By Gary Parrish
Associated Press poll: I thought Steve Spurrier was wrong when he went at Ron Morris.
I defended Ron on that one.
But I can't defend Ron's AP basketball ballot almost ever ... and certainly not this week.
Come on, Ron.
Connecticut at No. 7?
Listen, I think the Huskies have the potential to be great thanks to a roster that includes Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright, Jeremy Lamb and Andre Drummond, but they haven't been close to great yet. They don't have a single win over a team currently ranked in the AP poll, and they have obviously bad losses to UCF and Rutgers (plus a double-digit loss to Seton Hall). That's the resume of a school that doesn't belong in the top 25 at all, much less the top 10. So not only do I think it's ridiculous that Ron has UConn all the way up at No. 7, I also think it's silly for AP voters to have Jim Calhoun's team 17th. The Huskies have done nothing to earn that ranking and plenty to lose it. They shouldn't be ranked right now.
And neither should Florida.
But the Gators are 19th in the AP poll and 11th on Ron's ballot.
The first part of that sentence is ridiculous, the second part inexplicable.
(Note to Ron: You've got to get it together, man. This isn't even fun anymore.)
How can anybody have Florida 11th when the Gators are 12-4 with zero wins over teams receiving votes in the AP poll and losses to Rutgers and Tennessee, two schools with a combined record of 17-14? As is the case with UConn, I like Florida's roster and think Billy Donovan will get things straight. But on Jan. 9 teams ought to have bodies of work that in some way support their rankings. UConn and Florida, right now, do not.
Coaches poll: I was down with Harvard being ranked earlier in the season.
But not now.
Because the Crimson took a horrendous loss last week at Fordham, and because their best win -- a neutral-site win over Florida State -- can no longer be considered impressive. The Seminoles were ranked when Harvard beat them; now they're just a 9-6 team with losses to Princeton and Clemson. So Harvard has zero wins over teams receiving votes in the latest coaches poll, and a loss to a school ranked 238th at KenPom.com. Is that resume really worth a top 25 ranking?
Answer: Absolutely not.
That's why we dropped Harvard from our rankings.
The men with votes in the coaches poll should've followed our lead.