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Yet another reason to love Andy Katz

Posted by Jeff Nusser on December 13, 2007

As if you needed more evidence that this is a slow week.

I was taking a look at ESPN.com’s Power 16, a poll compiled from votes by the site’s stable of college basketball experts, to see how the Cougs were stacking up. They checked in at No. 8, same as the week before. Then I looked at the individual ballots, and virtually all of them had WSU ranked between 6 and 8, which seemed pretty fair to me. They also all were basically identical in their top 10.

Then I came across the ballot of one Andy Katz. He dared to be different. Observe:

1. Texas
2. North Carolina
3. Memphis
4. Kansas
5. Washington State
6. Duke
7. Pitt
8. UCLA
9. Georgetown
10. Xavier
11. Indiana
12. Michigan State
13. Vanderbilt
14. Marquette
15. West Virginia
16. Arizona

I love the guts to put this ballot together. Ranking the Cougs No. 5 — where I had them on my latest BlogPoll ballot — and ranking Georgetown No. 9. The Hoyas have proven so little this year, it’s nice to see someone finally recognize that. (The vote of Pitt at No. 7 is a little confounding, given that the Panthers’ first road game of the year was that 1-point squeaker against UW, though.)

Anyway, kudos to Katz for daring to be different. This is what passes for news as we wait out the days until The Citadel.

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2 Responses to “Yet another reason to love Andy Katz”

  1. Longball said

    So the NCAA decision on Boeke is final, or just this year? It seems to me i have never seen the NCAA make the right decision in these cases. ever.

  2. Nuss said

    The NCAA is still reviewing the appeal of Boeke’s case, which seems a little odd given that it already upheld its initial ruling on his former teammate (who now attends Iowa State), making him ineligible for the year with a loss of a year of eligibility. One would think it would be a pretty simple apples-to-apples comparison with Boeke, but it’s always tough to read into things with the NCAA. Is it taking so long because the committee is actually seriously considering overturning the ruling? Or is it taking forever because the NCAA loves proving that it operates on its own timetable?

    Who knows.

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