Rankings may not mean much in the scheme of the NCAA tournament, but dammit aren’t they fun?
Temple’s¬†upset of Villanova opens the door for the Orange to enter Top-5 territory.
Ironically, this isn’t great for the Big East, which has been absolutely stunning in the preseason.¬†But as a Syracuse fan you love it, because saying your team is Top-5 is at least five times better than saying your team is Top-10.
Does it help recruiting though? Absolutely!
Top-5 teams simply get more coverage than those in the Top-15 or Top-25. Even in the Top-10, Syracuse still manages to end up on the front page of¬†SI.com when they crush lowly St. Francis.
How does it translate? Check out the¬†Rivals Team Recruiting Rankings for 2010.
2. Ohio State
3. North Carolina
Now let’s check out the¬†latest A.P. poll.
Four of the five are in the Top-15, two are Top-10, and Memphis is the only team unranked (though they sit at 26th, unofficially).
That right there is a case study. The more exposure, the better your recruiting odds are. If only Tobias Harris had seen the Carolina game before announcing.