UM is tied with SDSU for 8th. Nova is 3rd. Kansas 10. Syracuse 11. Wisky 12.
EDIT: the reason I didn't link was b/c the link wasn't out yet. The AP hadn't updated it's site yet when the poll hit my desk. Sorry.
WE TOP TEN NAO LET'S GO
While I am waiting for Pollstalker to update, some of the assorted individual votes -
- Seth Davis had us at 13th
- John Feinstein went with #8
- Dick Vitale did not moved us; still at #12 on his ballot
- Cormac Gordon of the Staten Island Advance voted us at #7
- John Wilner of the San Jose Mercury-News put us up at #5, as did Joe Juliano of the Philadelphia Inquirer
I dated Pollstalker's sister Polesmoker for a brief time. Nice girl, good times.
and all that...
Seth Davis had us dropping 1 spot this week.
Well where did he put Michigan last week? 13 would be a drop from the average, but maybe it's up from where he had us last week?
They are behind San Diego State who is 7th.
The committee claims it doesn't go for "storyline" matchups . . . but I would not be surprised if we and SDSU just happen to be the #2 and #3 seeds in one of the regions.
just very unaesthetic looking that we are the B1G champs and they were still ranked higher than we are. . .
Can someone explain to me why Michigan is still behind Duke? There must be a good reason for it. Is it just because Coach K knows about leadership?
That might be a good start.
Just like Charlotte and Iowa State then?
Obviously Duke beat Michigan at Cameron - that was a long time ago and since that time Michigan has been the better team. My point is when you look at the resumes of the teams, Duke is overrated compared to others.
December was a rough month.
It's because they played a marginally tougher schedule and, despite a couple worse losses, also have a few better wins according to the RPI. Dook's 5 best wins are against RPI 10, 11, 12, 20, and 25. Michigan's 5 best wins are against RPI 6, 22, 22, 23, and 35.
There isn't much separating Michigan and Duke (and UVA, Cincy, SDSU, Iowa State, Cuse, and Creighton) for that matter. Home team bias will always say, "My team is better than that other crappy team," but no point getting all worked up over it.
No, Coach K "does things the right way." Know this.
... is an interesting team. You just don't hear nearly as much about them, despite being the defending champs. And then you look at what they just did to UConn... yikes.
Louisville's doing what they've done in most years under Pitino (aside from last year) - field a pre-season Top 10 team, hit a little bit of a lull during Jan/Feb where they fall off the radar for a bit, and then come roaring back in March just in time for Tourney season looking like a real pain to play against. Last year, by contrast, they were pretty dominant for the bulk of the year.
If I was making a list of teams I'd like UM to avoid playing right now, Louisville would be at or near the top of that list. Despite the loss on Saturday to Duke, I'd put UNC up there as well, along with Wisconsin. I'd be more worried about playing against these teams than Florida, if that makes any sense.
While I think Florida has a very good team, the fact that they haven't been tested in-conference very much will come back to haunt them in the mid to late rounds of the tournament. It's not their fault, but have they even beaten a quality team this year? They lost to Wisconsin out of conference, Kentucky turned out to be overrated and Tennessee is ok. Everyone else in the SEC falls under the description of "not ok." I give them credit for going 18-0 in-conference, but with the understanding that the SEC in basketball is simply a mid-major conference with brand name recognition. Kind of like the Big 10 in a certain other sport that shall not be discussed today.......
Keep moving up, Michigan.
You gotta post the link, man.
the AP had updated its website.
the polls were still last week...
There was nothing to link other than the information I have due to my job.
Lets see...we are 8th/9th and we have 8 more games left (2 B1G, 6 NCAA). Keep winning and move up one spot each game. Seems right place to finish :-)