Johns Hopkins' Pietramala: No. 1 ranking 'doesn't matter'

Johns Hopkins’ 11-10 overtime win against Virginia vaulted the Blue Jays to the top of many polls and rankings. But being No. 1 is not something that is weighs on the players or coaches, according to coach Dave Pietramala.

“It doesn’t matter,” he said Wednesday. “You could pick a lot of teams for No. 1. UMass is 8-0, Loyola is 8-0. Part of that is just where you were ranked originally. I would tell you that being No. 1 doesn’t mean anything right now.”

Johns Hopkins (8-0) joins the Minutemen and the Greyhounds as the only undefeated teams in Division I. The Blue Jays’ victory over the Cavaliers snapped a losing skid (5-1) in Charlottesville, Va., that traced back to 1998. But Pietramala said the team has shifted its focus to Sunday’s contest against No. 10 North Carolina (7-3) at the Big City Classic.

“There has been no talk of Virginia, there has been no talk of No. 1, there has been no talk of anything but one thing, and that’s Carolina,” Pietramala said.

That doesn’t mean that the program isn’t proud of its accomplishments this season. The team has won its first eight games of the year for the first time since 2005, and that squad went 16-0 en route to capturing the national championship.

“Winning’s important,” Pietramala said. “I’m not worried about where we’re ranked. I’m worried about if we’re doing our job and if we’re improving. Those are the two things that matter the most here. We could be ranked No. 8 or No. 10, and if we’re getting better, then that’s what we need to be doing. So for us, the focus right now is our next game.”

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