Posted on: February 2, 2009 12:26 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2009 11:37 pm
 

The People's Poll: Week 12

Welcome to the Week 12 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 12 People's Poll! 


NOTE: FOR SOME REASON I AM UNABLE TO SIZE THE LOGOS.. AND SOME HAVE A BLUE BOX AROUND THEM. I WILL TRY AND FIX THE POLL ONCE CBS HAS CORRECTED THE ISSUE.

Connecticut Huskies logo1. (37) Connecticut (+1) 997 20-1 HR-1 LR-1          AP- CP-1 GP-1

"Another new number one. They get a tough road test vs Louisville on Monday, a few weeks ago they knocked off Pitt @ number 1 and I see it happening again." -Loucards

Oklahoma Sooners logo2. (1) Oklahoma (+1) 945 21-1 HR-1 LR-5          AP- CP-2 GP-2

"The POY is here and he has a supporting cast this year. Kansas may be their only challenger." -Sandman8392

North Carolina Tar Heels logo3. (2) North Carolina (+1) 909 19-2 HR-1 LR-7          AP- CP-4 GP-3

"UNC...isn't impressing me at all...close win that should have been a loss at FSU." -Oneandonlystout

Duke Blue Devils logo4. Duke (-3) 880 19-2 HR-2 LR-7          AP- CP-3 GP-4

"If Duke plans on getting to the final four they will need better production from Paulus and Scheyer. Scheyer is shooting 36% from the 3 point line and Paulus is shooting 33%." -Bksballer1129

Louisville Cardinals logo5. Louisville (+2) 824 17-3 HR-3 LR-8          AP- CP-7 GP-5

"Terrence Williams is leading the team in rebounds and assists. He is a key component of their 8-0 start in the Big East." -Reamo37

Pittsburgh Panthers logo6. Pittsburgh (-3) 796 19-2 HR-4 LR-8          AP- CP-5 GP-7

"Why do you schedule Robert Morris in the middle of conference play? Looking to beat up on someone? Bully's!" -Brwhite23

Marquette Golden Eagles logo7. Marquette (+1) 755 19-2 HR-4 LR-10          AP- CP-8 GP-6

"Well, they are starting to play some of the tough teams in the BEAST and so far, so good." -Kvskubball

Wake Forest Demon Deacons logo8. Wake Forest (-3) 751 17-2 HR-3 LR-11          AP- CP-6 GP-8

"Sure, the Georgia Tech loss hurts, but they have beaten three top ten teams in a few short weeks, and I still have all of those teams in my top ten.  No one else can make that claim." -Pittbaster

Xavier Musketeers logo9. Xavier (+2) 633 19-2 HR-6 LR-19          AP- CP-9 GP-11

"A lot of people dont realize their in the top 20 in SOS." -Shaunyboy

Clemson Tigers logo10. Clemson (+2) 619 18-2 HR-8 LR-24          AP- CP-10 GP-9

"Nice comeback win, but eventually they will have to beat one of the “top three” in the ACC." -Huskyonspeed

Butler Bulldogs logo11. Butler (+2) 595 19-1 HR-8 LR-NR          AP- CP-11 GP-10

"Am I the only one who appreciates these guys?" -Somerandomdude

Purdue Boilermakers logo12. Purdue (+5) 536 17-4 HR-8 LR-24          AP- CP-13 GP-13

"Purdue is now second in the Big Ten and playing with a passion. They showed some great poise in the game at Wisconsin." -Reamo37

Michigan St. Spartans logo13. Michigan State (-4) 511 17-4 HR-9 LR-20          AP- CP-14 GP-12

"Now they've lost two games at home in Big 10 play they shouldn't ever lose, Penn State and Northwestern, these teams are both better this year but, come on." -Hoosierguy1019

Memphis Tigers logo14. Memphis (+4) 424 18-3 HR-9 LR-NR          AP- CP-15 GP-17

"Easy week, but they take a step up in competition as they head to Gonzaga Saturday." Agsmith46

UCLA Bruins logo15. UCLA (+4) 324 17-4 HR-12 LR-NR          AP- CP-12 GP-22

"Jrue Holiday stepped up this week, if he continues to be a factor they’ll keep climbing the rankings." -Huskyonspeed

Texas Longhorns logo16. Texas (-6) 322 15-5 HR-12 LR-NR          AP- CP-17 GP-14

"Lost and not found, AJ Abrams' shot...lost to Kansas State @ home, OUCH" -Kvskubball

Syracuse Orange logo17. Syracuse (-3) 313 17-5 HR-13 LR-NR          AP- CP-20 GP-16

"The Big East schedule is beginning to get to this team as they have lost 4 of their last 5." -Sandman8392

Minnesota Golden Gophers logo18. Minnesota (NR) 302 18-3 18-3  HR-12 LR-NR          AP- CP-19 GP-19

"Surviving the Big 10 grind much better than almost anyone anticipated - so far, bad time to go road-tripping in the Big 10, especially if you're heading to Michigan State." -KVskubball

Villanova Wildcats logo19. Villanova (NR) 286 17-4 HR-11 LR-NR          AP- CP-16 GP-15

"Finally got the big win that they needed on their resume." -Bksballer1129

Gonzaga Bulldogs logo20. Gonzaga (E) 279 16-4 HR-12 LR-NR          AP- CP-18 GP-21

"Didn't play particularly well against Saint Mary's, but they really handled San Diego well. Look for them to run right through the WCC now." -Gonzagafan62

Kansas Jayhawks logo21. Kansas (+4) 261 17-4 HR-13 LR-NR          AP- CP-24 GP-18

"Looking like the front runner in the Big XII North. Big game at Baylor on Big Monday." -Brwhite23

Illinois Fighting Illini logo22. Illinois (-6) 238 18-4 HR-13 LR-NR          AP- CP-21 GP-20

"36 points. 36 points. They may not have a top 25 team, but they have the resume of one." -Sandman8392

Washington Huskies logo23. Washington (+1) 140 16-5 HR-16 LR-NR          AP- CP-25 GP-NR

"Could be the team to beat in the Pac10." -Loucards

Utah St. Aggies logo24. Utah State (NR) 57 21-1 HR-13 LR-NR          AP- CP-22 GP-NR

"Yes, I know, I know, but they have one lone loss, to a good team, and any team with one loss at this point in the season deserves to be here." -Hoosierguy1019

South Carolina Gamecocks logo25. South Carolina (NR) 53 16-4 HR-14 LR-NR          AP- CP-NR GP-25

"They're tied for first in the SEC East, Coach Horn is doing a stand up job." -Agsmith46


In: Minnesota, Villanova, Utah State, South Carolina      Out: Arizona State, Georgetown, St. Mary's, Kentucky

Biggest jump: Minnesota (+8)      Biggest fall: Texas, Illinois (-6)

Others receiving votes: Missouri 44, Dayton 35, Davidson 33, West Vrignia 31, Penn State 25, Arizona State 24, UNLV 16, LSU 14, Ohio State 7, Florida State 6, BYU 5, Providence 4, California 3, Northern Iowa 3

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 (0.0401)
  2. Big East (0.0403)
  3. Big 10 (0.0408)
  4. Big 12 (0.905)
  5. Pac 10 (0.1109)
  6. Atlantic 10 (0.1206)
  7. Horizon (0.1602)
  8. West Coast (0.1807)
  9. SEC (0.1810)
  10. Mountain West (0.1812)
  11. Western Athletic (0.2010)
  12. USA (0.2104)
  13. Southern (0.2512)
  14. Missouri Valley (0.2514)

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

Breaking down the rankings: 

Another week.. Another new #1 (a bit of a broken record). Connecticut gets their try at the top spot this week though it may be short lived as they have a huge game tonight vs Louisville. If UConn falters, Oklahoma lays in waiting and is up to #2 this week. North Carolina climbs up to #3 followed by ACC rival and previous #1 Duke. Rounding out the top 5 this week is the aforementioned Cardinals of Louisville.

Pittsburgh drops to #6 this week followed by a fellow Big East squad Marquette. It seems the Golden Eagles are having no trouble adjusting to new coach Buzz Williams. Wake Forest comes in next at #8 after a tough loss to Georgia Tech. Xavier climbs up a couple spots to #9 and Clemson finishes up the top 10.

Butler jumps to #11 and Purdue makes a nice climb up 5 spots to #12. They are followed by a dropping Michigan State. Memphis quietly moves up a few notches to #14 and is followed by UCLA.

The next two spots are filled by teams coming off losses, Texas and Syracuse. Minnesota jumps back into the poll at #18 followed by a fellow newcomer Villanova. Rounding out the top 20 is Gonzaga who holds the same as last week after knocking off St. Mary’s.

Kansas jumps up to #21 as they continue to remain unbeaten in Big 12 play. Illinois is up next and needs to figure out how to score more than 36 points in a game.  Washington comes in up one despite a loss. The Huskies are followed by two newcomers to this week’s poll, Utah State and South Carolina who is coming off of a nice win vs previously ranked Kentucky.

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: January 26, 2009 11:39 am
Edited on: January 26, 2009 3:21 pm
 

The People's Poll: Week 11

Welcome to the Week 11 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 11 People's Poll! 


