Luke Winn’s Latest SI Power Rankings

Posted on Nov 18 2011 - 12:24pm by Brent Lepping

We’ll be tracking SI college basketball writer Luke Winn’s weekly power nakings all season, mostly because it’s the most inniovative and creative set of rankings out there for rabid basketball fans. It’s sort of like rocket science for hoops junkies, yet still effective. In his latest update, Winn drops the Cards from #8 to #13. Make sure you read the first couple entires on Ohio State, Kentucky and North Carolina. Interesting stuff on some defensive difference-makers. Also, take a look at who’s jumped all the way up to #14. Louisville’s schedule conmtinues to get tougher.

When it comes to defensive specialist-vs.-electric  point-guard matchups, Butler’s Ronald Nored vs. Louisville’s Peyton Siva would  have been hard to beat. As good as, if not better than Ohio State’s Aaron Craft  vs. Florida’s Erving Walker (a battle that Craft won handily). But … in the  latest Unfortunate Event to befall the Cardinals’ program, Siva has a bum ankle  and isn’t likely to play. Lousiville lost reserve forward Mike Marra for the  season with an ACL injury, big-time recruit Wayne Blackshear for months due to  shoulder surgery, and forwards Stephan Van Treese and Rakeem Buckles to lesser  ailments. What did Rick Pitino do to deserve this? It’s not as if he made a very  regrettable realignment/relationship analogy at Big East media day, or  failed to comply with the “Bring Chicken to the Bucket” campaign. It’s unclear why the  gods would have any reason to be angry.

Next three: 11/19 at Butler, 11/22 vs. Arkansas State, 11/25 vs. Ohio

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