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The People's Poll: Week 6

Posted on: December 23, 2008 4:09 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2008 5:37 pm

Welcome to the Week 6 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 6 People's Poll!   

North Carolina Tar Heels logo 1. (40) North Carolina (E) 1000 11-0 HR-1 LR-1

"Its not rocket science when figuring out the best team in college basketball. This is it. This is it till the end. However, figuring out who the next 3 or 4 or 5 teams are is going to be some what of an adventure all year. The disparity amongst the other  top 25 teams is minute." -Halo27legend     AP-1 CP-1

Connecticut Huskies logo2. Connecticut (E) 957 10-0 HR-2 LR-4

"Connecticut plays a matchup of great teams with Gonzaga and outlasts them in OT.  Both teams display great talent and teamp play, explosiveness, great players who can finish." -Gezemice     AP-2 CP-2 

Pittsburgh Panthers logo3. Pittsburgh (E) 908 12-0 HR-2 LR-6

"First real test this week, facing a decent Siena team at home and then a very dangerous Florida State team on the road.  FSU deserves some credit for the defense they played, but Pitt plays defense too.  As a fan, I'm encouraged, not deflated, by a close road win over a quality which the Panthers shot below 30%.  They can't do that against everyone, but if they can survive a night like that against someone good it's a good sign." -Pittbaster     AP-3 CP-3

Oklahoma Sooners logo4. Oklahoma (E) 883 12-0 HR-3 LR-6

"Willie Warren is just what Blake Griffin needed." -Trespac     AP-4 CP-4

Duke Blue Devils logo5. Duke (+1) 836 10-1 HR-3 LR-10

"Dominating at its best saturday vs Xavier. The sad part for Xavier was that we didn't even play our Best. Singler and Nolan Smith both had off nights neither scored double digits. Zoubek played great defense blocking 4 shots yesterday. Duke is a final four team when they play like that." -Bksballer89     AP-5 CP-5

Wake Forest Demon Deacons logo6. Wake Forest (+4) 708 11-0 HR-5 LR-17

"Wake Forest  has found themselves within the top 10 on my poll. Sometimes the cookie crumbles in your favor. I expect them to have a cup of coffee or two before i send them on their way back down a little further in the poll." -Halo27legend     AP-6 CP-6

Gonzaga Bulldogs logo7. Gonzaga (+1) 703 8-2 HR-5 LR-16

"The lost a tough game at home to UConn, which they probably should have won if not for Pargo's boneheaded full court pass that was intercepted in the final minute of regulation." -BabyBlueUNC     AP-7 CP-7

Texas Longhorns logo8. Texas (-3) 685 9-2 HR-4 LR-18

"another tough loss. They have played everyone tough, close losses to Mich. St. and Notre Dame don't hurt them very much in my eyes." -KVSkubball     AP-9 CP-8

Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo9. Notre Dame (+3) 615 9-2 HR-6 LR-21

"where have you been, except against Texas in Hawaii?" -KVSkubball     AP-8 CP-11

Purdue Boilermakers logo10. Purdue (+4) 578 10-2 HR-6 LR-17

"Purdue had a very nice win vs. Davidson. They came out fast and never looked back. They shut down the leading scorer in the nation. They had been beating all the teams they were supposed to, but they had yet to have a nice solid win. This was it." -Chrisisbuck#2     AP-10 CP-15

Syracuse Orange logo11. Syracuse (-2) 569 12-1 HR-5 LR-24

"I know.  "Syracuse?  That high? They lost to Cleveland State!"  Yes.  but Cleveland State could be an NCAA tournament team, the Orange were undefeated to that point, and they beat Memphis (who is now just outside my top 25 but will likely be back) without Devendorf, who's going to return.  They showed everyone what I thought from the end of last year: they're more than last year's team plus Devo.  They're last year's team plus Devo, plus Rautins, plus a lot more depth, plus more maturity and finesse from Onuaku, plus better defense." -Pittbaster     AP-17 CP-14

Georgetown Hoyas logo12. Georgetown (+3) 525 8-1 HR-8 LR-20

"A win over Memphis doesn't look as impressive anymore, but one loss doesn't look too shabby, either." -s0merand0mdude     AP-12 CP-9