Duke Blue Devils logo1. (29) Duke (+1) 979 18-1 HR-1 LR-5          AP-1 CP-1 GP-1

"It's their turn to be atop the Rankings, It could be short lived though with a date with Wake looming." -BabyBlueUNC

Connecticut Huskies logo2. (4) Connecticut (+2) 937 18-1 HR-1 LR-5          AP-2 CP-2 GP-2

"Two big wins in the league over Nova and at Notre Dame, breaking the Irish's home game winning streak, they are rock solid right now." -Dookisevil

Pittsburgh Panthers logo3. (5) Pittsburgh (E) 934 18-1 HR-1 LR-5          AP-3 CP-3 GP-3

"I am biased, but any unbiased person could see that their resume is better than Duke." -Pitty618

North Carolina Tar Heels logo4. (2) North Carolina (+1) 857 17-2 HR-1 LR-7          AP-5 CP-6 GP-6

"Beat up on Clemson, Whats new? Don't be surprised if they lost to FSU or NC State this week." -Bksballer1129

Wake Forest Demon Deacons logo5. Wake Forest (-4) 846 16-1 HR-3 LR-7          AP-6 CP-4 GP-5

"Simply put Gaudio wasn't ready to coach that big of a game, They could suffer more of those type losses now that they're one of the hunted, rather than a hunter." -Agsmith46

Oklahoma Sooners logo6. Oklahoma (E) 828 19-1 HR-3 LR-9          AP-4 CP-5 GP-4

"95-76 win over Baylor solidifies this team atop the Big XII south." -Brwhite23

Louisville Cardinals logo7. Louisville (+4) 751 15-3 HR-3 LR-11          AP-7 CP-7 GP-7

"Based on the last two weeks, they could be #1, but their mid-season fall from grace will hurt them for a while." -Somerandomdude

Marquette Golden Eagles logo8. Marquette (+1) 664 17-2 HR-6 LR-23          AP-8 CP-8 GP-10

"You're hearing next to nothing about them, if they can have someone step up like D-Wade did a few years back, they'll sniff the final four." -Agsmith46

Michigan St. Spartans logo9. Michigan State (-2) 618 16-3 HR-7 LR-NR          AP-9 CP-9 GP-9

"The loss to Northwestern isn't as bad as it may seems, they still look capable of losing to anyone though." -BabyBlueUNC

Texas Longhorns logo10. Texas (+3) 567 14-4 HR-7 LR-NR          AP-11 CP-12 GP-8

"They must win there next few games to set up a huge rematch 2/21 vs OU." -Cuse5566

Xavier Musketeers logo11. Xavier (+5) 544 17-2 HR-7 LR-25          AP-10 CP-10 GP-14

"Nice win over LSU. Either Xavier is better than people think or the SEC is as bad as people think, you pick!" -Kcskubball

Clemson Tigers logo12. Clemson (-2) 510 17-2 HR-8 LR-NR          AP-12 CP-11 GP-12

"Tough loss to UNC, but this team is still legit." -Trespac

Butler Bulldogs logo13. Butler (+1) 503 18-1 HR-7 LR-NR          AP-13 CP-13 GP-13

"Beat 2 good teams in the conference at home this week, should pound Valpo this week." -Cuse5566

Syracuse Orange logo14. Syracuse (-6) 490 17-4 HR-9 LR-NR          AP-15 CP-15 GP-11

"Lost to Pitt and Louisville this week, the game with Providece on wednesday is a must win." -Cusefan4eva

Arizona St. Sun Devils logo15. Arizona State (+2) 424 16-3 HR-10 LR-25          AP-14 CP-14 GP-16

"Like Notre Dame, they are too reliant on a pair of stars (Pendegraph and Harden, in this case) but unlike the Irish they've been winning games.  I doubt they're a deep tournament team." -Pittbaster

Illinois Fighting Illini logo16. Illinois (+4) 404 17-3 HR-9 LR-25          AP-19 CP-20 GP-15

"The Illini had two impressive wins over Ohio State and Wisconsin, they are starting to appear as a threat in the Big 10." -Dookisevil

Purdue Boilermakers logo17. Purdue (+1) 403 15-4 HR-12 LR-NR          AP-16 CP-17 GP-17

"Purdue is regrouping nicely from the early losses with a win over Minnesota this week." -Gezemice

Memphis Tigers logo18. Memphis (NR) 244 16-3 HR-11 LR-NR          AP-18 CP-19 GP-19

"Memphis is led by Freshman of the year candidate Tyreke Evans in their defeat of Tenn at Tennessee. More good news for Memphis is they still have plenty of room to improve and are showing all indications that they will." -Halo27legend

UCLA Bruins logo19. UCLA (-4) 217 15-4 HR-6 LR-NR          AP-17 CP-16 GP-NR

"It’s looking more like it’s the name that’s keeping the Bruins up here, but I still feel they have enough to stay near the top of the Pac 10." -Huskyonspeed

Gonzaga Bulldogs logo20. Gonzaga (+5) 176 14-4 HR-15 LR-NR          AP-20 CP-25 GP-23

"Will likely go undefeated in WCC play unless St. Mary's challenges, shouldn't get higher than a 7 seed regardless of rank, IMHO." -Pitty618

Georgetown Hoyas logo21. Georgetown (-9) 173 12-6 HR-13 LR-NR          AP-25 CP-23 GP-18

"I don't know whats going on with Georgetown, but I can't forget about their win at UConn." -Reamo37

St. Mary's (Ca.) Gaels logot22. St. Mary's (+1) 139 18-1 HR-8 LR-NR          AP-22 CP-18 GP-NR

"The bigger conferences are showing their parity, allowing the big fish in smaller ponds (Gonzaga, Butler as well) to continue moving up." -Agsmith46

Kentucky Wildcats logot22. Kentucky (NR) 139 16-4 HR-15 LR-NR          AP-24 CP-NR GP-22

"I'm not sure they are the best team in the SEC, but they are playing like it." Kvskubball

Washington Huskies logo24. Washington (NR) 120 15-4 HR-13 LR-NR          AP-23 CP-NR GP-NR

"Win over UCLA vaults the impressive Huskies into the top 25." -Trespac

Kansas Jayhawks logo25. Kansas (NR) 96 15-4 HR-14 LR-NR          AP-NR CP-NR GP-20

"The Jayhawks are 4-0 in their conference and deserve to be here in the poll." -Dookisevil


In: Memphis, Kentucky, Washington, Kansas      Out: Minnesota, Villanova, Notre Dame, California

Biggest jump: Memphis (+7)      Biggest fall: Georgetown (-9)

Others receiving votes: Minnesota 95, Villanova 63, Florida 43, West Virginia 35, Missouri 35, Notre Dame 27, Michigan 22, Utah State 22, Davidson 20, Virginia Tech 19, Florida State 15, Baylor 13, California 12, Dayton 7, Tennessee 3, Ohio State 1, Miami (Fla) 1, Seton Hall 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 (0.0302)
  2. Big East (0.0303)
  3. Big Ten (0.0606)
  4. Big 12 (0.0804)
  5. Pac 10 (0.1008)
  6. Atlantic 10 (0.1405)
  7. West Coast (0.1409)
  8. SEC (0.1610)

(Only conferences with 2 or more teams receiving votes are included in the CPR)

Breaking down the rankings: 

A new week brings another new #1. The revolving ACC/Big East door for the top spot takes another spin this week as Duke gets their shot at #1. The Blue Devils have earned it but were by no means a unanimous top choice. Four of the top five teams received at least one first place vote this week. Connecticut comes in at the two spot followed by Big East counterpart Pittsburgh. Finishing up the all ACC/Big East top 5 are two more ACC squads, Wake Forest and North Carolina.

Oklahoma continues to hold strong at #6 followed by Louisville who is coming off a nice weekend showing. Untested Marquette is next followed by the first team out of the Big 10; Michigan State. Rounding out the top 10 this week is Texas who looks to keep pace with OU in the Big 12.

Xavier leads off the next 5 at #11 followed by a Clemson team who looks to prove they are not the team of years past. Butler is next at #13 with Syracuse close behind coming off a disappointing week. Our highest ranked Pac 10 team is next; Arizona State. The Sun Devils finish up our top 15.

The fighting Illini come in up 4 spots from last week followed by Purdue. Memphis makes its way back into the rankings after a nice road win vs Tennessee. Slumping UCLA is next followed by Gonzaga.

Speaking of slumping, Georgetown comes in at #21 followed by St. Mary’s who is tied with the Wildcats of Kentucky who look to make noise in the SEC. Rounding out the top 25 this week are Washington who is finally living up to its talent and the defending champs; Kansas.

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: January 19, 2009 11:06 am
Edited on: January 19, 2009 3:11 pm
 

The People's Poll: Week 10

Welcome to the Week 10 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 10 People's Poll!


