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Posted on: February 25, 2008 6:32 pm

Kentucky is getting votes.

BYU broke into the Top 25 after a loss.

Here are the Poll Attacks, as easy as ever.

AP poll: Oh, Lord.

Here we go.

Some writer -- his name is Eric Boatright of the News Star in Louisiana, you should know -- has decided to start listing Kentucky on his Top 25 ballot despite UK winning only five more times this season than it has lost. The Wildcats are 15-10 overall and just 3-8 against the Top 100 and 9-9 against the Top 200. But Boatright apparently didn't consider any of that, instead choosing to be impressed by a recent road win over LSU (which is terrible) that was backed by a home win over Georgia (which is terrible) and a home win over Arkansas (which is terrible on the road, evidence being how the Hogs' best road win is at Auburn).

That's what prompted Boatright to vote Kentucky 23rd -- that home win over a Georgia team that is 1-8 in true road games and that home win over an Arkansas team that is 2-5 in true road games. As for me, I still can't figure out how a team that isn't even considered a legitimate bubble team for the NCAA Tournament can be ranked 23rd on somebody's ballot. But maybe I'm just thinking too much.

Coaches poll: BYU dropped out of the rankings after a Dec. 29 loss at Boise State and didn't resurface in the subsequent seven weeks. Three straight wins didn't get the Cougars in on Jan. 28. Five straight wins didn't get them in on Feb. 4. Six straight wins didn't get them in on Feb. 11. Eight straight wins didn't get them in on Feb. 18, and I was starting to get emails from BYU fans who were wondering what they had to do to break back into the Top 25.

Answer: Lose to San Diego State, of course.

BYU dropped a 69-65 decision at SDSU late Saturday night, and it was so late that most of the coaches who vote in the Coaches poll must've already been asleep. How else do you explain a team going from unranked to ranked after losing to an unranked opponent?
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Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2008 4:49 pm

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Yeah, they have really beaten who they are supposed too.  Just like when they took care of Gardner-Webb and San Diego.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2008 6:30 pm

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Tennessee this year = Memphis last year

A great team playing in a terrible conference.  Please don't build yourselves up SEC fans.  You'll be disappointed come tournament time.  It will likely be (4-5 teams out of 12 teams).  When you compare that to the Pac-10 (6-7 teams out of 10 teams).

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2008 5:34 pm

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Good luck in the NIT Kentucky fans.

Kentucky might be going, but we aren't.  Thank you for your vote of confidence, though.

Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2008 5:04 pm

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Good luck in the NIT Kentucky fans.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2008 1:29 pm

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I never said the SEC is stronger than the pac 10 did I? I am saying UK has about as much right as USC does being in Gary's top 25. I am not a big fan of the whole my conference is better than your crap. But it's funny SEC last 2 national champions, #1 team in the country right now. So i will play the wait and see game as far as bragging right go!

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2008 1:26 pm

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Wow, my fellow UK fans really owned you Gary. I really cant add anything other than the SEC might not be doing great but the best team in the land comes from where??

and who beat them this year other than texas?

go cats

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2008 12:58 pm

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Don't forget Washington (9th in Pac-10) winning at LSU.  Something a Florida could not do AT HOME!!  Face the facts, the SEC is flat out terrible this year.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2008 11:36 am

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Gary, yor are good at what you do, but if Mr. Boatright voting UK in his top 25 is not any less that what you have done. That would be no worse than you having USC in your top 25. UK is 15-10 and 9-3 in the SEC, USC is 17-9 and 8-6 in the PAC 10. Now UK has a win over #14 Vandy and #1 UT. USC has one big win beating UCLA. Uk has two awful loses to Garder Webb and San Diego. USC lost to Mercer. So I wouldn't bash this guy without calling yourself stupid as well. Before you say I am stupid USC only beat a very very bad South Carliona SEC team by 10.

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2008 8:35 am

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Sorry bluegray, but if UK is that bad how did they ever beat the team that is #1 in all the polls along with wins over Vandy and most other SEC teams. Also, some of the early season losses don't look all that bad since some of those teams are playing their way into consideration for NCAA bids (UAB, Houston). Three of their losses were to  Indiana, North Carolina and Louisville who I think might make it as pretty good teams. I only see really one bad loss and that was to GW when UK had a very different team because of all the injuries. Time will tell but all the UK haters might be eating crow in about 3 weeks.

To say UK fans are bitter, I'd say you don't know much about UK fans. They are not bitter but loyal and truly understand their team and all of the faults they might have but for sure they will always be UK fans.


Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2008 12:21 am
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