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The People's Poll: Week 17

Posted on: March 8, 2010 11:29 am
Edited on: March 8, 2010 6:17 pm

Welcome to the Week 17 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 17 People's Poll!

 1. (40) KANSAS (+1) 1000      29-2      HR-1 LR-1     AP-1, CP-1, GP-1, POM-2, RPI-1, SOS-8

Mar 3: Won vs (5) Kansas St 82-64 
Mar 6: Won at (31) Missouri 77-56

"Looks like the best team in the nation. If they're consistant during the tournament, they will win." -Hoosierguy10109

"Only team this season to make it atleast 1 week while being number 1" -Xanax

 2. KENTUCKY (+1) 947      29-2      HR-2 LR-8     AP-2, CP-2, GP-2, POM-9, RPI-3, SOS-38  

Mar 3: Won at Georgia 80-68
Mar 7: Won vs (39) Florida 74-62

"What is going to happen when they come across the type of physical play in the tournament that they didn't get in the SEC?" -Crazylegs0721

"Almost blew another one. Not looking forward to figuring out how far to carry this team in my bracket." -Canuck23

 3. SYRACUSE (-2) 921      28-3      HR-2 LR-6     AP-3, CP-3, GP-3, POM-4, RPI-4, SOS-12  

Mar 2: Won vs St Johns 88-66
Mar 6: Lost at Louisville 68-78

"The Louisville loss looks bad when you just look the numbers. But really, I think almost any team would have lost this game." -Canuck23

"Latest to fall to number one ranking curse. Or is it the curse of Louisville?" -Sportemind

 4. DUKE (E) 849      26-5      HR-4 LR-9     AP-4, CP-4, GP-4, POM-1, RPI-2, SOS-7  

Mar 3: Loat at (23) Maryland 72-79
Mar 6: Won vs N Carolina 82-50

"I guess Duke was happy getting in that final scrimmage before the real games begin." -Crazylegs0721

"Upset by Maryland and blew out North Carolina and win the ACC tournament and your the last #1 seed." -Jasonwells1982

 5. OHIO STATE (+1) 817      24-7      HR-2 LR-10     AP-5, CP-7, GP-6, POM-6, RPI-29, SOS-66  

Mar 2: Defeated Illinois 57-73

"Arguably the hottest team in the NCAA and with Turner healthy one of the best." -Pels

"I'm feeling sorry for any team that has to play Ohio St. the rest of the way." -KUnflmlbnba+

 6. NEW MEXICO (+1) 774      28-3      HR-3 LR-11     AP-8, CP-8, GP-9, POM-40, RPI-7, SOS-62  

Mar 3: Won vs TCU 73-66

"This could easily be my favorite team when the brackets come out." -Hoosierguy10109

"Will deserve a 2 seed (or one could argue a 1) if they win the MVC tourney." -KUnflmlbnba+

 7. PURDUE (+1) 757      26-4      HR-3 LR-20     AP-6, CP-5, GP-11, POM-10, RPI-11, SOS-50  

Mar 3: Won vs Indiana 74-55 
Mar 6: Won at Penn St 64-60

"Winning without Hummel, better figure it out against a good team soon." -Shaunyboy

"I know they don't have Hummel but they should still be rewarded for a great season by being seeded as a 2." -Marinoisgod

 8. WEST VIRGINIA (+2) 735      24-6      HR-4 LR-15     AP-7, CP-6, GP-5, POM-7, RPI-5, SOS-2  

Mar 1: Won vs (20) Georgetown 81-68 
Mar 6: Won at (9) Villanova 68-66(ot)

"Pulled it together this week. They may still have an outside shot at a #1 seed if they can win they Big East tournament and some teams above them lose early." -Canuck23

"What an impressive win at Villanova after a 16 point first half." -Reamo37

 9. KANSAS STATE (-4) 661      24-6      HR-5 LR-15     AP-9, CP-9, GP-8, POM-11, RPI-6, SOS-5  

Mar 3: Lost at (2) Kansas 64-82
Mar 6: Lost vs Iowa St 82-85 (ot)

"Two losses after I anoint you number 1!!!!!!!  Shame on me." -Crazylegs0721

"Rough week, but I think they've done enough this year to earn a 2 seed." -Canuck23

