Thursday, October 23, 2014

Calvin Ranked #6 in Preseason Poll

Wow, is all I'm thinking right now.

I fully expected the Calvin Knights to begin the season ranked. If I had to guess I would have picked a number right around the #15 spot where they finished last year. They have a no fewer question marks than anyone else (and maybe more) -- there's a starting front court to replace (complete with league MVP) and the fact that seven of fourteen varsity spots are being filled by players with nothing more than mop-up experience -- but everyone has question marks so you figure you pretty much start off where you finished.

But then you see something like this preseason poll and the only response is ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

Preseason polls are preseason polls which means they are not to be taken very seriously. It's basically people -- educated people, albeit -- guessing with only a tiny bit of information. Not to say Calvin can't end up as a Top 10 team it's just that I didn't expect this. I think they'll probably win 20 games, have a 50-50 shot of winning the league, and hopefully make the tournament, but this takes reasonable expectations and blows them out of the water.

Definitely not to take anything away from or their associated pollsters -- it's the best D3 poll out there -- it's just that we should remember this is a preseason poll and preseason polls are hard to do because no one knows anything yet.

The #6 ranking marks the Knights' highest position in the Top 25 poll (I believe) since they finished the 2004-05 season in the #2 spot. Calvin finished as high as #7 two years ago after advancing to the Sweet Sixteen and losing to (then) top-ranked St. Thomas by 1 on the Tommies' home floor.

The only ranked team on Calvin's schedule is #18 Wheaton (Ill.)

Expectations: we has them.

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