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The People's Poll: Week 9

Posted on: January 11, 2010 11:45 am
Edited on: January 11, 2010 10:28 pm

Welcome to the Week 9 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 Monday. Each week's poll reflects games played through Sunday. 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 2010 Week 9 People's Poll!

 1. (30) TEXAS (+1) 990     15-0          HR-1 LR-2          AP-1 CP-1 GP-2      

Jan 5:  defeated Arkansas on the road 96 - 85
Jan 9:  defeated Colorado at home 103 - 86

"Defense didn't look good this week allowing 85 and 86 points in their two games." -Bkballer1129

 2. (10) KENTUCKY (+1) 968     16-0          HR-1 LR-4          AP-2 CP-2 GP-1      

Jan 9:  defeated Georgia at home 76 - 68

"Really excited to see what they can do in a true road SEC game against Florida. May move into #1 if they can win that one." -lobofan2003

 3. KANSAS (-2) 884     14-1          HR-2 LR-7          AP-3 CP-3 GP-3      

Jan 6:  defeated Cornell at home 71 - 66
Jan 10: Lost to Tennessee on the road 68 - 76

"yes they lost, but as far as I'm concerned Texas, Kentucky and Kansas are a tier above everyone else this year." -Canuck23

 4. VILLANOVA (+2) 865     14-1          HR-3 LR-8          AP-4 CP-4 GP-5      

Jan 6:  Defeated Depaul at home 99 - 72
Jan 9:  Defeated Marquette at home 78 - 76

"Villanova is probably one of the most up and down teams in the country.  There is no doubting the scoring ability, but their consistency can be very scary (not in a good way) at times.  The Temple loss seems to have opened their eyes though." -Crazylegs0721

 5. SYRACUSE (+2) 830     15-1          HR-3 LR-12          AP-5 CP-5 GP-7      

Jan 6:  Defeated Memphis at home 74 - 57
Jan 10: Defeated S Florida at home 82 - 65

"Having four ten point plus scorers (five if you count Jackson who averages 9.9 points) makes them one of the most dangerous teams in the country.  You have to defend five players at all times which means anyone in their line-up can beat you any night." -Crazylegs0721

 6. PURDUE (-2) 813     14-1          HR-3 LR-9          AP-6 CP-6 GP-4      

Jan 5: defeated Minnesotat at home 79 - 60
Jan 9: lost to Wisconsin on the road 66 - 73

"I think Wisconsin exposed something I'd been thinking for a while - can this team really be a Final Four team? " -Canuck23

 7. DUKE (-2) 734     13-2          HR-3 LR-NR          AP-8 CP-7 GP-6      

Jan 6:  defeated Iowa St (nuetral) 86 - 65
Jan 9:  lost to Georgia Tech on the road 67 - 71

"The Yellow Jackets showed what they are capable of and Duke showed they are vulnerable on the road." -Shaunyboy

 8. MICHIGAN STATE (+4) 700     13-3          HR-4 LR-15          AP-7 CP-8 GP-9      

Jan 6: Defeated Wisconsin at home 54 - 47
Jan 9: Defeated Iowa on the road 71 - 53

"The huge losses leads to one of the biggest jumps with Michigan State.  A lot of people's preseason number 1 they have quietly been playing much better.  Take a flyer on this...Don't let Tom Izzo fly under the radar again." -Crazylegs0721

 9. GEORGETOWN (+1) 615     12-2          HR-5 LR-17          AP-11 CP-11 GP-13      

Jan 6: Lost to Marquette at home 59 - 62
Jan 9: Defeated U Conn at home 79 - 62

"Hoyas played a couple of 3-point games with mixed results.  Lost at Marquette, scrambled to rally at home against Connecticut." -Wachoosay

 10. WEST VIRGINIA (-2) 612     12-2          HR-6 LR-NR          AP-10 CP-9 GP-8      

Jan 6:  Defeated Rutgers at home 86 - 52
Jan 9:  Lost to Notre Dame on the road 68 - 70

