The college basketball polls have seemed quite wonky this season (and every season). We’ve chronicled some of this in our message forums, including this specific example from CBS’ Seth Davis last week when he dropped NC State at least four spots while the Wolfpack was in the middle of nice win streak against a series of respectable opponents.
25. North Carolina (NR)
Dropped out: N.C. State (22), Wyoming (25)
For once, I had some real thinking to do about which teams to shoehorn into the bottom of my ballot.
Wyoming is now one of just four unbeaten teams in America, but since the Cowboys’ best win came at home against unranked Colorado, I couldn’t keep them in. Thus, I had to pick between N.C. State, Creighton and Kansas State to open up a spot on my ballot for North Carolina. Kansas State was the easiest keeper, since it has the best win amongst those three (over Florida in Kansas City). N.C. State’s best win was by four points over UConn in New York City, and it lost to Oklahoma State by 20 and to Michigan by seven. Creighton lost to Boise State at home, but it has wins over Wisconsin, Saint Joseph’s, Evansville and a road win at Cal. Close call, but I went with the Jays.
The new AP poll is out today and Duke justifiably remains at the top at #1. After (at least) five teams ranked ahead of NC State last week suffered defeats over the weekend, the Wolfpack inched up to #20 this week.
While I was writing this entry I ran across this blog entry on WRAL.com where it appears that they’ve taken an AP feed and added some local perspective. Good God it is bad. Take a look at this section:
North Carolina State jumped three spots in the latest poll to No. 20 after a 2-0 week that included wins over UNC Greensboro and Boston College. Despite the close call in the Wolfpack’s conference opener, a 12-2 record and the fact they were victorious in each game on the week was enough to move them ahead of Cincinnati and St. John’s – each of whom suffered losses to unranked teams.
North Carolina is unranked in the latest poll, but despite losing their conference opener to Virginia, received four votes in the AP poll.
Maryland is the only other team out of the ACC to even be getting votes with 29.
In addition to being factually incorrect, that is just some awful writing. Just awful. “Maryland is the only other team out of the ACC to even be getting votes with 29.” REALLY? WRAL seems to be the only local blog out of the area to even be getting interns to write for them.
We recognize that SFN will never be mistaken for Yeats, but we don’t get paid for this work. By the way, St. John’s actually defeated Cincinnati; they didn’t both lose and drop behind State. Even if they did both lose and drop behind State, how did State move up three spots when evidently only two teams – that was actually just one team – lost this weekend?
I digress. You get the point.
With all of this said, the Wilmington Star-News gives us a nice summary of the weekend and charts the course for this week’s huge match-up in Raleigh.
Although N.C. State made its win at Boston College a lot more interesting than it should have been, both the Wolfpack and No. 1 Duke did what they had to do in their ACC openers against bottom-feeding opponents. Each still has one more game to survive to set up one of the more intriguing early season matchups in recent memory next Saturday at PNC Arena.