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Posted on: November 16, 2009 11:28 am
Edited on: November 16, 2009 3:20 pm
 

The People's Poll: Week 1

Welcome to the Week 1 People's Poll!      

The People's Poll is made up of 40+ College Basketball fans who want their opinions heard! Voters give their take over the weeks action on the main CBB board with the results tallied here every Monday. Each week's poll reflects games played through Sunday. If you'd like to check out each voters ballot, here you go. Even if you're not a regular voter, look for the People's Poll voting thread every week to give your take! You may end up in the poll!

So without further adieu.. I give you the 2009 Week 1 People's Poll! 



 1. (33) KANSAS (E) 991 1-0          HR-1 LR-3          AP-1 CP-1 GP-1

"Hands down the best team in the country. One of the best assembled teams ever." -Vol u me

 2. (3) MICHIGAN STATE (E) 942 1-0          HR-1 LR-6          AP-2 CP-2 GP-3

"Will face a tough Gonzaga team on Tuesday. I wonder if they'll show up, or pull one like they did last year against Maryland? I hope they pull a Maryland. Don't get me wrong, I know, they are an ELITE team." -Zagfan62

 3. (1) TEXAS (E) 898 1-0          HR-1 LR-9          AP-3 CP-3 GP-4

"I'm seeing a lot less of Dexter Pittman, weight-wise...He looked very good in Texas' first game of the season." -Kvskubball

 4. VILLANOVA (E) 848 1-0          HR-2 LR-10          AP-5 CP-6 GP-6

"This team I think has a long ways to come until they reach their full potential.  The growing up of Mouph Yarou will play a heavy factor on how good the Wildcats will end up.  They have a long ways before they become half the team of last year." -Ajplut

 5. PURDUE (+1) 801 1-0          HR-3 LR-10          AP-7 CP-7 GP-8

"Fire Power is there, They have to stay healthy. There not deep enough to have R.H. out again." -Shaunyboy

 6. (2) NORTH CAROLINA (-1) 785 3-0          HR-1 LR-10          AP-6 CP-4 GP-5

"
North Carolina is 3-0, but they had some trouble with Valpo the other night. We must remember, this is a team that lost its top 4 players from last season. We should expect a few bumps in the road for them. Once they start to gel though, look out." -Chrisisbuck#2

 7. (1) KENTUCKY (E) 739 1-0          HR-1 LR-NR          AP-4 CP-5 GP-2

"UK loses that Morehead State game if the Eagles shot anywhere near as well as they did at the end of last season.  They could easily move up with Wall back, but their lack of shooting bothers me." -Whoridin99

 8. WEST VRGINIA (E) 706 1-0          HR-5 LR-16          AP-8 CP-9 GP-9

"
West Virginia got off to a good start. De'Sean Butler scored 26 in the opener. Devin Ebanks was a no show for the game, checking out for personal reasons. WVU needs him for them successful this season." -Chrisisbuck#2

 9. DUKE (E) 691 1-0          HR-4 LR-15          AP-9 CP-8 GP-10

"Scheyer is going to have to play that well EVERY game, it's clear, because the Devils have no one else." -Schildkrottle

 10. CONNECTICUT (E) 572 1-0          HR-5 LR-17          AP-12 CP-13 GP-7

"Not a good performance need to be impressive next week if they want to stay up in the rankings." -Patrick3636

 11. BUTLER (+1) 544 1-0          HR-6 LR-22          AP-11 CP-10 GP-11

"They didn't spank Davidson, sans Curry...maybe first game jitters??? I'm wondering how Butler will handle a tough Non-conference schedule, AND the extremely high expectations!?" -Kvskubball

 12. TENNESSEE (+1) 532 1-0          HR-6 LR-NR          AP-10 CP-11 GP-14

"Big guys should have some confidence now, that swagger is what makes them tick." -Shaunyboy

 13. WASHINGTON (-2) 503 3-0          HR-8 LR-24          AP-14 CP-14 GP-12

" With Isiah Thomas and Gaddy in the backcourt they will be tough, this could even be one of the top 5 backcourts in the nation, but they will have California to deal with to win the Pac – 10, with the loss of their two big guys Brockman and Dentmon I don’t see them making much of a run in the NCAA’s." -Iusucks

 14. CALIFORNIA (E) 455 2-0          HR-8 LR-NR          AP-13 CP-12 GP-19

"Did not show me much against murray state, my opinion the most overrated team in the country." -Mango61

 15. OHIO STATE (+1) 405 2-0          HR-6 LR-NR          AP-15 CP-15 GP-17

"Solid team posted 2 solid wins.  Bigger test for the Buckeyes this week against the Tar Heels." -Wachoosay

 16. MICHIGAN (-1) 371 1-0          HR-9 LR-NR          AP-15 CP-16 GP-18

"I'm a man who's willing to admit when he's wrong.  I didn't have Michigan on my ballot for the preseason poll, but The Coaches had them 15th, the AP had them 15th, rivals.com had them 14th, Gary Parrish had them 19th, The People's Poll had them 15th (you get the idea).  Then their boy goes and drops a triple-double in the opener.  Even if it is Northern Michigan, that's impressive.  So apologies, Michigan, and welcome to my ballot." -Pittbaster

 17. OKLAHOMA (E) 294 1-0          HR-8 LR-NR          AP-17 CP-17 GP-15

"Four Oklahoma freshmen who played significant minutes all scored in double figures not to bad." -Froggiemlm


 18. CLEMSON (+1) 226 1-0          HR-12 LR-NR          AP-22 CP-23 GP-13

"Looks to be a factor in the ACC this year if it can avoid the annual late season collapse." -Patrick3636

 19. LOUISVILLE (+1) 211 0-0          HR-11 LR-NR          AP-20 CP-22 GP-21

"Will someone tell Pitino the basketball season has started??? No games this past week.." -Kvskubball

 20. MINNESOTA (+1) 208 1-0          HR-13 LR-NR          AP-24 CP-18 GP-23

"Tubby Smith is an underrated coach with a good returning group, including Westbrook, they will make it to the NCAA’s and could make some noise.  If they lose Trevor Mbakwe due to the assault case in Florida that could prove huge and well see what they are truly made of." -Iusucks

 21. DAYTON (+1) 201 1-0          HR-13 LR-NR          AP-18 CP-21 GP-16

"Played a tough one vs Creighton but pulled it out like a good team should." -Jermtheworm23

 22. GEORGETOWN (NR) 167 1-0          HR-15 LR-NR          AP-19 CP-20 GP-24

"Easy schedule to start the season, they need to start beating some of these teams more impressively." -Patrick3636

 t23. GEORGIA TECH (E) 163 1-0          HR-8 LR-NR          AP-21 CP-19 GP-NR

"Yellowjackets' reclamation project off to a good start with a comprehensive win over Florida A & M." -Wachoosay

 t23. ILLINOIS (+1) 163 1-0          HR-8 LR-NR          AP-23 CP-25 GP-22

"Bruce Weber has Mike Davis and Demetri McCamey back, with the addition of a solid fresh class including Brandon Paul who had 22 points on their opener will be tough, but can they survive the rigors of the Big Ten in conference schedule?" -Iusucks

 25. SIENA (E) 129 1-0          HR-17 LR-NR          AP-NR CP-NR GP-20

"Short, Simple, and to the point, this team aint no sleeper anymore." -Hoosierguy10109



Biggest jump: 9 teams (+1)       Biggest fall: Missippi St (-11) 

Others receiving votes: Maryland 56, Kansas State 51, Syracuse 51, Mississippi St 35, Cincinatti 30, Florida State 30, UCLA 28, Wake Forest 28, Gonzaga 25, Notre Dame 21, South Carolina 20, Oklahoma State 15, Florida 12, Rider 11, Mississippi 8, Memphis 7, Vanderbilt 7, Xavier 7, Miami (Fla) 5, Boston College 4, Tulsa 1, Murray St 1, Milwaukee 1, Pittsburgh 1

What it all means: (First place votes), Team, (Change in rank from last week), Points, Record, Highest Rank, Lowest Rank, , AP rank, Coache's rank, Gary Parrish's rank, Voter's Take

Conference power rankings:

  1. ACC (.0406)
  2. Big 10 (.0501)
  3. Big 12 (.0702)
  4. Big East (.0704)
  5. SEC (.0707)
  6. Pac 10 (.1203)
  7. Horizon (.1405)
  8. Atlantic 10 (.1508)
  9. MAAC (.1609)
  10. West Coast (.2110)
  11. USA (.2111)
  12. Ohio Valley (.2412)

Breaking down the rankings: 

With almost no meaningful games during the first week, the poll looks much the same as it did during the pre-season baring a few exceptions. Look for things to get a bit more interesting this week with some nice matchups including Kansas vs Memphis, Louisville vs Arkansas, Michigan St vs Gonzaga, North Carolina vs Ohio St, Syracuse vs California and Dayton vs Georgia Tech just to name a few.