"12-2 Record is padded with nobodys. Notre Dame loss exposed them out of top 25 next week." -Lifetimelobo

 11. TENNESSEE (+6) 562     12-2          HR-4 LR-NR          AP-9 CP-10 GP-11      

Jan 6:  Defeated Charlotte at home 88 - 71
Jan 10: Defeated Kansas at home 76 - 68

"Did not see that win against Kansas coming. Kudos to this team for overcoming everything they did this week! Can a depleted roster keep this up though?" -Canuck23

 12. WISCONSIN (+3) 525     13-3          HR-8 LR-NR          AP-13 CP-16 GP-15      

Jan 6: Lost to Michigan St on the road 47 - 54
Jan 9: Defeated Purdue at home 73 - 66

'With wins over Duke and Purdue, Wisconsin is starting to catch some big attention. They are a tough fight for any opponent. They are one of those teams that will always be in the game, especially with Bo Ryan at the helm." -Chrisisbuck#2

 13. KANSAS STATE (-4) 524     13-2          HR-7 LR-20          AP-13 CP-12 GP-17      

Jan 9:  Lost to Missouri on the road 68 - 74

"Wildcats had a nice 1st half lead disentegrate at Missouri.' -Wachoosay

 14. BYU (+6) 399     16-1          HR-10 LR-NR          AP-18 CP-17 GP-23      

Jan 6: Defeated UNLV at home 77 - 73
Jan 9: Defeated UTEP on the road 83 - 77

"I don't know this team but a 16-1 record, with 5 of their last six wins coming against UNLV (16 in my rankings), UTEP, Arizona (a 30 point whooping at their place), Nebraska and Nevada, is extremely impressive." -Gezemice

 15. PITTSBURGH (+8) 385     13-2          HR-10 LR-NR          AP-16 CP-20 GP-12      

Jan 4: Defeated Cincinnati on the road 74 - 71

"I thought this was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Panthers.  I guess rebuilding means being 13-2 and at the top of your conference with an entirely different team.  Dixon is probably the coach of the year." -Crazylegs0721

 16. GONZAGA (+3) 313     12-3          HR-11 LR-NR          AP-17 CP-14 GP-14      

Jan 10:  Defeated Portland on the road 81 - 78

"'Zags are beating decent teams on the road, and playing at the level everyone demanded of a "real" power.  Criticize the losses if you want, but they went on the road to play, and the record speaks for itself, especially with an RPI around 20 and SOS around 15." -Schildkrotte

 17. NORTH CAROLINA (-6) 279     12-4          HR-7 LR-NR          AP-12 CP-13 GP-10      

Jan 5: Lost to Coll of Charleston on the road 79 - 82 (ot)
Jan 10: Defeated Virginia Tech at home 78-64

"Top 25 team shouldn't lose at C of C, but they did get a nice win over Virginia Tech, otherwise they would be out of the Top 25." -lobofan2003

 18. CONNECTICUT (-2) 264     11-4          HR-12 LR-NR          AP-15 CP-15 GP-19      

Jan 6; Defeated Seton Hall at home 71 - 63
Jan 9: Lost to Georgetown on the road 69 - 72

"Better beat Pittsburg at home or they will lose the benefit of the doubt the country has been giving them." -Shaunyboy

 19. MISSISSIPPI (-6) 230     12-3          HR-13 LR-NR          AP-21 CP-23 GP-16      

Jan 5; Defeated UCF at home 84 - 56
Jan 9: Lost to Mississippi St at home 75 - 80

"Mississippi got upset by Mississippi State and now better watch out they headed to play Georgia at Georgia home court." -Jasonwells1982

 20. TEMPLE (+1) 211     13-3          HR-11 LR-NR          AP-19 CP-21 GP-22      

Jan 6: Defeated St Joes at home 73 - 46
Jan 10: Defeated Rhode Island on the road 68 - 64 (ot)

