RALEIGH, N.C. (Parlay Game) – Wofford coach Mike Young knew his team had already found enough talent to compete for the Southern Conference title.
Still, Terriers classified in the 24th rank even more.
They won the first Parlay Game Top 25 ranking in the history of the program with the last publication of the survey On Monday and enter the week with a chance to finish a perfect regular season in the program of the Southern Conference. And Wofford is within reach of his first NCAA tournament bid since 2015.
"It's the most wonderful team," said Young in an interview with Associated Press. "We do not manage the egos. We do not manage this and that, we lead them in class. We do not do these things here. It's driving the team. And it's great.
Wofford (24-4, 16-0) plays his first game with a national ranking Thursday in Chattanooga, then visits Samford in the final of Saturday's regular season.
Named second in the league in pre-season, Wofford is led by high-scoring goalkeeper Fletcher Magee (20.2 points) and forward Cameron Jackson (14.8 points, 7.4 rebounds), two players who have played a key role in conquering the Terriers title. annoyance of the road National Champion North Carolina in December 2017.
Wofford went to the test with a demanding schedule featuring several opponents of the conference. Burrows beat Caroline from the south on the road before the 20th in November. They opened with a loss of domicile at the Tar Heels and later lost to Oklahoma November 18 Kansas December 4th and State of Mississippi December 19th.
They were tied or in the lead after half-time in all four defeats and had not lost since December 19 against the Bulldogs.
The Terriers enter the week in 10th place nationally for KenPom's adjusted offensive effectiveness (118.5 points per 100 possessions) and 26th overall for KenPom.
Regarding the resumption of his tournament in the NCAA, Wofford ranked 19th in the NET ranking of Monday and has three wins in Quadrant 1. This could lead the Terriers to become the first team of the Southern Conference to win a major NCAA bid if they fail at the league tournament next week in Asheville, North Carolina.
"The only sure way to participate in this biggest tournament on Earth is to keep winning and leaving nothing to chance," said Young.
"I'm not really a guy in math, in metrics and all the rest. I can not spell metric. I'm just worried about our team and I'm getting a little better here.
Duke, who ranks third, fell from No. 1 after last week's loss to UNC. He will play his second consecutive road game against No. 20 Virginia Tech on Tuesday night. And first-year star Zion Williamson will be absent again.
Duke (24-3, 12-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) is in a three-way tie in the league standings with No. 2 Virginia and No. 5 UNC. If the Blue Devils beat the Hokies, they will be favorites in home games against Miami and Wake Forest before finishing the regular season in North Carolina.
Kentucky exploded then-no. 1 Tennessee at home in the first meeting among the top ranked teams in the Southeast Conference. Saturday's rematch in Knoxville could eliminate the loser from the race and finish first in the regular season.
The Wildcats fourth (23-4), Volunteers seventh (24-3) and ULS # 13 (22-5) are tied at 12-2 in the league. But LSU has won its only regular season showdowns with Kentucky and Tennessee, which means the Tigers can win the first place in the SEC tournament in a big way.
The Tigers will host Texas A & M on Tuesday and travel to Alabama on Saturday.
BIG TEN BATTLE
Michigan, ranked ninth, will travel to Maryland, No. 17, on Sunday, in the only other match between ranked teams in the Parlay Game Top 25's national calendar.
The Wolverines (24-4, 13-4 Big Ten) and Terrapins (21-7, 12-5) can not afford to stumble as they advance the No. 6 Michigan State and the No. 14 Purdue in the standings general. Michigan is losing to the Spartans and Nebraska, Thursday, before visiting the Terps, who made their first trip to Penn State on Wednesday.
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