Rankings Don't Seem to Matter in Women's College Basketball

January 25, 2021
The GIST: With a handful of upsets and thrilling near upsets over the weekend, women’s college basketball is out to prove that rankings are just a number.
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Rankings Don't Seem to Matter in Women's College Basketball
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No. 1 Louisville nearly falls: Newly crowned No. 1 Louisville needed some last minute heroics from star guard Dana Evans to fend off unranked Wake Forest (yes, the alma mater of Bachelor star Matt James) and earn the way too close for comfort 65–63 win yesterday. How are your nails doing, Cardinals faithful?

  • A loss would’ve surely cost undefeated Louisville their No. 1 ranking, but the near-loss will instead be a wake-up call for their upcoming matchup against No. 2 North Carolina State, who overcame their own near-upset in a come-from-behind 89–87 victory over unranked Virginia Tech yesterday.

Upset alert: Coming off a hard-fought 67–61 loss to No. 3 UConn on Thursday, No. 25 Tennessee turned things around yesterday, handily defeating No. 12 Kentucky, 70–53. Watch for the Lady Vols to climb when the new top 25 rankings are released later today.

  • In other upset news, despite being down two starters, unranked Clemson survived a comeback attempt from No. 23 Syracuse to earn the 86–77 OT win. Talk about an underdog story.

Why it matters: While rankings typically clue us in to who is most likely to win, college basketball is known for its madness (had to). With so many top 25 shake-ups and upsets this season, each week proves that anything is possible on any given Sunday gameday. Wouldn’t want it any other way.