Wake Forest Demon Deacons logo1. (37) Wake Forest (+1) 997 16-0 HR-1 LR-2          AP-1 CP-1 GP-1

"The last remaining undefeated team deserves the love this week with a win over North Carolina, and road wins at Boston College and Clemson." -Kvskubball

Duke Blue Devils logo2. (3) Duke (+1) 955 16-1 HR-1 LR-4          AP-2 CP-2 GP-2

"I think they deserve number 1 because of the resume, sure they have a loss but they have played a much tougher schedule than Wake. Duke is number 3 in SOS, others in the top 5 have 3 loses + at this point. So theyve done pretty well. I still dont like the team and dont trust them but they must be number one. " -Loucards

Pittsburgh Panthers logo3. Pittsburgh (-2) 895 16-1 HR-2 LR-7          AP-4 CP-4 GP-3

"They lost to a team that by the end of the year will be in the top 10, could've been closer for not those questionable calls late in the game." -Badgers Ballers

Connecticut Huskies logo4. Connecticut (E) 869 16-1 HR-3 LR-8          AP-3 CP-3 GP-5

"This team hasn't played a marquee Big East game since the Georgetown debacle. Much to be desired." -Trespac

North Carolina Tar Heels logo5. North Carolina (E) 847 16-2 HR-2 LR-9          AP-5 CP-6 GP-4

"The Tar Heels are back, the have redeemed themselves in college basketball, they went into Virginia, and came out with a Wahoo buffet and then took on Miami and came out with a convincing win. My boys are back." -Dookisevil

Oklahoma Sooners logo6. Oklahoma (E) 795 17-1 HR-3 LR-9          AP-6 CP-5 GP-7

"Impressive win vs rival Texas on monday, and another good win on the road vs a underrated A&M team." -Bksballer1129

Michigan St. Spartans logo7. Michigan State (E) 773 15-2 HR-4 LR-12          AP-7 CP-7 GP-6

"Michigan State has the best recent record in the nation, five of their last 8 wins coming against top 35 teams in the country, and two of the others against medium caliber teams. That is seven medium to good wins in the last eight!  They are definitely the best team in the Big Ten." -Gezemice

Syracuse Orange logo8. Syracuse (E) 688 17-2 HR-3 LR-15          AP-8 CP-8 GP-10

"Got worked by Georgetown and also worked ND. This week will show what this teams about, will lose to Pitt and a toss up with UL. Syracuse needs a win over one of these teams with a very tough stretch coming up." -Loucards

Marquette Golden Eagles logo9. Marquette (+4) 619 16-2 HR-7 LR-17          AP-11 CP-10 GP-13

"Marquette is surprising lots of folks, as they are 5-0 in the conference, which is impressive, watch out for them they might be a sleeper." -Dookisevil

Clemson Tigers logo10. Clemson (-1) 595 16-1 HR-8 LR-15          AP-10 CP-9 GP-11

"Clemson had their first test of the season and failed. Are they going to have their annual collapse or will they get back on track Wednesday night against UNC? Mark em down as 16-2. They are 0-53 all time at Chapel Hill." -Chrisishokie

Louisville Cardinals logo11. Louisville (+12) 577 13-3 HR-7 LR-18          AP-9 CP-12 GP-12

"Louisville re-enters my poll after two impressive wins over Notre Dame and Pitt, it seems they are no longer a disappointment." -Dookisevil

Georgetown Hoyas logo12. Georgetown (E) 559 12-4 HR-7 LR-17          AP-12 CP-14 GP-8

"A win over 'Cuse makes up for that loss at Duke." -Brwhite23

Texas Longhorns logo13. Texas (-3) 501 13-4 HR-8 LR-NR          AP-14 CP-15 GP-9

"Gonna continue to drop IMO 3rd or 4 in the Big 12" -Carnagex

Butler Bulldogs logo14. Butler (+2) 442 16-1 HR-10 LR-24          AP-16 CP-17 GP-16

"I still think this might be a bit to high, but when you win, you don't lose positions you gain them, they need to keep winning." -Hoosierguy1019

UCLA Bruins logo15. UCLA (-4) 434 14-3 HR-9 LR-NR          AP-13 CP-11 GP-15

"The system only gets them so far. Lack of playmakers exposed in crucial last five minutes of regulation against ASU." -Duckbill30

Xavier Musketeers logo16. Xavier (+1) 426 15-2 HR-9 LR-NR          AP-15 CP-13 GP-17

"Only losses came to Butler and Duke. Both teams are in the top 15." -Bksballer1129

Arizona St. Sun Devils logo17. Arizona State (+1) 352 15-3 HR-12 LR-NR          AP-17 CP-16 GP-19

"Picks up a big win at pauly to beat UCLA. This was a great win and will no doubt help when it comes time to accept a seed." -Halo27legend

Purdue Boilermakers logo18. Purdue (+1) 251 14-4 HR-14 LR-NR          AP-18 CP-18 GP-20

"By the end of this season they will be trouble for a lot of teams. The young players on the team haven’t been able to overcome the injuries. But now that they are healthy, they are going to start playing like they did at the end of last season." -Reamo37

Minnesota Golden Gophers logo19. Minnesota (+1) 242 16-2 HR-14 LR-NR          AP-21 CP-20 GP-21

"ROAD WARNING - Couldn't escape unscathed... Bagged the Badgers in Wisconsin,  but tumbled to the pernicious Wildcats, at Northwestern." -KVSkubball

Illinois Fighting Illini logo20. Illinois (+5) 206 15-3 HR-13 LR-NR          AP-25 CP-24 GP-18

"Illinois is third in the NCAA in assists and assists per game (were first yesterday), and leads the Big Ten in field goals made and field goal percentage; #15 on the Pomeroy ratings; #12 on the Sagarin ratings... We have beaten three ranked teams, and only lost to ranked teams.  There are only 15 teams in the country who have only lost to currently ranked teams or didn't lose." -Gezemice

Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo21. Notre Dame (-7) 141 12-5 HR-14 LR-NR          AP-19 CP-19 GP-14

"They already have 5 losses. I don't care if you are in the Big East, that is not an excuse. They probably shouldn't even be in, but they played 2 road games this past week so I will give them the benefit of the doubt." -Chrisishokie

Villanova Wildcats logo22. Villanova (NR) 138 14-3 HR-15 LR-NR          AP-20 CP-21 GP-NR

"Haven't beaten one legit team yet. Their best win came against Temple." -Bksballer1129

St. Mary's (Ca.) Gaels logo23. St. Mary's (NR) 112 17-1 HR-10 LR-NR          AP-NR CP-22 GP-NR

"They're doing what a ranked team is supposed to do (win), but I can't wait to see them play Gonzaga." -Huskyonspeed

California Golden Bears logo24. California (-3) 100 15-3 HR-14 LR-NR          AP-NR CP-NR GP-25

"Look like a tourney team right now, and they have a shot at winning the Pac 10. Montogomery shows why he's such a good coach." -Badgers Ballers

Gonzaga Bulldogs logo25. Gonzaga (NR) 89 12-4 HR-15 LR-NR          AP-23 CP-NR GP-NR

"Zags entering WCC play should help boost their record, or at least feel like a break compared to their OOC schedule." -Trespac


In: Villanova, St. Mary's, Gonzaga      Out: Baylor, Michigan, Arkansas

Biggest jump: Louisville (+12)      Biggest fall: Notre Dame (-7)

Others receiving votes: Memphis 84, Baylor 79, Florida 55, Kentucky 41, Florida State 27, Michigan 19, Ohio State 18, Kansas 16, Davidson 16, West Virginia 13, Utah State 8, Stanford 6, Wisconsin 5, Illinois State 3, Texas AnM 2, Miami (Fla) 1, Dayton 1, George Mason 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.
    0401
  2. Big East.........................0.0402
  3. Big 10.............................0.0406
  4. Big 12.............................0.0804
  5. Pac 10............................0.1005
  6. West Coast...................0.1408
  7. Horizon..........................0.1503
  8. Atlantic 10.....................0.1507
  9. SEC.................................0.
    1510
  10. USA.................................0.
    2109
  11. Missouri Valley............0.2112
  12. Southern.......................0.2211
  13. Colonial Athletic..........0.2413

Breaking down the rankings:

A new week brings a new team atop TPP. Wake Forest pushes through to the top spot and becomes the second ACC school to have the honor this season. Wake is followed by Duke who also received first place votes this week. Previous #1 Pittsburgh drops to #3 after a hard fought loss at Louisville. The next two slots remain unchaged from last week with Connecticut at #4 and North Carolina at #5.

The top team outside of the ACC or Big East is Oklahoma. The Sooners come in at #6 after a nice win vs Texas. Michigan State holds on to the #7 spot and is followed by Syracuse who again stays put at #8. Marquette is next, up 4 spots from last week. They are followed by Clemson who is coming off their first loss of the season to Wake Forest.

Up next is our big jumper of the week; Louisville. The Cardinals jump from #23 all the way up to #11 after their dethroning of previous #1 Pitt. Georgetown is next followed by Texas who like their star (AJ Abrams) is struggling as of late. Butler continues to creep up the rankings and comes in at #14. Rounding out the top 15 is UCLA who had their 10 game win streak snapped by Arizona State over the weekend.

Xavier comes in down one spot at #16 followed by the aformentioned Sun Devils of Arizona State. Rounding out the top 20 is a group of Big 10 teams, Purdue, Minnesota and Illinois.

Notre Dame coming off another loss in the brutal Big East drops to #21 and is followed by fellow Big East team Villanova. St. Mary's climbs into the poll this week at #23 followed by California at #24. Finishing up the poll for week 10 are the Zags of Gonzaga who look to correct their mid-season slump.

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

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Posted on: January 12, 2009 12:24 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2009 3:56 pm
 

The People's Poll: Week 9

Welcome to the Week 9 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 9 People's Poll!


