Tom Crean cost himself an AP vote by beating Michigan State and Purdue.
I know that sounds crazy.
But it's true and the focus of the Poll Attacks.
Associated Press poll: I've been on this Indiana thing for a few weeks because I don't understand how presumed intelligent reporters could watch basketball and/or look at bodies of work of basketball teams and conclude the Hoosiers didn't deserve to be ranked. I had to jump the 15 voters who didn't rank IU two Mondays ago, and that number dwindled to seven last week. It was better, obviously. But seven voters were still wrong.
Now only one voter is still wrong.
It's Jason Franchuk from the Provo Daily Herald.
He somehow decided to omit Indiana from his ballot even though the Hoosiers are:
- 24-7 overall.
- on a four-game winning streak.
- the owners of wins over No. 1 Kentucky, No. 7 Ohio State and No. 8 Michigan State.
- ranked 10th at KenPom.com and 12th at CollegeRPI.com.
- 8-4 against the Top 50 and 11-5 against the Top 100.
I don't care if you hate Tom Crean, cream and crimson, John Cougar Mellencamp and Norman Dale -- I don't even care if you're a Purdue fan -- there's no reasonable way to keep Indiana off a Top 25 ballot. It stupid. It makes no sense.
But you know what makes less sense?
The fact that Jason had Indiana ranked 22nd last week.
Jason had Indiana ranked 22nd last week. Then he watched Indiana beat Michigan State and Purdue to move from 22-7 to 24-7. Then he dropped the Hoosiers straight off his ballot. I'm just gonna assume that's an oversight. Has to be, right? Otherwise, man, I don't know.
Coaches poll: It's clearly just a coach throwing an off-the-radar program a bone, so I don't really mind it much. Honestly, I don't mind it all. But Montana getting a vote in the coaches poll is a little silly. Yes, the Grizzlies are the Big Sky's regular-season champions, and their 10-game winning streak has moved their record to 23-6. But they're 2-3 against the Top 100 with three losses outside the Top 130, and that's just not a rankable resume. Again, it neither matters much nor bothers me much. But that doesn't make it any less wrong.