 10. MICHIGAN STATE (+1) 617      24-7      HR-5 LR-NR     AP-11, CP-11, GP-10, POM-23, RPI-25, SOS-48  

Mar 4: Won vs Penn St 67-65 
Mar 7: Won vs Michigan

"The good news is that they won both this week and tied for first.  The bad news, they needed a last-second shot to beat Penn St." -Sportemind

"Impressive win over Michigan may speak more to the Wolverines' woes than the Spartans' prowess.  Still, giving up 14 points in a half is clamping down on the defensive end." -Wachoosay

 11. VILLANOVA (-2) 585      24-6      HR-7 LR-18     AP-10, CP-10, GP-7, POM-15, RPI-9, SOS-23  

Mar 2: Won vs Cincinnati 77-73 
Mar 6: Lost vs (10) W Virginia 66-68(ot)

"Need to stop losing and now must win some games to get the #2 seed." -Jasonwells1982

"the 4th best team in the conference, not the 4th best #1 seed." -Jhzak

 12. BUTLER (E) 497     27-4      HR-8 LR-22     AP-12, CP-12, GP-22, POM-30, RPI-17, SOS-86  

Mar 6: CT: Plays vs Wisc-Milw

"They keep winning but they only get here cause everyone else loses. If the season were longer how long would thety win?" -Pels

"Is their lack of an inside game going to be their final undoing, or are they going to make a run to the sweet sixteen or beyond?" -Crazylegs0721

 13. WISCONSIN (+2) 472      23-7      HR-10 LR-NR     AP-13, CP-18, GP-12, POM-3, RPI-16, SOS-27

Mar 3: Won vs Iowa 67-40 
Mar 7: Won at Illinois 72-67  

Looks like they ending Illinois chances to get into the NCAA tournament." -Jasonwells1982

"They have all the ingredients to be a really good team: the coach, the inside game, the outside game and good defense.  They're healthy and ready for the Big 10 tournament." -Marinoisgod

 14. TEMPLE (E) 460      26-5      HR-6 LR-24     AP-17, CP-17, GP-13, POM-25, RPI-15, SOS-61  

Mar 3: Won at St Louis 57-51 
Mar 6: Won vs George Washington 70-57

"The Owls will wear the bullseye vs. the A10 and some desperate bubble teams." -Marinoisgod

"The Owls keep chuggin' along after a tough win at St. Louis and a home victory over George Washington.  Will they be ready for the NCAA's after what's expected to be a rugged Atlantic 10 tourney?" -Wachoosay

 15. PITTSBURGH (+2) 448      24-7      HR-9 LR-22     AP-16, CP-16, GP-14, POM-26, RPI-10, SOS-10  

Mar 4: Won vs Providence 73-71 
Mar 6: Won vs Rutgers 83-54

"Game against Providence was a lot closer than most fans would have hoped I'm sure." -Canuck23

"Winning against teams they should coming down the stretch, which is more than you can say for a lot of teams right now." -Shaunyboy

 16. TENNESSEE (E) 402      23-7      HR-8 LR-25     AP-15, CP-13, GP-16, POM-27, RPI-13, SOS-22  

Mar 3: Won vs Arkansas 80-73 
Mar 6: Won at Mississippi St 75-59

"Never expected them to still be here at this point in the year after the early season line-up shake-up. Kudos to this team for sticking it out and ending up here." -Canuck23

"Exciting? Check.  Intriguing?  Check.  Consistent enough to hit the Elite Eight?  Not so fast there, Vols." -Schildkrotte

 17. BAYLOR (+4) 331      24-6      HR-12 LR-NR     AP-21, CP-20, GP-17, POM-12, RPI-8, SOS-18  

Mar 2: Won at Texas Tech 86-68 
Mar 6: Won vs (26) Texas 92-77

"King of Texas, beat the other three Texas teams these past two weeks." -Sportemind

"This is my dark horse pick to be a Final 4 contender. Don't sleep on Baylor! Udoh, Tweety and Dunn are a force to be reckon with!" -KUnflmlbnba+

 18. MARYLAND (+5) 310      23-7      HR-9 LR-24     AP-19, CP-19, GP-19, POM-8, RPI-19, SOS-20  

Mar 3: Won vs (4) Duke 79-72 
Mar 6: Won at Virginia 74-68

"Were disappointing in nonconference, but have really found their groove in conference play." -Sportemind