Kansas comfortably holds down the top spot again this week going into their first real test vs Memphis on Tuesday. Returning runner-up Michigan St snags 3 first place votes and comes in at #2 followed by Texas, Villanova and Purdue who is new to the top 5 this week.

North Carolina slips a spot to #6 despite already having 3 wins on the season. Resurgent Kentucky is up next while the UK faithful look forward to John Walls regular season debut tonight. West Virginia and Duke are next followed by Connecticut who is coming off a less than impressive opening win vs William & Mary.

Butler comes in up a spot at #11 followed by Tennessee. Washington somehow slips 2 spots to #13 despite being 3-0 and coming off a win where they won by more points (56) then their opponent, Portland St scored (55).  The top 15 is finished up with 2-0 California followed by Ohio St.

Michigan slips a spot to #16. The Wolverines are followed by Oklahoma. Who would of thought the Sooners basketball team would have the chance to outshine the football squad in a post Blake Griffin year? Clemson, Louisville and Minnesota are up next and all up a spot from last week.

Dayton continues to hold down the 21st spot followed by the only newcomer this week; Georgetown. Freshman led Georgia Tech and the Illini of Illinois tie for the 23rd spot. Rounding out our Top 25 for the week is little guy Siena who looks to be this seasons Cinderella.  

Thanks to everyone who voted! Last week's poll can be found here and all voters make sure and check out the People's Poll Group! 

What!?! How can ____ not be ranked! Or how did ____ get a first place vote? Click here to check out everyone's ballots!

Posted on: November 2, 2009 10:36 am
Edited on: November 2, 2009 12:22 pm
 

The People's Poll: 2009 Pre-Season

Welcome to the Pre-Season People's Poll!      

The People's Poll is made up of 40+ College Basketball fans who want their opinions heard! Voters give their take over the weeks action on the main CBB board with the results tallied here every Monday. Each week's poll reflects games played through Sunday. If you'd like to check out each voters ballot, here you go. Even if you're not a regular voter, look for the People's Poll voting thread every week to give your take! You may end up in the poll!

So without further adieu.. I give you the 2009 Pre-Season People's Poll! 



 1. (34) Kansas (NA) 994 0-0          HR-1 LR-2          AP-1 CP-1 GP-1

As complete a team as we have in college basketball this year. Talented, and everyone back from last year's Sweet 16 team. So what do my JayHawks have to do to climb the mountain this year? My 3 most important issues are: First, become a better passing team, especially in feeding the post. Second, Collins must value his possessions more and be a better facilitator this year and not try to do too much. He has lots of help this year, he needs to lead it! Third, this team will need to check it's individual E.G.O.'s at the door. If Everyone Gets Onboard, this team will be tough to beat, even in a one-and-done tournament, otherwise known as the NCAA crapshoot!  -Kvskubball

 2. (2) Michigan State (NA) 947 0-0          HR-1 LR-5          AP-2 CP-2 GP-3

Tom Izzo reminds me of the tough teacher no one wants to get in the classroom, but by the end of the semester you realize just how much you learned from them.  Still, this team got "schooled" by Northwestern in East Lansing last year! -Wachosay

 3. (1) Texas (NA) 875 0-0          HR-1 LR-9          AP-3 CP-3 GP-4

Best Frontline in the nation, James and Pittman could Start for the Cowboys. -Shaunyboy

 4. Villanova (NA) 874 0-0          HR-2 LR-8          AP-5 CP-6 GP-6

Jay Wright's stock couldn't be any higher. Coming off of a Final Four, Scottie Reynolds returns, very talented freshman class. Sounds like a Final four team to me. -Trespac

 5. (3) North Carolina (NA) 802 0-0          HR-1 LR-12          AP-6 CP-4 GP-5

I can hear UK and Duke fans crying now..."Why do you have them rated SO high?" My answer is talent folks, pure and simple, and tons of it. The weakness of this team, if it has one, is lack of experience in the backcourt, sort of the 'anti-Nova'. If freshman Dexter Strickland comes in and plays well, to the point that he replaces Drew, then this team may surprise most people and punch a ticket to Indy. -Kvskubball

 6. Purdue (NA) 801 0-0           HR-3 LR-9          AP-7 CP-7 GP-8

They return everything, but I am not as in love with their incoming talent as the teams I have ahead of them.  Experience is great, but I do feel like we have seen this team's ceiling last year.  The Big Ten gets tougher around them, and I think that keeps them from winning it. -Pittbaster

 7. Kentucky (NA) 733 0-0          HR-2 LR-NR          AP-4 CP-5 GP-2

They will be very good, and I'm sure John Wall will be excellent...but a program under a new coach with a brand new cast is bound to hit a few stumbling blocks.  I like them as a top team but because of the relative inexperience I do not like them to make the Final Four.   -Pittbaster

 8. West Virginia (NA) 694 0-0          HR-5 LR-17          AP-8 CP-9 GP-9

Young team gained experience last year look for Ebanks to Explode potential Big East POY. My pick to take the Big East, ranked behind Nova and UConn due to past experience but expect them to move up.  -Patrick3636

 9. Duke (NA) 688 0-0          HR-4 LR-15          AP-9 CP-8 GP-10

What would the top 10 be without them. Coach K loses a lot but somehow gets Andre Dawkins cleared a year early. The NCAA gods always seem to smile on Durham. -Trespac

 10. Connecticut (NA) 578 0-0          HR-5 LR-22          AP-12 CP-14 GP-7

They have the talent to be right back where they were last year, and the dedication of a coach that, love him or hate him, has had remarkable success with a previously irrelevant program and shown remarkable devotion to that program.  That means more than you think it does. -Pittbaster

 11. Washington (NA) 501 0-0          HR-5 LR-NR          AP-14 CP-13 GP-12

Another team most people are a year behind on, although they might actually live up to the hype. When you have two great backcourt lower classmen you have a solid foundation for what could be a great season for the Huskies. -Somerandomdude

 12. Butler (NA) 494 0-0          HR-8 LR-22          AP-11 CP-10 GP-11

Went to the NCAA Tournament last year with a young team on what was supposed to be their "down year". -Jermtheworm33

 13. Tennessee (NA) 492 0-0          HR-7 LR-NR          AP-10 CP-11 GP-14

Hands down the best team in the SEC with a ton of experience and something to prove with last year's mess. -Crazylegs0721

 14. California (NA) 485 0-0          HR-7 LR-NR          AP-13 CP-12 GP-20

No one shoots the three ball like they do. Jerome Randle is the early frontrunner for Pac-10 Player of the Year. With Theo Robertson and Patrick Christopher also back, the Golden Bears have one of the most underrated trios in the country. -Wizardking

 15. Michigan (NA) 350 0-0          HR-9 LR-NR          AP-15 CP-15 GP-19

Like Jeff Capel and Thad Matta, John Beilein is just what the doctor ordered for a Michigan program that was listless and sometimes flailing prior to his arrival.  If he can get the players to hunger for success like Rick Stansberry and Lorenzo Romar need to do, the Wolverines could make great strides in the next couple of years. -Wachoosay

