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.