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The People's Poll: Week 7

Posted on: December 30, 2008 10:19 am
Edited on: December 30, 2008 12:51 pm

Welcome to the Week 7 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 7 People's Poll!

North Carolina Tar Heels logo1. (40) North Carolina (E) 1000 12-0 HR-1 LR-1

"Only beat Rutgers by 22 that might start giving teams hope that they can beat them." -Bksballer89     AP-1 CP-1

Connecticut Huskies logo2. Connecticut (E) 956 11-0 HR-2 LR-4     AP-2 CP-2

Pittsburgh Panthers logo3. Pittsburgh (E) 913 12-0 HR-2 LR-5

"Idle week.  Next week they play at Rutgers and Georgetown.  The showdown against the Hoyas should say a lot about both teams.  I like Pitt since they whooped a better Georgetown team twice last year, once without Fields.  Of course, Big East road games ae no cupcake..." -Pittbaster     AP-3 CP-3

Oklahoma Sooners logo4. Oklahoma (E) 880 12-0 HR-3 LR-6     AP-4 CP-4

Duke Blue Devils logo5. Duke (E) 837 10-1 HR-3 LR-7     AP-5 CP-5

Wake Forest Demon Deacons logo6. Wake Forest (E) 752 11-0 HR-4 LR-15     AP-6 CP-6

Texas Longhorns logo7. Texas (+1) 723 10-2 HR-5 LR-14

"They are quietly looking like a dark horse for a top seed, especially if they run away with the Bg 12." -Pittbaster     AP-8 CP-7

Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo8. Notre Dame (+1) 631 9-2 HR-6 LR-20     AP-7 CP-10

Syracuse Orange logo9. Syracuse (+2) 603 12-1 HR-5 LR-25

"I'm still not sure why the Orange's one loss, to a likely NCAA tea, is getting tem more hate than other teams who have one or even two losses to ranked teams.  Syracuse has built as impressive an ooc resume as almost anyone.  They get Devendorf back again just in time for BE play." -Pittbaster     AP-13 CP-11

Georgetown Hoyas logo10. Georgetown (+2) 595 9-1 HR-7 LR-18

"We're going to learn soon f the majority of cbb posters were right in dubbing Georgetown "overrated."  They travel to #2 UCONN and host #3 Pittsburgh this week.  I'd expect them to go 0-2 in those games, which isn't to say they're bad.  I jst don't think they have the depth to hang with those two teams, and their excellent defense won't be quite enough." -Pittbaster     AP-11 CP-8

Purdue Boilermakers logo11. Purdue (-1) 588 11-2 HR-6 LR-NR     AP-9 CP-11

UCLA Bruins logo12. UCLA (+2) 554 10-2 HR-4 LR-NR     AP-12 CP-9

Michigan St. Spartans logo13. Michigan State (+3) 480 9-2 HR-9 LR-NR

"I'm feeling pretty wise about leaving them in my poll all year.  They were down for a while, but those losses aren't bad ones." -Pittbaster     AP-10 CP-15

Tennessee Volunteers logo14. Tennessee (+1) 450 9-2 HR-9 LR-24     AP-14 CP-18

Villanova Wildcats logo15. Villanova (+3) 432 12-1 HR-7 LR-NR     AP-15 CP-13

Clemson Tigers logo16. Clemson (+3) 399 12-0 HR-7 LR-NR     AP-20 CP-16

Baylor Bears logo17. Baylor (+3) 363 11-1 HR-7 LR-NR     AP-19 CP-20

Gonzaga Bulldogs logo18. Gonzaga (-11) 353 8-3 HR-5 LR-NR

"Gonzaga is better suited at flying under the radar. The pressure of carrying a high ranking emerged as evidence of losing to Portland State at home." -Halo27legend     AP-16 CP-17

Minnesota Golden Gophers logo19. Minnesota (+3) 234 12-0 HR-12 LR-NR     AP-21 CP-21

Arizona St. Sun Devils logo20. Arizona State (+3) 207 11-1 HR-10 LR-NR    

"Arizona State sank 17 3 pointers in their game this week. They got a few other guys that can shoot the ball besides James Harden my friends." -Halo27legend     AP-17 CP-14

Louisville Cardinals logo21. Louisville (E) 196 8-2 HR-7 LR-NR

"Two losses with no good wins is nothing special." -Go_Xavier_56     AP-18 CP-18

Ohio St. Buckeyes logo22. Ohio State (-9) 189 9-1 HR-10 LR-NR

"My suspicion is that Ohio State is a fraud and will be outside the top 5 of the Big10 this year." -ThaBadge     AP-24 CP-23

Michigan Wolverines logo23. Michigan (+1) 170 10-2 HR-14 LR-NR     AP-23 CP-24

Xavier Musketeers logo24. Xavier (-8) 157 9-2 HR-11 LR-NR

"If I told you before the season that Xavier's only two losses were to Duke and Butler by the end of Christmas, over half of you would call me a homer." -Go_Xavier_56     AP-22 CP-22

