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Journal Writing Project: College basketball and sleep


By Mike Walsh

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

As I sit here thinking about a topic to write about, the only topic that continues to surface in my head is college basketball. By the way, I should let everyone know that is it Wednesday at lunchtime, and yes I am just beginning to write my article that is due Wednesday night. I’m pretty sure if there were an award for “someone who procrastinates the most,” it would indeed be me. It doesn’t matter if it is just a daily assignment or a huge project, I find myself waiting until the last possible moment to complete it. However, before I get too far off topic, I am going to attempt to inform everyone about the latest news to surface the college basketball world. I feel pretty confident doing this, as my weekday nights consist of watching college basketball and falling asleep to Sportscenter

I believe this year’s field of teams is one of the more tightly compacted fields we have seen in a few years. By this I mean the top teams in college basketball are all fairly equal and not one team stands above and beyond the others. However, this makes college basketball that much more exciting to watch, knowing there is a chance for a monumental upset every single night. First and foremost, Duke is currently ranked #2 in the latest rankings. They still struggle on the road as they are without a senior leader, Ryan Kelly. Kelly is still out indefinitely with a leg injury, but Duke remains optimistic he will return for the ACC tournament.

It has been a tough year for any team who has grabbed the top spot in the polls. Losing in the near future has almost become a certainty for those top ranked teams. The Kansas Jayhawks, who once made their way to the top, lost three consecutive games in a row. They just ended the skid with a big win versus their archrival Kansas St. The Michigan Wolverines found themselves atop the polls a few weeks ago, but that didn’t last long as they lost to Indiana just a short time later. They followed that up with a win, but recently just got walloped by Michigan State. The Spartans won a very lopsided game, 75-52.

Perhaps one of the more intriguing stories yet has been the impressive play of the Miami Hurricanes. Miami went from being unranked last month to currently ranked #3 in the latest ranking. The Hurricanes are 11-0 in ACC conference play and have beaten both Duke and North Carolina very impressively. Yes, I will admit Miami blew Duke right out of the gym when the two met up a few weeks ago. It was one of the worst performances I have ever seen from a Duke team, however, all the credit goes to the Hurricanes for their stellar play.

Unfortunately, Duke has also had their woes when finding themselves atop the polls. North Carolina State, who has consistently been ranked in the top 25, knocked them off when Duke was #1. Like I said earlier, Duke’s other loss came to Miami who absolutely embarrassed us. The top five ranked teams in college basketball read as the following: #1 Indiana, #2 Duke, #3 Miami, #4 Michigan, and rounding out the top five is the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Just to note, these rankings are subject to change. With all these teams shining in many cases, but having a few hiccups here and there, should make March Madness that much more interesting.

By the way, BREAKING NEWS, Duke has just knocked off North Carolina. Wow, isn’t that a surprise…

Mike Walsh is a senior at Fillmore Central High School. He is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its fourteenth year.

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