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The Poll Attacks

Posted on: January 30, 2012 3:29 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 3:46 pm
 
By Gary Parrish

Wisconsin should be on everybody's ballot.

Connecticut shouldn't be on anybody's ballot.

I'll explain why in great detail in this edition of the Poll Attacks.

Associated Press poll: Three voters aren't including Wisconsin on their ballots.

That makes no sense considering Wisconsin is ...
  • 17-5 overall, 6-3 in the Big Ten.
  • on a five-game winning streak.
  • the owner of wins over No. 11 UNLV and No. 20 Indiana.
  • the owner of just one loss to a currently unranked team.
  • ranked No. 2 at KenPom.com with a defense that ranks second nationally.

I seriously can't think of any way to justify not having Wisconsin on a Top 25 ballot.

So who are the guilty parties?

One of them Jack Bogaczyk. He didn't rank Wisconsin but he did rank Louisville -- a school that has one more loss to a currently unranked team than Wisconsin has and two fewer wins (i.e., zero total) over a currently ranked team than Wisconsin possesses. Another one of them is Steve Wiseman. He didn't rank Wisconsin but he did rank Harvard -- a school that has one more loss to a currently unranked team than Wisconsin has and one fewer win over a currently ranked team than Wisconsin possesses. And the third one is Nick Jezierny. He didn't rank Wisconsin but he did rank Connecticut ... and I'm about to explain just how silly Nick is for doing that.

Coaches poll: You know how many losses Connecticut has to currently unranked teams? Six. You know how many wins Connecticut has over currently ranked teams? Two. And the Huskies have lost three straight and five of their past seven. And yet somehow Jim Calhoun's team is still getting 21 points in the coaches poll (and two points in the AP poll thanks to my buddy Nick, who has UConn 24th on his ballot).

My question: How could anybody vote for Connecticut right now?

I mean, I like the roster, too.

But the team is undeniably average.

The Huskies have played 20 games and accomplished very little. They've lost to UCF on a neutral, to Seton Hall, Rutgers and Tennessee on the road, and to Cincinnati and Notre Dame at home, and none of those schools are in the latest coaches poll. The best wins are over No. 23 Harvard, No. 24 Florida State and unranked West Virginia, and two of those wins (FSU and Harvard) occurred ages ago. So, again, how could anybody vote for Connecticut right now? The only explanation is that a handful of coaches must've accidentally submitted ballots from last season. Either that or a handful of coaches are dumb or careless or both. And I'm actually surprised that Nick is the one writer voting for UConn because he's a knowledgeable lad. So I felt compelled to ask for an explanation. He responded with this: "I'm giving UConn [the] benefit of the doubt. I think no one wants to see them in March, but I can see why you want to attack me."

I was somewhat OK with that response because Nick basically acknowledged that his UConn vote isn't based on actual results of games. He just assumes the Huskies will be good eventually, and that's good enough for him. Granted, that's not how I believe somebody should be voting in late January. But whatever. At least Nick knows UConn doesn't have a body of work that's worthy of a Top 25 vote. That's all I wanted him to realize.

But he couldn't stop there.

My man just had to Tweet again.

"And I still think it would be a better use of your time to write about one of 340 men's bball teams than analyze ballots," Nick typed, to which I responded: "And I think it would be a better use of your time to watch Connecticut."
Comments

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:24 am
 

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Oh com'on mu81, give Wisconsin a break...they are not a great team but they are better than average.  Perhaps their offense is not that strong they are a physical bunch and you stated they have a great defense.  I wouldn't ever rip on the Big East or even Duke for that matter.




Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:00 am
 

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Man...you Big Ten lovers never stop!  All you do is rip the Big East and occassionally Duke.  Try looking in the mirror once.  The Big Ten and Big East are the same...higher ranked teams stumbling to lower ranked teams in their own conference...i.e. Illinois last night over MSU and Pitt over Georgetown.  While you are at it...take a chill pill over Wisconsin...they are an average team with a great defense and no offense.



Since: Jan 31, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 3:09 am
 

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,tomorrow will be fine . better .come on man !!!!




Since: Nov 21, 2010
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:16 pm
 

Well...

Next year Kentucky will be Missouri's Kansas.



Since: Feb 28, 2010
Posted on: January 31, 2012 6:32 pm
 

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I agree!!  Wiscy top 25, UConn not! 




Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: January 31, 2012 6:11 pm
 

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University of Wisconsin won the national championship in 1941.  

LOL...Back when playing defense actually mattererd. Poor Badgers...ya gotta score the ball now to win.



Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 5:05 pm
 

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1 OHIO ST 95
2 KANSAS 92   KENTUCKY 92
4 MICHIGAN ST 89
5 N CAROLINA 88   SYRACUSE 88
7 WISCONSIN 87   FLORIDA 87   FLORIDA ST 87
10 DUKE 86   BAYLOR 86   MISSOURI 86   NEW MEXICO 86   UNLV 86
15 WICHITA ST 85
16 MEMPHIS 84   TEXAS 84   ST MARYS-CA 84   W VIRGINIA 84   MARQUETTE 84   KANSAS ST 84   CALIFORNIA 84
23 ARIZONA 83   ALABAMA 83   INDIANA 83   LOUISVILLE 83   VANDERBILT 83   NOTRE DAME 83   CINCINNATI 83   VIRGINIA 83
31 TEMPLE 82   MICHIGAN 82   PURDUE 82   GONZAGA 82   CREIGHTON 82   CONNECTICUT 82


from statfox.com    ncaa power ratings

wisky is tied for 7th at 87

uconn tied for 31st at 82

I think these voters are wrong



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 5:04 pm
 

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Kentucky has been taken out of the dance in 2 of the last 3 years by a Big East team. You win the SEC every year because there isn't much else down there.



Since: Dec 12, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:07 pm
 

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actually polls do not matter for tourney seeding.



Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 3:31 pm
 

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I have Wisconsin #10--When thet have done it right they have done it good . I have Connecticut #29--Polls have them ranked simply because of the Big East preseason bias . When will the media learn that as a whole the Big East is not exceptional. Eleven in the tourney last year and they exited faster than the selection committee put them in there .


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