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The Poll Attacks

Posted on: March 2, 2009 5:05 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2009 6:56 pm

Taylor Rochestie's game-winning shot was great this weekend, I admit.

But great enough to put Washington State on somebody's ballot?

Not. Even. Close. Bud.

It's time to Poll Attack !

AP poll: Myron Medcalf of the Minneapolis Star Tribune ranked Pittsburgh eighth, and that's not even the craziest thing about his ballot. No, the craziest thing about his ballot is that he has Washington State ranked 22nd, which would make sense if the season started Feb. 21, because Washington State has been pretty good since Feb. 21, and the Cougars deserve some credit for that.

But a national ranking?


Washington State is currently sixth in the Pac-10 standings, 8-9 in the league and 16-13 overall. That alone suggests the Cougars shouldn't be anywhere near an AP ballot, and if you look closer it gets worse. They are 0-3 against the top 25 (in the RPI), 4-8 against the top 50, 5-11 against the top 100 and 10-13 against the top 200, meaning Tony Bennett's team actually has a losing record in games where their opponent doesn't have an RPI worse than 200.

Ranking somebody with that body of work is inexplicable. And what makes it worse is the fact that Myron has Xavier ranked a spot below Washington State, which means he thinks a team that is 10-13 against the top 200 is better than a team that is 19-5 against the top 200. Come on, man. Really?

Coaches poll: The main problem with the Coaches poll is that Connecticut isn't the unanimous No. 1. As I pointed out in the Top 25 (and one) , the Huskies have more wins (27) and fewer losses (2) than anybody, and they're doing this in what I believe is the toughest league in the country. The four No. 1 votes that didn't go to UConn went to Memphis, and though I'm not here to bash Memphis because I think the Tigers are absolutely good enough to make another Final Four (remember, Tiger fans, I have you ranked in the top five!), I can't help but wonder how somebody can justify having Memphis No. 1 on a ballot given that the Tigers have losses to two of the best three teams they've played, and that they have as many Big East losses as Connecticut despite not playing in the Big East.

Seriously, Memphis is 2-2 against Big East teams.

Connecticut is 15-2 against Big East teams.

I'm not sure what that means, exactly.

But I'm pretty sure it means UConn should be ahead of Memphis on every ballot.


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Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2009 8:53 am

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Has anyone ever been to the site I am waiting for the day when Gary Parrish shows up on there. With his fohawk and frosted tips he would be a prefect candidate. The guys is a complete clown.

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2009 8:26 am

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You're right Hattie!  Louisville should be above Memphis.  Good call.

Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2009 7:03 am

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no but Louisville did beat Syracuse and Georgetown teams that Memphis couldn't beat. Don't use teams that Memphis hasn't played.

Use teams both have played . Louisville never back out of playing Memphis, you got some proof something you can show me that is says that??????? waiting?????

I'm not bashing Memphis they are a good team, but don't be talking it about Louisville when you get beat by to of the bottom teams in the big east there.

Since: Mar 2, 2009
Posted on: March 3, 2009 5:25 am

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Ahh you forget Memphis Beat U-Conn last year. So in a years time you are saying they are light years different???? Sounds like you are the one lighting up something my friend.

Calhoun can always shut me up and schedule Memphis again to prove this poiint, oh but wait Memphis has the top recruiting class in the country coming up next year....... And he wasn't happy to lose to Memphis last year either.


btw, Memphis is in sight of another record of the 64 consecutive win in a conference. Only West Virginia (59) and Kentucky (64) have more consecutive conference wins.


Memphis has a consecutive streek (longest in the nation) going on of 20 games.


Memphis is also coming up on the most wins ina 4 year span by a team with Anderson, Dorsey and McGrady having a shot at most wins by players in a 4 year span.


Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2009 3:30 am

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LOl you hate the tigers so much you put Memphis in your name? LOL. Thats classic! 

Since: Feb 26, 2009
Posted on: March 3, 2009 2:56 am

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the cougs straight up shouldnt be ranked, but i do think they have lots of potential. they have a big game against UW where they can show that they are a legit team. and they still have the pac 10 tournament. i think that if they can make it to the championship of that then they may have a chance at gettin an at large bid, even if they lose. they do have a horrible record, but if keep winning like this, people might look at them.



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2009 2:41 am

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Louisville was trying to get into the Big East for years. They did pay $$ to CUSA but I'm not sure it was just so they would not have to play Memphis. The facilities at U of L have greatly improved since the move to the Big East - in all sports. All of the programs have improved since the move.

I would also argue that Memphis would have jumped to the Big East too if invited. But I think geography and TV market size hurt them as much as anything. Given that, I don't understand everyone blasting them for dominating their conference. Is it as strong as some of the others - no - but it is rated higher than the A-10 at Kenpom and Xavier has lost 3 games in their conference this year and many are touting Xavier as a team that should be seeded higher than Memphis. Kenpom also has Memphis #1 and rates their defense as the best in the country. Regardless of your SOS, a defense rated as number one is impressive and bodes well for the tournament.

But look out - Louisville's is rated 2nd best!!!

Since: Dec 25, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2009 2:16 am

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True.  That does not mean AMYTHING, however regarding my statement.



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: March 3, 2009 1:36 am

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Get outta here with that crap. The cougs are red hot right now. It doesn't matter where they are in the AP polls cause they will get the automatic bid for winning the Pac Ten tourney. Then I can e-mail this article back to Gary.


Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: March 3, 2009 1:03 am

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It is really great to see a post from a LOUISVILLE fan who hates MEMPHIS and has stats coupled with respect.  That is as it should be.  I am a TIGER fan and hate LOUIS ville  but I certainly respect them.  Coach Cal has said that there may be a restarting of our series.  I would love that since we have a coach that would just destroy LOUIS ville everytime we would play.,.  See you in the final four.

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