Butler Bulldogs logo25. Butler (NR) 89 10-1 HR-19 LR-NR

"Nice win against a overrated Xavier team." -Bksballer89     AP-25 CP-NR

In: Butler     Out: Missouri

Biggest jump: 6 teams (+3)      Biggest fall: Gonzaga (-11)

Other receiving votes: Illinois 61. Davidson 36, West Virginia 36, Marquette 23, Texas AnM 20, Memphis 15, Maryland 10, Stanford 10, Wisconsin 9, Florida 7, Kentucky 6, Kansas 5, Dayton 4, BYU 2, St. Mary's 2, Arizona 1, Florida State 1, Creighton 1

What it all means: (First place votes), Team, (Change in rank from last week), Points, Record, Highest Rank, Lowest Rank, Voter's Take, AP rank, Coache's rank

Conference power rankings:

  1. Big East-    (E)       .0302     (-.0099)
  2. ACC-           (E)       .0501     (+.0099)
  3. Big 10-        (E)       .0504     (+.0098)
  4. Big 12-        (E)       .0703     (-.0101)
  5. Pac 10-      (+2)      .1005     (-.0400)
  6. WCC-          (-1)      .1206     (+.0203)
  7. SEC-           (-1)      .1307      (-.0001)
  8. A 10-           (E)       .1609      (+.0102)

Rank, Conference, Change in rank from last week, Score, Change in score from last week     

*Only reflects conferences with atleast 2 teams receiving votes*

Breaking down the rankings:

Due to the Holidays there wasn't much change (or participation, thx Geze) this week. Our top 5 looks identical to last weeks with UNC still the unanimous #1. Next up is Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma and Duke.

Wake Forest is still undefeated and still sitting in the #6 spot. Texas slides up to #7 filling the vacancy left by Gonzaga after their L this week to Portland State (Ouch!). The Irish of Notre Dame are up a spot and settle in at #8. The rest of the top 10 is filled out by Syracuse and the Hoyas of Georgetown.

Down one spot from last week is Purdue at #11 while UCLA climbs 2 spots to #12. Up next are two schools who flip flopped positions from last week's rankings. Michigan State is now ahead of Tennessee followed by a one loss Villanova squad.

In at #16 is undefeated Clemson who is followed by the Bears of Baylor. Next is our biggest drop of the week, Gonzaga. The Zags drop 11 spots to #18 after there third L of the season. Minnesota is up next and still undefeated while Arizona State rounds out the top 20.

Louisville holds strong at #21 this week followed by another sinking team Ohio State. The Buckeyes drop 9 spots to #22. Next is Michigan and Xavier who is barely clinging onto a top 25 spot after their 2nd L of the season. Rounding out the top 25 is our only newcomer this week, the Bulldogs of Butler.

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!

What!?! How can ____ not be ranked! Or how did ____ get a first place vote? Click here to check out everyone's ballots.


Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2009 6:38 pm

The People's Poll: Week 7

Butler Bulldogs:  Glad to see the Bulldogs climb in the standings.  While the BCS Conference schools have been feasting on cupcakes in November and December, the Bulldogs have been playing a tough non-conference schedule.  Butler is #3 in RPI right now and it will be tough to knock them out of the Top 25 when they enter conference play. 

Look for Butler to continue to rack up wins in the weeks to come against the Horizon League.   

Since: Dec 11, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2009 10:35 pm

The People's Poll: Week 7

Just wondering what I have to do to vote or if I even can...

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2009 7:34 pm

The People's Poll: Week 7

I hope people keep off our band wagon and we shove the dang bball right down there non-knowing about sports throats in the tourney.  CYA

Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2008 2:05 pm

The People's Poll: Week 7

Why the gaytors J-Dubs?

Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2008 1:40 pm

The People's Poll: Week 7

Who in the world rank Lousville number 7?

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2008 12:55 pm

The People's Poll: Week 7

ok thanks

Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2008 12:53 pm

The People's Poll: Week 7

Settle down JW. His ballot was counted, UK just got left off the others list. It has been fixed.

Since: Feb 28, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2008 12:51 pm

The People's Poll: Week 7

Did JDubs not vote?  I don't see a vote for Kentucky in the "others receiving votes" section....

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2008 12:46 pm

The People's Poll: Week 7

i vote for Kentucky and they didn't recieve a vote on here i think my votes are not being counted.


Since: Feb 28, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2008 12:44 pm

The People's Poll: Week 7

Thanks again, Jawhk, for the excellent work of putting this together.

Comments were hard to give because many teams didn't play last week, and the big movements were due to unexpected losses.  I think this was the first time when I didn't actually re-arranged my rankings on the top, I just moved down those three teams and added a couple new ones on the bottom to fill in the spots vacated by Kansas and Missouri.  There wasn' t enough action to warrant a re-arranging.

This week is start of conference play and we will find out what most of those teams are made of.  We have already seen an unexpectedly strong beatdown of UConn at home by Georgetown.  And they are playing Pittsburgh, too, this week, and if they beat Pittsburgh as well (which I consider likely),  my new #2 will be almost certainly Georgetown. Let the overrated chant begin.... ;)

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