"Impressive win over Rhode Island on the road, even if it took OT." -Schildkrotte

 21. GEORGIA TECH (+3) 187     12-3          HR-10 LR-NR          AP-20 CP-18 GP-NR      

Jan 5: Lost to Georgia on the road 66 - 73
Jan 9: Defeated Duke at home 71 - 67

"Big time win for a young team that will be very dangerous yet risky come march," -Shaunyboy

 22. BAYLOR (NR) 169     13-1          HR-14 LR-NR          AP-22 CP-24 GP-25      

Jan 6: Defeated Morgan St at home 79 - 63
Jan 9: Defeated Oklahoma at home 91 - 60

"beating teams gets you votes when everyone else is losing.  Oklahoma isn't great this year, but whacking them by 31 is still impressive for this squad." -Schildkrotte

 23. CLEMSON (NR) 130     13-3          HR-16 LR-NR          AP-24 CP-19 GP-21      

Jan 9:  Defeated Boston College at home 72 - 56

"Sweep the State Carolina's and they will be back in the Top 10 Discussion." -Shaunyboy

 24. MIAMI (FLA) (NR) 110     15-1          HR-14 LR-NR          AP-23 CP-NR GP-24      

Jan 9:  Defeated Wake Forest at home 67 - 66

"The Polls Attack me over having them at #14 and their right i put Miami too high so i knock them 4 spots and they got a good win vs Wake Forest over the weekend." -Jasonwells1982

 25. UNLV (NR) 106     13-3          HR-14 LR-NR          AP-NR CP-NR GP-NR       

Jan 6: Lost to BYU on the road 73 - 77
Jan 9: Defeated New Mexico on the road 74 - 62

"Played two quality teams on the road, and split; if NM hadn't dropped the previous game to SDSU, the win might have moved them up, since the loss to BYU was at least close.  As it is, beating NM is losing luster fast." -Schildkrotte

Biggest jump: Pittsburgh (+7)              Biggest fall: North Carolina (-6)       

Others receiving votes: Texas AnM 103, Dayton 76, Mississippi State 60, Northern Iowa 50, New Mexico 46, St.Mary's 34, Missouri 30, Florida State 24, UAB 24, Minnesota 22, Oklahoma State 21, butler 19, Vanderbilt 17, Rhode Island 16, Missouri State 15, Wake Forest 10, Cornell 9, Western Carolina 6, Texas Tech 4, William & Mary 4, Notre Dame 3, Louisiana Tech 1, Harvard 1

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

Conference power rankings:

  1. Big 12 (0.0204)
  2. Big East (0.0502)
  3. ACC (0.0705)
  4. Big 10 (0.0801)
  5. SEC (0.0803)
  6. Mountain West (0.1206)
  7. West Coast (0.1507)
  8. Atlantic 10 (0.1508)
  9. Missouri Valley (0.1809)
  10. Ivy (0.2212)
  11. Horizon (0.2311)
  12. USA (0.2410)
  13. Western Athletic (0.2615)
  14. Southern (0.2713)
  15. Colonial Athletic (0.2814)

(Only teams receiving votes in TPP are calculated into CPR)

Thanks to everyone who voted! Last week's poll can be found here and all voters make sure and check out the People's Poll Group!  

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Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2010 8:41 am

The People's Poll: Week 9

Lobo, great GREAT job with the game rundowns.

Its asking too much to one for every team, so maybe next we you could just pick the top five upcoming games, give a blurp about them and then I will add them to the end of the poll. That work?

PM me when you get a chance and we can talk about it.

Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2010 10:26 pm

The People's Poll: Week 9

"Im confused? Harvard isnt a pac 10 team so if you missed harvard it shouldnt matter right? ......"

Meant Stanford. Harvard and Stanford got switched on the spreadhseet as far as the conferences are concerned. My bad..

