Man, I'm darned if I criticize or I defend Florida. Nobody's in the middle with the Gators. Everyone's either a homer or a critic. I guess that's what happens when a team has sustained success. It's tough to see clearly. I don't even like Florida, but I follow them because they've had a great season and seem to be improving.You still didn't answer the question. I simply asked you to expand upon what you said, but you were wrong. Recent success? Nobody had a better week than the Hoosiers. There's honestly no doubt about it.
Why am I even attempting to answer your question? The facts are published all over the place and I'd assume that the analysis is rather obvious.
But here it goes:
Florida's margin of victory is off the charts-notably against good teams. Their defense is superb. Mississippi is the only team since December who scored more than 60 points vs the Gators- yet they lost by 14. 5 of those recent teams were held below 50 points. The average margin of victory has been astounding: In conference, they beat 4 teams by 30pts or more. Their closest was the 17pt victory over Georgia. They beat Mizzou by 31 and Ole Miss by 14.
Compared to Indiana? Okay. They had two common opponent: Georgia...IU 66-Georgia 53; and...uhhh... Wisconsin...yeah, you knew I'd go there and I did...Florida 74 Wisconsin 56; IU 59 Wisconsin 64.
Vs. teams who have been ranked this year: Indiana- 4-2 (won by average of 10 pts); Florida- 5-2 (won by average of around 28 pts!)
Wins: Both teams have 8 wins over teams in the top 100 (RPI) and 5 over top 50- Indiana's wins over the best teams in the B10 are better than Florida's wins.
Losses: IU: Butler (#14), Wisconsin (#50); Florida: Arizona (4), K State (24) (RPI)- Indiana's home loss to Wisconsin was the worse loss of either team.
Strength of Schedules: Indiana- 23; Florida- 7
RPI: Indiana- 9, Florida- 3
Look, Indiana will be #1 tomorrow because that's how the AP poll works. Florida will be #2. It's all good, but Florida has a slightly better overall resume mostly because of the gaudy margin of victory. Both teams are quality and were never beaten badly and both lost to quality teams.
You still didn't answer the question. I simply asked you to expand upon what you said, but you were wrong. Recent success? Nobody had a better week than the Hoosiers. There's honestly no doubt about it.
There's a couple different ways to look at polls. There's margin of victory no matter the opponent (you) and there's quality of win over a quality opponent (me). I guess I just need to accept this. IU's quality wins are greater than anybody's recent wins.
Florida has been playing better basketball than anybody else this season and they've done it against better competition overall.
ummm, Butler over Indiana was not a home game for Butler. It was a neutral site at Conseco Fieldhouse and it was very much a pro Indiana crowd.
Arkansas is not highly rated? Wow. They shore made that great Florida team look awfully bad. Ah well, it's early.