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The Poll Attacks: Voter drops KU, just because

Posted on: February 27, 2012 3:42 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2012 3:48 pm
 
By Gary Parrish

Associated Press poll: Fletcher Mackel had Kansas ranked fourth last week.

That was a little high at the time, in my opinion.

But whatever.

I could live with it because after Kentucky and Syracuse the next few spots were up for debate, and KU at No. 4 wasn't unreasonable. So I left Fletcher alone and focused my attention on the 15 AP voters who inexplicably left Indiana off their ballots. But now I have to highlight Fletcher because he's confusing the hell out of me. Again, he had Kansas fourth last week. The Jayhawks then won at Texas A&M and beat Missouri to claim at least a share of the Big 12 title, and now Fletcher has Bill Self's team ranked ... seventh?

Yes, seventh.

So this might be the first time in the history of AP voting that a man has dropped a team three spots after a 2-0 week that featured a win over a Top 10 opponent. Fletcher had Kansas ahead of everybody except Kentucky, Syracuse and Missouri last week. Now he's got Kansas behind Kentucky, Syracuse, Duke, Michigan State, North Carolina and Marquette -- meaning Duke, Michigan State, North Carolina and Marquette all jumped the Jayhawks after the Jayhawks' perfect and impressive week. Following tha logic, my guess is that KU will beat Oklahoma State and Texas this week, win the outright Big 12 title and then fall behind Georgetown, Wisconsin and UNLV on Fletcher's ballot next Monday, at which point Fletcher will also drop Thomas Robinson to Third Team All-American because all this playing well and winning isn't really that impressive.

Coaches poll: Mississippi State has lost five straight games and four of them have come to unranked opponents. So of course the Bulldogs are still getting five points in the coaches poll. That makes sense, right?

Listen, I know coaches are busy this time of the year.

I'm busy this time of the year.

But it's not difficult to click on CBSSports.com and realize the Bulldogs are now a 10-loss team with seven losses to unranked schools, and it doesn't take much time to click on CBSSports.com and see that Rick Stansbury's team has dropped five straight, including a 67-50 decision on Saturday to a nine-loss Alabama team. I'm talking seconds, not minutes. And yet there are still some men somewhere putting Mississippi State on a Top 25 ballot.

Even Mississippi State fans think that's dumb.

Renardo Sidney has punched teammates for things less stupid.

Comments

Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 5:27 pm
 

The Poll Attacks: Voter drops KU, just because

I think the winner of it all is  between  Kentucky  UNC  or Duke

I may add Syracuse to the list but I need to know one thing first before I do.

How many teams in the last say 15 years has won it all USING A  2 - 3   ZONE?

Anyone KNOW?

THANKS



Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 5:22 pm
 

The Poll Attacks: Voter drops KU, just because

Gary:
   Why do you still have  NOTRE DAME in your top 25 and ONE.  They have 9 losses. COMEON> what's up
   Also you always seem to OVERRANK the big10 teams WHY?
   also WHY DO YOU MICH ST AHEAD OF UNC ..remember the 25 point spanking?
   also WHY do you have FLORIDA so high..lord
   also  WHY dont you have    HARVARD  ranked??
   also  WHY so many  7 8 9 loss teams??
   Do you think that you ALONE knows that any of your 7 8 9 loss teams are better than teams with 4 or 5 losses? please explain
   Also WHY DO YOU HAVE   MURRAY STATE with ONE loss  ranked SO LOW?
   You just pick and choose and then pick on others with the same logic as you with your poll attacks?



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 5:02 pm
 

The Poll Attacks: Voter drops KU, just because

It's not like Gonzaga has been beating up on top 25 teams either. They only have one less loss to unranked teams than Creighton, but at least Creighton does have a win over a ranked team. Creighton doesn't have the strongest credentials but I don't think there is reason to bash them when they are ranked a lowley #24 and 25. There would have been a better arguement when they were in the top 15.



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 4:44 pm
 

The Poll Attacks: Voter drops KU, just because

Renardo Sidney has punched teammates for things less stupid.

Owned.



Since: Jan 19, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2012 4:28 pm
 

The Poll Attacks: Voter drops KU, just because

My poll bashing is centered on Creighton. They have 5 losses to unranked teams. The closest ranked team they have even played was Wichita State. Why are they in the Coaches and AP Polls over even the Zag's?



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