Pittsburgh Panthers logo1. (36) Pittsburgh (E) 996 15-0 HR-1 LR-2       AP-1 CP-1 GP-1

"Pitt won its first ever game as #1 by 20+ after a tight first half.  They shook off the eight days' rust and really turned it on in the second." -Pittbaster

Wake Forest Demon Deacons logo2. (4) Wake Forest (+2) 947 14-0 HR-1 LR-5       AP-2 CP-3 GP-2

"They deserve to leapfrog Duke after sending the Heels to 0-2 in ACC play.  They certainly legitimized their perfect record, leading UNC all evening." -Pittbaster

Duke Blue Devils logo3. Duke (E) 929 14-1 HR-2 LR-6       AP-3 CP-2 GP-3

"Duke still leads the country in defensive efficiency, but their offense has been inconsistent. They scored 19 points in the first half and 47 points in the second half against FSU. Duke's going to be a nightmare for any team (I'm looking your way Xavier) when Singler, Henderson and Scheyer all play to their potential." -Objective4

Connecticut Huskies logo4. Connecticut (+1) 867 14-1 HR-3 LR-7      AP-4 CP-4 GP-5

" Picked up a pair of road wins after the home loss to Georgetown.  I still consider them the team to beat in the Big East." -TheRiverRock

North Carolina Tar Heels logo5. North Carolina (-3) 840 14-2 HR-3 LR-7      AP-5 CP-6 GP-4

"UNC went 14-0 prior to entering conference play, really had no one stand up to them, that is until they did enter conference play...right now they are the biggest disappointment in the top ten. They are not playing their game, both of their conference defeats was at their opponents pace and at their opponents game plan...they look like they are in shock." -Dookisevil

Oklahoma Sooners logo6. Oklahoma (+1) 744 15-1 HR-5 LR-12      AP-6 CP-5 GP-8

"Texas joining them in losing to the Razorbacks has to have them feeling a little better." -Pittbaster

Michigan St. Spartans logo7. Michigan State (+3) 725 13-2 HR-5 LR-13      AP-7 CP-10 GP-6

"They're making folks forget about their loss to Maryland now that Big Ten play has started.  They are as real a Final Four contender as any." -Pittbaster

Syracuse Orange logo8. Syracuse (+1) 722 16-1 HR-4 LR-14      AP-8 CP-8 GP-7

"Right now they look like a contender for the Big East title.  They have the depth to hang with anyone, but it hasn't been tested against the best of the league yet." -Pittbaster

Clemson Tigers logo9. Clemson (+2) 682 16-0 HR-5 LR-15      AP-10 CP-9 GP-10

"Get ready for the typical Clemson collapse, see them losing 6-7 ACC Games." -Badgers Ballers

Texas Longhorns logo10. Texas (-4) 619 12-3 HR-6 LR-18      AP-11 CP-11 GP-9

"Hog slapped in Fayetteville. Now they get to knock around the Big 12." -Kvskubball

UCLA Bruins logo11. UCLA (+1) 611 13-2 HR-6 LR-NR      AP-9 CP-7 GP-12

"Pulled out a tough win at USC and appear to be taking form." -Pitty618

Georgetown Hoyas logo12. Georgetown (-4) 527 11-3 HR-5 LR-NR      AP-13 CP-12 GP-11

"The Hoyas are struggling in conference play at 2-2, they are in the middle of the Big East and really need to step up in the most competitive conference." -Dookisevil

Marquette Golden Eagles logo13. Marquette (+2) 486 15-2 HR-11 LR-18      AP-14 CP-14 GP-13

"Marquette has quietly made it to 15-2. They play very well at home, and their schedule doesn't really get tough till the end of league play. This team is solid." -Chrisishokie

Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo14. Notre Dame (E) 451 12-3 HR-8 LR-NR      AP-12 CP-13 GP-14

"The bipolar ballclub is back. The nation's longest home winning streak is offset by the nation's most inconsistent road team. Need to step it up with two tough road games upcoming." -NDIrish2011

Xavier Musketeers logo15. Xavier (+5) 368 13-2 HR-11 LR-NR      AP-15 CP-16 GP-17

"They continue to climb thanks to the rigors of other teams' conferences.  Still, they have good RPI and efficiency numbers, so I don't think such a high ranking is right out." -Pittbaster

Butler Bulldogs logo16. Butler (+1) 363 14-1 HR-11 LR-NR      AP-17 CP-18 GP-16

"Struggled to beat Detroit at home." -Bksballer89

Minnesota Golden Gophers logo17. Minnesota (+1) 328 15-1 HR-12 LR-NR      AP-18 CP-17 GP-19

"Playing good ball. Their 15-1 with the only lost coming to a really good MSU team." -Bksballer89

Arizona St. Sun Devils logo18. Arizona State (+3) 270 14-2 HR-15 LR-NR      AP-16 CP-15 GP-25

"You don't often see guards shooting 56% from the floor, but that's exactly what James Harden is doing. Many have discounted this team, they can prove a lot this week in L.A." -Huskyonspeed

Purdue Boilermakers logo19. Purdue (-6) 260 12-4 HR-14 LR-NR      AP-19 CP-19 GP-20

"Purdue puts an impressive beatdown on Wisconsin, showing that it isn't size that matters - but the motion of the ocean.   Or something.  Wisconsin is still trying to figure that one out." -Gezemice

Baylor Bears logo20. Baylor (+3) 222 13-2 HR-13 LR-NR      AP-21 CP-21 GP-24

"Waiting for them to play the better teams in the big 12." -Bksballer89

California Golden Bears logo21. California (NR) 171 15-2 HR-12 LR-NR      AP-22 CP-23 GP-22

"they have beaten Arizona, Arizona State, Washington State and Washington in their last four.  I have seen the two last OTs of the 3OT game with Washington, and I was very impressed by the poise and the ability to make plays and finish in a long, tight game - by both teams." -Gezemice

Michigan Wolverines logo22. Michigan (NR) 158 13-3 HR-14 LR-NR      AP-25 CP-24 GP-15

"This team is better then people think." -CarnageX

Louisville Cardinals logo23. Louisville (NR) 156 11-3 HR-10 LR-NR      AP-20 CP-20 GP-NR

"Big win over Nova. Get a chance to makeup for their early season struggles with home games against Notre Dame and Pittsburgh." -Bksballer89

Arkansas Razorbacks logo24. Arkansas (NR) 119 12-2 HR-14 LR-NR      AP-NR CP-NR GP-23

"Not sure what to do with this bunch. 2 wins over top 10 teams makes me think those results weren't a sheer coincidence, but how do then turn around and lose to Mississippi State at home?" -Huskyonspeed

Illinois Fighting Illini logo25. Illinois (NR) 117 14-2 HR15- LR-NR      AP-NR CP-NR GP-18

"Weber has Illinois playing the motion offense beautifully.  However, the team had trouble with playing down to competition and not getting up for every game emotionally.  Blowing out Indiana was proof that Weber can motivate them to play hard every game.  The only issue is re-bounding - Indiana outrebounded Illinois by a large margin - but when you make your shots, that's less of an issue.  Illinois leads the nation in assists and assists per game, and leads the Big Ten in field goals made and field goal percentage.  Quite a turnaround from last year." -Gezemice


In: California, Michigan, Louisville, Arkansas, Illinois     Out: Tennessee, Villanova, West Virginia, Boston College, Wisconsin

Biggest jump: Xavier (+5)     Biggest fall: Purdue (-6)

Others receiving votes: Villanova 84, Gonzaga 47, St. Mary's 33, Wisconsin 31, Tennessee 25, West Virginia 24, Memphis 21, Miami (Fla) 11, Texas AnM 9, Florida State 7, Davidson 6, Missouri 5, UNLV 4, Florida 4, Kentucky 4, BYU 3, Kansas 2, Boston College 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 Parish's rank, Voter's Take 

Conference power rankings:

  1. ACC.................................0.
    0201
  2. Big East..........................0.0402
  3. Big 10..............................0.060
    6
  4. Big 12..............................0.080
    7
  5. Pac 10.............................0.1105
  6. SEC..................................0
    .1309
  7. A 10.................................0.
    1503
  8. Horizon...........................0.1604
  9. West Coast...................0.1608
  10. Mountain West.............0.1912
  11. USA.................................0.
    2110
  12. Southern........................0.2311

Breaking down the rankings:

Pittsburgh played there first game ever as a #1 team this week and survived to hold on to the top spot. Up next is Wake Forest after a nice win over North Carolina. Keeping with the ACC theme, Duke stays the same as last week at #3. The second member of the Big East in the top 5, Connecticut is neXt at #4 followed by the now 2 loss Tar Heels of North Carolina.

Oklahoma comes in at #6 after their first conference win of the season at KSU. Michigan State is next and beginning to live up to the pre-season hype after their W over Kansas. The Orange(men) of Syracuse come in at #8, followed by another ACC team; Clemson. Rounding out the top 10 is Texas who has a big showdown with Oklahoma tonight.

UCLA sits quietly at #11 after a nice W at USC. Georgetown is next followed by Marquette who continues to play well under first year coach Buzz Williams. Notre Dame is up next and somehow stays in the same spot after their L to St. John's. Up 5 spots from last week is Xavier to finish up the top 15.

The Bulldogs of Butler come in at #16 followed by Minnesota and Arizona State. Purdue drops to #19 after another L (their 4th of the season). Baylor jumps 3 spots to climb back into the top 20.

The last five are all new this week. California comes in first at #21 followed by Louisville, Michigan and Arkansas who is coming off two nice top 10 W's over Oklahoma & Texas. Rounding out the top 25 for this week are Bruce Weber's fighting Illini who are coming off a nice drubbing of Indiana.

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: January 6, 2009 9:41 am
Edited on: January 6, 2009 11:26 am
 

The People's Poll: Week 8

Welcome to the Week 8 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 Tuesday. Each week's poll reflects games played through Sunday. ie games played yesterday (Monday) have not been accounted for. 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 8 People's Poll!


