With 4 wins under our belt and an AP ranking just bumped up to number 23, we see that the Lady Gophers now have an estimated RPI rank of 66 - as currently rated by the previously quoted Realtime RPI web site. They have us beating Cornell 90-50, and also think we'll beat (AP ranked 14) Syracuse 80-69. Not sure if the Realtime RPI guys got Lindsay's memo about us focusing on defense, so the actual scores might be lower all around, yet I can imagine us beating Cornell by 30+ points. Whether we can beat Syracuse by 11 points, remains to be seen.
The #20 ranking is nice, although I'm still thinking it's a bit high. We'll know more after #12 Syracuse visits Thursday. I'm not optimistic about the outcome of that matchup, but I'm hoping that I'm wrong. I like the new emphasis on defense, but the Gophers still have a lot to work on. They need to do a much better job of valuing the basketball (way too many turnovers), they need to improve their free throws, and they need to get a lot better offensively. I'm not sure they have enough offensive firepower to beat Syracuse. (I'm still bemoaning the loss of Hubbard and the graduation of Wagner.) If the Gophers are going to challenge Syracuse, it might have to be one of those "grind it out" games in the 60s/low 70s.
Why would their ranking stay the same after beating No. 12 Syracuse?Figure they'll be ranked somewhere between 15-20 in the next poll.
But honestly, not worried about rankings at this point. Just keep taking care of business and the rankings will, as a result, take care of themselves.
I don't think it will, but I'm guessing they'll be in that range come the next poll. When it comes to polls, there are so many moving parts that it's hard to predict where teams end up on a week-to-week basis.Why would their ranking stay the same after beating No. 12 Syracuse?
A Gopher Basketball team not getting past @BC... not possibleGophers have a realistic shot to start 12-0. Have to get past @ BC. Then there would be a showdown @ Michigan in game 13.
You get to 12-0, you'll be ranked appropriately.
When is Hubbard expected to return?