 16. Ohio State (NA) 285 0-0          HR-10 LR-NR          AP-16 CP-17 GP-18

The Buckeyes only lose BJ Mullens, which means that the other post players might get to shoot the ball now. Evan Turner is the best all around player in the country, and there is a lot of backcourt depth. Transfer Zisis Sarikopoulos bolsters the frontcourt. -Wizardking

 17. Oklahoma (NA) 279 0-0          HR-8 LR-NR          AP-17 CP-16 GP-15

No blake no problem willie warren puts this team on his back but comes up short behind KU and Texas. -Froggiemlm

 18. Mississippi State (NA) 242 0-0          HR-8 LR-NR          AP-18 CP-19 GP-26

Jarvis Vanardo is an absolute beast under the boards.  If the Bulldogs and Volunteers merged schools to become Tennesippi State, there's your SEC Champion.  As it is, how well the guards play at MSU could tell how far this team goes.  Rumors out of Starkville indicate that last year's good play at season's end saved Rick Stansberry's job.  Let's see how he capitalizes on the opportunity this year. -Wachoosay

 19. Clemson (NA) 225 0-0          HR-11 LR-NR          AP-24 CP-24 GP-13

The Tigers add Milton Jennings and Noel Johnson to an already talented group. The loss of Oglesby stings but this team is still going to be tough to beat. -Trespac

 20. Louisville (NA) 222 0-0          HR-9 LR-NR          AP-19 CP-23 GP-22

Given the unwanted off-season publicity about his personal trevails, Rick Pitino is far and away the one person who couldn't wait for basketball practice to start.  Are the Cardinals too high or too low to start this season?  Who knows.  They may not finish where UL fans think they should, but Coach Pitino has a knack for getting his teams in position for post-season success. -Wachoosay

 21. Minnesota (NA) 184 0-0          HR-12 LR-NR          AP-25 CP-18 GP-16

Tubby has put Minnesota on the map to stay. -Twogoodspies

 22. Dayton (NA) 171 0-0          HR-11 LR-NR          AP-21 CP-22 GP-17

Dayton is a dangerous A-10 team who could make some noise this season. This is the team that knocked off West Virginia in the first round last season, then put up a good fight against Kansas. This team returns a lot, led by Chris Wright, who could be the favorite to win A-10 POY. -Chrisisbuck#2

 23. Georgia Tech (NA) 163 0-0          HR-10 LR-NR          AP-22 CP-20 GP-NR

The question here is how far can a team go that was last place in the ACC last year? Injuries and inexperience clobbered this team last year. This year, almost everyone is back (Is that a good thing or a bad thing?) and Hewitt adds one of the best freshmen in the country to his front-court. He'll need him, to battle the mastadons at Duke and UNC! He probably has a slight advantage in his guard rotation, over those two teams. Can he get this team to reach it's potential? If he does, this team could make a lot of noise this year. -Kvskubball

 24. Illinois (NA) 162 0-0          HR-9 LR-NR          AP-23 CP-NR GP-23

Two quotes by Bruce Weber: "We lost our heart and soul in Meacham and Trent" and "Again, talent doesn't mean wins. You've got to have the pieces to the puzzle." Those two comments are why I'm concerned that my model has over-rated the Illini. The Illini do have a capable replacement at PG in McCamey, but he has yet to play up to his talent. This team looked good at times last year and dreadful on other occasions. Weber has finally tapped into the Illinois talent pipe-line and will have a couple of options at SG. If Tisdale and Davis come into their own this year as juniors, then they may reach this lofty height. If not, they may look more like ground round in a better Big 10 conference, that is likely to be one of the top 3 conferences in the country this year. -Kvskubball

 25. Siena (NA) 118 0-0          HR-17 LR-NR          AP-NR CP-NR GP-21In: NA       Out: NA 

The Saints return four starters...three of whom will be seniors...from a team that won 27-games and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season.  A 30-win season is a distinct possibility for head coach Fran McCaffrey. -Theriverrock


Biggest jump:
NA       Biggest fall: NA

Others receiving votes: Georgetown 106, maryland 72, UCLA 53, Notre Dame 53, Kansas State 47, Florida State 46, Syracuse 42, Cincinnati 42, Gonzaga 30, Mississippi 24, Florida 22, Wake Forest 18, South Carolina 17, Memphis 12, Xavier 12, Oklahoma State 11, BYU 10, Miami (Fla) 5, Missouri 4, Vanderbilt 3, Boston College 3, Texas AnM 3, Portland State 2, Pittsburgh 1, North Florida 1, Richmond 1, Northern Iowa 1

What it all means: (First place votes), Team, (Change in rank from last week), Points, Record, Highest Rank, Lowest Rank, , AP rank, Coache's rank, Gary Parrish's rank, Voter's Take

Conference power rankings:
1. Big 12
(0.0404)
2. ACC (0.0406)
3. Big 10 (0.0602)
4. SEC (0.0707)
5. Big East (0.0805)
6. Pac 10 (0.1203)
7. Atlantic 10 (0.1409)
8. Horizon (0.1701)
9. West Coast (0.1810)
10. MAAC (0.1908)
11. Mountain West (0.2012)
12. Missouri Valley (0.2313)
13. USA (0.2611)
14. Atlantic Sun (0.2713)

(Only teams receiving votes in TPP are calculated into CPR)

All-American Team: Player, Team (Percentage of vote received)
Cole Aldrich, Kansas (16.7)
Sherron Collins, Kansas (13.3)
Luke Harangody, Notre Dame (11.1)
Scottie Reynolds, Villanova (10.0)
Kalin Lucas, Michigan State (7.8)

Also considered: Willie Warren 7.2, Evan Turner 6.1, Patrick Patterson 4.4, John Wall 2.8, Devin Ebanks 2.8, Kyle Singler 2.2, Al-Farouq Aminu 2.2, Ed Davis 1.7

Player of the Year: Player, Team (Percentage of vote received)
Cole Aldrich, Kansas (38.1)

Also considered: Scottie Reynolds 16.7, Sherron Collins 11.9, Kaylin Lucas 7.1, Kyle Singler 4.8

Frosh of the year: Player, Team (Percentage of vote received)
Derrick Favors, Georgia Tech (50.0)

Also considered: John Wall 32.5, Avery Bradley 5.0

Final Four Squads: Team (Percentage of vote received)
Kansas (23.1)
Michigan State (19.9)
Villanova (13.5)
Texas (11.5)

Also considered: Purdue 7.1, North Carolina 6.4, West Virginia 5.8, Kentucky 3.8, Duke 2.6, Washington 1.3, Connecticut 1.3

National Champ! Team (Percentage of vote received)
Kansas (59.5)

Also considered: Villanova 10.8, Texas 10.8, Michigan State 8.1, Kentucky 8.1, Duke 2.7

Thanks to everyone who voted! All voters make sure and check out the People's Poll Group!

What!?! How can ____ not be ranked! Or how did ____ get a first place vote? Click here to check out everyone's ballots!

Posted on: May 22, 2009 9:34 am
 

An Ode to the Fieldhouse

Do you hear that? Wait.. shh.. listen.. you hear it?

It’s the whispers of James Naismith, Phog Allen, Adolph Rupp, and Dean Smith. The victory cries of Clyde Lovellette, Wilt Chamberlain, Jo Jo White and Danny Manning. The Ghosts of KU past still lingering to catch a game at the Mecca of college hoops. This is College Basketball. This is “Phog” Allen Fieldhouse.

It begins when you walk thru the doors of the historic building. The limestone façade elegantly depicting the wear of its 54 years. Named after the father of basketball coaching, it was Allen who led players named Smith and Rupp to victories on the court. Stepping across the Allen Fieldhouse threshold is like a taking a step back in time. A nostalgic rush unlike any other.

Was that Larry Brown running by? Look! There goes Paul Pierce!

Beyond the simple Crimson and Blue concourses lay the hallowed James Naismith Court. Dedicated to the inventor of the game and KU’s first coach, it’s a floor that has graced some of the best to ever play the game.  