 Pittsburgh Panthers logo1. (35) Pittsburgh (+2) 995 14-0 HR-1 LR-2 AP-1 CP-1 GP-1

"Still undefeated after a difficult week filled with upsets and craziness, a good win @ Gtwn, gets then the #1 spot in the Nation... who would've guessed.." -Hoosierguy1019  

North Carolina Tar Heels logo2. (5) North Carolina (-1) 932 13-1 HR-1 LR-5 AP-3 CP-3 GP-2

"Still the best team in the county by a wide margin in my opinion, but polls need to have a "results based" component." -ThaBadge  

Duke Blue Devils logo3. Duke (+2) 923 12-1 HR-2 LR-7 AP-2 CP-2 GP-3

"Let's take a brief look at how Duke's corrected their flaws from last year:
"live by the 3": only 22.8% of their points are scored from beyond the arc, which puts them in 277th place nationally. Clearly they've found other ways to score.
Post presence: 6-8 Lance Thomas and 7-1 Brian Zoubek have combined for 15.6ppg 8.8rpg and 1.4bpg, which is pretty impressive considering they're pretty much tag-teaming the post position. Kyle Singler is also averaging 7.8rpg
Point guard play: Out with Greg Paulus and in with Nolan Smith who's been the catalyst to Duke's nasty perimeter D this year. How nasty is that D you might ask? Duke allows 80.4 points per 100 posessions this year. That's #1 in the nation ladies and gents. When people tell me "Duke lives by the 3", I retort "NAY! Duke lives by the D". Hopefully people start paying attention." -Objective4  

Wake Forest Demon Deacons logo4. Wake Forest (+2) 897 13-0 HR-2 LR-10 AP-4 CP-4 GP-4

"I have them so high because they are undefeated, but also because they went on the road, across the country nonetheless, to end BYU's 53 game home winning streak." -Pitty618  

Connecticut Huskies logo5. Connecticut (-3) 822 12-1 HR-3 LR-11 AP-5 CP-5 GP-7

"Did not look good vs Georgetown at all.I predict they lose to WVU." -Bksballer89  

Texas Longhorns logo6. Texas (+1) 752 11-2 HR-4 LR-11 AP-7 CP-7 GP-6

"Let's see if they can do something their rival couldn't do this week. Beat Arkansas on the road." -Bksballer89  

Oklahoma Sooners logo7. Oklahoma (-3) 719 14-1 HR-4 LR-13 AP-6 CP-6 GP-9

"Really hasn't been all that great in my mind. The loss to Arkansas reaffirmed that. They had been playing great at times and not so great at others. The consistency level has to rise if they want a legitimate title chance." -Wizardking  

Georgetown Hoyas logo8. Georgetown (+2) 713 10-3 HR-4 LR-14 AP-9 CP-10 GP-5

"Why below Connecticut?  Because I believe they played over their heads that day.  They're somewhere between the teams we saw in their two games this week." -Pittbaster  

Syracuse Orange logo9. Syracuse (E) 697 14-1 HR-4 LR-12 AP-11 CP-9 GP-8

"Aside from Cleveland State, they've been very solid, beating UF, KU, and @ Memphis" -KVSKubball  

Michigan St. Spartans logo10. Michigan State (+3) 631 11-2 HR-7 LR-15 AP-8 CP-12 GP-11

"My apologies to the Izzoids for not ranking them. The Maryland loss was not easily washed away in my mind, but can't ignore or slight wins over Texas, @ Minnesota, and @ Northwestern. I was slow on giving them credit!" -KVSkubball  

Clemson Tigers logo11. Clemson (+5) 615 14-0 HR-2 LR-17 AP-12 CP-11 GP-10

"Undefeated yet again early in the season, they will probably fold like usual, but have shown so far that they have what it takes to get W's." -Pitty618  

UCLA Bruins logo12. UCLA (E) 613 12-2 HR-4 LR-NR  AP-10 CP-7 GP-12

"I don't know if UCLA is really top 15 material, but no one else has stepped up to deserve this spot." -Pittbaster  

Purdue Boilermakers logo13. Purdue (-2) 449 11-3 HR-10 LR-NR AP-14 CP-14 GP-13

"Hummel and Moore need to take over offensively for this team to live up to expectations." -Timboilerman  

Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo14. Notre Dame (-6) 375 11-3 HR-12 LR-NR AP-13 CP-13 GP-18

"Very bad lost vs St.Johns. Get their chance to rebound tomorrow vs Georgetown." -BKSballer89  

Marquette Golden Eagles logo15. Marquette (NR) 342 13-2 HR-12 LR-24 AP-18 CP-15 GP-14

"It has been a great week for the Golden Eagles. They beat Villanova (not an upset, but still a good win) and then pummeled a solid Cincinnati squad." -Wizardking  

Tennessee Volunteers logo16. Tennessee (-2) 250 9-3 HR-13 LR-NR AP-15 CP-25 GP-17

"Not looking too good right now but knowing them they will find a way to beat Gonzaga this week." -Bksballer89  

Butler Bulldogs logo 17. Butler (+8) 247 12-1 HR-12 LR-NR AP-21 CP-20 GP-19

"A little love for the small fry flying under the radar and their victory over Xavier." -KVSkubball  

Minnesota Golden Gophers logo18. Minnesota (+1) 239 13-1 HR-13 LR-NR AP-22 CP-19 GP-24

"Wins over Louisville and Ohio State are impressive, but i am not sure how impressive. this team is still a mystery to me. i expected a better showing against sparty." -ThaBadge  

Villanova Wildcats logo19. Villanova (-4) 222 12-2 HR-13 LR-NR AP-18 CP-17 GP-NR

"Tough lost vs Marquette but its the BIG EAST you can lose on any night." -Bksballer89  

Xavier Musketeers logo 20. Xavier (+4) 217 11-2 HR-13 LR-NR AP-16 CP-18 GP-21

"The Musketeers have been mostly silent since the loss to Duke. Need more input. They do have wins against Missouri and Memphis." -KVSkubball  

Arizona St. Sun Devils logo21. Arizona State (-1) 176 12-2 HR-14 LR-NR AP-20 CP-16 GP-NR

"I haven't been high on them, but they absolutely whalloped Stanford and consequently look like the second-best in the Pac 10, even after the loss at Cal." -Pittbaster  

Boston College Eagles logo22. Boston College (NR) 157 13-2 HR-13 LR-NR AP-17 CP-24 GP-16

"Boston College had the biggest upset of the season. Tyrese Rice is for real. Top 5 point guard in the nation." -Chrisishokie  

Baylor Bears logo23. Baylor (-6) 151 12-2 HR-14 LR-NR AP-23 CP-23 GP-NR

"Loss to South Carolina takes some luster off of early win against Arizona State." -KVSkubball  

West Virginia Mountaineers logo24. West Virginia (NR) 107 11-2 HR-12 LR-NR AP-25 CP-22 GP-NR

"I don't know if they belong long-term or not, but right now there's no question in my mind they have one of the 25 best resumes (after a painstaking weeding-out process, I'm confident) now." -Pittbaster  

Wisconsin Badgers logo25. Wisconsin (NR) 101 11-3 HR-15 LR-NR AP-NR CP-NR GP-15

"Finally a win that might be considered quality @Michigan. they look ready to go on another roll in the conference with Marcus Landry leading the way." -ThaBadge  


In: Marquette, Boston College, West Virginia, Wisconsin     Out: Michigan, Louisville, Ohio State, Gonzaga

Biggest jump: Marquette (NR to 15)    Biggest fall: Notre Dame & Baylor (-6)

Others receiving votes: Michigan 96, Illinois 81, Arkansas 74, UNLV 65, California 63, Kansas 60, Louisville 60, Memphis 35, Ohio State 30, Illinois State 20, Maryland 16, Davidson 16, Gonzaga 15, Florida State 11, Florida 8, St. Mary's 7, Texas AnM 7, Stanford 7, Miami (Fla) 6, Dayton 5, Missouri 5, Kentucky 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 Parish's rank, Voter's Take 

Conference power rankings:

  1. ACC...............(+1).........0.0202
  2. Big East........(-1)..........0.0501
  3. Big 10............(E)...........0.0505
  4. Big 12............(E)...........0.0803
  5. Pac 10...........(E)...........0.1006
  6. SEC...............(+1)..........0.1208
  7. A 10...............(-1)...........0.1607

Rank, Conference, Change in rank from last week, Score (Only reflects conferences with atleast 2 teams receiving votes)

Breaking down the rankings:

This was by far the most volatile week in the history of TPP. Here are a couple of stats for ya.. Over half the top 25 teams lost last week. Only two teams (Syracuse & UCLA) remained in the same position. There are four new teams in the poll this week and 47 teams that received votes. And yes, one of those teams was Kentucky (Glares at JW). With the exception of Marquette, every team ranked 12th or lower went unranked on atleast one voters ballot. It was a crazy, crazy week.

North Carolina no longer reigns supreme this week. After their shocking loss to Boston College, Pittsburgh jumps up to the #1 spot. UNC comes in at #2 still receiving 5 first place votes. ACC counterpart Duke slides up two to #3 followed by a third ACC team in the top 5, Wake Forest. Up next is Connecticut who had their first slip up of the season vs Georgetown.

The next 5 starts out with two Big 12 schools, Texas and Oklahoma (is this football!?!). Georgetown is next after splitting games vs UConn and Pitt. The Orange(men) come in at #9 while Michigan State makes their way back into the top 10.

Undefeated Clemson is next (will this team collapse again?) followed by the Bruins of UCLA and the Boilermakers of Purdue. Down six spots from last week is Notre Dame who comes in at #14. Rounding out the top 15 is our biggest riser of the week, Marquette.

Tennessee is in at #16, down two spots after their loss to Kansas. Butler is next, up eight spots from last week. Minnesota climbs a spot despite a loss and is followed by Villanova who is down 4 spots from last week. Climbing into the top 20 is Xavier who benefits from the carnage above them.

