Archive for December, 2010

A.P. Ballot
December 27, 2010

Not my finest moment last week as a pollster. Going through the rundown of how teams performed for the week, I missed Tennessee’s 2nd consecutive loss to a non ranked team. Just didn’t see it. That left me leaving the Vols in the top ten when a spot around #20 was more appropriate.

So, not hard to figure out my New Year’s resolution. Tennessee, as if to further insult the injury lost a 3rd straight game to an unranked team. Looking at UT’s #9 all week long gave a never ending sinking feeling deep in my stomach. Shortly thereafter, a gluttonous Christmas menu gave me a real pit in my stomach.

Anyway, Duke remains on top, Georgetown up to 9, Florida State joins Arizona as first timers in my ballot this week. Happy New Year!

1. Duke
2. Ohio State
3. Kansas
4. Connecticut
5. Syracuse
6. Pittsburgh
7. Missouri
8. San Diego State
9. Georgetown
10. Kentucky
11. Purdue
12. Villanova
13. Texas
14. Louisville
15. Minnesota
16. Central Florida
17. Kansas State
18. Cincinnati
19. Texas A&M
20. BYU
21. Notre Dame
22. Arizona
23. Vanderbilt
24. Illinois
25. Florida State

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AP Ballot
December 21, 2010

Interesting that there were three teams this week, five weeks into the season, that had yet to lose but also remained unranked. I did my best to change that for two of them. Central Florida, terribly impressive at 10-0 including wins over Florida and Miami. I also included Cincinnati on the ballot, likewise they are 10-0 with quality wins against Oklahoma and Dayton. Northwestern too is undefeated but only seven games played at the time of the vote, and a win over Georgia Tech as the only one to stand out. The Wildcats start out conference play against Purdue, Michigan State, and Illinois giving them plenty of chances for that marquee win.

Duke remains number one, although if Kyrie Irving is done for the season they will not continue to roll through the nation’s best as they have so far.

Here’s my ballot with actual AP Ranking in parenthesis:

1. Duke (1)
2. Ohio State (2)
3. Kansas (3)
4. Connecticut (4)
5. Syracuse (5)
6. Pittsburgh (6)
7. San Diego State (7)
8. Tennessee (19)
9. Missouri (9)
10. Kansas State (11)
11. Kentucky (13
12. Georgetown (10)
13. Purdue (14)
14. Texas (18)
15. Central Florida (24)
16. Illinois (21)
17. Baylor (15)
18. Villanova (8)
19. Louisville (NR)
20. Cincinnati (NR)
21. Minnesota (17)
22. Texas A&M (25)
23. Memphis (16)
24. BYU (23)
25. Florida (20)

December 12th Ballot
December 13, 2010

Another quality opponent, another close game, but another loss for the Terps. Wait, that’s how last week started. Maryland though may rue Sunday’s loss to BC more than any.

The Terrapins played well at home against a decent team and held a three to five point lead for much of the 2nd half. But they failed to put the Eagles away at the free throw line. Cliff Tucker missed a pair at the 1:47 mark and Terrell Stoglin doinked the front end of a one and one at 1:20.

As we have already gone over, Maryland’s non-conference resume includes no signature wins, and now the Terps start off conference play with a home loss.

The good news for Maryland though, a four game stretch of rent a wins to try and figure out how to finish a little better.

Meanwhile, here’s my ballot this week, hard to ignore what Tennessee’s got cooking in an us vs. them world. And congrats to San Diego State, the best team on the west coast, for cracking my top ten. Love me some Aztecs!

1. Duke
2. Ohio State
3. Kansas
4. Kansas State
5. Tennessee
6. Connecticut
7. Syracuse
8. Pitt
9. San Diego State
10. Kentucky
11. Missouri
12. Baylor
13. Illinois
14. Louisville
15. Georgetown
16. Purdue
17. BYU
18. Texas
19. UNLV
20. Minnesota
21. Memphis
22. Texas A&M
23. Villanova
24. Notre Dame
25. Boston College

December 6th Ballot
December 8, 2010

Another quality opponent, another close game, but another loss for the Terps. Their non conference season includes two victories that may prove interesting to an NCAA Selection Committee (College of Charleston, Penn State), but nothing to hang their hat on. Two top 25 games, and a 3 point loss to Temple which had fallen out of the top 25.

That means an ACC record at the minimum of 9-7, more likely 10-6 is required to make the NCAA Tournament. I would actually be surprised if they fail to reach at least that level, but their room for error is gone.

Here’s a look at my ballot this week:

1. Duke

2. Pitt

3. Ohio State

4. Kansas

5. Kansas State

6. Connecticut

7. Syracuse

8. Tennessee

9. Georgetown

10. Kentucky

11. Missouri

12. Baylor

13. UNLV

14. Illinois

15. Purdue

16. San Diego State

17. Michigan State

18. Notre Dame

19. Memphis

20. Texas

21. Villanova

22. BYU

23. Minnesota

24. Florida

25. Washington

Week 3 Ballot
December 1, 2010

Monster changes this week in the ballot. Many thanks to the guidance from the A.P. Staff, encouraging us to not fear big swings early in the season when resumes are so thin. Connecticut in particular was not expected to compete at the ridiculously high level they have hung around in. Their Maui Classic title was flat out awesome. That’s how the Huskies go from unranked to number six.

One thought though that was completely reassured; Duke is incredible. The Blue Devils look significantly improved from last season, and you may recall that campaign ended in a net cutting ceremony. Their drubbing of a very good Kansas State team on a neutral court was so thorough and showcased strength in so many ways. Defensive intensity, quality depth, and no less than four players who can carry the scoring load if necessary highlight the top ranked team in the country.

I take no joy in writing such a glowing review of a team that so revels in its own eliteness, but right now they deserve it.

Here’s my ballot this week, let’s see how much it can change on December 6th.

1. Duke
2. Pitt
3. Ohio State
4. Kansas
5. Kansas State
6. Connecticut
7. Syracuse
8. Missouri
9. Tennessee
10. Michigan State
11. Kentucky
12. Florida
13. Minnesota
14. Georgetown
15. Baylor
16. UNLV
17. Notre Dame
18. Memphis
19. San Diego State
20. Texas
21. Purdue
22. Illinois
23. Villanova
24. BYU
25. Washington