Eye of the Hurricane

April 3, 2011

Is this really David vs. Goliath?

Filed under: sports, college — michaelperchick @ 3:09 pm

The Big East school against the Horizon darling?  On the surface, this is your typical David vs. Goliath match-up.  UConn’s team is filled with 4 and 5-star players, while Butler’s is littered with guys deemed not big enough, fast enough, or a combo of both to play with the big boys.

Yet at the beginning of the season, what was UConn ranked?  That’s right- they weren’t.  Butler was ranked 21st, while UConn began the season outside the top-25.

Granted, these are only pre-season polls.  Baylor was ranked 7th coming into the year, and couldn’t even punch a ticket to the NCAA Tournament.  But it speaks to what many of the respected media and analysts believed coming into the season on paper- that Butler was a better team than UConn.

So- David vs. Goliath?  I think not.



  1. Kansas State had a pre-season rank of #3 and finished the Big 12 at 10-6 then lost their first Big-12 tournament game to Colorado. In fact, they lost all three games they played against Colorado, a team that played in the NIT and didn’t make it to the championship game.

    Comment by VILJ — April 3, 2011 @ 4:19 pm | Reply

  2. Definitely not a David vs. Goliath matchup. In fact, as awkward as it feels to say it, Butler’s becoming a borderline powerhouse in the ranks of college basketball. They came within two points of beating Duke for the championship last season, and they could potentially win it all this year. They’re the only constant in the past two Final Fours. Making one big run, like George Mason did, can be considered a fluke, but two years in a row for Butler is no fluke.

    Comment by davidfurones — April 3, 2011 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

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