January 20th, 2014 at 1:57 PM ^

Since we were last ranked 25th in the coaches poll, we've gone 7-1, with the only loss being a 2-point game to the #1 team in the country. 


January 20th, 2014 at 7:21 PM ^

I think a lot of voters dismissed our team when they saw the 6-4 record, and now we're having a hard time disassociating from that stigma in their minds.

That darn Charlotte loss is such a burden on this team's recognition (the weird thing is, we totally outplayed them, but it was the rare situation where you lose basically because everyone had an off-shooting game).

The RPI-sinkers we've played aren't helping either, since voters seem to look to the RPI for validation.

It matters because the rankings are a big factor in tourney seeding.


January 20th, 2014 at 2:00 PM ^

Doesn't really matter. I feel like we have to get to 11+ B1G wins, and go about .500 against the league's top four (Wisky, Ohio, Sparty and Iowa over 7 games). That should do it. If we can get somewhere near the 6 line and don't have to play two great teams the first weekend, we can do some damage in the tourney.


January 20th, 2014 at 2:05 PM ^

Should we be ranked higher ? Absolutley. Do I care ? No. Our ranking won't effect the big ten race and if were in the title race at the last few games of the season we will be a top 15 team no doubt and in position to have a chance in march.


January 20th, 2014 at 3:13 PM ^

I think we're severely underrated given our 7 game win streak (and the game before that was a 2 point home loss to 18-0 Arizona), though we may be penalized for our conference start [@Minn, Northwestern, @Nebraska, Penn State, and @Wisconsin is a whole lot less inspiring without that win over Wisconson].

While I agree that polls technically aren't meaningful, they do bring a lot for program visibility, recruits, energize matchups, etc.