Your eyes slowly gaze up to see the bleachers adorning the court like an antique frame. If you close your eyes you can see the students packing in hours before a game. Readying their Daily Kansan Newspapers into funnels to house the copious amounts of confetti that will be displayed during player intros. You can feel the floor rumble as first tip nears. 4,000 plus students jumping in wild anticipation.. and whoosh! Just like that the game begins and it washes over you. This is no ordinary place. This is special.

You open your eyes and continue your gaze up the bleachers to the windows that adorn both ends of the court. The soft light filtering in creating majestic shadows that seems to be dancing. It puts a smile on your face to think that what you’re feeling are the same emotions that Bud Stallworth and Darnell Valentine must have felt in their day.

Finally your gaze takes you up to the rafters. Rafters adorned with KU greats. Including an NCAA record 19 first team All-Americans, 52 conference titles, 13 final fours and 5 national championships. Rafters that have looked over countless victories and KU legends. Rafters that somehow hold the old barn together when its inhabitants seemingly try to rip it apart with their cheers and chants.

After a deep breath and a moment your gaze drifts down, and there it is. A banner that seems to loom larger than life. A watch guard of sorts, a warning to those opponents who step foot on the sacred court:

“Pay Heed All Who Enter, Beware of the Phog”

Chills race down your spine as the slow, methodical and somewhat eerie chant rings through your ears.

“Rock... Chalk… Jayhawk… KU… “

It makes you shudder. Just then do you realize the magnitude of where you are. It’s more than just a Basketball Arena, It’s a temple. A shrine to times past and a reminder of the things that make College Basketball so special.

The intimate setting is unrivaled in its history and tradition, but the Fieldhouse is more than a museum. It is an ever evolving beacon on the College Basketball landscape. With every new coach, player and fan that graces its walls, a new history is written.

This place is College Basketball. This is “Phog” Allen Fieldhouse.

Posted on: March 9, 2009 11:35 am
Edited on: March 9, 2009 12:54 pm
 

The People's Poll: Week 17

Welcome to the Week 17 People's Poll!     

The People's Poll is made up of 40+ College Basketball fans who want their opinions heard! Voters give their take over the weeks action on the main CBB board with the results tallied here every Monday. Each week's poll reflects games played through Sunday. If you'd like to check out each voters ballot, here you go. Even if you're not a regular voter, look for the People's Poll voting thread every week to give your take! You may end up in the poll!

So without further adieu.. I give you the Week 17 People's Poll! 


  1. (21) Pittsburgh (+2) 978 28-3          HR-1 LR-4          AP- CP- GP-1

"lets see if they can finally perform in the tournament... this team is talented and physical" -Dmmizzou123

  2. (18) North Carolina (E) 970 27-3          HR-1 LR-6          AP- CP- GP-2

"Winner of the tough ACC, also the country's most talented team, if they don't take a night off (BC, Maryland)" -Pitty618

  3. Connecticut (-2) 887 27-3          HR-2 LR-6          AP- CP- GP-3

"They got beat by Pitt again and they are endanger of losing a #1 seed. They need to find someone to step up in place of Jerome Dyson." -Boltzfan104

  4. Louisville (+1) 879 25-5          HR-2 LR-8          AP- CP- GP-6

"Big East champs, probably wont make a 1 seed without winning the BE tourney. Ill take a 2 seed in Memphis or Oklahomas bracket and be happy." -Loucards

  5. Memphis (-1) 822 28-3          HR-1 LR-14          AP- CP- GP-5

"They are not deserving of a top 5 seed. They played four good teams in non-conference, and they lost to three of them." -Reamo37

  6. Michigan State (+1) 799 25-5          HR-2 LR-8          AP- CP- GP-8

"Won big 10 championship with win over purdue, only consistant team in conference" -Headchopper100

  7. Oklahoma (-1) 785 27-4          HR-2 LR-15          AP- CP- GP-4

"I have said it once and I will say it again...what is up with them winning by 5 against inferior opponents?" -Oneandonlystout

  8. Duke (E) 679 25-6          HR-6 LR-12          AP- CP- GP-7

"Lost to UNC in a hard fought battle...Could slip to a #3 seed if they have a quick exit in ACC tourney." -Bigal13

  9. Wake Forest (+1) 674 24-5          HR-6 LR-14          AP- CP- GP-9

"I honestly wouldn't be surprised if they lost in the first round (of the tourney) or made the final 4.  Such an enigma, but it seems they've found a second wind." -huskyonspeed

  10. Villanova (+3) 633 25-6          HR-7 LR-13          AP- CP- GP-12

"Corey Fischer's improvement throughout the season is impressive.  With Louisville and Pitt being streaky from behind the arc, and Uconn being horrible from behind the arc, this team could shoot their way into a Big East Title." -Statfanatic2

  11. Kansas (-2) 610 25-6          HR-6 LR-15          AP- CP- GP-10

"Well, we've seen what happens when Sherron Collins goes cold and Aldrich gets in foul trouble, but congrats to Bill Self for winning another Big XII Regular Season Championship. After the players he lost, this is a true accomplishment." -Brwhite23

  12. Washington (+3) 575 24-7          HR-8 LR-19          AP- CP- GP-11

"Clinched one of the few Pac-10 titles that didn't go to UCLA, Arizona, or Stanford. Oregon has the only other one in the last 15 years or so." -Somerandomdude

  13. Gonzaga (+5) 453 25-5          HR-8 LR-NR          AP- CP- GP-17

"Theyre good, not great...look for another 1st or 2nd round tournament exit from these guys" -Splinter79

  14. UCLA (+6) 387 24-7          HR-10 LR-24          AP- CP- GP-18

"Howland's Final Four streak ends this year." -Pitty618

  15. Missouri (-1) 385 25-6          HR-11 LR-NR          AP- CP- GP-13

"I've given up trying to understand this team... blown out by Kansas, beat Oklahoma (with Griffin in the line-up), and then lose to Texas A&M... at this rate, can we really be surprised if they were to lose in the first round of the NCAA tournament?" -Canuck23

  16. Syracuse (+9) 314 23-8          HR-13 LR-23          AP- CP- GP-16

"Nice win at Marquette, can really help their seeding with some wins in the Big East tournament" -Lobofan2003

  17. Clemson (E) 313 23-7          HR-13 LR-NR          AP- CP- GP-15

"They "pulled another Clemson again this year" -Carnagex

  18. Florida State (+4) 310 23-8          HR-12 LR-NR          AP- CP- GP-14

"Fourth in the ACC and overlooked by many because Clemson didn't fade as early as they usually do." -Kvskubball

  19. LSU (-8) 255 25-6          HR-12 LR-NR          AP- CP- GP-21

"I know, they're really not good.  But someone has to win the conference that no one wants" -Pitt.nd1

  20. Xavier (-1) 249 24-6          HR-12 LR-NR          AP- CP- GP-20

"Xavier has been overrated all season. They have been struggling to get by in the A10. They'll be gone by the first weekend." -Chrisishokie

  21. Marquette (-9) 211 23-8          HR-13 LR-NR          AP- CP- GP-NR

"They are not doing well without Dominic James, I bet they will be an early round exit in the Big East and NCAA tournaments." -badgerboy1183

  22. Butler (+2) 202 26-4          HR-15 LR-NR          AP- CP- GP-19

"I don't think they're that great, but I had trouble finding other teams deserving, only one decent win all season, and some bad losses." -Badgers Ballers

  23. Purdue (-7) 176 22-9          HR-14 LR-NR          AP- CP- GP-23

"The Boliermakers finish the season on a sour note, losing to Northwestern and conference champiion Michigan State. A lackluster offensive effort in the second half against MSU doomed Purdue, as they only scored 4 points in the first 15 minutes of the second half." -Rebalpatriot23

  24. Arizona State (-1) 118 22-8          HR-16 LR-NR          AP- CP- GP-25

"Lose three of past four including a bad loss to Stanford, but they were +2 in point differential." -Sportemind

