ESPN today highlighted the nation's greatest college basketball rivalries and to no one's surprise, the Hope-Calvin rivalry is tops in NCAA Division III and was ranked fourth in all collegiate hoops. The ranking was based on a poll of fans last season and ESPN's so-called "panel of experts". Here it is:
#1 - Duke vs. North Carolina
#2 - Connecticut vs. Tennessee (women)
#3 - Louisville vs. Kentucky
#4 - HOPE vs. CALVIN
#5 - Xavier vs. Cincinnati
#6 - Indiana vs. Purdue
#7 - Philadelphia's "Big 5"
#8 - Illinois vs. Missouri
#9 - Penn vs. Princeton
#10 - Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State
An ESPN crew covered the Calvin at Hope game last February. ESPN also conducted an on-line "Fan Poll" where the Hope-Calvin rivalry received resounding support as America's best with more than 80% of the voters casting their ballot for the orange & blue/maroon & gold.