Dear Gary (on Rhode Island losing AP votes)
Posted on: January 13, 2010 2:01 pm
Here's Wednesday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: Last week Rhode Island got 52 votes from the AP. They then win at Akron and lose in overtime to No. 21 Temple, and then they get no votes this week. What gives? Not enough people watching the A-10?
Only 16 of the 65 AP voters had Rhode Island on their ballots last week, and eight of those 16 had the Rams ranked 24th or 25. Then, like you said, they won at Akron and lost at home to Temple. And I'm assuming those 16 voters just decided that if you can't beat Temple at home you probably shouldn't be ranked, especially when previously unranked Miami and Baylor had impressive wins, especially when Rhode Island's body of work features some nice victories (Boston College, Oklahoma State) but no great ones.
So it's not a conspiracy, Andrew.
There are lots of problems with the Associated Press poll.
But I don't think 16 voters dropping Rhode Island is one of them.