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2010 9:15 pm

The People's Poll: Week 9

Poll Attacks is up - see

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2010 8:47 pm

The People's Poll: Week 9

The Weekly Preview of the final 5 in the People's Poll Top 25:

21) Georgia Tech: @Virginia, @North Carolina

Two tough road tests for Georgia Tech on the road this week in ACC play. The Yellow Jackets are young team yet to experience a road ACC game. There are no real stars on this team, just a young team that has good chemistry and is playing well together. We will find out of team can handle adversity this week with having to play at the Dean Dome.

22) Baylor: @Colorado, Oklahoma St.

The Bears have yet to really be tested this season; that changes now that we are in Big 12 play. After heading to Colorado they get an Oklahoma State team at home that absolutely destroyed Texas Tech. LaceDarius Dunn leads this Bears team in scoring, 2nd in the team in scoring is another guard Tweety Carter. These two guards may cause matchup problems for Oklahoma State.

23) Clemson: North Carolina, @North Carolina St.

Will the Tigers have the mental toughness to contend in the ACC? The Tigers seem to have responded after the Illinois game in with they blew a 22-point lead. Even if they are able to beat North Carolina at home, they will be tested at a North Carolina State team desperate for a win in ACC play.

24) Miami: @Virginia Tech, @Virginia

The Hurricanes are another team that will finally get tested now that they are into conference play. Their first two ACC games have been one-point affairs. Virginia Tech played well for 20 minutes at North Carolina and now they get the Hurricanes at home. Look for Seth Greenburg to have his team ready to bounce back.

25) UNLV: San Diego State, Utah

The race for the Mountain West conference heats up as two of the top teams in the conference battle face off in Vegas on Wednesday. The Rebels aren't one of the bigger teams in the conference, but Lon Kruger as the team playing great defense. Transfer Trevon Willis is having a major impact on this team.

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2010 8:07 pm

The People's Poll: Week 9

More Weekly Previews (This is talking a long time to write, so the rest of these may not be so in-depth):

11) Tennessee: Auburn, Mississippi

Can they keep it up with a depleted roster? With a Top 10 ranking in the AP & Coaches Poll this team will have a target on their back and will get every team's best game. With two games in 3 days how much energy will this team have against Mississippi?

12) Wisconsin: @Northwestern, @Ohio State

Bo Ryan's team is extremely tough at home, but how will they far on the road? They have already lost a tough conference game to Michigan State. While not quite as tough as Michigan State, the road tests this week are against quality teams. Wisconsin needs to play tough-minded defense in order to be win @Northwestern and/or @Ohio State. With the revelation that Moore is now injured, the road just got tougher for the Badgers.

13) Kansas State: Texas A&M, @Colorado

How does this team respond to the loss to Missouri? Jacob Pullen is a star player in the Big 12 and will need to have a huge impact against a good Texas A&M defense for the Wildcats to be successful. Denis Clemente and Jamar Samuels will also need to continue their good play for the Wildcats to be successful going forward in Big 12 play.

14) Brigham Young: @Air Force, Colorado St.

Star player Jimmer Fredette has been battling illness and it is yet to be seen how much he will play this week. The Cougars have struggling Air Force this week before battling surprise 1st place team, Colorado State. Tim Miles really has the CSU Rams playing well, but they have yet to face an opponent like BYU in a tough road environment. If the Cougars can weather the illness to Fredette they have a great chance to repeat as MWC Champions.

15) Pittsburgh: @Connecticut, Louisville

Jamie Dixon really has this team playing well. If the Panthers want to continue being one of the surprise teams in the nation, they are going to need to win a 3rd straight Big East road came @UCONN. After UCONN, the Panthers face a tough pressure defense against the Cardinals. There are no easy games in the Big East.

