The most underappreciated team in college basketball: Colgate University

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Photo courtesy of Colgate University.

The Colgate Raiders have been quietly ripping through their competition during the 2020-21 season.

There are two mid-major programs currently in the top 10 of the NCAA net rankings. No.1 is Gonzaga who are undefeated at 21-0 and also No.10 Colgate who are 10-1 after winning their ninth consecutive game today 82-72 over Boston University.

While the national media continues to fawn over the likes of Tennessee or perhaps USC, Oklahoma and Kansas the fact is they all sit behind Colgate in the net rankings yet Colgate hasn’t received a single vote for the AP Top 25.

The Patriot League didn’t start play until the first week of January which is why Colgate has only played 11 games so far this season and are perhaps flying a little under the radar.

However, tune into one of their games for five minutes and you will quickly realize just how sneaky good Colgate is.

On the floor, Colgate is led by Jordan Burns who is a senior guard from San Antonio, TX. Burns is averaging 17.3 points per game along with 5.4 assists and is in the running for conference Player of the Year. He was named first team All-Patriot League last season and second team back in 2018-19. Burns declared for the NBA draft following last season but later withdrew and returned to school.

Head coach Matt Langel has done an outstanding job quietly building Colgate into a powerhouse in the Patriot League over the past 10 years. He’s been named conference Coach of the Year for three consecutive seasons and expect that to be No.4 at the end of 2020-21.

Colgate was upset by Boston University in the conference championship game last season after winning the Patriot League in 2019 and making it into the NCAA tournament before losing a tight battle with Tennessee 77-70.

Colgate has already clinched the top seed in the North division of the Patriot League and they look to be destined to be this years bracket buster if they can qualify for March Madness.