  25. Illinois (-4) 106 23-8          HR-15 LR- NR         AP- CP- GP-22

"They earned second place in the Big Ten because of their sweep of Purdue. They may struggle on offense, but their defense always keeps them close." -Reamo37


In: None       Out: None 

Biggest jump: Syracuse (+9)       Biggest fall: Marquette (-9)

Others receiving votes: BYU 74, Texas AnM 34, West Virginia 33, Penn State 9, Northern Iowa 9, California 8, Siena 7, Tennessee 7, St. Mary's 7, Utah State 6, Utah 5, Cornell 5, Oklahoma State 4, Niagra 4, Dayton 3, Auburn 3, Charleston 3, Western Kentucky 3, New Mexico 2, Wisconsin 1, Morehead State 1, UMBC 1, Fordham 1

What it all means: (First place votes), Team, (Change in rank from last week), Points, Record, Highest Rank, Lowest Rank, , AP rank, Coache's rank, Gary Parrish's rank, Voter's Take 

Conference power rankings:

  1. Big East (0.0303)
  2. ACC (0.0502)
  3. Big 12 (0.0604)
  4. Big 10 (0.0607)
  5. Pac 10 (0.0905)
  6. West Coast (0.1506)
  7. Atlantic 10 (0.1510)
  8. SEC (0.1709)
  9. Mountain West (0.1711)
  10. MAAC (0.2214)
  11. USA (0.2301)
  12. Horizon (0.2408)
  13. Western Athletic (0.2613)
  14. Ivy (0.2615)
  15. Missouri Valley (0.2712)
  16. America East (0.3018)
  17. Southern (0.3316)
  18. Sun Belt (0.3316)
  19. Ohio Valley (0.3318)

(Only teams receiving votes in TPP are calculated into CPR)

Breaking down the rankings: 

Tough decisions for #1 this week. Pittsburgh barely noses out North Carolina for the top spot receiving 21 to first place votes to UNC’s 18. Previous #1 Connecticut falls to #3 and is followed by Big East champ; Louisville. Rounding out the top 5 is Memphis who received the only other first place vote and continues to roll through conference USA.

Big 10 champ Michigan State climbs to #6 followed by Oklahoma who needs a good showing in the Big 12 tourny to grab a #1 seed. Duke stays at #8 after their loss at UNC. The Blue Devils are followed by ACC counterpart Wake Forest. Finishing out the top to is Villanova who is up 3 spots from last week.

Kansas falls to #11 after a week where they lost to Texas Tech and wrapped up the Big 12 conference title. Pac 10 champ Washington climbs to #12 followed by Gonzaga and surging UCLA who is up 6 spots from last week. Missouri drops to #15 after an up and down week which included a win over OU and a loss to AnM.

Syracuse jumps up 9 spots to #16 and for the first time in a while won’t have to sweat it out on selection Sunday. Clemson is up next and is followed by Florida State. SEC champ LSU slides down to #19 after a bad week and is followed by the Musketeers of Xavier.

Our biggest loser of the week; Marquette comes in at #21 down 9 spots followed by Butler and slumping Purdue. Arizona State comes in at #23 and is followed by Illinois which finishes out the top 25 this week.

Thanks to everyone who voted! All voters make sure and check out the People's Poll Group!

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Posted on: March 2, 2009 11:01 am
Edited on: March 2, 2009 2:58 pm
 

The People's Poll: Week 16

Welcome to the Week 16 People's Poll!     

The People's Poll is made up of 40+ College Basketball fans who want their opinions heard! Voters give their take over the weeks action on the main CBB board with the results tallied here every Monday. Each week's poll reflects games played through Sunday. If you'd like to check out each voters ballot, here you go. Even if you're not a regular voter, look for the People's Poll voting thread every week to give your take! You may end up in the poll!

So without further adieu.. I give you the Week 16 People's Poll! 


 1. (33) Connecticut (+1) 989 27-2          HR-1 LR-5          AP-1 CP-1 GP-1

"Obviously they belong here, they went to Marquette and beat them and held off a fisty Notre Dame teams and are back on top agian." -Hoosierguy1019

 2. (2) North Carolina (+2) 926 25-3          HR-1 LR-6          AP-2 CP-2 GP-4

"UNC...ok everyone together...overrated...lol sorry I just have had fun with UNC homers this week spouting off that even if they lose for the rest of the season they are still the most talented...p.s.: talent does not equal best." -Oneandonlystout

 3. (4) Pittsburgh (-2) 911 26-3          HR-1 LR-7          AP-3 CP-4 GP-2

"tough loss to Providence, but this season has been full of team's having random off games" -Canuck23

 4. (1) Memphis (+1) 830 26-3          HR-1 LR-20          AP-5 CP-3 GP-5

"I can't argue with their record, but I can argue that their best win is UAB.  They need more to be considered for a top seed in March." -Pittbaster

 5. Louisville (+1) 824 23-5          HR-3 LR-9          AP-6 CP-6 GP-6

"If I were The Ville I'd want to play in the same bracket as OU because they match up perfectly with them." -Badgers Ballers

 6. Oklahoma (-3) 816 26-3          HR-2 LR-13          AP-4 CP-5 GP-3

"I don't think they should be penalize for losing to 2 good teams without their best player" -Bksballer1129

 7. Michigan State (+2) 755 23-5          HR-2 LR-12          AP-8 CP-8 GP-8

"When fully healthy, probably one of the top 5 teams in the country, likely wont ever be fully healthy" -Alexraenos

 8. Duke (-1) 730 24-5          HR-5 LR-10          AP-7 CP-7 GP-7

"They beat Maryland and Virginia Tech, but its really very hard for them to get a win over FSU and North Carolina. I predict a loss this week." -Dcb12233

 9. Kansas (+5) 724 24-5          HR-2 LR-11          AP-9 CP-9 GP-9

"Impressive win over Oklahoma earlier and a throttling of Mizzou proves that they are worthy of a 2 seed." -Duke_goes_down

 10. Wake Forest (+3) 633 22-5          HR-5 LR-19          AP-10 CP-10 GP-10

"Still struggling to beat the lesser teams in the ACC, but when clicking on all cylinders they are a dangerous team." -Lobofan2003

 11. LSU (+6) 500 25-4          HR-2 LR-NR          AP-12 CP-11 GP-11

"The Tigers clinch the SEC regular season title with wins over Florida and Kentucky. This team is clearly the cream of the crop in a down year in the SEC, although I still think they are vulnerable to an upset in the conference tourney." -Rebalpatriot23

 12. Marquette (-4) 490 23-6          HR-9 LR-25          AP-13 CP-15 GP-16

"3 tough losses (UConn, Louisville and Dominic James) might have doomed this team on their stretch run." -Brwhite23

 13. Villanova (-3) 482 23-6          HR-10 LR-21          AP-11 CP-16 GP-14

"They followed a two point win over a winless DePaul with a two point loss to a struggling Georgetown team." -Sportemind

 14. Missouri (-3) 443 24-5          HR-10 LR-NR          AP-15 CP-12 GP-13

"Kansas would have beat anyone on Sunday... Mizzou ran into a buzz saw... nobody wins at AFH" -Dmmizzou123

 15. Washington (+4) 425 22-7          HR-10 LR-23          AP-16 CP-13 GP-12

"Two great wins this week against the Arizona schools.  Who would have seen this in November?" -Udub#1fan

 16. Purdue (-1) 382 22-7          HR-10 LR-NR          AP-19 CP-20 GP-19

"Watch out America, Hummel is back.  My other final four team, IF they can stay healthy." -Iusucks

 17. Clemson (-5) 366 22-6          HR-11 LR-24          AP-18 CP-19 GP-15

"Two bad losses this week led to their large fall in rank." -Reamo37

 18. Gonzaga (+2) 347 23-5          HR-10 LR-24          AP-14 CP-14 GP-22

"They keep owning their conference, just like Memphis.  Their ambitious schedule produced those early losses that prevent them from getting a higher ranking." -Jewjohnson

