Tuesday Top Tens: February 10

Hey, we’ve got a new feature! Every Tuesday I’ll be posting 3 sets of power rankings: my college hoops top 10, my top 10 NBA teams, and a ranking of something unrelated. 

Let’s do it!

College Hoops

1. Kentucky

2. Virginia

3. Gonzaga

4. Wisconsin

5. Duke

6. Villanova

7. Arizona

8. Louisville

9. Kansas

10. Northern Iowa

Also Considered: Utah, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma State

Virginia’s ranking is with a healthy Justin Anderson. Without? I’m not sure where they fit.

I strongly considered Oklahoma, Baylor, Iowa State, and Oklahoma State, but all four are a mystery to me right now. After the rough Big XII schedule, how will they fare come tourney time? Any of the four could make a Final Four run or lay a first round dud.


1. Golden State

2. Atlanta

3. Memphis

4. Portland

5. San Antonio

6. LA Clippers

7. Houston

8. Dallas

9. Cleveland

10. Toronto

Also Considered: Oklahoma City, Washington, New Orleans, Phoenix, Chicago

Despite Atlanta’s head-to-head win, Golden State stays on top. Atlanta does inch to #2 though.

Cleveland’s 12 game winning streak moves them onto the list. Funny how easy it is when the best player in the world plays well.

Episodes of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

1. “The Gang Desperately Tries to Win an Award”

sunny award

The episode perfectly skewers everything that’s wrong with the traditional sitcom, while also pointing out everything that’s right about Sunny. 

2. “Mac and Dennis Break-Up”

gruesome twosome

One of the “Sunniest” episodes of Sunny, as we see all of the gang’s unique quirks.

3. “The Nightman Cometh”

Possibly the most absurd episode ever, and that’s a good thing.

4. “Who Got Dee Pregnant?”

dee bird

Other shows and movies have done the “showing the same event over and over from different points-of-view” idea, but Sunny nailed it.

5. “Who Pooped the Bed?”

ass to ass

“It’s not the poop. It’s the mystery behind the poop.” – Dennis Reynolds.

6. “The Gang Gets Racist”

sunny 1

The Gang’s first episode is among their best. It’s amazing that they’ve continued to churn out classics 10 years later.

7. “The Gang Gets Analyzed”

Just the perfect set-up for this show. Let’s put each of the characters in front of a therapist for 3-4 minutes and see what happens.

8. “The Gang Recycles Their Trash”


The most self-referential, Easter egg filled episode imaginable. Moments from the series first 85 episodes are rekindled and rebooted.

9. “The D.E.N.N.I.S. System”

dennis system

Is there any Emmy Award for Best Use of An Acronym? Because The D.E.N.N.I.S. System deserved recognition.

10. “The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis”

wild card!

In a show full of dumb schemes and plans, the Gang embarks on possibly their dumbest ever.

Also Considered: “The Gang Goes to the Jersey Shore”, “Paddy’s Pub: Home of the Original Kitten Mittens”, “The High School Reunion Part 2: The Gang’s Revenge”, “Charlie Work”, “The Gang Finds A Dumpster Baby”, “Thunder Gun Express”, “CharDee MacDennis: The Game of Games”, “Flowers for Charlie”, “The Gang Goes Jihad”, “The Gang Solves the North Korea Situation”, “Frank Reynolds’ Little Beauties”, “The Gang Dines Out”, “The World Series Defense” 

Now, I’m sure you all agree with all of this, so I can’t imagine any reason to comment on this post.

Shane McNichol is the founder, editor, and writer at PalestraBack.com. Follow him on Twitter @OnTheShaneTrain.

6 thoughts on “Tuesday Top Tens: February 10

    1. Dumpster Baby put up a great fight. I had it top 11 or 12, but I just couldn’t find it a spot above what’s listed.

      Duke’s losses (NC State, Miami, and ND) are much worse than Wisconsin’s (Duke, Rutgers but two Badger starters were injured). Duke’s best wins are better than anyone’s, but I think Wisconsin has a more diverse resume.

      Were they to play again on a neutral site, with no Rasheed Sulaimon and a healthier Sam Dekker, I’d favor the Badgers.


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