Someone asked me yesterday if I could explain the NAIA coaches' poll to them. I told them if I could explain it, I'd have all kinds of coaches calling me all the time so I could explain it to them.
For those of you keeping track, the DWU men's basketball team was No. 23 in the nation last week. If you remember, the Tigers pulled off an incredible upset of then-No. 8 Briar Cliff University. Again, if you recall -- DWU absolutely dominated the Chargers. BCU scored 14 second-half points and couldn't get a thing done. So you'd expect DWU to jump a few spaces in this week's poll. Right?
Wrong. The Tigers did make a jump, but ti was from No. 23 to No. 22 in the NAIA. The Chargers fell to No. 14, which sounds about right, but DWU jumped a single spot. How does that work? Kind of like earlier this season when we upset then-No. 6 Black Hills State in overtime, we went from No. 20 in the preseason poll to No. 21 in the first regular-season poll of the year. And BHSU fell two spots from No. 6 to No. 8.
Rankings don't matter, I suppose, if you don't get it done during games. The Tigers have another big game tomorrow (Wednesday) when they take on the University of Sioux Falls in Sioux Falls, S.D. It's always tough to win in S.F., but this game will be especially interesting. The Cougars just lost their two top players in Matt Malloy and Eric Tisby after the duo was charged with drunk driving and simple assault, respectively. USF beat Doane this weekend without the pair, but that's to be expected. It will be interesting to see how they fare against DWU, and how the Tigers look in the game. Hopefully they don't look past the Coo just because they're without two of their best players.
Who ya rootin' for?