(The Week 14 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.
Poll of the Week
It was a tough one this week, as we're getting a lot of conformity in the polls now that we've got only about a month until Selection Sunday. So while I've singled someone out, this may be the weakest "Poll of the Week" yet.
The winner this week has been here before... wachoosay.
UTEP is currently leading Conference USA with a 10-1 record. However, this doesn't quite mean as much this year with Memphis in a full blown rebuilding year. They have an RPI of 56, but a SOS of 131. They also have only 1 win over a possible NCAA team (UAB), and a 10 point loss to a bad Houston team. Overall, I can understand how a case can be made for them to be ranked, but 18th seems too high. Especially ahead of teams such as Vanderbilt, BYU, Wake Forest and Temple.
Ranking Utah State is also a stretch in my opinion, as the WAC is a one-bid league (i.e. leading the league isn't that special), they've beat only 1 likely tourney team (BYU) and have losses to Utah and Long Beach State.
Like I said above, weak attack.
Special shout-outs to:
- Pels, wachoosay, and THE MAN... their rankings of Butler seem a tad high at 11, 11 and 8 respectively. Yes they've strung together a number of wins, but its against weak competition. I can't help but think back to their struggles earlier against tougher competition and how they are 2-3 against the Top 50. Top 15 seems to high for this team in my eyes. I feel that 18-20 is highest I can go with this team.
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:
- reamo --> New Mexico
- Badgers Ballers --> West Virginia
- theriverrock --> Wisconsin (yes the Coaches' Poll has them at 16, but they also had Duke ahead of Georgetown last week... close enough)
- Duckbill30 --> Gonzaga
Until next time!