"Vasquez has vaulted himself into All-American discussions.  Great scene @ College Park. At least during the game." -Marinoisgod

 19. GONZAGA (-1) 287      26-5      HR-12 LR-NR     AP-18, CP-14, GP-20, POM-48, RPI-36, SOS-119  

Mar 7: CT: Won vs Loyola-Marymount 77-62

"Have been playing like a legit tourney contender the WCC title game should be a good warm up for them." -Shaunyboy

"The Bulldogs avenged one of their conference losses with a physically grueling game against Loyola Marymount.  Next up is St. Mary's, a team which desperately wants to beat them." -Wachoosay

 20. VANDERBILT (-7) 264      23-7      HR-14 LR-NR     AP-20, CP-23, GP-15, POM-32, RPI-22, SOS-25  

Mar 3: Won at (39) Florida 64-60 
Mar 6: Lost vs S Carolina 73-77

"Biggest drop - I like this team but they had SC beat and disappeared witht he SEC on the line. No Heart!" -Pels

"There's really no excuse for that home loss to South Carolina--none." -Schildkrotte

 21. BYU (-2) 231      28-4      HR-11 LR-NR     AP-14, CP-15, GP-24, POM-5, RPI-23, SOS-110  

Mar 3: Won at Utah 71-51 
Mar 6: Won at TCU 107-77

"Thankfully, they got a couple of cupcakes for Fredette to practice against, but he still doesn't seem to have the full mojo going on yet.  The Cougars need him to be at the top of his game to get past the first weekend unscathed." -Schildkrotte

"Can't beat New Mexico so just how far will they go with the Big Boys?" -Pels

 22. TEXAS AnM (E) 221      22-8      HR-16 LR-NR     AP-23, CP-24, GP-18, POM-21, RPI-11, SOS-6  

Mar 3: Won vs (27) Oklahoma St 76-61 
Mar 6: Won at Oklahoma 69-54

"A couple of fifteen point wins and two Kansas St losses vault them into a tie for second." -Sportemind

"Handled Oklahoma State and Oklahoma to head into the Big 12 Tournament with momentum.  Talented and enigmatic some of the time.  This team could be a tournament sleeper." -Wachoosay

 23. GEORGETOWN (-3) 127      20-9      HR-17 LR-NR     AP-22, CP-22, GP-21, POM-20, RPI-14, SOS-1  

Mar 4: Lost at (10) W Virginia 66-81
Mar 6: Won vs Cincinnati 74-47

"Looked liek they were venting in the stomping they gave Cincy, hopefully that helped right the ship." -Shaunyboy

"I guess to avoid a poll attack, I'll place them back on the poll, because I'm bettign that somehow they will be a top 15 in both pollls." -Jhzak

 24. XAVIER (+1) 113      23-7      HR-18 LR-NR     AP-24, CP-27, GP-26, POM-19, RPI-21, SOS-45  

Mar 3: Won at Fordham 82-56 
Mar 7: Won vs St Bonaventure 93-72

"One of the more dangerous teams that can put a real scare into a 2 or 3 seed." -Crazylegs0721

"Need to knock of Temple to get the seed they would like." -Shaunyboy

 25. UTEP (-1) 73      24-5      HR-15 LR-NR     AP-25, CP-21, GP-25, POM-39, RPI-40, SOS-116  

Mar 2: Won at Marshall 80-76 
Mar 6: Won vs UAB 52-50

"Great comeback this week vs. a really good UAB team. Culpepper is a special gaurd." -Marinoisgod

"Dodged a couple of bullets with wins at Marshall (by 4) and home to UAB (by 2).  Like Utah State, the Miners could still make the NCAA's even if they lose in the CUSA Tourney in Tulsa." -Wachoosay

Biggest jump: Maryland (+5)              Biggest fall: Vanderbilt (-7)      

Others receiving votes: Richmond 19, Northern Iowa 19, Texas 13, Utah State 12, Louisville 9, Clemson 7, Wake Forest 7, Notre Dame 6, Cornell 5, Missouri 3, Virginia Tech 2, Florida State 1, Morgan State 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  (.0306)
  2. Big 10  (.0501)
  3. Big East  (.0605) 
  4. ACC  (.0709)
  5. SEC (.1002) 
  6. Mountain West (.1203)
  7. Atlantic 10 (.1208) 
  8. West Coast  (.1707) 
  9. Horizon (.1904) 
  10. Ivy (.2113)  
  11. Missouri Valley (.2211) 
  12. Western Athletic (.2212)
  13. USA (.2310) 
  14. MEAC (.2714)   

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

The People's Poll Awards!