Ohio St. Buckeyes logo13. Ohio State (+3) 504 9-0 HR-6 LR-NR

"Another team that just keeps on winning. They have 2 impressive wins thus far, and as long as they keep winning, I'll keep moving them up." -BabyBlueUNC     AP-15 CP-13

UCLA Bruins logo14. UCLA (-1) 470 8-2 HR-6 LR-NR

"People have slammed Arizona State for not beating "anyone", but who have the Bruins beaten? Best win is SIU????" -KVSkubball     AP-13 CP-10

Tennessee Volunteers logo15. Tennessee (+2) 396 8-2 HR-8 LR-23

"They finish the week 2-0, but could have easily been 0-2. The Marquette game was much closer than the score wouldnt indicate, and Belmont gave them all they could handle." -BabyBlueUNC     AP-16 CP-21

Xavier Musketeers logot16. Xavier (-9) 390 9-1 HR-11 LR-NR

"In the famous words of Denny Green, "they are who we thought they were." -Chrisisbuck#2     AP-14 CP-12

Michigan St. Spartans logot16. Michigan State (+6) 390 8-2 HR-9 LR-NR

"This team actually looks good I think I found out why they got killed by UNC and Maryland.  The Sutton factor. They are 5-0 when he plays." -Bksballer89     AP-11 CP-18

Villanova Wildcats logo18. Villanova (E) 387 11-1 HR-7 LR-NR

"Don't own a quality win yet, but the talent is there." -Trespac     AP-18 CP-16

Clemson Tigers logo19. Clemson (+5) 304 12-0 HR-3 LR-NR

"They played like a top 10 team against Miami.  They were the most purposeful, most collected team I have watched this week.  Their press forced Miami into transition play, which isn't their style, and they couldn't utilize their big men.  On offense, they executed brilliantly both in transition and half-court offense, their outside shots were falling, which rendered Miami's press useless.  That impressive performance, along with the even more impressive 12-0 record, moves them up.." -Gezemice     AP-22 CP-20

Baylor Bears logo20. Baylor (E) 292 10-1 HR-7 LR-NR

"Is there a better name in CBB than Tweety Carter?" -Trespac     AP-21 CP-22

Louisville Cardinals logo21. Louisville (-10) 168 7-2 HR-12 LR-NR

" have them this low because that's twice now they have failed to show up.  everybody gets one, but the second makes me question if they can be consistent enough to have the kind of season that's been suggested.  If they win the next three, I will feel a lot better about them." -Pittbaster     AP-19 CP-19

Minnesota Golden Gophers logo22. Minnesota (NR) 162 10-0 HR-11 LR-NR

"Minnesota had an impressive home win against Louisville, moving them into my top 25. The Gophers have yet to lose this season, but people were still hesitant to place them in their own top 25. I think this big win solidifies people's opinion on this team." -Chrisisbuck#2     AP-23 CP-23

Arizona St. Sun Devils logo23. Arizona State (+2) 157 9-1 HR-12 LR-NR

"They pulled out a squeaker against BYU, and now sit at 9-1 on the season. I think ASU will give UCLA a serious run for their money in the Pac 10." -BabyBlueUNC     AP-20 CP-17

Michigan Wolverines logo24. Michigan (-1) 150 9-2 HR-16 LR-NR

"The Wolverines are 8-2, and might already have the best resume in the Country, with wins over UCLA and Duke. Manny Harris is a stud, and should help carry Michigan to an NCAA berth this season." -BabyBlueUNC     AP-24 CP-NR

Missouri Tigers logo25. Missouri (NR) 54 9-1 HR-19 LR-NR

"Upcoming week will tell who will be bragging, Tiggers or Illini.." -KVSkubball     AP-25 CP-NR

In: Minnesota, Missouri    Out: Memphis (19), Davidson (21)

Biggest jump: Michigan State (+6)    Biggest fall: Louisville (-10)

