Posted on: February 28, 2011 2:44 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2011 7:53 pm
Alabama got zero votes in last week's Coaches poll. Then the Crimson Tide barely beat Auburn, lost to Ole Miss and ... got six points in the Coaches poll. Not sure how that happens. But it sure does make the Poll Attacks simple.
(Details of AP ballots courtesy of PollSpeak.com.)
Associated Press poll: Florida is 22-6 overall, 11-3 in the SEC, ranked 14th in the AP poll, 14th in the Coaches poll and 16th in the Top 25 (and one). The Gators are 4-2 against top-25 RPI schools, 9-2 against top-50 RPI schools, 13-3 against top-100 RPI schools and in possession of a two-game lead in the SEC East.
And yet Izzy Gould from The Birmingham News left them off his AP ballot.
But he's got Kentucky 15th and Vanderbilt 21st.
Which means he ranked two SEC East schools -- and neither of them are SEC East-leading Florida.
Beyond that, he ranked Virginia Tech 24th.
Which means he ranked a Virginia Tech team that's 1-3 against top-25 RPI schools, 2-5 against top-50 RPI schools and 7-5 against top-100 RPI schools, but didn't rank a Florida team that's 4-2 against top-25 RPI schools, 9-2 against top-50 RPI schools and 13-3 against top-100 RPI schools. Needless to say, Izzy was blown away by the Hokies' win over Duke. I mean, really, really, really blown away. Most impressive thing he's ever seen, apparently.
Coaches poll: If the NCAA tournament started today -- and it doesn't, so relax -- Alabama might sneak in as an at-large. Or it might not. The point is that it would be close, and if you're that close to missing the NCAA tournament in late February then you probably shouldn't be getting votes for a Top 25 poll ... especially when you're coming off a loss to Ole Miss.
Still, Alabama got six points in Monday's coaches poll.
And that's not even the strangest part.
The strangest part is that the Crimson Tide got zero points in last week's poll when they were 18-8 overall, 10-2 in the SEC. Then they barely beat Auburn and lost to Ole Miss, and somehow that convinced coaches to vote for them. Strange. Bottom line, Alabama shouldn't have been on anybody's ballot last week or this week, but it's impossible to omit the Crimson Tide last week and add them this week. And by impossible, I mean idiotic and inexplicable.
Posted on: November 29, 2010 4:03 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2010 7:06 pm
One guy left Villanova and Michigan State off his ballot but put Purdue and Virginia Tech in the top 20. Another guy ranked Villanova in the top 10 (that's reasonable) but left the undefeated team that just beat Villanova unranked (that's unreasonable). Silly AP voters, I tell you. They're the gift that keeps on giving during this holiday season.
Let's do the Poll Attacks!
(Details of AP ballots courtesy of PollSpeak.com.)
Associated Press poll: Michigan State and Villanova are both talented, and both only have one loss to a team ranked in the top 15 of the latest AP poll. The Spartans are 5-1 with a loss to No. 7 Connecticut by one possession, and they have a win over No. 23 Washington. The Wildcats are 5-1 with a loss to No. 13 Tennessee, and they've got a double-digit win over UCLA. So we can argue about whether Michigan State and Villanova belong in the top five or the top 10 or even the top 20, I guess. But there is no sensible way to leave either school off a Top 25 ballot.
And yet John Shinn from the Norman Transcript in Oklahoma left both off his AP ballot.
No Michigan State.
But John has Purdue (no good wins and a double-digit loss to unranked Richmond) ranked 14th and two-loss Virginia Tech ranked 19th, which is three spots higher than the undefeated UNLV team that just beat Virginia Tech on a neutral court by 12. So to recap: Michigan State is 5-1 with a loss to the team ranked No. 8 (UConn) and a win over the team ranked No. 23 (Washington), and John decided that resume isn't worthy of being ranked. And Villanova is 5-1 with a lone loss to the team ranked No. 13 and a win over UCLA, and John decided that resume isn't worthy of being ranked, either. Meantime, Virginia Tech is 4-2 with double-digit losses to the teams ranked No. 5 and No. 24, but John somehow decided that resume is worthy of being ranked all the way up at No. 19, which, again, is three spots higher than the undefeated UNLV team that just beat Virginia Tech on a neutral court by 12. And he has Purdue at No. 14 with a 5-1 record featuring a double-digit loss to unranked Richmond.
Also ranked on John's ballot: North Carolina at No. 25.
So two-loss Virginia Tech and two-loss UNC are both on John's ballot.
But one-loss Michigan State and one-loss Villanova are both off John's ballot.
Perhaps he's just an ACC fan trapped in Big 12 country.
Another weird ballot involving Villanova belongs to Whitelaw Reid of the Daily Progress in Virginia. He has Villanova at No. 8 and Tennessee unranked despite the fact that UT is undefeated with a win over -- wait for it -- Villanova. Not sure how anybody could make sense of that. But this is the same guy who has Washington at No. 12 and Connecticut at No. 23 despite the fact that Washington has two losses and UConn is undefeated with wins over both of the schools (Kentucky and Michigan State) that beat -- wait for it -- Washington. So maybe making sense isn't a priority with good ol' Whitelaw.
