There was a tournament in Puerto Rico this past weekend.
Apparently nobody watched it.
Which was bad for them but good for the Poll Attacks.
AP poll: This week let's just examine the ballot of George Geise of the Great Falls Tribune in Montana, who clearly has no idea what happened in the Puerto Rico Tip-off and thus has one of the craziest ballots of all the AP voters. Consider that he doesn't have Xavier on his ballot even though Xavier beat Missouri, Virginia Tech and Memphis to win the event, and that wouldn't be so bad if not for the fact that he ranked the teams that finished second (Memphis), third (Seton Hall) and sixth (USC) in the tournament.
Seriously, Geise has Memphis at No. 13, USC at No. 19 and Seton Hall at No. 24.
But he omitted Xavier completely.
They must not have ESPN2 in Montana.
That's the only explanation.
Coaches poll: The coaches poll has never seemed practical to me because the reality is that most coaches don't have time to keep up with what's going on around the nation. Coaches run practices, handle media requests, meet with boosters, recruit and scout upcoming opponents, and if you've ever talked to a coach you know there's a good chance he has no idea what's happening outside of his league or with the teams on his schedule.
Proof of this came in this week's coaches poll.
Because Southern California got four votes.
(So George Geise isn't the only one not paying attention.)
Look, you won't find a bigger fan of USC's talent and potential than me; I love what that team might be in March. But right now the Trojans are 3-2 with losses to Seton Hall and Missouri, and thus in no position to be on anybody's Top 25 ballot. Still, the Trojans got four votes, which is hilarious because it's four more than Seton Hall and Missouri combined to get in the coaches poll. In other words, USC has two losses to two teams that no coach felt worthy of a Top 25 ranking, and yet the Trojans still made their way onto at least one coach's ballot.
I wonder if the guilty coach is from Montana?
That could explain a lot.