There's little doubt that St. John's will be ranked No. 1 in both wire-service polls this week following its 66-65 victory over Georgetown Saturday. Prior to Texas Tech's victory over No. 2 Southern Methodist, there may have been some (including Georgetown Coach John Thompson) who would have hesitated before jumping the No. 3 Redmen over the Mustangs. Now, there can be no doubt.
"If St. John's had won at home, I would still vote Georgetown No. 1," Driesell said. "But when you beat the No. 1 team in the country on their court, you deserve to be No. 1."
By the way, if St. John's Lou Carnesecca is serious about picking his team 15th with his vote in the coaches' poll, he should have his vote taken away. The coaches' poll is rife with politics anyway, and if a coach admits he is voting his team low to keep it from climbing, he shouldn't be voting.
St. John's should stay No. 1 this week with games against Providence and Connecticut. Its next big test should come at Villanova a week from Saturday.
Georgetown should be ranked second, followed by Memphis State, which is emerging as a truly excellent team with 7-foot sophomore William Bedford making it difficult for teams to double-team 6-11 all-America Keith Lee. Lee had a career-high 37 points in an 89-79 victory at Virginia Tech Saturday.