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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Ohio College Basketball - Season Ending Rankings

Building off of Luke's post from last week I figured that it would be interesting to take a look at each of the Ohio Basketball programs and to rank their 05/06 season performances from 13 to 1. Because I know my choices could spark debate, I'll add comments with my Top 5 picks.

13. Youngstown State Penguins – 7-21 (4-12 in Horizon)
12. Bowling Green Falcons – 9-21 (5-13 in MAC)
11. Cleveland State Vikings – 10-18 (5-11 in Horizon)
10. Wright State – 13-15 (8-8 in Horizon)
9. Dayton Flyers – 14-17 (6-10 in A10)
8. Ohio Bobcats – 19-11 (10-8)
7. Toledo Rockets – 20-11 (10-8)
6. Miami RedHawks – 18-11 (14-4)

5. Akron Zips – 23-10 (14-4 in MAC)
The Zips had their best year since the 1980's, and are only poised to improve as 3 of their 5 starters, and their 6th man off the bench return. If Jeremiah Wood can complete a healthy season for the first time since 03/04 Akron will have "NCAA Tournament" written all over them.

4. Xavier Musketeers – 21-11 (8-8 in A10)
Maybe a little low in some people's books, a pretty mediocre season was saved when Xavier turned it on late in the year. They punched their ticket to the Big Dance by winning an incredibly exciting A-10 Tournament. From there, the Muskies gave Gonzaga a major scare in the first round.

3. Kent State Golden Flashes – 25-9 (15-3 in MAC)
Kent struggled in OOC play before pretty much coasting through the Mid-American Conference slate. Was Kent really that good or was the MAC that bad this season? Their first-round tournament drubbing versus Pitt wasn't pretty.

2. Cincinnati Bearcats – 21-12 (8-8 in Big East)
A little high for a team that didn't make the NCAA Tournament? I don't think so. While it was easy to hate the "Bearcats of old" this was a new team under new direction this season. This team was absolutely hosed by the selection committee and I have no doubt that they could beat Kent and Xavier at least 60% of the time if they played 10 games...and yes I'm aware that Xavier beat Cincinnati in the cross-town shootout this year.

1. Ohio State Buckeyes – 26-6 (12-4 in Big Ten)
Buckeye fans figured that next year would be the season to start following basketball with the influx of the ridiculously named "Thad 5", but that season came a year early. Ohio State got extremely solid play from big-man Terrance Dials all season, but lived and died with the 3-pointer a little too much, losing to Georgetown in the Round of 32.

2 Comments:

  • At 3/28/2006, Blogger Luke said…

    Akron will not be a team any major program will want to face next year, but I hope they can schedule a few big-names again. Not sure if I agree with Toledo ahead of Ohio even with the Rockets making a run at the MAC Championship.

     
  • At 3/29/2006, Blogger dwhit said…

    Toledo/Ohio/even Miami was pretty close.

    Toledo edged Ohio with the impressive MAC Tourney run and by hitting the 20 win mark in my book.

     

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