By JOHN P. WISE
One Great Season
After Kansas and Kentucky each lost road games on Saturday, there must be a new No. 1 team in the country, and that team will without a doubt be Syracuse.
The logic here is simple: The Orange are 7-0 against ranked teams this season, and, after Saturday night's defeat of Villanova, are 14-2 in one of the nation's finest conferences.
Syracuse is a deep team that can beat you on the perimeter or pound it inside. The Orange play excellent defense and are very well coached. If you're a team getting ready for Syracuse on just one day's prep work, say, in an NCAA Tournament weekend, good luck with that. The Orange are the most complete team in America right now.
Kansas could still head into the tournament as the most dangerous team, and I don't think anybody will look forward to playing Kentucky. Late-season hiccups -- on the road against good conference foes -- are hardly insurmountable, though I'm sure it won't take long if you want to do a Google search and find blog posts like, "What's Wrong With Kansas?" or "Is Kentucky In Trouble?" Kansas and Kentucky will be fine, but this week, Syracuse is the top team in America.