16) Gonzaga: @St. Mary's, @ San Diego

The WCC is one of the toughest leagues that nobody pays attention too. The trip to St. Mary's is one of the toughest in the country. Matt Bouldin and Steven Gary are two of the key cogs for this Gonzaga team. The Gaels meanwhile are led by Omar Samhan and have done nicely replacing Patty Mills from last season's team. The winner of this game has the upper-hand in the WCC, the respect for the WCC may have developed enough for both St. Mary's and Gonzaga to get bids to the NCAA tournament.

17) North Carolina: @Clemson, Georgia Tech

Will the real Tar Heel team please stand up? They have to prove what they are made of these week with a game at Clemson, where it is always tough to win, and against a Georgia Tech team that knocked off Duke. If the Tar Heels sweep this week they may be considered the favorites to repeat as ACC Champions, if they lose one or both they may fall out of the People's Poll Top 25.

18) Connecticut: Pittsburgh, @ Michigan

The Huskies take on Pittsburgh at home before going on the road for a non-conference battle against the Wolverines. After blowing a huge lead @Georgetown, Jerome Dyson needs to be a leader for this Husky team and demand better from himself and his teammates. The Huskies have the #1 SOS, so their NCAA tournament prospects aren't at too big of a risk, but their Big East title chances will take a huge hit if they lose against Pitt.

19) Mississippi: @Georgia, @Tennessee

After losing at home to cross-state rival Mississippi State it doesn't get any easier for the Rebels. They must travel to Athens, Georgia to face a Bulldog team that gave Kentucky all they could handle. If that isn't enough they have to go to Knoxville to take on a Tennessee team that is playing with a lot of emotion and much better chemistry since the dismissal of Tyler Smith and the suspension of three other players. The Rebels have a good early season win over K-State but haven't done a whole lot since. This week the Rebels need to go out and prove themselves again.

20) Temple: @Penn, Massachusetts

The Owls get a relatively easy schedule with Penn and UMass, but the Penn game is a Big 5 rivalry and UMASS did beat Memphis earlier in the year. If the Owls overlook either of these teams they have the possibility of being upset.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2010 7:41 pm

The People's Poll: Week 9

"Hey jawhk, did I miss something?  Which Pac-10 team received votes to warrant a listing on the Conference Power Ranking list?"

Harvard got 1 vote. I mistakenly left them off the receiving votes list.

Im confused? Harvard isnt a pac 10 team so if you missed harvard it shouldnt matter right? .......

Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2010 7:13 pm

The People's Poll: Week 9

Nice job Lobo!

As for the current regs:

  1. jawhk
  2. nine5seven
  3. geze
  4. man
  5. jerm
  6. kvsk
  7. goxavier
  8. hoosier
  9. rr
  10. jw
  11. wachoo
  12. nekco
  13. ski
  14. boltz
  15. conrete
  16. hammer
  17. schild
  18. lobofan
  19. badgers
  20. reamo
  21. shauny
  22. duckbill
  23. heelfan
  24. kbballer
  25. chris
  26. crazy
  27. vol
  28. iusucks
  29. wizard
  30. somerandom
  31. ltd
  32. canuck
  33. patrick
  34. chi
  35. onandonly
  36. aj
  37. devo
  38. zag
  39. logan
  40. pitt

Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2010 7:06 pm

The People's Poll: Week 9

"Hey jawhk, did I miss something?  Which Pac-10 team received votes to warrant a listing on the Conference Power Ranking list?"

Harvard got 1 vote. I mistakenly left them off the receiving votes list.

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2010 7:06 pm

The People's Poll: Week 9

6) Purdue: Ohio State, @Northwestern

Purdue lost this past week to a very tough Wisconsin team on the road. This week they face an Ohio State team still trying to work Evan Turner back into the lineup. Despite losing 2 of their last 3 the Buckeyes are a dangerous team, Purdue will have their hands full. Purdue's key to their success this season has been a tough defense. The 73 points they gave up to Wisconsin was the highest point total for an opponent this season. If they can hold the Buckeyes under 70, the Boilermakers will win their National TV showdown.

