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The Poll Attacks

Posted on: February 11, 2008 4:03 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2008 8:39 pm
AUSTIN, Texas -- We have brand new blogs.

But it's the same old Poll Attacks.

AP poll: Seriously, Utah State is getting votes now?

Yes, the Aggies are 8-1 in the WAC. But the WAC is rated as the 19th-best league in the nation. So that 8-1 shouldn't mean much unless you're also ready to get excited about Pacific being 8-2 in the Big West (rated as the 18th-best league).

Anyway, here are Utah State's credentials ...
  • Overall record of 17-6 against the 185th-rated schedule in the nation.
  • No wins against Top 50 opponents.
  • Four losses outside the Top 100 (including two losses to teams outside the Top 200).
Truth is, Utah State's best win is against Oral Roberts and the only school on the Aggies' schedule that could possibly earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament (Vanderbilt) beat them by 21 points. So though I believe Jaycee Carroll is fabulous it's insane to think he plays for a Top 25 team, and that's why I believe the AP voter with Utah State on his ballot must be insane.

(When I learn who voted for Utah State I'll let you know; then we can start the effort to check him into the mental ward with Britney Spears.)

Breaking News Update at 7:45 p.m. ET: The voter who put Utah State on his ballot is ... Nick Jezierny of The Idaho Statesman.

I promised I would deliver his name.

I fulfilled my promise.

I'm a man of my word.

Coaches poll:
I've got no issues with the coaches ranking Marquette.

I have the Golden Eagles at No. 24 in the Top 25 (and one).

I like that team.

But I'm not sure how anybody could have Marquette ranked without also having Louisville ranked.

I mean, do these coaches (or their assistants or their secretaries or whoever is submitting the ballots) even pay attention?

Here are the vital statistics ...

  • 18-6 overall record against the 10th-rated schedule in the nation.
  • 8-3 record in the Big East.
  • 5-4 record against the Top 50, 7-6 record against the Top 100 and no losses outside the Top 75.
  • 5-2 road record.
  • 13-3 record in the past 16 games.
  • Current three-game winning streak.
  • 16-6 overall record against the 28th-rated schedule in the nation.
  • 6-5 record in the Big East.
  • 2-6 record against the Top 50, 6-6 against the Top 100 and no losses outside the Top 50.
  • 2-4 road record.
  • 11-5 record in the past 16 games.
  • Current two-game losing streak.
It's clear Louisville has the better body of work just from looking at those numbers, right?

It couldn't be clearer in my eyes.

But if it's still too close for you to call then the deciding factor should be that Louisville has actually beaten Marquette twice this season.

First the Cards beat Marquette 71-51 at Freedom Hall.

Then the Cards beat Marquette 71-57 at the Bradley Center.

So how Marquette can be 25th in the Coaches poll while Louisville remains unranked is unbelievable on all levels.
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Since: Feb 16, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2008 7:27 pm

The Poll Attacks

I do not believe that the poll was done by sober coachs. it says that wash. st and st.marys are better than louisville come on people get real. why not trade the teams in conf. then tell me who is better.

Since: Feb 16, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2008 6:25 pm

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latest poll for seeds has them #6. come on at worse a #4. I am a ville fan since 1978.     
this team looks alot like the teams of the early 80s .the only thing different is the 1 great player. 1980 doctor dunk A.G. and 1986 never nervous pervis. they can win with pressure and a few good runs. the one thing that scares me is were are they going to get seeded and were they will be sent to.we have been unlucky on      the  seeds rem. wash. w.v. that year . go cards.

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2008 12:29 pm
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Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2008 7:27 pm

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The polls have always been wrong. There fun because they keep people watching on a weekly basis to see the changes that have taken place. There are teams that aren't ranked that should be, and vice versa. It's always been that way, it always will be. It shouldnt anger anyone or change any opinions about a team whether or not they are ranked or not. The polls dont tell a team how good they are, what they do on the court and in March is what matters and what people will remember....

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2008 2:02 am

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I didn't see the poll attacks last week, and I was looking to see how villanova was still receiving votes.  I love the fact that you call out voters for their opinion on who should be rated. 

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