sporting News‘ Mike DeCourcy. And if it was a secret, well I just screwed that up by telling you jokers, didn’t I? Regardless, DeCourcy has been a friend of the site, even taking time out of his busy schedule as TSN’s senior basketball writer to let one of our blogger contestants interview him as part of the contest. Well, not only is he a heck of a nice guy, he just might be the smartest sportswriter in the world. He posted his take on the AP poll that was released today, and had a couple of tidbits that might be interesting to those of the Big Blue persuasion:
No. 4, really? The voters were willing to buy the idea that one great freshman could turn one sub-.500 team (Georgia Tech) into a squad worthy of a ranking. But did not believe four great freshmen could turn an NIT team (Kentucky) into the nation’s second-best. OK.
Ranked, and shouldn’t be: No. 19 Louisville. Rick Pitino is one of the great basketball coaches of all time, but he didn’t turn Edgar Sosa into a significant player in three prior years. Why should we believe that’ll suddenly happen? The Cards not only lost their top two scorers and rebounders, NBA first-rounders Terrence Williams and Earl Clark, but also veteran point guard Andre McGee. If this doesn’t become a tough transition year, Pitino’s even better than I thought.
So, in sum: Kentucky is awesome, Louisville is garbage and unless Rick Pitino finds a glassy-eyed blonde magic lamp to rub on a few times, Edgar Sosa will continue to be perpetually insignificant. I have but one question, though. Does DeCourcy teach some classes we can send Pat Forde to?