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Posted on: March 7, 2011 7:54 pm
Whitelaw Reid was the only voter who put Duke No. 1 last week. I ignored it because I'm kind. But now Whitelaw's done gone and went straight Whitelaw on us again, and I can't ignore him a second time. So welcome back to the Poll Attacks, Mr. Reid. It really has been too long.

(Details of AP ballots courtesy of

Associated Press poll: Let's make this simple and just compare two resumes blindly.

----- Team A -----

Overall record: 24-6
RPI: 6
Record against the Top 50: 6-4
Record against the Top 100: 14-5
Wins over teams ranked in the latest AP poll: 2

----- Team B -----

Overall record: 25-6
RPI: 16
Record against the Top 50: 2-4
Record against the Top 100: 8-5
Wins over teams ranked in the latest AP poll: 0

Team A is clearly more accomplished, right? Team A has a better RPI, a better record against the top 50, a better record against the top 100 and two wins over schools ranked in the latest AP poll compared to Team B's zero wins over schools ranked in the latest AP poll. Team A is North Carolina. Team B is Arizona. And their resumes aren't even close, which is why the Tar Heels are ranked sixth and the Wildcats are ranked 16th this week.

Guess who has that damn-near backwards?

Yep, Poll Attacks veteran Whitelaw Reid from The Daily Progress.

He's got Arizona ranked No. 9 and North Carolina ranked No. 15 on his ballot.

I can't make sense of it.

I bet he can't either.

Coaches poll: I doubted and discounted Cincinnati much of this season and applauded those who were with me. But at some point it's impossible to ignore the Bearcats' resume, and we reached that point over the past week when Cincinnati won at Marquette and then beat Georgetown. Yes, the win over Georgetown is a win over the Hoyas sans Chris Wright. But it's still a win that pushed the Bearcats to 24-7 and allowed them to finish sixth in a Big East conference that has seven members ranked in the latest coaches poll.

The problem?

Cincinnati isn't one of the seven.

Which is crazy considering the Bearcats have five top-25 RPI wins and zero losses outside of the top 35 of the RPI. Not to pick on Utah State, but the Aggies have zero top-25 RPI wins and a loss to Idaho (129th in the RPI), and they're ranked 17th in the coaches poll that doesn't rank UC at all. Again, that's crazy. And you'll see just how crazy next Sunday when the Bearcats get a better seed than Utah State in the NCAA tournament despite being ranked much lower in the coaches poll.

Since: Feb 5, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2011 1:04 am

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bball Ithink you are missing the point that parrish is trying ot make with the blind comparison of the two teams.  It is not a shot at Arizona or the pac-10 in any way and I know and believe that arizona is a top 15 team i knew this back when they had kansas on the ropes and the proble only reason they did not end up beating the jayhawks is due to the fact that derrick williams ended up foulding out with around 4 minutes to play.  The point here is that looking at those two resumes blindly how could someone in there right mind have team B ahead of team A?????  Especially as far apart as he had them ranked its just not a logical all

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2011 12:54 am

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So our man Parrish here needs to rename this column from poll attacks to why I hate Arizona. Seriously, he has now done multiple blind resume comparisons with team A being better than team B, and team B is usually Arizona. We get you don't believe in the Pac-10, and that is why us Wildcat fans and Pac-10 fans are excited for the next few weeks. Arizona is ranked 16th and 15th my man, so deal with it. Just accept that your top 26 doesn't actually mean anything, and the coaches sure know what they are talking about. 

Since: Sep 25, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2011 10:17 pm

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isn't whitelaw reid dead?

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2011 9:02 pm

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You should watch Utah State play.  They are a very, very good team.  Cincy may get a better seed next week, but it will be a 8th vs 9th, so not much better.  Utah State will be in Sweet Sixteen.  Cincy will crash and burn (and I am a huge Big East fan). You will be allowed to hop on the Utah State bandwagon two weeks from now.  And, for the record, Utah State has not suspended any players for having sex this year, unlike the other team from that state.

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