Arizona State is next at #21 followed by the big winner of the week, Boston College. BC went into the Dean Dome and stole one from previous #1 UNC. That's good enough to get em a ranking, atleast for one week. Next is Baylor, down six spots. The Bears are followed by two newcomers that round out the top 25, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Thanks to everyone who voted!

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Posted on: December 30, 2008 10:19 am
Edited on: December 30, 2008 12:51 pm
 

The People's Poll: Week 7

Welcome to the Week 7 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 Tuesday. Each week's poll reflects games played through Sunday. ie games played yesterday (Monday) have not been accounted for. 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 7 People's Poll!


North Carolina Tar Heels logo1. (40) North Carolina (E) 1000 12-0 HR-1 LR-1

"Only beat Rutgers by 22 that might start giving teams hope that they can beat them." -Bksballer89     AP-1 CP-1

Connecticut Huskies logo2. Connecticut (E) 956 11-0 HR-2 LR-4     AP-2 CP-2

Pittsburgh Panthers logo3. Pittsburgh (E) 913 12-0 HR-2 LR-5

"Idle week.  Next week they play at Rutgers and Georgetown.  The showdown against the Hoyas should say a lot about both teams.  I like Pitt since they whooped a better Georgetown team twice last year, once without Fields.  Of course, Big East road games ae no cupcake..." -Pittbaster     AP-3 CP-3

Oklahoma Sooners logo4. Oklahoma (E) 880 12-0 HR-3 LR-6     AP-4 CP-4

Duke Blue Devils logo5. Duke (E) 837 10-1 HR-3 LR-7     AP-5 CP-5

Wake Forest Demon Deacons logo6. Wake Forest (E) 752 11-0 HR-4 LR-15     AP-6 CP-6

Texas Longhorns logo7. Texas (+1) 723 10-2 HR-5 LR-14

"They are quietly looking like a dark horse for a top seed, especially if they run away with the Bg 12." -Pittbaster     AP-8 CP-7

Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo8. Notre Dame (+1) 631 9-2 HR-6 LR-20     AP-7 CP-10

Syracuse Orange logo9. Syracuse (+2) 603 12-1 HR-5 LR-25

"I'm still not sure why the Orange's one loss, to a likely NCAA tea, is getting tem more hate than other teams who have one or even two losses to ranked teams.  Syracuse has built as impressive an ooc resume as almost anyone.  They get Devendorf back again just in time for BE play." -Pittbaster     AP-13 CP-11

Georgetown Hoyas logo10. Georgetown (+2) 595 9-1 HR-7 LR-18

"We're going to learn soon f the majority of cbb posters were right in dubbing Georgetown "overrated."  They travel to #2 UCONN and host #3 Pittsburgh this week.  I'd expect them to go 0-2 in those games, which isn't to say they're bad.  I jst don't think they have the depth to hang with those two teams, and their excellent defense won't be quite enough." -Pittbaster     AP-11 CP-8

Purdue Boilermakers logo11. Purdue (-1) 588 11-2 HR-6 LR-NR     AP-9 CP-11

UCLA Bruins logo12. UCLA (+2) 554 10-2 HR-4 LR-NR     AP-12 CP-9

Michigan St. Spartans logo13. Michigan State (+3) 480 9-2 HR-9 LR-NR

"I'm feeling pretty wise about leaving them in my poll all year.  They were down for a while, but those losses aren't bad ones." -Pittbaster     AP-10 CP-15

Tennessee Volunteers logo14. Tennessee (+1) 450 9-2 HR-9 LR-24     AP-14 CP-18

Villanova Wildcats logo15. Villanova (+3) 432 12-1 HR-7 LR-NR     AP-15 CP-13

Clemson Tigers logo16. Clemson (+3) 399 12-0 HR-7 LR-NR     AP-20 CP-16

Baylor Bears logo17. Baylor (+3) 363 11-1 HR-7 LR-NR     AP-19 CP-20

Gonzaga Bulldogs logo18. Gonzaga (-11) 353 8-3 HR-5 LR-NR

"Gonzaga is better suited at flying under the radar. The pressure of carrying a high ranking emerged as evidence of losing to Portland State at home." -Halo27legend     AP-16 CP-17

Minnesota Golden Gophers logo19. Minnesota (+3) 234 12-0 HR-12 LR-NR     AP-21 CP-21

Arizona St. Sun Devils logo20. Arizona State (+3) 207 11-1 HR-10 LR-NR    

"Arizona State sank 17 3 pointers in their game this week. They got a few other guys that can shoot the ball besides James Harden my friends." -Halo27legend     AP-17 CP-14

Louisville Cardinals logo21. Louisville (E) 196 8-2 HR-7 LR-NR

"Two losses with no good wins is nothing special." -Go_Xavier_56     AP-18 CP-18

Ohio St. Buckeyes logo22. Ohio State (-9) 189 9-1 HR-10 LR-NR

"My suspicion is that Ohio State is a fraud and will be outside the top 5 of the Big10 this year." -ThaBadge     AP-24 CP-23

Michigan Wolverines logo23. Michigan (+1) 170 10-2 HR-14 LR-NR     AP-23 CP-24

Xavier Musketeers logo24. Xavier (-8) 157 9-2 HR-11 LR-NR

"If I told you before the season that Xavier's only two losses were to Duke and Butler by the end of Christmas, over half of you would call me a homer." -Go_Xavier_56     AP-22 CP-22

Butler Bulldogs logo25. Butler (NR) 89 10-1 HR-19 LR-NR

"Nice win against a overrated Xavier team." -Bksballer89     AP-25 CP-NR


In: Butler     Out: Missouri

Biggest jump: 6 teams (+3)      Biggest fall: Gonzaga (-11)

Other receiving votes: Illinois 61. Davidson 36, West Virginia 36, Marquette 23, Texas AnM 20, Memphis 15, Maryland 10, Stanford 10, Wisconsin 9, Florida 7, Kentucky 6, Kansas 5, Dayton 4, BYU 2, St. Mary's 2, Arizona 1, Florida State 1, Creighton 1

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

Conference power rankings:

  1. Big East-    (E)       .0302     (-.0099)
  2. ACC-           (E)       .0501     (+.0099)
  3. Big 10-        (E)       .0504     (+.0098)
  4. Big 12-        (E)       .0703     (-.0101)
  5. Pac 10-      (+2)      .1005     (-.0400)
  6. WCC-          (-1)      .1206     (+.0203)
  7. SEC-           (-1)      .1307      (-.0001)
  8. A 10-           (E)       .1609      (+.0102)

Rank, Conference, Change in rank from last week, Score, Change in score from last week     

*Only reflects conferences with atleast 2 teams receiving votes*

Breaking down the rankings:

Due to the Holidays there wasn't much change (or participation, thx Geze) this week. Our top 5 looks identical to last weeks with UNC still the unanimous #1. Next up is Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma and Duke.

Wake Forest is still undefeated and still sitting in the #6 spot. Texas slides up to #7 filling the vacancy left by Gonzaga after their L this week to Portland State (Ouch!). The Irish of Notre Dame are up a spot and settle in at #8. The rest of the top 10 is filled out by Syracuse and the Hoyas of Georgetown.

Down one spot from last week is Purdue at #11 while UCLA climbs 2 spots to #12. Up next are two schools who flip flopped positions from last week's rankings. Michigan State is now ahead of Tennessee followed by a one loss Villanova squad.

In at #16 is undefeated Clemson who is followed by the Bears of Baylor. Next is our biggest drop of the week, Gonzaga. The Zags drop 11 spots to #18 after there third L of the season. Minnesota is up next and still undefeated while Arizona State rounds out the top 20.

Louisville holds strong at #21 this week followed by another sinking team Ohio State. The Buckeyes drop 9 spots to #22. Next is Michigan and Xavier who is barely clinging onto a top 25 spot after their 2nd L of the season. Rounding out the top 25 is our only newcomer this week, the Bulldogs of Butler.

That's it for this weeks edition. Hope you enjoyed it! Make sure and look for the People's Poll voting thread each week!

Thanks to everyone who voted!

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Posted on: December 23, 2008 4:09 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2008 5:37 pm
 

The People's Poll: Week 6

Welcome to the Week 6 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 Tuesday. Each week's poll reflects games played through Sunday. ie games played yesterday (Monday) have not been accounted for. 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 6 People's Poll!   