Others receiving votes: Davidson 42, Wisconsin 33, Marquette 26, Miami (Fla) 19, Memphis 18, Illinois 16, Texas AnM 11, St. Mary's 7, Butler 6, Kansas 5, Florida 5, UNLV 5, BYU 4, Dayton 4, Kentucky 3, West Virginia 3, Maryland 1, Florida State 1

Conference power rankings:

  1. Big East-    .0401
  2. ACC-           .0402
  3. Big 10-        .0406
  4. Big 12-        .0804
  5. WCC-          .1003
  6. SEC-           .1308
  7. Pac 10-       .1405
  8. A 10-            .1507
  9. Mtn West-   .1812

(Only reflects conferences with atleast 2 teams receiving votes)

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

Breaking down the rankings:

Same old sights up top. UNC, Connecticut, Pitt and Oklahoma all remain the same from last weeks edition. The lone change comes at the #5 spot where Duke replaces Texas after a tough loss to Michigan State.

Wake Forest makes a nice jump to the #6 position and becomes the 3rd ACC team in the top 6. Gonzaga follows at #7 (up a spot..!?!) after a close loss to Connecticut over the weekend. Texas slides down to the #8 spot followed by Notre Dame. Purdue rounds out the top 10 after a solid W over previously ranked Davidson.

Syracuse slips two spots to #11 after what could be the shot of the season by Cleveland State. Georgetown continues to climb the rankings up 3 spots to #12. Ohio State and UCLA are up next followed by the Vols of Tennessee who round out the top 15.

Xavier comes in at #16, down 9 spots after their beat down last week. Michigan State is up a few spots tied with Xavier after their nice W vs UT. Villanova is next and is still searching for a signature W. An undefeated Clemson squad (haven't we heard this before?) is next at #19 followed by Baylor who seems to be treading water at the #20 spot.

Louisville is our big loser this week and drops to #21. This squad is on their way to becoming the biggest disappointment of the season. On the flip side.. up next is the team to hand Louisville their latest L, Minnesota. The Golden Gophers are undefeated and looking to make noise in the Big 10. Arizona State is next, still lingering around the top 25 after a close call vs BYU.  Michigan is up next followed by newcomer Missouri. (Blah)

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: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2008 9:22 pm

The People's Poll: Week 6

Somer it don't matter if your poll get bash I believe that he still will use the ballot.

Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2008 9:00 pm

The People's Poll: Week 6

Dude, I can't believe you wound up counting my ballot. Even after all those things that bksballer and wizardking said to bash it, and how I used "this poll won't be counted" as an argument like five times. Must've been a bit slow, then, aye?

Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2008 8:43 pm

The People's Poll: Week 6

If I wanted your opinon bks I would beat it out of you.

You would? Thats nice to know.

Since: Feb 13, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2008 6:57 pm

The People's Poll: Week 6

Great work, Jawhk!

Minnesota outpaced Louisville in my poll.

Since: Feb 28, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2008 6:54 pm

The People's Poll: Week 6

Great work, Jawhk, as usual.  We are so much better than the AP and Coaches poll voters.

Interesting to see that the range of votes (HR/LR) has gotten smaller for more teams in the upper echelon.  As more work comes in, the poll converges - less subjective bias on pre-season rankings, I assume.

Since: Feb 28, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2008 6:52 pm

The People's Poll: Week 6

Great Job but who are the numbskulls who voted Louisville ahead of Minnesota??
You can be certain it wasn't me.

I have made it a point to watch Louisville so I can find a reason to keep them in my poll.  Well, I will stop that, it is very frustrating.  If they start blowing out Big East teams, I'll resume.  Until then, bye-bye Louisville from even my watchlist.

Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2008 5:47 pm

The People's Poll: Week 6

Because Cleveland State isnt 10-0. If I wanted your opinon bks I would beat it out of you.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2008 4:49 pm

The People's Poll: Week 6

Nice work Jawhk. I have no mayor complaints with the poll.

Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2008 4:36 pm

The People's Poll: Week 6

That's a stupid ways to look at things....If you want to look at things that way why isn't Cleveland State ahead of Syracuse?

Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2008 4:36 pm

The People's Poll: Week 6

Me I don't think it right to move Minny from unranked to top 20 and past Lousville.

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