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Monday, January 28, 2013
The following is Lawrence Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan's ballot for the Associated Press men's basketball poll on Jan. 28, 2013.
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Not bad...a little too much love for Miami's victory; however, I am proud of you for actually dropping Duke out of the Top 10!
KU, Michigan and Florida are a toss-up right now as to who deserves #1. Indiana ain't much. Might as well vote for the home team, Tom. Good work.
Why is Florida in the convo for the #1 spot?
Because their wins are by a larger average margin. They've been dominating more often than not.
Fair point, but this is totally worth noting:
Over Florida's last 7 games, the average Pomeroy ranking of their opponents has been 144. And that's if you include the only top 100 team they've played in that span--a Bowers-less Missouri (36 in Pomeroy). If you remove Missouri, the remaining six opponents have an average ranking of 162.
Kansas, just as an example, has the inverse situation going on. Over the last 7 games, only one opponent has been ranked outside the Pomeroy top 100--Texas Tech. The average rank of our last 7 opponents is 80, and when you remove Tech from that equation, that average ranking goes up to 54.
So Florida is looking pretty good, but the SEC is downright terrible this year.
I agree the SEC is terrible, but why are you looking over just the last 7 games? That's less than half their season.
Also, if you are using KenPom surely you noticed that Florida is his #1 ranked team...
giving some love to Marquette I see...
Interesting that Nova got Novotes (coaches poll) despite back-to-back top 5 wins. Suspect that the AP poll will show them with some votes at least.
Doesn't change the fact that they still have 7 losses this year and Wisconsin is the only team with more than 5 losses getting votes. Nova does have 6 votes in the AP poll but a 13-7 team that is a borderline tournament team doesn't really have a strong argument to be ranked even with the week they just had.
I didn't say that they deserve to be ranked, but I would think that some people in the Louisville and Syracuse areas (not to mention Philly) might think that Nova is better than their record suggests.
The 7 losses have to count for something. Likewise one win over a top 5 team can be called a fluke, but two in a row is a streak. I can't really comment, having watched none of their games all year, but back to back wins over top 5 teams is a great way to get the media's attention and start a streak.
Louisville is struggling right now and Nova still needed OT to beat Syracuse when Syracuse had their worst shooting game in 4 years. Villanova is not a good team this year by their standards.
Well you did what you said you would. I wrote last poll about Duke's injuries. You reflected that in your vote this week as promised following their horrific game at Miami. Thanks for posting your vote each week.
Its a toss up but we have to start playing better
No Missouri? Nice...
No San Diego State? They just beat New Mexico.
Also, too high for Cincinnati. I didn't even have them in my Top 25.
I had Missouri, San Diego State, Notre Dame & Georgetown in. Didn't have Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Wisconsin or Creighton in....although they were my 27-29 teams.
Tempted to consider Arizona State too.
Midwest bias! The PAC is weak, but there is a large gap between Oregon and the rest of the pretenders. U of A gets beat by UCLA. Then the Bruins get waxed by 18 at ASU. I think the voters' knowledge extends from the east coast to Lawrence (thankfully), but anything west is merely a guessing game and a couple of token schools for some laughable geographic balance.
Oregon is way too high. They aren't better than Butler, MSU, Duke, and Gonzaga.
Michigan's SOS is not where KU's is - but that will pick up once they go to Indiana next week.
I suspect -
Michigan is 1 year away and is looking at an early tourney exit
Indiana is soft like one of Roi's teams
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