Note: We hit on some of the larger points of this conversation in this previous entry on SFN.
Without TWO regulars – including National Rookie of the Year candidate, Brendan Wright – the ACC’s UNC Tarheels handed Arizona a record setting loss on the Wildcats home floor today. Carolina never trailed in the ‘tough desert’ and ultimately won by 28 points.
Pardon me for not minding a big Carolina win today…but it felt good for the ACC to run a dagger right through the heart of all of the talk about the great Pac-10 (even though we now will have to deal with an elevated buzz regarding Carolina‘s chances of winning a national title this year).
It got even more satisfying in the middle of the first half of Saturday’s game when the CBS’ broadcast ran a graphic that showed the Pac-10 has six teams currently ranked in the Top 50 of the RPI. What an interesting statistic; an ‘original thought’ must have been spoon fed right out of Arizona (and the Pac-10’s) media relations department.
Why else would CBS be focusing on the Pac-10’s six Top 50 teams when the Atlantic Coast Conference currently has EIGHT Top 50 teams!? In fact, the ACC has EIGHT teams ranked in the RPI’s Top 38?
The Pac-10’s eighth team comes in almost 30 spots behind the ACC at #64! Additionally, the Pac-10 also provides all of its teams two sure wins because of the presence of miserable Arizona State in the league. Other than Colorado, the Sun Devils are the lowest rated team from a BCS Conference in America.