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The Poll Attacks

Posted on: January 30, 2012 3:29 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 3:46 pm
 
By Gary Parrish

Wisconsin should be on everybody's ballot.

Connecticut shouldn't be on anybody's ballot.

I'll explain why in great detail in this edition of the Poll Attacks.

Associated Press poll: Three voters aren't including Wisconsin on their ballots.

That makes no sense considering Wisconsin is ...
  • 17-5 overall, 6-3 in the Big Ten.
  • on a five-game winning streak.
  • the owner of wins over No. 11 UNLV and No. 20 Indiana.
  • the owner of just one loss to a currently unranked team.
  • ranked No. 2 at KenPom.com with a defense that ranks second nationally.

I seriously can't think of any way to justify not having Wisconsin on a Top 25 ballot.

So who are the guilty parties?

One of them Jack Bogaczyk. He didn't rank Wisconsin but he did rank Louisville -- a school that has one more loss to a currently unranked team than Wisconsin has and two fewer wins (i.e., zero total) over a currently ranked team than Wisconsin possesses. Another one of them is Steve Wiseman. He didn't rank Wisconsin but he did rank Harvard -- a school that has one more loss to a currently unranked team than Wisconsin has and one fewer win over a currently ranked team than Wisconsin possesses. And the third one is Nick Jezierny. He didn't rank Wisconsin but he did rank Connecticut ... and I'm about to explain just how silly Nick is for doing that.

Coaches poll: You know how many losses Connecticut has to currently unranked teams? Six. You know how many wins Connecticut has over currently ranked teams? Two. And the Huskies have lost three straight and five of their past seven. And yet somehow Jim Calhoun's team is still getting 21 points in the coaches poll (and two points in the AP poll thanks to my buddy Nick, who has UConn 24th on his ballot).

My question: How could anybody vote for Connecticut right now?

I mean, I like the roster, too.

But the team is undeniably average.

The Huskies have played 20 games and accomplished very little. They've lost to UCF on a neutral, to Seton Hall, Rutgers and Tennessee on the road, and to Cincinnati and Notre Dame at home, and none of those schools are in the latest coaches poll. The best wins are over No. 23 Harvard, No. 24 Florida State and unranked West Virginia, and two of those wins (FSU and Harvard) occurred ages ago. So, again, how could anybody vote for Connecticut right now? The only explanation is that a handful of coaches must've accidentally submitted ballots from last season. Either that or a handful of coaches are dumb or careless or both. And I'm actually surprised that Nick is the one writer voting for UConn because he's a knowledgeable lad. So I felt compelled to ask for an explanation. He responded with this: "I'm giving UConn [the] benefit of the doubt. I think no one wants to see them in March, but I can see why you want to attack me."

I was somewhat OK with that response because Nick basically acknowledged that his UConn vote isn't based on actual results of games. He just assumes the Huskies will be good eventually, and that's good enough for him. Granted, that's not how I believe somebody should be voting in late January. But whatever. At least Nick knows UConn doesn't have a body of work that's worthy of a Top 25 vote. That's all I wanted him to realize.

But he couldn't stop there.

My man just had to Tweet again.

"And I still think it would be a better use of your time to write about one of 340 men's bball teams than analyze ballots," Nick typed, to which I responded: "And I think it would be a better use of your time to watch Connecticut."
Comments

Since: May 19, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 8:23 am
 

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JayGilly....that's the most intelligent post on this thread.



Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 8:07 am
 

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I always thought the argument for BB was that the poll didn't matter because it is all settled during March. in the tourney. Who really cares, this will all be settled by the end of March, early April.



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 7:00 am
 

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Hey, Pitinohead... haven't done your homework, have you?  Louisville is 5-5 in there last 10.  Wisconsin is 7-3 in there last 10.  So how does that make Louisville better.?  Both are 17-5 but Louisville has been struggling as of late.  And I am an Indiana fan (sigh!!!).  Give Wisconsin their due. Bo has always done a great coaching job up there.  Siva is terrible. Would love to see them sit Siva and play some of the bench players instead of him.



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:20 am
 

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Lest the OSU fans have forgotten, Ohio State is the only team in NCAA history to have their #1 teams in both football and basketball beaten by the same opponent in the same academic year. And not only that, they have had this happen twice - once to Wisconsin, and once to Florida.
 Lame post. How many times does any University have a #1 ranked team in both sports during an academic year? Really reaching.



Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:08 am
 

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That West Virginia circus that was starting to get their panties in a wad over what they considered to be disrespect of their team in the polls sure has gotten quiet in a hurry.



Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:58 pm
 

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You spew nonsense. Wait until Wisconsin wins a national championship bEfore one can comment that it was moronic not to put theM in the top 25 , as opposed to u conn based on the body of work done this year. I guess you also think we should give your lebron less cavs the benefit of the doubt over the heat until the heat wins another championship. Simply put what happened last year when you have kimba walker doesn't win games this year without him. Uconn is a well coached team that hasn't beaten anybody this year. Hence no need to put them in the top 25 for any reason other than you like John calhoun



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:53 pm
 

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Fickell was 1-0 against Wisconsin so what's your point?



Since: Sep 4, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:39 pm
 

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well when wisconsin wins a national title in either sport ,you can run ur mouth jackass.I am always amazed at how people who's team doesn't have near the resume of the team there bashing run off at the mouth . For example ... Until we win as many football titles as Alabama (which would be difficult for many to match ) I will never talk smack to them ever. Why would I .We havent accomplished near what they have . Are you following this line of thinking ?



Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:25 pm
 

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Lest the OSU fans have forgotten, Ohio State is the only team in NCAA history to have their #1 teams in both football and basketball beaten by the same opponent in the same academic year. And not only that, they have had this happen twice - once to Wisconsin, and once to Florida.

I wonder where they have that listed on the wall of OSU accomplishments? Probably right next to the list of NCAA sanctions.



Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:15 pm
 

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Locknloller, being an OSU fan, I can understand your hatred of Wisconsin. After all, Tressel's record against the Badgers was a meager 4-4, and Motta's record is a dismal 5-9. In fact, under those 2 coaches, Wisconsin is the ONLY Big Ten team to have a winning record vs. OSU. And yet your lovely programs have both had major sanctions against them, while Wisconsin continues to excel vs. OSU with what you call meager talent and coaching.

Wow, that must taste bitter, eh?


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