 19. Xavier (+2) 267 23-5          HR-13 LR-NR          AP-17 CP-18 GP-17

"Hard to figure them out but like many others have the talent to beat anyone on any given day." -Crazylegs0721

 20. UCLA (+3) 225 22-7          HR-11 LR-NR          AP-20 CP-17 GP-21

" A week of much needed winning allows them to creep back up the polls, but it will take much more to reestablish them as a top 10 team.' -Nascarfan999

 21. Illinois (-3) 217 23-7          HR-12 LR-NR          AP-23 CP-23 GP-18

"Clinched a first round bye in the conference tourney, which definitely makes it much easier for them in Indianapolis." -Agsmith46

 22. Florida State (E) 204 22-7          HR-15 LR-NR          AP-24 CP-24 GP-20

"FSU is quietly, maybe possibly the 3rd best team in the ACC. Their size and rebounding will help them in the ACC tourney and NCAA Tournament. Sleeper team." -Chrisishokie

 23. Arizona State (-7) 151 21-7          HR-11 LR-NR          AP-21 CP-21 GP-25

"The Sun Devils lost both games of their Washington trip by very slim margins.  The Washington State loss would have been more galling except for the fact that the Coogs pounded Arizona by 16 and had to go OT to beat ASU on a very late 3-point shot." -Wachoosay

 24. Butler (+1) 111 25-4          HR-18 LR-NR          AP-22 CP-22 GP-24

"Won the Horizon League Regular season...But is an Upset coming in the Horizon League tourney?" -Jermtheworm33

 25. Syracuse (NR) 91 21-8          HR-17 LR-NR          AP-25 CP-25 GP-23

"They have a lot of loses but most are quality loses, whoever gets this team in the tourney will be in trouble. I suggest the Hack-a-jack and hack-a-uaku strategy, they have some terrible FT shooters." -Loucards


In: Syracuse      Out: West Virginia

Biggest jump: LSU (+6)      Biggest fall: Arizona State (-7)

Others receiving votes: BYU 38, West Virginia 35, Creighton 21, Texas 15, Dayton 11, Wisconsin 7, Utah 6, Siena 6, California 4, Oklahoma State 3, Utah State 3, Providence 2, Rhode Island 2, South Carolina 1, Tennessee 1, Boston College 1, UAB 1 

What it all means: (First place votes), Team, (Change in rank from last week), Points, Record, Highest Rank, Lowest Rank, , AP rank, Coache's rank, Gary Parrish's rank, Voter's Take 

Conference power rankings:

  1. Big East (0.0201)
  2. ACC (0.0302)
  3. Big 12 (0.0704)
  4. Big 10 (0.0706)
  5. Pac 10 (0.1007)
  6. USA (0.1503)
  7. SEC (0.1508)
  8. Atlantic 10 (0.1510)
  9. West Coast (0.1705)
  10. Mountain West (0.1911)
  11. Horizon (0.2209)
  12. Missouri Valley (0.2412)
  13. MAAC (0.2513)
  14. Western Athletic (0.2514)

(Only teams receiving votes in TPP are calculated into CPR)

Breaking down the rankings: 

A new week and yet another new #1. Connecticut gets their second shot of the season to hold the top spot and is followed by North Carolina and former #1 Pittsburgh. Memphis continues to quietly climb the rankings and is up to #4 this week. Rounding out the top 5 is Louisville who is coming off a nice win over Marquette.

Oklahoma comes in at #6 after two Griffin-less losses to Texas and Kansas. Michigan State looks to be tops in the Big 10 and climbs to #7. Duke drops one spot to #8 with a huge showdown at UNC this weekend. Kansas jumps up 5 spots to #9 after two top 10 wins and is followed by Wake Forest.

LSU continues to win and move up the rankings. The tigers jump 6 spots to #11 and are followed by Marquette and Villanova. Missouri drops 3 spots after becoming the 40<sup>th</sup> straight team to lose at Allen Fieldhouse and are followed by the Huskies of Washington.

Purdue comes in at #16 and is followed by slumping Clemson who is down 5 spots from last week. Gonzaga continues their conference dominance and jumps to # 18 followed by Xavier and UCLA who is coming off a nice win vs Cal.

The Illini drop three spots to #21 this week. Florida State holds their position at #22 and is followed by Arizona State who is this week’s biggest loser; dropping seven spots from last week. Butler climbs one spot to #24 followed by Syracuse who jumps back into the top 25 this week.

Thanks to everyone who voted! All voters make sure and check out the People's Poll Group!

What!?! How can ____ not be ranked! Or how did ____ get a first place vote? Click here to check out everyone's ballots!

Posted on: February 23, 2009 12:21 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2009 2:00 pm
 

The People's Poll: Week 15

Welcome to the Week 15 People's Poll!     

The People's Poll is made up of 40+ College Basketball fans who want their opinions heard! Voters give their take over the weeks action on the main CBB board with the results tallied here every Monday. Each week's poll reflects games played through Sunday. If you'd like to check out each voters ballot, here you go. Even if you're not a regular voter, look for the People's Poll voting thread every week to give your take! You may end up in the poll!

So without further adieu.. I give you the Week 15 People's Poll! 


I would just like to point out to CBS that it is lame that we STILL can not edit picture (team logo) sizes.

Pittsburgh Panthers logo1. (40) Pittsburgh (+3) 1000 25-2 HR-1 LR-1          AP- CP-1 GP-1

"The best team in the country right now. They have one of the best big men, one of the best point guards, and one of the most underrated swingmen in the nation. They are going to be a tough out come March." -Chrisishokie

2. Connecticut (-1) 938 25-2 HR-2 LR-7          AP- CP-2 GP-2

"Huge game vs Marquette Wed. that could decide if they're Big East Champion or not." -Jermtheworm33

3. Oklahoma (-1) 891 25-2 HR-2 LR-11          AP- CP-3 GP-3

"The Sooners managed to gain a lot from a tough loss in Austin.  With an impressive performance from Warren as well as the rest of the cast Oklahoma proved it wasn't just Griffin earning those wins." -Gocavs33

North Carolina Tar Heels logo4. North Carolina (-1) 589 24-3 HR-2 LR-9          AP- CP-5 GP-4

"The loss at Maryland isn't as bad as most think, but it showed that the Heels are just as vulnerable as everyone else to a great player taking over with a monster game." -Pittbaster

Memphis Tigers logo5. Memphis (+1) 836 24-3 HR-2 LR-13          AP- CP-4 GP-5

"I feel this team is now overrated...hard to tell with the teams they play how good they really are." -Carnagex

6. Louisville (+1) 788 21-5 HR-3 LR-13          AP- CP-6 GP-6

"I will repeat what I said last week, "I don't think anybody wants to play these guys in the Tournament"." -Lobofan2003

7. Duke (+4) 674 22-5 HR-4 LR-NR          AP- CP-7 GP-7

"Their reliance on the 3 may bite them in the NCAA Tourney, but when they'on on, they can beat anyone." -Theriverrock

8. Marquette (+1) 665 23-4 HR-6 LR-14          AP- CP-10 GP-13

"A tough win at Georgetown is just the beginning of a difficult end of season." -Sportemind

Michigan St. Spartans logo9. Michigan State (-4) 21-5 657 HR-4 LR-NR          AP- CP-9 GP-9

"Not to take anything away from Purdue's win over the Spartans, but they just looked like they never got off the bus from East Lansing in this one." -Wachoosay

10. Villanova (+2) 649 22-5 HR-5 LR-14          AP- CP-12 GP-12

"Villanova seems to be peaking at the right time.  They won 8 of their last 9, the only loss coming to a very underrated West Virginia team on the road." -Gezemice

11. Missouri (-1) 616 23-4 HR-3 LR-18          AP- CP-8 GP-11

"Currently on cruise control, but two toughest games of the year are yet to come." -Nascarfan999

12. Clemson (+1) 589 22-4 HR-6 LR-15          AP- CP-13 GP-8

"They came back from a 15 point deficit to beat Georgia Tech, they are making a lot of games closer than they need to be." -Reamo37

