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The People's Poll: Week 5

Posted on: December 16, 2008 11:08 am
Edited on: December 16, 2008 12:59 pm

Welcome to the Week 5 People's Poll!  

The People's Poll is made up of 40+ College Basketball fans who want their opinions heard! Voters give their take over the weeks action on the main CBB board with the results tallied here every Tuesday. Each week's poll reflects games played through Sunday. ie games played yesterday (Monday) have not been accounted for. If you'd like to check out each voters ballot, here you go. Even if you're not a regular voter, look for the People's Poll voting thread every week to give your take! You may end up in the poll!

So without further adieu.. I give you the Week 5 People's Poll!   

North Carolina Tar Heels logo1. (39) North Carolina (E) 999 9-0 HR-1 LR-2

"Theyve beat the good teams (ND and MSU) worse than they've beat some of the bad teams. Thats not good for anyone else in the top 25." -Cardiac

Connecticut Huskies logo2. (1) Connecticut (E) 955 9-0 HR-1 LR-3

"Another physical Big East team. Adrien and Thabeet are a load inside, and Kemba Walker is one of the better freshman in the country." -Badgers Ballers

Pittsburgh Panthers logo3. Pittsburgh (E) 916 10-0 HR-2 LR-5

"Even as a Panther fan, I'm not totally sold on them for the 3 spot.  They move up here with the Gonzaga loss, and there's a lot to like about them, but they are relatively untested.  A few reasonably decent opponents, but none from the list of teams on my top 25 radar." -Pittbaster

Oklahoma Sooners logo4. Oklahoma (+1) 878 10-0 HR-2 LR-6

"I am a big fan of Griffin and Warren, but the rest of the team worries me. I think they become a bit less successful as the year goes on and coaches settle on how they want to defend the combo." -Azcatsfan

Texas Longhorns logo5. Texas (+1) 812 8-1 HR-1 LR-12

"Played a nice schedule but they just cant put teams away it doesnt seem like. I didnt get to see it but what happend with Texas State? That score seems way to close." -Cardiac

Duke Blue Devils logo6. Duke (+2) 731 8-1 HR-5 LR-16

"They are better in the post, but thats still a weakness for this team. If they have an off day from deep, they'll struggle, and I don't see them making it past the Sweet 16 like a certain Duke homer thinks they'll easily make the Final 4." -Badgers Ballers

Xavier Musketeers logo7. Xavier (+2) 722 9-0 HR-5 LR-14

"I don't believe in this team. Good win against Memphis early, but other than that... Look, Brown is a solid big with good range, and Anderson and Raymond are okay, but this is not a top 10 team." -Azcatsfan

Gonzaga Bulldogs logo8. Gonzaga (-4) 705 7-1 HR-5 LR-12

"They got out hustled by a smaller Arizona team. Pargo's passing ability is the key for this team, they'll need to figure out how to succeed when he has an off game." -Naterb

Syracuse Orange logo9. Syracuse (+1) 627 9-0 HR-5 LR-19

"Syracuse has started with an impressive 9-0 season and is looking to add another win to their tally this week, they are looking like the Cuse of old, when people actually feared the Orangemen...oh wait....they've changed their name." -Dookisevil

Wake Forest Demon Deacons logo10. Wake Forest (+3) 609 9-0 HR-6 LR-17

"SOS not exactly a strong point, but theyve been winning pretty easily so you cant knock that." -Cardiac

Louisville Cardinals logo11. Louisville (E) 608 6-1 HR-4 LR-NR

"Lost to WKU but Ive seen them play way more than any other team, we didnt lose enough from last year to not be up here still." -Cardiac

Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo12. Notre Dame (E) 556 7-2 HR-6 LR-18

"I know that OSU beat em, and the Buckeyes are near the bottom of this list, but I still think the Irish are the better team." -Badgers Ballers

UCLA Bruins logo13. UCLA (+4) 450 6-2 HR-9 LR-NR

"I still believe this team will work its way into being a top 5 team at some point this year. They are simply too talented, too deep and too well-coached to not be. Everyone has kind of throw their chances to the side, which I think is a mistake." -Azcatsfan