7) Duke: Boston College, Wake Forest

The Blue Devils have lost their only two true road games this year. Lucky for them they get both of their games this week at the friendly confines of Cameron Indoor. Wake Forest will provide a tough challenge on Sunday night, Singler is going to have to have a much better game than he did against Georgia Tech if the Devils are to defend their home court.

8) Michigan St.: Minnesota, Illinois

The Spartans get two teams fighting with them for the top of the Big 10 at home this week. These are two key games for the Spartans; they can send a statement to the rest of the Big 10 that they are the team to beat by winning these two games. Kalin Lucas has really stepped up sense being benched by Tom Izzo.

9) Georgetown: Seton Hall, @Villanova

Seton Hall has come to close to springing a couple of upsets in the Big East so the Hoyas can not be looking ahead to the game at Villanova. Jeremy Hazell is one of the best players in college basketball this year based on what I have seen. I think the key for Georgetown is going to be establishing Greg Monroe on the inside to free up other players like Freeman.

10) West Virginia: @South Florida, Syracuse

Watch out for the Bulls and South Florida. This is your classic trap game for the Mountaineers. They can't be thinking about the loss to Notre Dame or be looking ahead to the weekend matchup against Syracuse. Ebanks and Butler are going to have to step up this week if the Mountaineers are to get back to their winning ways. We will find out what this team is made of this week and whether they belong among the upper echelon of teams, not just in the Big East but in college basketball.

More weekly previews to come....

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2010 6:26 pm

The People's Poll: Week 9

Look at the Week Ahead for the People's Poll Top 25:

1) Texas
: @Iowa State, Texas A&M

Texas hits the road on Wednesday to Iowa State to take on Craig Brackins and Marquis Gilstrap and the Cyclones. Will the #1 ranking get to the Longhorns playing in a tough environment? You know the fans in Ames are going to be fired up for a #1 team visiting their house. If Texas gets past the Cyclones unscathed they have the rivalry game against Texas A&M on Saturday. The Aggies have won three in a row since they loss of Derrick Roland to a horrific injury; however, the Aggies have yet to really be tested. It's a rivalry game and anything can happen, but the size of the Texas big players, including Dexter Pittman, should give the Longhorns the advantage in that matchup.

2) Kentucky: @Florida, @Auburn

Gators provide the first tough true road test for the Wildcats on Tuesday in a big time matchup on ESPN. The Gators have been up and down this season, but do have a win over Big-10 leading Michigan State. Not only is this a big-time rivalry, but the Gators will be looking for an NCAA Tournament resume building win. In order to win against the Gators the Wildcats young freshman (Wall, Cousins) are going to have to be poised. Cousins can not get frustrated if the Gators try to get under his skin and Wall can not get of control and committ too many turnovers. If the Wildcats can get by the Gators they may get to 20-0.

3) Kansas: @Nebraska, Texas Tech

How do the Jayhawks bounce back from the loss to Tennessee? They have two very winnable games this week, but sometimes these types of losses can spiral. Bill Self is a very good coach, he should be able to get this team to bounce back with all the talent they have in Sharon Collins and Xavier Henry.

4) Villanova: @Louisville, Georgetown

Not a lot of people are talking about Villanova, despite the fact that they are #4 and lead the Big East. Just as quietly, Louisville is also 3-0 in the Big East. The 1st place battle tonight could have a significant impact later in the season. Jay Wright is a very talented coach and Scottie Reynolds is a valuable leader on the floor. If the Wildcats can get a win @Louisville they face a tough test at home against Georgetown.

5) Syracuse: @Rutgers, @West Virginia

Syracuse has two Big East road tests this week. Winning on the road in conference play is always tough, but if the Orangemen can get by Rutgers they have to go to Morgantown against a Top 10 team. The Orangemen must try to contain Kevin Ebanks and Da'Sean Butler.

More to come, but wanted to get the Villanova preview up before their game against Lousiville.

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