|Georgetown's a good team this year, but clearly not worthy of ranking at this point in the season. (US Presswire)|
I don't understand how anybody could rank Georgetown at all.
But Georgetown in the top 20?
I'll explain why in the Poll Attacks.
Associated Press poll: San Diego State is 14-2 with a win over No. 24 UCLA, and the two losses are to No. 6 Syracuse and No. 7 Arizona. So Steve Fisher's team has at least one good win and no bad losses, and yet Tim Pearrell of the Richmond Times-Dispatch can't figure out a way to get the Aztecs into the top 20 of his AP ballot.
He's got San Diego State ranked 21st.
That's lower than anybody else.
Even worse is that he's got San Diego State behind Georgetown.
How is that possible?
Yes, Georgetown has the same best win (UCLA). But the Hoyas are 11-3 overall, and their losses -- one of which was a 28-point loss to a Pittsburgh team that has four losses and is currently unranked -- are undeniably worse. Beyond that, Greg Whittington is suspended. Beyond that, the Hoyas are 60th at KenPom.com, which suggests this isn't one of those teams that's better than its record and accomplishments. Georgetown actually seems worse than its record and accomplishments. But Pearrell still has the Hoyas ranked 19th -- above SDSU, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and Connecticut, all of which have better resumes and computer profiles. Also worth noting is that Pearrell doesn't have Michigan State on his ballot at all even though the Spartans are 14-3 with a win over a top-10 team (Kansas) and zero losses by 28 points at home to currently unranked teams.
Coaches poll: I realize folks are still trying to figure out what to make of Kevin Ollie given that he's one of college basketball's least experienced coaches, and I understand Connecticut won't be allowed to play in the Big East or NCAA tournaments. But none of that should take away from the Huskies' actual body of work, and their actual body of work is worth a national ranking.
UConn is 12-3.
The first loss came by single digits on a neutral court to the New Mexico team ranked 19th in the AP poll. The second loss came by single digits on a neutral court to the North Carolina State team ranked 15th in the AP poll. The third loss came by single digits (and in overtime) on the road to the Marquette team ranked 25th in the AP poll. So there's nothing embarrassing about that.
The Huskies have a win on a neutral court over a Michigan State team ranked 17th in the coaches poll and another on the road against a Notre Dame team ranked 20th in the coaches poll. So the Huskies have two wins over ranked teams and no losses to unranked teams, and yet they're still just eighth in "others receiving votes" of the coaches poll, which is a bad look for the coaches poll.