Coach of the year: Steve Alford
HM: Jim Boeheim, Jamie Dixon, Mike Krzyewski, John Calipari, Frank Martin, Scott Drew

Player of the year: Evan Turner
HM: John Wall, Cole Aldrich, Sherron Collins

Frosh of the year: John Wall
HM: DeMarcu Cousins, Chris Gaston

TPP All American Team:

1st Team:

  • Evan Turner
  • John Wall
  • James Anderson
  • Scottie Reynolds
  • DeMarcus Cousins

2nd Team:

  • Cole Aldrich
  • Greives Vasquez
  • Luke Harangody
  • Wesley Johnson
  • John Scheyer

3rd Team:

  • Sherron Collins
  • Damion James
  • De'Sean Butler
  • Al-Farouq Aminu
  • Greg Monroe

HM: Devin Downey, Omar Samhin, Kyle Singler, JuJuan Johnson, Andy Rautins

TPP Final Four Picks:

  • Kansas
  • Syracuse
  • Ohio State
  • Duke

HM: West Virginia, Kentucky, Villanova, New Mexico, Michigan State, Baylor, Kansas State, maryland, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Gonzaga

TPP Predicted Champ: Kansas

What!?! How can ____ not be ranked! Or how did ____ get a first place vote? Click here to check out TPP Poll Attacks!

Thanks to Hammerboyy, Lobofan2003, Canuck23, KUnflmlbnba+ and everyone who voted! Don't forget to check out the
People's Poll Group! 


Since: Feb 4, 2010
Posted on: March 11, 2010 3:21 pm

The People's Poll: Week 17

Ya UCONN totally bombed this year.  They were 10th in the preseason and now wont even make the dance.  If Jim Calhoun gets invited to the NIT, i don't think he should take it.  The team has showed they cant win games... For me, I'm just glad i don't have to watch them lose anymore.  This is coming from a bigtime husky fan too, but right now the big dance is a little less big

Since: Jan 4, 2010
Posted on: March 11, 2010 5:45 am

The People's Poll: Week 17

Totally objective blog (LOL).  Perhaps wishful thinking that UK does not make it to the Final Four because good ole KU is afraid of the competition.  The only one thing I envy KU for is Samantha Ryan.  Just picture her in a PG13 movie with our Ashley Judd.  

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2010 9:40 am

The angst is becoming comical ...

People just hate Kentucky. Plain and simple. I can't say it any differently.

I don't know, maybe it's the coach? Maybe it's the talent?

Look at the Top 5. Nothing but praise for these teams ... expcept Kentucky. Not a single positive note.

I have to wonder if we'd lost more games like Syracuse or West Virgina ... instead of pulling out close wins like we have, would people have more positive things to say? The answer is no, they wouldn't. But, they probably wouldn't hate us as much.

Since: Feb 28, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2010 1:14 pm

The People's Poll: Week 17

Thanks, Jawhk, for the great season and all the work you put in!  I am so sorry I missed that last one... that's a bummer....

Thanks for everyone involved, canuck for the Poll attacks, hammerboyy for the reviews, Lobofan and others for the previews.  It has been great fun... now for the Madness :)

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2010 10:59 pm

The People's Poll: Week 17

Thanks Jawk for all your work. Another good year and should be a fun and wide open tournament. I've really enjoyed it and hope to see you all again next year. Good luck to all

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2010 10:06 pm

The People's Poll: Week 17

This year's final Poll Attacks can be found .

Thanks for a great season Jawhk and everyone else. See you all next year.

Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2010 4:18 pm

The People's Poll: Week 17

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Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2010 3:38 pm

The People's Poll: Week 17

Jawhk, thanks for running the Poll this year.    I will be back next year.

If any one has questions on NCAA Tourney history check this

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2010 3:23 pm

The People's Poll: Week 17

Wow, Kentucky is #2 in the nation and not predicted in the final four...

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2010 2:53 pm

The People's Poll: Week 17

Kind of surprising that a lot of those pre-season ranked teams won't make the tournament even with how week the bubble is, just a testament to how bad pre-season rankings are at actually guessing good teams.

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