/ SE Missouri State vs Kansas
Monday, January 14, 2013
The following is Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan's Jan. 14 ballot for the Associated Press men's basketball poll. (Kansas moved to No. 4 in both the AP and coaches polls this week.)
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Still had Duke at number 1? Lots of presuming.
Jack Harry is at it again. I caught part of his rant last night when he kept asking Frank Boal if he wanted to change predicting that KU would be a 1 seed. He also kept mentioning that KU was playing poorly and "barely" winning at Texas Tech. I agree that KU did not play great at Tech., but in what planet beating a conference team on the road by 14 points (could have been more) is considered "barely" winning?
Also, in his weekly rant (January 9th) he indicated that the SEC is a much better conference than the Big 12.
"The closer I examine the basketball landscape of these two conferences, the SEC again is clearly the dominate conference. It's not even close."
What "dominate conference" is escapes me; maybe he meant to write "dominated.". Of course, a couple of days later, MU makes a fool of him...again.
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The SEC has 2 teams in the top 15, and if Kentucky can get it together, maybe one more. The big 12 has 2 team in the top 25 and 3 legitimate top 25 teams, ISU, OSU and Baylor.
...only in planet Jack smacked...
Duke #1? They were kicked in the gut by North Carolina State.
I don't get how Keegan punishes Michigan for losing on the road to a top 10 team, but doesn't punish Duke for losing on the road to a ranked team. Even more curious, Michigan owns a win against NC State.
I'm no expert on rankings. I couldn't tell you how the entire top 25 should shake out. But I do know that when a team ranked #1 loses, they typically fall out of the #1 spot unless the week is so wild that several other top teams also lose. To drop Michigan without also dropping Duke doesn't make any sense.
So, Duke loses and they go nowhere. Michigan loses to a better team and they drop a few spots, but they still stay ahead of an Indiana team who beat a top 10 team this week... these rankings are supposed to reflect what happens in the preceding week.
Resume consideration is for tournament seeding... unless you're trying to revolutionize the way mid-season rankings traditionally work.
I thought Duke should drop to 4th behind Kansas, but even still the AP collectively got it more right with Louisville, Indiana, Duke, Kansas, Michigan. Three of these teams took care of business since the last ranking; two of them lost. Duke, as great as they are, has already received credit for their quality wins throughout the season, but then you're not giving enough credit to the three who won their games. There's a lack of consistency in your application of credit-giving.
I hate when Duke loses and people don't think they should drop at all.
Right now, Duke isn't even in the lead in their conference. Tom don't fall into this East coast bias.
Tom, I haven't watched Indiana play lately. Why do you have them stagnant in the poll? thanks
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