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Duke No. 1 in Coaches' Poll...Why?

Posted on: February 21, 2011 1:39 pm
 


Posted by MATT JONES


The Coaches' Poll is a joke. I know it, you know it and the American people know it. The actual coaches who allegedly participate (you and I both know that in reality it is the Sports Information Director or some assistant to the coach who completes the poll each week) never do as good a job of analyzing the teams as those in the media. Thus you inevitably end up with some odd assortment of teams, usually based upon a pick by number "which team didn't lose this week" system that requires little thought and no analysis.


But even with my usual low expectations for the poll of coaches, this week was still shockingly bad. I will freely admit that picking a No. 1 team in America this week was difficult. With the top four teams all losing last week, figuring out which to place on top of the heap could lead to a varying set of opinions. But one thing is certain. You couldn't really decide which team was the best in America by simply going down the list and finding the highest team that didn't take a loss. No group of minds would be so simplistic as to use that strategy to pick a top team, would they?


Yes they would. For reasons only known to the underlings in the athletic departments who made the list, the coaches picked Duke to be the No. 1 team in America. Ignoring every bit of logic or reason that exists, the coaches went with the one indefensible pick for the top spot.  You can make a reasonable case for the other five contenders:


Ohio State: Two losses, both to teams who are perfect at home on the season. The Buckeyes were in both games and both teams to which they lost will be a top four seed in March. Ohio State is also the most complete all around team in America and probably the best suited to face the variety of attacks they will face in March.


Kansas: The Jayhawks are No. 1 in the RPI (although that is becoming less and less important as our statistical knowledge increases), are 7-2 versus the top 50 overall and one of the two losses is to a fellow Top 5 team. The Kansas State loss was bad, but for a team that has otherwise dominated opponents, they can't be forgotten on the heels of one effort.


Pittsburgh: The forgotten team in the group. Pittsburgh has beaten 7 teams in the Top 25.  No one else is close. The Panthers play in the best conference and have a win over fellow contender Texas. Dropping Pitt to sixth means that you as a voter simply saw they were in 4th last week and thought, "well I must punish them by dropping them two spots," without recognizing that the loss occurred on the home floor of a team with five Top 20 home defeats.


Texas: The team playing the best basketball in America. The Longhorns have the most talent, have only lost once in conference and are crushing teams in every manner possible. Plus, they have the best win of the season, a road victory at Kansas. Yes there are four losses on the resume, but if we are picking the best team, Texas is it.,


San Diego State: I don't like the case for the Aztecs, but one at least exists. They only have one loss, it is to fellow Top 8 team BYU and they have beaten Gonzaga, Wichita State, St. Mary's and UNLV, all of which will be NCAA contenders. If total losses are most important to you, then San Diego State wins. Plus, at least this year, the Mountain West is pretty close to the ACC overall.


The only team I can't understand putting in the top spot is Duke. The Blue Devils were embarrassed at St. John's (contrast that with how Pittsburgh played the Johnnies this week) and have only ONE game (nevermind win) against the Top 25 in college basketball. The ACC is painfully weak and all of Duke's best victories are over likely bubble teams. With the same number of losses as Ohio State and Kansas, a much weaker resume than Pittsburgh and Texas and less overall wins in a similar conference than San Diego State, how can you pick the Blue Devils?


Oh, I know. Because they were the highest team that didn't lose last week. Nice job once again coaches. 
 


Comments

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2011 4:37 pm
 

Duke No. 1 in Coaches' Poll...Why?

Whats funny is, the media has Duke #1 too. Sometimes, when it comes to polls its about what you did in the most recent week. Thats why Texas is near the top with 4 losses. If all four of those losses came in the last 4 or 5 weeks, then Texas would be below number 10, kinda like A&M has 5 losses, but most were recent so they have dropped alot of spots. Is Duke the best team in the country? Maybe Not. But I woulda been more certain that they werent last year and look what happened. Duke may not have the highest quality wins compared to the other teams, but also neither of their losses were bad. The only team with a strong case to be above Duke THIS WEEK is Ohio State, with losses to two top 15 teams away. But just like in Football, the later i the season you lose, the more it hurts your ranking



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Duke No. 1 in Coaches' Poll...Why?

Unc and St johns. 1+1=2 Take your hater shades off. Besides Pitt, those other teams havent proven much either as to why they should be ranked ahead just coming off losses,and BYU is so over rated, them and SDSU can beat up on each other and their weak lil conference all they want. They are nobodys in any other conference.
Really???  I was under the impression they were BLOWN OUT by St. John's.  Gosh, must have won that amazing victory in Dukie world.  1+0=1, math whiz.



Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2011 3:24 pm
 

Duke No. 1 in Coaches' Poll...Why?

UNC and ...?  The ACC is down this year.  Get over it, Dukie.  P.S. If BYU beats SDSU again, I'd take BYU over Duke.  The bodies of work of tOSU, Texas, Pitt, and even Kansas are ALL better than Duke.  Take off your white and blue glasses.

Unc and St johns. 1+1=2 Take your hater shades off. Besides Pitt, those other teams havent proven much either as to why they should be ranked ahead just coming off losses,and BYU is so over rated, them and SDSU can beat up on each other and their weak lil conference all they want. They are nobodys in any other conference.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2011 3:08 pm
 

Duke No. 1 in Coaches' Poll...Why?

PS Duke currently has 2 wins over ranked opponents. Shouldnt you know this being a sports columnist? Or is this Parrish's secretary writing a article to stick up for his blown top 25 and 1.
UNC and ...?  The ACC is down this year.  Get over it, Dukie.  P.S. If BYU beats SDSU again, I'd take BYU over Duke.  The bodies of work of tOSU, Texas, Pitt, and even Kansas are ALL better than Duke.  Take off your white and blue glasses.



Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2011 2:36 pm
 

Duke No. 1 in Coaches' Poll...Why?

So now that those in your media made them #1, what do you say now idiot? Texas is the best team because??? you say so? How can you even say Kansas?? There stats are similar to Dukes and yet just lost to a team Duke already beat. Plus, you being a sports columnist somehow, must have obviously seen that they just suspended one of their starters. Dont think that will effect them in anyway? What is CBS major biased and beef with Duke? Im sure if it was BYU in 5th that moved in front of everyone that lost you would have no problem with that. RPI is garbage this year, so out of whack. I will take Pomeroy over it easily.

PS Duke currently has 2 wins over ranked opponents. Shouldnt you know this being a sports columnist? Or is this Parrish's secretary writing a article to stick up for his blown top 25 and 1.



Since: Feb 1, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2011 2:34 pm
 

Duke No. 1 in Coaches' Poll...Why?

When I seen this putrid team Duke #1 I could not believe it, The coaches poll sucks big time and is soo very bias especially against the Big East which just happens to be the best conference in the nation. Too bad the idiots that vote cannot and will not be fair to all the teams, no they have to suck up to Duke, which is lucky to be in the top 10 yet alone #1. Take away the coaches voting rights once and for all.



Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2011 2:01 pm
 

Duke No. 1 in Coaches' Poll...Why?

kenpom, idiot.  I know, mathas has a proven Dukie bias



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