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The Poll Attacks: Voter drops IU after two wins

Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:04 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2012 8:10 pm
 
By Gary Parrish

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?

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.

Seriously.

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.

Comments

Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:10 pm
 

The Poll Attacks: Voter drops IU after two wins

It's ok America for the disrespect.... it will be setteled in Las Vegas in the 2nd round .. UNM by 5....



Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:04 pm
 

The Poll Attacks: Voter drops IU after two wins

does unlv have a 2012 campionship banner or rings?



Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:02 pm
 

The Poll Attacks: Voter drops IU after two wins

I'm from the 70's you win you move up you lose you move down but now we have 7 and 9 loss teams in the to 20... rpi means nothing..stringht of schecule some what but it is how good you are! Why does the eye test only come out with Jay Bilias at the end of the season  it is how good you are! .... it's common sense in the end why is it not in the begining?



Since: Jan 2, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:56 pm
 

The Poll Attacks: Voter drops IU after two wins

UNLV beat NM at home by 20 too.



Since: Sep 19, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:48 pm
 

The Poll Attacks: Voter drops IU after two wins

I agree that UNM should be ranked. I disagree they should be ahead of UNLV. They are 1 game better in conf. And they lingering fact remains they have like 1 good win in non conf. UNLV beat UNC and they went undefeated at home. If you look game for game there is no question as to who should be ranked higher. If UNM beats Vegas in the MWC tournament I will change my tune and so will others but until then they have it correct.



Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:40 pm
 

The Poll Attacks: Voter drops IU after two wins

how can anyone vote unlv above UNM? unlv lost UNM won two games and a conference championship! All of these other teams loose and nothing happens no penelty but UNM fights biasness all year winning numours games in a row  then back down... got news for you the champs of the Mountain West are New Mexico not unlv which UNM has beaten along with sdsu...



Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:28 pm
 

I don't even care if you're a Purdue fan ...

...If ya are, You gotta know in Southbend they say Rudy woulda been a starter there! No malice intended. LOL!




Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:40 pm
 

The Poll Attacks: Voter drops IU after two wins

Franchuk tweeted his apology and said it was an editing error.



Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:37 pm
 

The Poll Attacks: Voter drops IU after two wins

The moron also had Florida 13th. In absolutely no way can you defend that. Florida is on a 3 game losing streak and their best win is against Vandy (at home). My guess is he was on vacation last week and paid no attention to college basketball since he has a team that lost both games last week at 13 and a team that one both games last week (including one over a top 10 team and the other to a tourney team) unranked. The ballot should honestly just be a fan vote.....it would be just as ridiculous.



Since: Jan 2, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:17 pm
 

The Poll Attacks: Voter drops IU after two wins

Pretty sure it's some kind of bias against Indiana.  It's not the first time he's had Indiana unranked after a huge win (i.e. Kentucky).  His reasoning then was "He doesn't believe in 'lucky shots,' or game winners being the source of a good win.  He probably failed to mention that he didn't watch a single minute of the game as Indiana led for a majority of the game.  In close, what a toolish dolt.


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