(The Week 10 People's Poll can be found here)
The People's Poll is meant to provide a voice to the average college basketball fan, free from media and homer bias. Sometimes, the people need to be reminded of this. The result: The People's Poll Attack!
Oh I love this time of year. Playoff football, conference season, and… 24! Jack Bauer is back baby! Haha, alright, on to business.
Poll of the Week
Uh-oh, we have a new winner… wachoosay!
And boy is this poll interesting. Let’s break it down…
Vanderbilt. They’re a pretty decent team, who has performed well overall against a pretty decent schedule. A win at St. Mary’s is impressive. Losses to three unranked teams isn’t so great, which is exactly what they have with losses to Cincinnati, Illinois, and Western Kentucky. Also, considering that they are 3-3 against the top 75, that hurts them a bit. Are they worthy of being ranked? Most definitely. Slotted in at 13… I don’t think so.
Especially when you consider that the poll has Wisconsin (wins over Duke and Purdue) at 22, Purdue (wins over West Virginia and Tennessee) at 23, and Georgetown (wins over Temple, Butler and Connecticut) at 24.
Oh yeah, Louisiana Tech is also ranked at 15. All but four of us have them unranked, which is surprising as it is shocking we overlooked a team that is 1-2 against the top 75 and has a strength of schedule of 248. Like I said, it was an interesting poll.
Special shout-out to my buddy nekco (c’mon, you didn’t think I’d forget him did you?) for ranking the UConn Huskies at 14 this week. Hey, that’s bad, but at least I finally convinced him to get Missouri State out of his rankings. I’ll take whatever small wins I can get.
Also to Rebelhoops914 – welcome to the poll! I’d strongly reconsider some of your slotting though. Baylor at 11… really?
Those guilty of blatant omissions have left a consensus top 15 team out of their poll, with the consensus being the AP, Coaches, GP and People's polls. While everyone's entitled to their opinion, these people are pushing it:
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sprawlnuts West Virginia
For some closing comments, I’d like to say that pollsters in general deserve a pat on the back. This job is becoming harder and harder by the week. That’s for the best though, the harder this job becomes, the more rationale voters are when completing their polls. Keep up the good work everyone!
Until next time!
p.s. the Jack Bauer Kill Count stands at 3 for anyone unfortunate enough to not be watching.