Coaches poll: Nobody likes Temple more than I like Temple.
I had the Owls ranked in the top 15 in the preseason, and as high as No. 13 last week. But then they lost to California late Thursday and to Texas A&M on Sunday, and you just can't have a 3-2 team coming off losses to Cal and Texas A&M on your Top 25 ballot. But that's exactly what at least one coach -- and possibly multiple coaches -- did this week. Temple got five points in the coaches poll. That's five more than Texas A&M (5-1) or Cal (3-2) received, case you were wondering.
Posted on: June 21, 2010 1:15 pm
Lost amid all the attention on Expansionpalooza 2010 last week was a former college coach getting back into the game.
Ricky Stokes is now a MAC associate commissioner for men's basketball.
"I am very pleased that Ricky has agreed to join the Mid-American Conference," said MAC commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher. "He brings a wealth of experiences as a former student-athlete, assistant coach, head coach and administrator that have helped prepare him for this position. I look forward to Ricky playing a significant role in managing the strategic direction of the Conference's men's basketball program."
Stokes played at Virginia and coached at Virginia Teach and East Carolina.
He resigned from ECU in 2007.
Stokes will be the MAC's liaison to the men's basketball coaches, oversee the officiating program and game management issues, develop the regular season schedule and facilitate television scheduling issues, manage the men's basketball tournament and participate in the development and implementation of strategic initiatives aimed at furthering the men's basketball programs.
Posted on: March 26, 2010 4:35 pm
Edited on: March 26, 2010 4:38 pm
Seth Greenberg has agreed to terms on a new deal with Virginia Tech that effectively eliminates him as a candidate at St. John's, the school announced Friday.
“I am pleased that Coach Greenberg will continue his mission at Virginia Tech and will lead the Hokies for the next six seasons,” said Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver. “He has done an outstanding job in creating a program and environment that has the Hokies competitive year in and year out in the ACC. Under Coach Greenberg’s tutelage, the Hokies have the fourth-best regular season record in the ACC and he has created one of the best programs in the country.”
Greenberg has spent seven seasons at Virginia Tech.
He has a 132-94 record in that span.
Posted on: March 26, 2010 1:56 pm
Edited on: March 26, 2010 2:03 pm
St. John's search for Norm Roberts' successor continues with the school set to interview two ACC coaches.
Multiple sources have said Boston College's Al Skinner will interview, and the New York Times is reporting that Virginia Tech's Seth Greenberg will also meet with St. John's officials. Greenberg has been perceived as a candidate since Roberts was fired. He's clearly the top target now that Florida's Billy Donovan has rejected overtures and Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt has passed on the opportunity to move to the Big East school.
Roberts coached six seasons at St. John's.
He's now serving as an analyst for CBSSports.com on March Madness on Demand broadcasts.
Posted on: March 11, 2010 9:17 am
Edited on: March 11, 2010 9:21 am
St. John's will buy Norm Roberts out of his contract to avoid bringing him back to the Big East school for a seventh season, the New York Post reported Thursday morning.
The report comes a day after the Red Storm lost in the second round of the Big East tournament.
They are 17-15 this season and hoping for a NIT bid.
Roberts' record through six seasons is 81-100.
According to The Post, St. John's officials are interested in Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg, a New York native on the verge of taking the Hokies to the NCAA tournament for the second time. Virginia Tech is the No. 4 seed in the ACC tournament. The Hokies will play either Wake Forest or Miami on Friday afternoon.
Posted on: February 11, 2009 4:50 pm
Believe it or not, there are other ACC games tonight outside of North Carolina-Duke.
One of them is Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech.
And it's a huge game for the Hokies.
Because Virginia Tech is 15-7 overall, 5-3 in the league and very much in position for an NCAA tournament bid considering the Hokies have impressive road wins at Wake Forest and Miami. Also, six of their seven losses have come by fewer than five points; three of them were by a single point. So clearly, Virginia Tech has a solid body of work, which is why -- with two road games on deck (at Maryland and at Virginia) -- it's crucial that the Hokies not take a loss tonight, because a home defeat to the tied-for-last-in-the-ACC Yellow Jackets would be a resume-killer, or, at the very least, a resume-wounder.
Bottom line, Seth Greenberg must avoid a letdown here.
And if he does, rest assured, it'll be because of the trio Greenberg often refers to as "The Big Three" -- namely A.D. Vassallo, Malcolm Delaney and Jeff Allen. In 22 games, those three have scored 1,134 of the Hokies' 1,596 points (71.1 percent), grabbed 421 of the 828 rebounds (50.8 percent), recorded 176 of the 296 assists (59.5 percent), and hit 109 of the team's 128 3-pointers (85.2 percent). In other words, if they don't do it, it doesn't get done, evidence being how Delaney (18.5), Vassallo (18.3) and Allen (14.7) are all averaging at least 14 points per game.
Virginia Tech's fourth-leading scorer?
That's J.T. Thompson.
He averages 5.2 points per game.