Purdue Boilermakers logo14. Purdue (+2) 447 8-2 HR-10 LR-NR

"I think they'll end up Top 10 by seasons end, and win the Big Ten. They haven't looked good early, but they didn't look good early last year as well." -Badgers Ballers

Georgetown Hoyas logo15. Georgetown (+4) 430 7-1 HR-11 LR-22

"They've suprised me early one. Dajuan Summers is really good, and Wright and Freeman in the backcourt is rock solid." -Badgers Ballers

Ohio St. Buckeyes logo16. Ohio State (+2) 413 6-0 HR-6 LR-NR

"Ohio State's win over Notre Dame is impressive, but these guys have been in the right place at the right time. They catch Miami without McClinton, for the most part. And they play Notre Dame while Harangody has pneumonia (while he did have a good game)." -NateO

Tennessee Volunteers logo17. Tennessee (-10) 403 6-2 HR-12 LR-NR

"Good athletes and some solid defense here and there, but I think they're limited offensively and I don't think their post play is particularly good. Tyler Smith is good, but not great. This team probably moves back up in the rankings and is clearly the favorite to win the SEC, but I don't see them improving upon their tournament performance of the last couple seasons." -Azcatsfan

Villanova Wildcats logo18. Villanova (-4) 343 10-1 HR-9 LR-NR

"Villanova fails its first test against a good looking Texas.  They played hard, but sloppy - I sense "first big game jitters" in a talented team.  They will get over it." -Gezemice

Memphis Tigers logo19. Memphis (-4) 247 5-2 HR-13 LR-NR

"Memphis chalks up their 2nd close game lose, however both loses are against potential top 10 teams. This month doesnt get any easier as they will play another potential top 10 team in Syracuse this week. This is great experience for this young, yet loaded with potential team." -Halo27legend

Baylor Bears logo20. Baylor (+2) 229 8-1 HR-11 LR-NR

"Great balance with 5 guys averaging in double digits, will contend for the Big XII Title this season." -Badgers Ballers

Davidson Wildcats logo21. Davidson (+2) 188 8-1 HR-15 LR-NR

"Davidson moves up in my poll.  They played a close one with West Virginia while Curry was off his game - but once he turned it on, it was a no-contest.  Without Curry, they are a mediocre team - but with him, they can definitely beat those teams below them in my poll." -Gezemice

Michigan St. Spartans logo22. Michigan State (-2) 186 6-2 HR-11 LR-NR

"Michigan State just broke 100 points, and could be improving, while the competition was weak-sauce. Still, if you can put 118 on the board against D1 competition, you can score, and that's an asset." -NateO

Michigan Wolverines logot23. Michigan (NR) 101 7-2 HR-16 LR-NR

"Another team like OSU that I think won't finish as high as I have them here. Two good early season wins, but I think they might be on the bubble come Selection Time." -Badgers Ballers

Clemson Tigers logot23. Clemson (NR) 101 10-0 HR-15  LR-NR

"I haven't watched this team play yet. I'm just ranking them there because of the record and cool colors." -Azcatsfan

Arizona St. Sun Devils logo25. Arizona State (-4) 90 8-1 HR-18 LR-NR

"Arizona State has shown nothing to indicate that they are better than their NIT finish from a season ago. If they can plow their way through the first half of the PAC-10 season with only a loss to UCLA, I might believe they're Top 25. But frankly, I don't see that happening. Especially when they struggle to eek out a win against IUPUI. More telling than that is the fact that they only mustered 18 first-half points." -Naterb

In: Michigan, Clemson     Out: Kansas, Dayton

Biggest fall: Tennessee (-10)     Biggest jump: UCLA, Georgetown (+4)

Others recieving votes: Marquette 78, Miami (Fla) 66, Arizona 31, Missouri 17, LSU 15, Wisconsin 13, Maryland 10, BYU 6, Florida State 6, Kentucky 4, Kansas 2, Northwestern 2, Butler 1, Illinois 1, Temple 1, Minnesota 1

Teams by conference: Big East- 7, ACC- 4, Big 10- 4, Big 12- 3, Pac 10- 2, Atlantic 10- 1, SEC- 1, USA- 1, Southern- 1, West Coast- 1

Conference power rankings:

  1. Big 10:         1.38
  2. ACC:            1.71
  3. Big East:     2.00
  4. Big 12:         2.40
  5. Pac 10:        3.33
  6. SEC:            4.00
  7. Atlantic 10:  5.00

(Conference PR is derived from the # of teams per conference / # of teams receiving votes per conference)

What it all means: (First place votes), Team, (Change in rank from last week), Points, Record, Highest Rank, Lowest Rank 

Breaking down the rankings: North Carolina remains on top again this week, but no longer are the Heels a unanimous #1. Connecticut picks up a first place vote and lands at #2 followed by Pittsburgh who holds strong in the #3 spot. Two Big 12 schools (Oklahoma & Texas) make up the last of the top 5 after previous #4 Gonzaga lost at Arizona.

Duke comes in at #6 (anyone remember the last time they played!?!) followed by the Musketeers of Xavier and the aformentioned Zags. Syracuse holds in at #9 (remember, this poll does not reflect Monday games) and Wake Forest cracks the top 10 for the first time this season.

The next two slots look the same as last week with Louisville and Notre Dame on the outside of the top 10 for a second straight week. UCLA makes a nice jump up 4 spots to #13 followed by Purdue. Georgetown is up next coming off a nice W over Memphis and just may not be as overated as we all suspeceted.

Ohio State climbs the poll up to #16 followed by our biggest faller of the week Tennessee. The Vols are coming off a loss to Temple and are punished with a 10 spot drop. Next up is another team coming off an L, Villanova. Speaking of L's, we have Memphis up next at #19. Rounding up the top 20 is Baylor which is up 2 spots from last week.

The last five see's Davidson up a couple spots after a nice W in MSG over a Big East foe and two schools from the state of Michigan. MSU continues to slip, down two spots from last week to #22. Up next are two new arrivals who have to share the #23 slot. Michigan and Clemson both climb into the rankings for the first time this season. This weeks poll is finished up with a sliding Arizona State team at #25. A less then impressive W over IUPUI lands this squad on the verge of droping out completely.

That's it for this weeks edition. Hope you enjoyed it! Make sure and look for the People's Poll voting thread each week!

Thanks to everyone who voted!

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Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2008 8:11 pm

The People's Poll: Week 5

Let me get this straight.  According to Sportsline RPI, Pitt has the 6th strongest sechdule to data, Connitcuit has the 110th strngest schedule and NC has the 124th strongest schedule but Pitt is untested.  A person can make a valid argument that Pitt is number three, but to say they are untest is just plain old wrong.

Since: Dec 24, 2008
Posted on: December 24, 2008 12:32 pm

The People's Poll: Week 5

"Those dudes are going to get punished."


Say Nate, about those dudes to whom you refer.  Were they Tigers?  Must have been since you're a Superstar.

Since: Dec 24, 2008
Posted on: December 24, 2008 12:28 pm

The People's Poll: Week 5

"...Obviously Syracuse shouldn't be up there at all, but we all know that."

So, Willy, how's that workin' out for ya? 

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 24, 2008 12:27 pm

The People's Poll: Week 5

You probably have not watched UK play the last 9 games.  They are comin on..  Meeks and Patterson are showing out.  No, I am not saying they are all that yet but they are getting there.  Playing as good as any team I have seen (except UNC).

Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2008 12:02 pm

The People's Poll: Week 5

It's time you watch Clemson play.  They're one of the best coached teams in the country.  They've beaten UNC-Charlotte, Illinois and Miami (by 19) on the road and Temple at a neutral site.

Clemson has balanced scoring, decent depth, IMPROVED free throw shooting, and a stifling full court press that will wear most teams down.  They also have one of the most underrated coaches in Oliver Purnell.

Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2008 2:31 pm

The People's Poll: Week 5

Xavier plays Duke nationally and then they play Butler on ESPN2 a few days after that, if you haven't seen them play and you have your doubts you might want to watch them play a little bit and hopefully they have good showings.

Duke will smack up Xavier on saturday.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2008 8:27 am

The People's Poll: Week 5

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Go Vols!

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2008 9:16 pm
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Since: Feb 13, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2008 8:27 pm

The People's Poll: Week 5

Re: Syracuse

This poll does not reflect Monday's games. Those dude's are going to get punished. That shot should not have even been a factor.

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2008 8:23 pm
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