North Carolina Tar Heels logo 1. (40) North Carolina (E) 1000 11-0 HR-1 LR-1

"Its not rocket science when figuring out the best team in college basketball. This is it. This is it till the end. However, figuring out who the next 3 or 4 or 5 teams are is going to be some what of an adventure all year. The disparity amongst the other  top 25 teams is minute." -Halo27legend     AP-1 CP-1

Connecticut Huskies logo2. Connecticut (E) 957 10-0 HR-2 LR-4

"Connecticut plays a matchup of great teams with Gonzaga and outlasts them in OT.  Both teams display great talent and teamp play, explosiveness, great players who can finish." -Gezemice     AP-2 CP-2 

Pittsburgh Panthers logo3. Pittsburgh (E) 908 12-0 HR-2 LR-6

"First real test this week, facing a decent Siena team at home and then a very dangerous Florida State team on the road.  FSU deserves some credit for the defense they played, but Pitt plays defense too.  As a fan, I'm encouraged, not deflated, by a close road win over a quality team...in which the Panthers shot below 30%.  They can't do that against everyone, but if they can survive a night like that against someone good it's a good sign." -Pittbaster     AP-3 CP-3

Oklahoma Sooners logo4. Oklahoma (E) 883 12-0 HR-3 LR-6

"Willie Warren is just what Blake Griffin needed." -Trespac     AP-4 CP-4

Duke Blue Devils logo5. Duke (+1) 836 10-1 HR-3 LR-10

"Dominating at its best saturday vs Xavier. The sad part for Xavier was that we didn't even play our Best. Singler and Nolan Smith both had off nights neither scored double digits. Zoubek played great defense blocking 4 shots yesterday. Duke is a final four team when they play like that." -Bksballer89     AP-5 CP-5

Wake Forest Demon Deacons logo6. Wake Forest (+4) 708 11-0 HR-5 LR-17

"Wake Forest  has found themselves within the top 10 on my poll. Sometimes the cookie crumbles in your favor. I expect them to have a cup of coffee or two before i send them on their way back down a little further in the poll." -Halo27legend     AP-6 CP-6

Gonzaga Bulldogs logo7. Gonzaga (+1) 703 8-2 HR-5 LR-16

"The lost a tough game at home to UConn, which they probably should have won if not for Pargo's boneheaded full court pass that was intercepted in the final minute of regulation." -BabyBlueUNC     AP-7 CP-7

Texas Longhorns logo8. Texas (-3) 685 9-2 HR-4 LR-18

"another tough loss. They have played everyone tough, close losses to Mich. St. and Notre Dame don't hurt them very much in my eyes." -KVSkubball     AP-9 CP-8

Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo9. Notre Dame (+3) 615 9-2 HR-6 LR-21

"where have you been, except against Texas in Hawaii?" -KVSkubball     AP-8 CP-11

Purdue Boilermakers logo10. Purdue (+4) 578 10-2 HR-6 LR-17

"Purdue had a very nice win vs. Davidson. They came out fast and never looked back. They shut down the leading scorer in the nation. They had been beating all the teams they were supposed to, but they had yet to have a nice solid win. This was it." -Chrisisbuck#2     AP-10 CP-15

Syracuse Orange logo11. Syracuse (-2) 569 12-1 HR-5 LR-24

"I know.  "Syracuse?  That high? They lost to Cleveland State!"  Yes.  but Cleveland State could be an NCAA tournament team, the Orange were undefeated to that point, and they beat Memphis (who is now just outside my top 25 but will likely be back) without Devendorf, who's going to return.  They showed everyone what I thought from the end of last year: they're more than last year's team plus Devo.  They're last year's team plus Devo, plus Rautins, plus a lot more depth, plus more maturity and finesse from Onuaku, plus better defense." -Pittbaster     AP-17 CP-14

Georgetown Hoyas logo12. Georgetown (+3) 525 8-1 HR-8 LR-20

"A win over Memphis doesn't look as impressive anymore, but one loss doesn't look too shabby, either." -s0merand0mdude     AP-12 CP-9

Ohio St. Buckeyes logo13. Ohio State (+3) 504 9-0 HR-6 LR-NR

"Another team that just keeps on winning. They have 2 impressive wins thus far, and as long as they keep winning, I'll keep moving them up." -BabyBlueUNC     AP-15 CP-13

UCLA Bruins logo14. UCLA (-1) 470 8-2 HR-6 LR-NR

"People have slammed Arizona State for not beating "anyone", but who have the Bruins beaten? Best win is SIU????" -KVSkubball     AP-13 CP-10

Tennessee Volunteers logo15. Tennessee (+2) 396 8-2 HR-8 LR-23

"They finish the week 2-0, but could have easily been 0-2. The Marquette game was much closer than the score wouldnt indicate, and Belmont gave them all they could handle." -BabyBlueUNC     AP-16 CP-21

Xavier Musketeers logot16. Xavier (-9) 390 9-1 HR-11 LR-NR

"In the famous words of Denny Green, "they are who we thought they were." -Chrisisbuck#2     AP-14 CP-12

Michigan St. Spartans logot16. Michigan State (+6) 390 8-2 HR-9 LR-NR

"This team actually looks good I think I found out why they got killed by UNC and Maryland.  The Sutton factor. They are 5-0 when he plays." -Bksballer89     AP-11 CP-18

Villanova Wildcats logo18. Villanova (E) 387 11-1 HR-7 LR-NR

"Don't own a quality win yet, but the talent is there." -Trespac     AP-18 CP-16

Clemson Tigers logo19. Clemson (+5) 304 12-0 HR-3 LR-NR

"They played like a top 10 team against Miami.  They were the most purposeful, most collected team I have watched this week.  Their press forced Miami into transition play, which isn't their style, and they couldn't utilize their big men.  On offense, they executed brilliantly both in transition and half-court offense, their outside shots were falling, which rendered Miami's press useless.  That impressive performance, along with the even more impressive 12-0 record, moves them up.." -Gezemice     AP-22 CP-20

Baylor Bears logo20. Baylor (E) 292 10-1 HR-7 LR-NR

"Is there a better name in CBB than Tweety Carter?" -Trespac     AP-21 CP-22

Louisville Cardinals logo21. Louisville (-10) 168 7-2 HR-12 LR-NR

" have them this low because that's twice now they have failed to show up.  everybody gets one, but the second makes me question if they can be consistent enough to have the kind of season that's been suggested.  If they win the next three, I will feel a lot better about them." -Pittbaster     AP-19 CP-19

Minnesota Golden Gophers logo22. Minnesota (NR) 162 10-0 HR-11 LR-NR

"Minnesota had an impressive home win against Louisville, moving them into my top 25. The Gophers have yet to lose this season, but people were still hesitant to place them in their own top 25. I think this big win solidifies people's opinion on this team." -Chrisisbuck#2     AP-23 CP-23

Arizona St. Sun Devils logo23. Arizona State (+2) 157 9-1 HR-12 LR-NR

"They pulled out a squeaker against BYU, and now sit at 9-1 on the season. I think ASU will give UCLA a serious run for their money in the Pac 10." -BabyBlueUNC     AP-20 CP-17

Michigan Wolverines logo24. Michigan (-1) 150 9-2 HR-16 LR-NR

"The Wolverines are 8-2, and might already have the best resume in the Country, with wins over UCLA and Duke. Manny Harris is a stud, and should help carry Michigan to an NCAA berth this season." -BabyBlueUNC     AP-24 CP-NR

Missouri Tigers logo25. Missouri (NR) 54 9-1 HR-19 LR-NR

"Upcoming week will tell who will be bragging, Tiggers or Illini.." -KVSkubball     AP-25 CP-NR


In: Minnesota, Missouri    Out: Memphis (19), Davidson (21)

Biggest jump: Michigan State (+6)    Biggest fall: Louisville (-10)

Others receiving votes: Davidson 42, Wisconsin 33, Marquette 26, Miami (Fla) 19, Memphis 18, Illinois 16, Texas AnM 11, St. Mary's 7, Butler 6, Kansas 5, Florida 5, UNLV 5, BYU 4, Dayton 4, Kentucky 3, West Virginia 3, Maryland 1, Florida State 1

Conference power rankings:

  1. Big East-    .0401
  2. ACC-           .0402
  3. Big 10-        .0406
  4. Big 12-        .0804
  5. WCC-          .1003
  6. SEC-           .1308
  7. Pac 10-       .1405
  8. A 10-            .1507
  9. Mtn West-   .1812

(Only reflects conferences with atleast 2 teams receiving votes)

What it all means: (First place votes), Team, (Change in rank from last week), Points, Record, Highest Rank, Lowest Rank 

Breaking down the rankings:

Same old sights up top. UNC, Connecticut, Pitt and Oklahoma all remain the same from last weeks edition. The lone change comes at the #5 spot where Duke replaces Texas after a tough loss to Michigan State.

Wake Forest makes a nice jump to the #6 position and becomes the 3rd ACC team in the top 6. Gonzaga follows at #7 (up a spot..!?!) after a close loss to Connecticut over the weekend. Texas slides down to the #8 spot followed by Notre Dame. Purdue rounds out the top 10 after a solid W over previously ranked Davidson.

Syracuse slips two spots to #11 after what could be the shot of the season by Cleveland State. Georgetown continues to climb the rankings up 3 spots to #12. Ohio State and UCLA are up next followed by the Vols of Tennessee who round out the top 15.

Xavier comes in at #16, down 9 spots after their beat down last week. Michigan State is up a few spots tied with Xavier after their nice W vs UT. Villanova is next and is still searching for a signature W. An undefeated Clemson squad (haven't we heard this before?) is next at #19 followed by Baylor who seems to be treading water at the #20 spot.

Louisville is our big loser this week and drops to #21. This squad is on their way to becoming the biggest disappointment of the season. On the flip side.. up next is the team to hand Louisville their latest L, Minnesota. The Golden Gophers are undefeated and looking to make noise in the Big 10. Arizona State is next, still lingering around the top 25 after a close call vs BYU.  Michigan is up next followed by newcomer Missouri. (Blah)

That's it for this weeks edition. Hope you enjoyed it! Make sure and look for the People's Poll voting thread each week!

Thanks to everyone who voted!

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

Posted on: December 16, 2008 11:08 am
Edited on: December 16, 2008 12:59 pm
 

The People's Poll: Week 5

Welcome to the Week 5 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 Tuesday. Each week's poll reflects games played through Sunday. ie games played yesterday (Monday) have not been accounted for. 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 5 People's Poll!   