13. Wake Forest (-5) 508 20-5 HR-8 LR-22          AP- CP-14 GP-10

"They have relied heavily on their freshman class. Remember the best thing about freshmen is they become sophomores (or now they leave and go pro)" -Kvskubball

Kansas Jayhawks logo14. Kansas (E) 502 22-5 HR-5 LR-19          AP- CP-15 GP-14

"What a matchup on Monday, the National Champs aren't being talked about much." -Lobofan2003

Purdue Boilermakers logo 15. Purdue (+5) 424 21-6 HR-8 LR-21          AP- CP-16 GP-16

"Purdue is on a roll, thumping Michigan State.  Question is - will Hummel be healthy?  If he will, this Purdue team will be a force in the tourney.  If he won't - they can still win a couple games." -Gezemice

 16. Arizona State (E) 387 21-5 HR-8 LR-NR          AP- CP-11 GP-19

"LOL you rushed the court after beating an unranked team at home by 2 points, how sad. I drop you in the ranks for being so sad." -Loucards

17. LSU (+4) 325 23-4 HR-4 LR-NR          AP- CP-18 GP-17

"They're my big mover of the week, because the consistency they've shown has finally earned them respect.  They are my sleeper team for the Final Four, because no one knows what their ceiling is and that makes them dangerous." -Pittbaster

Illinois Fighting Illini logo18. Illinois (-3) 311 22-6 HR-13 LR-NR          AP- CP-20 GP-15

"33 points stings but the Illini made Jason Wells a happy man Sunday with a road win in Columbus." -Trespac

 19. Washington (E) 263 20-7 HR-11 LR-NR          AP- CP-21 GP-18

"This team is resilient, they’ve followed up each conference loss with solid preformances.  The Pac 10 title goes through Seattle!" -Huskyonspeed

Gonzaga Bulldogs logo20. Gonzaga (+2) 252 21-5 HR-12 LR-NR          AP- CP-17 GP-23

"Gonzaga is flying under the radar again. They are undefeated in WCC play. Maybe that is what's best for this team. Nobody seems to be paying much attention to them anymore. They have to the talent to go on a "surprise" Final Four run." -Chrisishokie

21. Xavier (-4) 149 22-5 HR-17 LR-NR          AP- CP-22 GP-21

"It was tough finding the last five... Xavier is slowly working on moving out of top 25" -Dmmizzou123

22. Florida State (NR) 146 21-6 HR-14 LR-NR          AP- CP-25 GP-20

"Nice win in Blacksburg vs. the Hokies. Even Bobby Bowden is getting excited." -Brwhite23

UCLA Bruins logo23. UCLA (-5) 128 20-7 HR-18 LR-NR          AP- CP-19 GP-22

"Just keep losing...Will we have a UCLAless top 25 next week?" -Jermtheworm33

24. West Virginia (NR) 100 19-8 HR-14 LR-NR          AP- CP-NR GP-NR

"Lots of loses but look at their schedule and who their loses have come to. Another tough team to rank because they have lots of decent wins and no bad loses." -Loucards

Butler Bulldogs logo25. Butler (E) 68 23-4 HR-17 LR-NR          AP- CP-23 GP-25

"After 2 consecutive conference losses, they won their Bracket Buster at Davidson. They liked that Southern cooking." -Kvskubball


In: Florida State, West Virginia      Out: Syracuse, Dayton 

Biggest jump: Purdue (+5)      Biggest fall: Wake Forest, Purdue (-5)

Others receiving votes: Arizona 45, Syracuse 44, Utah 44, Texas 24, Florida 20, Michigan 17, Ohio State 11, Creighton 11, South Carolina 10, California 9, Wisconsin 9, Minnesota 7, Utah State 6, Penn State 6, Kentucky 5, St. Mary's 4, Siena 2, Pepperdine 1

What it all means: (First place votes), Team, (Change in rank from last week), Points, Record, Highest Rank, Lowest Rank, , AP rank, Coache's rank, Gary Parrish's rank, Voter's Take 

Conference power rankings:

  1. Big East (0.0402)
  2. Big 10 (0.0505)
  3. ACC (0.0603)
  4. Pac 10 (0.0706)
  5. Big 12 (0.0904)
  6. West Coast (0.1209)
  7. SEC (0.1408)
  8. Atlantic 10 (0.1907)
  9. Mountain West  (0.1911)
  10. USA (0.2001)
  11. Horizon (0.2010)
  12. Western Athletic (0.2113)
  13. Missouri Valley (0.2212)
  14. MAAC (0.2414)

(Only teams receiving votes in TPP are calculated into CPR)

Breaking down the rankings: 

With the top 3 teams losing last week, Pittsburgh jumps up three spots to grab #1 for the second time this year. Connecticut drops to #2 after their loss to now #1 Pitt. Oklahoma comes in at #3 heading into a huge showdown with #14 Kansas tonight. North Carolina lands at #4 after a tough loss at Maryland and finishing up the top 5 this week is a newcomer to the top tier; Memphis.

 Louisville leads off the next grouping at #6. The Cardinals are followed by Duke and Marquette. Michigan State slides to #9 after barely avoiding their second loss of the week vs Wisconsin. Rounding out the top 10 is another Big East team; Villanova.

Missouri falls one spot to #11 despite not losing last week. Clemson climbs to #12 followed by Wake Forest who is coming off a loss at Cameron Indoor. Kansas stays the same at #14 followed by a surging Purdue who is up five spots from last week.

Arizona State comes in at #16 after a nice late night win over Arizona. LSU jumps up four spots to #17 and are followed by Illinois and Washington. Filling out the top 20 this week is Gonzaga who looks to live up to their pre-season expectations.

Xavier drops four spots to #21 and is followed by Florida State who has been flirting with the polls the last couple weeks. UCLA drops five spots after another loss to #23. West Virginia climbs back into the poll this week at #24 followed by Butler who rounds out the poll.

Thanks to everyone who voted! All voters make sure and check out the People's Poll Group!

What!?! How can ____ not be ranked! Or how did ____ get a first place vote? Click here to check out everyone's ballots!

Posted on: February 23, 2009 12:16 pm
 

The People's Poll: Week 14

Week 14's poll can be seen here.

Big thanks to Gezemice for taking care of the poll during my absence.

Posted on: February 9, 2009 11:33 am
Edited on: February 9, 2009 3:10 pm
 

The People's Poll: Week 13

Welcome to the Week 13 People's Poll!    

The People's Poll is made up of 40+ College Basketball fans who want their opinions heard! Voters give their take over the weeks action on the main CBB board with the results tallied here every Monday. Each week's poll reflects games played through Sunday. If you'd like to check out each voters ballot, here you go. Even if you're not a regular voter, look for the People's Poll voting thread every week to give your take! You may end up in the poll!

So without further adieu.. I give you the Week 13 People's Poll! 


