(The Week 9 People's Poll can be found here)
The People's Poll is meant to provide a voice to the average college basketball fan, free from media and homer bias. Sometimes, the people need to be reminded of this. The result: The People's Poll Attack!
For anyone who read my poll this week, I mentioned that I would use the Poll Attack this week to explain my thought process behind slotting North Carolina in at 10 this week.
At the risk of being labeled a complete homer, and starting a needless debate in the comments below, I offer this compromise to everyone who has North Carolina currently ranked out of the Top 15: I will ignore the topic of UNC’s ranking completely this week, but if they beat Clemson and Georgia Tech this week (as I expect them to do) I get to hammer anyone who doesn’t properly rank them next week. And of course if they lose I’ll shut up…
Seems fair right? Alright, on to business…
Poll of the Week:
The “Poll of the Week” goes to… nekco (anti-climatic huh!)
Sorry to go all Gary Parrish on everyone here, but despite my best efforts to prove how Missouri State didn’t deserve to be ranked last week, nekco is apparently a stubborn one. To be fair, the Bears did play two games this week, however, one of those games was a home loss to Wichita State… ouch. I will give nekco some credit though, he must have seen the Wichita State game as he did manage to drop Missouri State to #11 in his poll.
Oh yeah, and he also had New Mexico, loser to both UNLV (@ home) and San Diego State during the week, at 16. To put this in perspective, of the two Lobo fans in the poll, only one of them could justify including their home team in their poll – and that was at 25 (much more realistic).
Special mentions go out to:
· LIFETIMELOBO for ranking UAB at 13, while the Coaches and AP both have them outside of the top 30; and
· wachoosay and LIFETIMELOBO for ranking St. Mary’s in the top 16, while the Coaches has them at 29 and the AP didn’t give them a single vote
Those guilty of blatant omissions have left a consensus top 15 team out of their poll, with the consensus being the AP, Coaches, GP and People's polls. While everyone's entitled to their opinion, these people are pushing it:
User Team Missing
jhzak Duke (hmmm… two ACC teams in a row…)
THE MAN West Virginia
Special shout-out to KVSkubball. Congrats on wising up to getting Michigan State in your poll, and thanks for pointing out to me that your “system rewarded them when they finally beat someone really good”. Two questions for you though: 1) How can they jump 26 spots in one week after beating Wisconsin by 7 at home and an awful Iowa team, and 2) Did you notice that Wisconsin is ahead of Michigan State in your poll? Say what you want about your system working itself out, though I agree it is starting to, but until it starts passing the logic test, perhaps consider making some manual changes before calling my “grousing” “misspent”.
(As always, I’m completely open to any comments/suggestions/criticisms everyone has.)
Until next time!