North Carolina Tar Heels logo1. (39) North Carolina (E) 999 9-0 HR-1 LR-2

"Theyve beat the good teams (ND and MSU) worse than they've beat some of the bad teams. Thats not good for anyone else in the top 25." -Cardiac

Connecticut Huskies logo2. (1) Connecticut (E) 955 9-0 HR-1 LR-3

"Another physical Big East team. Adrien and Thabeet are a load inside, and Kemba Walker is one of the better freshman in the country." -Badgers Ballers

Pittsburgh Panthers logo3. Pittsburgh (E) 916 10-0 HR-2 LR-5

"Even as a Panther fan, I'm not totally sold on them for the 3 spot.  They move up here with the Gonzaga loss, and there's a lot to like about them, but they are relatively untested.  A few reasonably decent opponents, but none from the list of teams on my top 25 radar." -Pittbaster

Oklahoma Sooners logo4. Oklahoma (+1) 878 10-0 HR-2 LR-6

"I am a big fan of Griffin and Warren, but the rest of the team worries me. I think they become a bit less successful as the year goes on and coaches settle on how they want to defend the combo." -Azcatsfan

Texas Longhorns logo5. Texas (+1) 812 8-1 HR-1 LR-12

"Played a nice schedule but they just cant put teams away it doesnt seem like. I didnt get to see it but what happend with Texas State? That score seems way to close." -Cardiac

Duke Blue Devils logo6. Duke (+2) 731 8-1 HR-5 LR-16

"They are better in the post, but thats still a weakness for this team. If they have an off day from deep, they'll struggle, and I don't see them making it past the Sweet 16 like a certain Duke homer thinks they'll easily make the Final 4." -Badgers Ballers

Xavier Musketeers logo7. Xavier (+2) 722 9-0 HR-5 LR-14

"I don't believe in this team. Good win against Memphis early, but other than that... Look, Brown is a solid big with good range, and Anderson and Raymond are okay, but this is not a top 10 team." -Azcatsfan

Gonzaga Bulldogs logo8. Gonzaga (-4) 705 7-1 HR-5 LR-12

"They got out hustled by a smaller Arizona team. Pargo's passing ability is the key for this team, they'll need to figure out how to succeed when he has an off game." -Naterb

Syracuse Orange logo9. Syracuse (+1) 627 9-0 HR-5 LR-19

"Syracuse has started with an impressive 9-0 season and is looking to add another win to their tally this week, they are looking like the Cuse of old, when people actually feared the Orangemen...oh wait....they've changed their name." -Dookisevil

Wake Forest Demon Deacons logo10. Wake Forest (+3) 609 9-0 HR-6 LR-17

"SOS not exactly a strong point, but theyve been winning pretty easily so you cant knock that." -Cardiac

Louisville Cardinals logo11. Louisville (E) 608 6-1 HR-4 LR-NR

"Lost to WKU but Ive seen them play way more than any other team, we didnt lose enough from last year to not be up here still." -Cardiac

Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo12. Notre Dame (E) 556 7-2 HR-6 LR-18

"I know that OSU beat em, and the Buckeyes are near the bottom of this list, but I still think the Irish are the better team." -Badgers Ballers

UCLA Bruins logo13. UCLA (+4) 450 6-2 HR-9 LR-NR

"I still believe this team will work its way into being a top 5 team at some point this year. They are simply too talented, too deep and too well-coached to not be. Everyone has kind of throw their chances to the side, which I think is a mistake." -Azcatsfan

Purdue Boilermakers logo14. Purdue (+2) 447 8-2 HR-10 LR-NR

"I think they'll end up Top 10 by seasons end, and win the Big Ten. They haven't looked good early, but they didn't look good early last year as well." -Badgers Ballers

Georgetown Hoyas logo15. Georgetown (+4) 430 7-1 HR-11 LR-22

"They've suprised me early one. Dajuan Summers is really good, and Wright and Freeman in the backcourt is rock solid." -Badgers Ballers

Ohio St. Buckeyes logo16. Ohio State (+2) 413 6-0 HR-6 LR-NR

"Ohio State's win over Notre Dame is impressive, but these guys have been in the right place at the right time. They catch Miami without McClinton, for the most part. And they play Notre Dame while Harangody has pneumonia (while he did have a good game)." -NateO

Tennessee Volunteers logo17. Tennessee (-10) 403 6-2 HR-12 LR-NR

"Good athletes and some solid defense here and there, but I think they're limited offensively and I don't think their post play is particularly good. Tyler Smith is good, but not great. This team probably moves back up in the rankings and is clearly the favorite to win the SEC, but I don't see them improving upon their tournament performance of the last couple seasons." -Azcatsfan

Villanova Wildcats logo18. Villanova (-4) 343 10-1 HR-9 LR-NR

"Villanova fails its first test against a good looking Texas.  They played hard, but sloppy - I sense "first big game jitters" in a talented team.  They will get over it." -Gezemice

Memphis Tigers logo19. Memphis (-4) 247 5-2 HR-13 LR-NR

"Memphis chalks up their 2nd close game lose, however both loses are against potential top 10 teams. This month doesnt get any easier as they will play another potential top 10 team in Syracuse this week. This is great experience for this young, yet loaded with potential team." -Halo27legend

Baylor Bears logo20. Baylor (+2) 229 8-1 HR-11 LR-NR

"Great balance with 5 guys averaging in double digits, will contend for the Big XII Title this season." -Badgers Ballers

Davidson Wildcats logo21. Davidson (+2) 188 8-1 HR-15 LR-NR

"Davidson moves up in my poll.  They played a close one with West Virginia while Curry was off his game - but once he turned it on, it was a no-contest.  Without Curry, they are a mediocre team - but with him, they can definitely beat those teams below them in my poll." -Gezemice

Michigan St. Spartans logo22. Michigan State (-2) 186 6-2 HR-11 LR-NR

"Michigan State just broke 100 points, and could be improving, while the competition was weak-sauce. Still, if you can put 118 on the board against D1 competition, you can score, and that's an asset." -NateO

Michigan Wolverines logot23. Michigan (NR) 101 7-2 HR-16 LR-NR

"Another team like OSU that I think won't finish as high as I have them here. Two good early season wins, but I think they might be on the bubble come Selection Time." -Badgers Ballers

Clemson Tigers logot23. Clemson (NR) 101 10-0 HR-15  LR-NR

"I haven't watched this team play yet. I'm just ranking them there because of the record and cool colors." -Azcatsfan

Arizona St. Sun Devils logo25. Arizona State (-4) 90 8-1 HR-18 LR-NR

"Arizona State has shown nothing to indicate that they are better than their NIT finish from a season ago. If they can plow their way through the first half of the PAC-10 season with only a loss to UCLA, I might believe they're Top 25. But frankly, I don't see that happening. Especially when they struggle to eek out a win against IUPUI. More telling than that is the fact that they only mustered 18 first-half points." -Naterb


In: Michigan, Clemson     Out: Kansas, Dayton

Biggest fall: Tennessee (-10)     Biggest jump: UCLA, Georgetown (+4)

Others recieving votes: Marquette 78, Miami (Fla) 66, Arizona 31, Missouri 17, LSU 15, Wisconsin 13, Maryland 10, BYU 6, Florida State 6, Kentucky 4, Kansas 2, Northwestern 2, Butler 1, Illinois 1, Temple 1, Minnesota 1

Teams by conference: Big East- 7, ACC- 4, Big 10- 4, Big 12- 3, Pac 10- 2, Atlantic 10- 1, SEC- 1, USA- 1, Southern- 1, West Coast- 1

Conference power rankings:

  1. Big 10:         1.38
  2. ACC:            1.71
  3. Big East:     2.00
  4. Big 12:         2.40
  5. Pac 10:        3.33
  6. SEC:            4.00
  7. Atlantic 10:  5.00

(Conference PR is derived from the # of teams per conference / # of teams receiving votes per conference)

What it all means: (First place votes), Team, (Change in rank from last week), Points, Record, Highest Rank, Lowest Rank 

Breaking down the rankings: North Carolina remains on top again this week, but no longer are the Heels a unanimous #1. Connecticut picks up a first place vote and lands at #2 followed by Pittsburgh who holds strong in the #3 spot. Two Big 12 schools (Oklahoma & Texas) make up the last of the top 5 after previous #4 Gonzaga lost at Arizona.

Duke comes in at #6 (anyone remember the last time they played!?!) followed by the Musketeers of Xavier and the aformentioned Zags. Syracuse holds in at #9 (remember, this poll does not reflect Monday games) and Wake Forest cracks the top 10 for the first time this season.

The next two slots look the same as last week with Louisville and Notre Dame on the outside of the top 10 for a second straight week. UCLA makes a nice jump up 4 spots to #13 followed by Purdue. Georgetown is up next coming off a nice W over Memphis and just may not be as overated as we all suspeceted.

Ohio State climbs the poll up to #16 followed by our biggest faller of the week Tennessee. The Vols are coming off a loss to Temple and are punished with a 10 spot drop. Next up is another team coming off an L, Villanova. Speaking of L's, we have Memphis up next at #19. Rounding up the top 20 is Baylor which is up 2 spots from last week.

The last five see's Davidson up a couple spots after a nice W in MSG over a Big East foe and two schools from the state of Michigan. MSU continues to slip, down two spots from last week to #22. Up next are two new arrivals who have to share the #23 slot. Michigan and Clemson both climb into the rankings for the first time this season. This weeks poll is finished up with a sliding Arizona State team at #25. A less then impressive W over IUPUI lands this squad on the verge of droping out completely.

That's it for this weeks edition. Hope you enjoyed it! Make sure and look for the People's Poll voting thread each week!

Thanks to everyone who voted!

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

 
 
 
 
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