1. (36) Connecticut (E) 996 22-1          HR-1 LR-2          AP-1 CP-1 GP-1

"Their size will give many teams fits, they got their motor running against Louisville. We have a repeat #1 for the first time in over a month." -Kvskubball

2. (1) Oklahoma (E) 940 23-1          HR-1 LR-5          AP-2 CP-2 GP-2

"I don't particularly like how they play...which is win against inferior opponents by about 5 points." -Oneandonlystout

North Carolina Tar Heels logo3. (3) North Carolina (E) 932 21-2          HR-1 LR-5          AP-3 CP-3 GP-3

"Haven't lost since game @Wake Forest. Look like the team to beat in ACC." -Lobofan2003

Pittsburgh Panthers logo4. Pittsburgh (+2) 884 21-2          HR-3 LR-6          AP-4 CP-4 GP-4

"Everyone on this team seems to compliment one another perfectly. Everyone knows their role." -Sandman8392

5. Louisville (E) 809 18-4          HR-3 LR-11          AP-5 CP-7 GP-6

"Struggled this week. Looked outmanned vs. Uconn and looked uninterested in winning at St. John's." -Trespac

6. Duke (-2) 781 20-3          HR-3 LR-13          AP-6 CP-5 GP-5

"Still won't make it past the Sweet 16 (Saying it all year long), there guards just aren't athletic enough, and Zoubek isn't that great." -Badgers Ballers

Michigan St. Spartans logo7. Michigan State (+6) 691 19-4          HR-5 LR-22          AP-9 CP-9 GP-7

"Won their 2 games this week by a total of 57 points." -Bksballer89

8. Wake Forest (E) 659 18-3          HR-6 LR-15          AP-7 CP-8 GP-10

"They totally got their asses handed to them at Miami, nice rebound win over BC." -Trespac

Memphis Tigers logo9. Memphis (+5) 651 20-3          HR-5 LR-NR          AP-8 CP-10 GP-8

"Memphis totally laid the beatdown on Gonzaga. That team plays defense. And defense is what wins games. Evans is one of the best freshman in the country. This team is improving each and every game." -Chrisishokie

10. Marquette (-3) 640 20-3          HR-4 LR-14          AP-10 CP-12 GP-11

"We've had two pretenders in the BEAST fall like bad cuts of meat to the pavement, (GTown and ND, you know who you are), when Marquette hits the meat grinder part of the BEAST will they be next - or will Syracuse beat them to the sizzlin side-walk?" -Kvskubball

11. Clemson (-1) 638 19-3          HR-6 LR-18          AP-12 CP-11 GP-9

"1 game after their biggest win this season...they get beat by FSU...the Tigers are the headcases of the NCAA." -Oneandonlystout

UCLA Bruins logo12. UCLA (+3) 591 19-4          HR-5 LR-19          AP-11 CP-6 GP-14

"So much for that talk of the Pac 10 catching up to them.  They’re a buzz saw right now." -Huskyonspeed

13.Villanova (+6) 557 19-4          HR-8 LR-17          AP-13 CP-13 GP-12

"Their three losses in the Big East came against Connecticut, Louisville, and Marquette by close margins. They have solid wins against Syracuse and Pitt, and they have two players averaging over 15 points." -Reamo37

14. Xavier (-5) 471 20-3          HR-10 LR-19          AP-14 CP-14 GP-16

"Did anyone think they'd go unbeaten in the Atlantic 10?? If not then this shouldn't have been a surprise really." -Agsmith46

Kansas Jayhawks logo15.Kansas (+6) 462 19-4          HR-11 LR-18          AP-16 CP-16 GP-13

"They have quietly put together an 8-0 record in the Big 12, and they're looking more and more like they could make a deep run in the Tournament." -Babyblueunc

Butler Bulldogs logo16. Butler (-5) 373 21-2          HR-11 LR-NR          AP-15 CP-15 GP-15

"Sorry, but top 20 teams don't lose at UWGB, and then nearly lose to a 6 win Detroit Mercy team." -Badgers Ballers

Illinois Fighting Illini logo17. Illinois (+5) 269 19-5          HR-10 LR-NR          AP-22 CP-20 GP-21

"Illinois continues losing big on the road and winning big at home.  That is about as consistent as it gets nowadays... the only team in the Big Ten who hasn't lost at home yet." -Gezemice

18. Missouri (NR) 238 20-4          HR-16 LR-NR          AP-17 CP-19 GP-22

"As a KU fan it pains me to admit that this team is legit. Unfortunately it all comes to an end on Big Monday...Boosh!" -Brwhite23

Syracuse Orange logo19. Syracuse (-2) 185 18-6          HR-15 LR-NR          AP-23 CP-22 GP-19

"Syracuse is slipping. They better pick it up before they go Notre Dame on us." -Chrisishokie

Purdue Boilermakers logo20. Purdue (-8) 178 17-6          HR-13 LR-NR          AP-20 CP-23 GP-26

"Starting to get back up where they were earlier this season, and ouch, two losses in one week, that doesn't help" -Hossierguy10109

21. Arizona State (NR) 160 18-5          HR-15 LR-NR          AP-18 CP-18 GP-NR

"Just when I think I've got the Pac-10 figured out, ASU looks again like the best of the 5 schools trying to grab at-large bids and nip at UCLA's heels." -Pittbaster

22. Florida State (NR) 157 18-5          HR-16 LR-NR          AP-25 CP-25 GP-18

"Finally got a win in a close game against Clemson after losing by less than ten in all of their conference losses." -Sportemind

23. Ohio State (NR) 147 17-5          HR-16 LR-NR          AP-24 CP-NR GP-17

"The Big 10 top 25 carousel continues to spin...this weeks winner = OSU." -Brwhite23

24. Utah State (E) 128 23-1          HR-11 LR-NR          AP-21 CP-NR GP-NR

"The best record in the country can only get you so far." -Sandman8392

Gonzaga Bulldogs logo25. Gonzaga (-5) 125 17-5          HR-14 LR-NR          AP-19 CP-21 GP-25

"Just when it looked like they had their act together, Memphis comes in and absolutely destroys them. The Zags don't look like the Final 4 contender that they were supposed to be in the Pre-Season." -Babyblueunc


In: Missouri, Arizona State, Florida State, Ohio State      Out: Washington, Minnesota, Texas, South Carolina

Biggest jump: Missouri (+8)      Biggest fall: Purdue (-8)

Others receiving votes: LSU 80, Washington 75, Florida 54, Minnesota 54, Texas 21, West Virginia 20, South Carolina 14, Kansas State 8, California 4, Davidson 3, BYU 2, San Diego State 1, Cincinnati 1, Indiana 1

What it all means: (First place votes), Team, (Change in rank from last week), Points, Record, Highest Rank, Lowest Rank, , AP rank, Coache's rank, Gary Parrish's rank, Voter's Take 

Conference power rankings:

  1. ACC (0.0402)
  2. Big East (0.0403)
  3. Big 10 (0.0507)
  4. Big 12 (0.0606)
  5. Pac 10 (0.1008)
  6. West Coast (0.1510)
  7. Atlantic 10 (0.1704)
  8. SEC (0.1711)
  9. USA (0.1801)
  10. Horizon (0.1805)
  11. Western Athletic (0.1809)
  12. Mountain West (0.2113)
  13. Southern  (0.2414)

(Only teams receiving votes in TPP are calculated into CPR)

Breaking down the rankings: 

Finally some stability at the top! For the first time in a long time there is no change at #1. Meanwhile four of the top five teams remain the same from last week. Leading off their second week at #1 is Connecticut followed by Oklahoma who squeaked out a win at home over Colorado.  North Carolina is next and is trying to figure out if they can still be the team everyone thought they would be despite suspension and injuries. Pittsburgh moves up to #4 filling the spot vacated by Duke and Louisville rounds out the top 5.

Duke comes in at #6. The Blue Devils narrowly avoided back to back losses with an overtime win over Miami. Michigan State makes a big jump this week up 6 spots to #7. Wake Forest is next holding the same as last week. Another big jumper, Memphis, climbs to #9 and is followed by Marquette who is coming off an unexpected loss vs. South Florida.

Clemson comes in down one spot at #11 followed by the Bruins of UCLA who dismantled Notre Dame over the weekend. Villanova climbs 6 spots to #13 followed by Xavier who is coming off their third loss of the season. Kansas makes a nice climb up to #15 as the Jayhawks go into a Big Monday showdown at Mizzou tonight.

Butler falls 5 spots to #16 after their second loss. The Bulldogs are followed by Illinois and Missouri. The Tigers are making noise in the Big 12 and still have an outside shot at the conference crown with remaining games against KU and OU. Syracuse comes in down 2 spots from last week and is followed by Purdue. The Boilermakers don’t seem to be nearly the same team without Hummel who is suffering through a back injury.

Arizona State jumps back into the poll this week at #21. The Sun Devils are followed by two other newcomers this week, Florida State and Ohio State. Utah State holds strong at #24 with still only one loss on the season. Rounding out the poll this week is Gonzaga who is coming off a pounding at the hands of Memphis.

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