Associated Press poll: We didn't rank Notre Dame in our Top 25 (and one), but we could've. The Irish are a solid 9-1. But the resume is still highlighted by little more than a home win over a Kentucky team that's no longer ranked, and it features a loss to a Saint Joseph's team that's 5-3 with a loss to a Villanova team that's lost to Alabama, Columbia, La Salle and Temple, and that's not a resume that should be ranked 11th.
Still, that's where Randy Rosetta ranked Notre Dame.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune writer has the Irish 11th -- one spot behind an Illinois team that has a better win (at Gonzaga) and zero losses (the Illini are 12-0). So, again, that seems high. And, either way, what's up with Randy ranking Marquette 18th? That's higher than any other voter has the Golden Eagles, and a little high for a team whose 7-2 record features a best win over Wisconsin, an 82-49 loss at Florida and a neutral-court loss to Butler. Meantime, Randy has Butler ranked 19th. Because it makes perfect sense to rank Butler behind Marquette even though Butler has a better record (8-2), a better win (over Indiana) and a neutral-court victory over Marquette.
Coaches poll: Nobody likes Lon Kruger more than I like Lon Kruger. He's a terrific coach and a gentleman. But I don't understand how his Oklahoma Sooners can be getting two points in the coaches poll considering they were picked seventh in the preseason Big 12 poll and are now 7-2 with zero wins against the Top 25. OU's best victory is over a West Virginia team that's 4-5. OU's two losses are a 72-47 loss to Gonzaga and an 81-78 loss to an Arkansas team that's 5-4.
How is that worthy of Top 25 votes?
Answer: It's not.
Which is why I bet those two points were intended for Oklahoma State but awarded to Oklahoma because some coach forgot to write "State." That's the only explanation.