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Poll Attacks: One AP voter has no idea Memphis won at Louisville

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Does it make sense for Louisville to move up after a home loss to Memphis?

Of course not.

But one AP voter apparently disagrees.

Predictably, he's featured in the Poll Attacks.

Let's get it!

Associated Press poll: People often take two teams with similar resumes and debate for hours which team should be ranked higher, but that's not my deal because ranking teams with similar resumes is an obviously subjective process.

What do you value more?

Teams with great victories?

Or teams with no embarrassing losses?

What matters to me might not matter to you, and vice versa. So I never spend the Poll Attacks highlighting things that are debatable. I only focus on stuff that is undeniably silly, and, boy, do I have a good one for you this week.

Jeff Faraudo is today's featured AP voter.

He has Louisville ranked sixth on his latest ballot, which is weird considering Louisville is 14-3 with a neutral-court loss to North Carolina, a road loss to Kentucky and a home loss to Memphis. The Cards' best win? That's probably a 71-63 win over SMU. So while I recognize that Rick Pitino is a Hall of Famer and one of the best to ever coach, and that a core of Russ Smith, Chris Jones and Montrezl Harrell could ultimately accomplish big things, the truth is that Louisville's body of work is pretty suspect to date.

That's why I barely have the Cardinals ranked at all.

There just isn't much on the resume.

So there's no sensible way to rank Louisville sixth unless you think Memphis and Kentucky should be in the top five or something, which leads to an obvious question: Does Faraudo have Memphis and Kentucky in the top five or something? Nope. He actually has UK ranked ninth and Memphis unranked, meaning Farauda has somehow concluded that Louisville's 14-3 record featuring a loss to unranked North Carolina and no great wins is somehow significantly superior to Memphis' 12-3 record that features no losses to currently unranked teams, and wins over No. 9 Oklahoma State and Louisville.

That's weird.

But that's not even the craziest part!

The craziest part is that Faraudo had Louisville ranked eighth last week!

Seriously, click this link and check his ballot from Jan. 7.

Last week, Faraudo had Louisville ranked eighth. Then Louisville lost at home to a Memphis team that was an 11-point underdog, and Faraudo responded by moving Louisville up two spots while leaving Memphis unranked, and all I can figure is that he has no idea that Memphis-Louisville game even happened last Thursday night.

That's the only logical explanation, right?

He has no idea the game happened.

Either way, it's bizarre.

Coaches poll: After seeing Louisville go from No. 8 to No. 6 on an AP ballot in the week following a home loss to Memphis, it's hard for me to get too upset about this week's coaches poll because, honestly, there isn't much here that bothers me.

Iowa seven spots behind Ohio State?

Yeah, that bothers me a little.

That's weird.

But I'd rather use this space to highlight something that often drives me crazy, and that's when a voter disregards results to rank a school No. 1. You might've noticed, if you looked at the coaches poll, that Michigan State is getting a first-place vote, which I don't understand, and, yes, I'm the same person who last week picked Michigan State to win the national title.

I love the Spartans.

But they did take a home loss to a North Carolina team that's obviously a mess, and I just don't think that can be ignored when it comes to ranking teams, and the only way to rank Michigan State No. 1 on a ballot is to completely ignore that home loss to UNC.

So let me ask this: Are you OK with voters just ignoring results of games?

I mean, I know Jeff Faraudo will sometimes do it.

But what about the rest of the voters?

You OK with them doing that?


Gary Parrish is a senior college basketball columnist for CBSSports.com and frequent contributor to the CBS Sports Network. The Mississippi native also hosts the highest-rated sports talk radio show -- The Gary Parrish Show -- in the history of Memphis. He lives in that area with his wife, two children and a dog.
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